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Rashmi Panda, N B Puhan, Aparna Rao, Debananda Padhy, Ganapati Panda
Retinal nerve fiber layer defect (RNFLD) provides an early objective evidence of structural changes in glaucoma. RNFLD detection is currently carried out using imaging modalities like OCT and GDx which are expensive for routine practice. In this regard, we propose a novel automatic method for RNFLD detection and angular width quantification using cost effective redfree fundus images to be practically useful for computer-assisted glaucoma risk assessment. After blood vessel inpainting and CLAHE based contrast enhancement, the initial boundary pixels are identified by local minima analysis of the 1-D intensity profiles on concentric circles...
March 6, 2018: Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics: the Official Journal of the Computerized Medical Imaging Society
Biyun Ling, Chunrong Peng, Ren Ren, Zhaozhi Chu, Zhouwei Zhang, Hucheng Lei, Shanhong Xia
One of the major concerns in the development of three-dimensional (3D) electric field sensors (EFSs) is their susceptibility to cross-axis coupling interference. The output signal for each sensing axis of a 3D EFS is often coupled by electric field components from the two other orthogonal sensing axes. In this paper, a one-dimensional (1D) electric field sensor chip (EFSC) with low cross-axis coupling interference is presented. It is designed to be symmetrical, forming a pair of in-plane symmetrically-located sensing structures...
March 15, 2018: Sensors
Colleen G Le Prell, Hannah W Siburt, Edward Lobarinas, Scott K Griffiths, Christopher Spankovich
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the relationship between recreational sound exposure and potentially undiagnosed or subclinical hearing loss by assessing sound exposure history, threshold sensitivity, distortion product otoacoustic emission (DPOAE) amplitudes, and performance on the words-in-noise (WIN) test. DESIGN: Survey data were collected from 74 adult participants (14 male and 60 female), 18 to 27 years of age, recruited via advertisements posted throughout the University of Florida campus...
March 14, 2018: Ear and Hearing
Jin-Wen Liu, Yu-Min Wang, Chong-Hua Zhang, Lu-Ying Duan, Zheng Li, Ru-Qin Yu, Jian-Hui Jiang
Unique physicochemical characteristics of graphitic carbon nitride (g-CN) nanosheets suit them a useful tool for two-photon fluorescence bioimaging. Current g-CN nanosheets based imaging probes typically use the "always-on" design strategies, which may suffer from increased fluorescence background and limited contrast. To advance corresponding applications, g-CN nanosheets based activatable two-photon fluorescence probes remain to be explored. For the first time, we developed an activatable two-photon fluorescence probe, constructed from a nanoassembly of g-CN nanosheets and hyaluronic acid (HA)-gold nanoparticles (HA-AuNPs), for detection and imaging of hyaluronidase (HAase) in cancer cells...
March 15, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
Kai Lu, Wen Huang, Junxiong Guo, Tianxun Gong, Xiongbang Wei, Bing-Wei Lu, Si-Yi Liu, Bin Yu
A flexible 4 × 4 sensor array with 16 micro-scale capacitive units has been demonstrated based on flexible piezoelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) film. The piezoelectricity and surface morphology of the PVDF were examined by optical imaging and piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM). The PFM shows phase contrast, indicating clear interface between the PVDF and electrode. The electro-mechanical properties show that the sensor exhibits excellent output response and an ultra-high signal-to-noise ratio...
March 14, 2018: Nanoscale Research Letters
Valeria Molinelli, Maria Gloria Angeretti, Ejona Duka, Nicola Tarallo, Elena Bracchi, Raffaele Novario, Carlo Fugazzola
PURPOSE: To evaluate whether the addition of gadolinium-enhanced MRI and diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) improves T2 sequence performance for the diagnosis of local recurrence (LR) from rectal cancer and to assess which approach is better at formulating this diagnosis among readers with different experience. METHODS: Forty-three patients with suspected LR underwent pelvic MRI with T2 weighted (T2) sequences, gadolinium fat-suppressed T1 weighted sequences (post-contrast T1), and DWI sequences...
March 14, 2018: Abdominal Radiology
Kambiz Rahbar, Ali Afshar-Oromieh, Martin Bögemann, Stefan Wagner, Michael Schäfers, Lars Stegger, Matthias Weckesser
PURPOSE: PSMA-targeted PET in patients with prostate cancer (PCa) has a significant impact on treatment decisions. By far the most frequently used PSMA ligand is68 Ga-labelled PSMA-11. However, due to the availability of larger amounts of activity,18 F-labelled PSMA ligands are of major interest. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the biodistribution and performance of the novel18 F-labelled ligand PSMA-1007 at two different time points. METHODS: This retrospective analysis included 40 consecutive patients (mean age 68...
March 14, 2018: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Andrew J Lawrence, Daniel J Tozer, Emmanuel A Stamatakis, Hugh S Markus
Objective: MRI measures of network integrity may be useful disease markers in cerebral small vessel disease (SVD). We compared the sensitivity and reproducibility of MRI derived structural and functional network measures in healthy controls and SVD subjects. Methods: Diffusion tractography and resting state fMRI were used to create connectivity matrices from 26 subjects with symptomatic MRI confirmed lacunar stroke and 19 controls. Matrices were constructed at multiple scales based on a multi-resolution cortical atlas and at multiple thresholds for the matrix density...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
Bin Deng, Mats Lundqvist, Qianqian Fang, Stefan A Carp
Near-infrared diffuse optical tomography (NIR-DOT) is an emerging technology that offers hemoglobin based, functional imaging tumor biomarkers for breast cancer management. The most promising clinical translation opportunities are in the differential diagnosis of malignant vs. benign lesions, and in early response assessment and guidance for neoadjuvant chemotherapy. Accurate quantification of the tissue oxy- and deoxy-hemoglobin concentration across the field of view, as well as repeatability during longitudinal imaging in the context of therapy guidance, are essential for the successful translation of NIR-DOT to clinical practice...
March 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
Shuko Hakata, Jun Terashima, Yu Shimoyama, Kouji Okada, Shiho Fujioka, Erika Ito, Wataru Habano, Shogo Ozawa
Irinotecan (CPT-11) is a key therapeutic drug used in the treatment of colorectal cancer, although acquired or constitutive resistance to CPT-11 (and its activated metabolite SN-38) can lead to tumor progression. Since the acquisition of drug resistance can result from DNA hypermethylation, the antitumor activity of CPT-11 and SN-38 was assessed in combination with a known DNA methyltransferase inhibitor, 5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine, also known as decitabine (DAC). DAC potentiated the antitumor activity of CPT-11 additively, and that of SN-38 synergistically, as measured by colony formation in the human colorectal cancer HCT116 cell line...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Cuimei Zhang, Shangli Shi
Drought severely limits global plant distribution and agricultural production. Elucidating the physiological and molecular mechanisms governing alfalfa stress responses will contribute to the improvement of drought tolerance in leguminous crops. In this study, the physiological and proteomic responses of two alfalfa ( Medicago sativa L.) varieties contrasting in drought tolerance, Longzhong (drought-tolerant) and Gannong No. 3 (drought-sensitive), were comparatively assayed when seedlings were exposed to -1...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Danielle M Clancy, Graeme P Sullivan, Hannah B T Moran, Conor M Henry, Emer P Reeves, Noel G McElvaney, Ed C Lavelle, Seamus J Martin
Neutrophil granule proteases are thought to function as anti-microbial effectors, cooperatively hydrolyzing microorganisms within phagosomes, or upon deployment into the extracellular space. However, evidence also suggests that neutrophil proteases play an important role in the coordination and escalation of inflammatory reactions, but how this is achieved has been obscure. IL-1 family cytokines are important initiators of inflammation and are typically released via necrosis but require proteolytic processing for activation...
March 13, 2018: Cell Reports
Philippe A Melas, Johanna S Qvist, Matteo Deidda, Chirag Upreti, Ya Bin Wei, Fabrizio Sanna, Walter Fratta, Maria Scherma, Paola Fadda, Denise B Kandel, Eric R Kandel
Reduced eukaryotic Initiation Factor 2 (eIF2)α phosphorylation (p-eIF2α) enhances protein synthesis, memory formation, and addiction-like behaviors. However, p-eIF2α has not been examined with regard to psychoactive cannabinoids and cross-sensitization. Here, we find that a cannabinoid receptor agonist (WIN 55,212-2 mesylate [WIN]) reduced p-eIF2α in vitro by upregulating GADD34 (PPP1R15A), the recruiter of protein phosphatase 1 (PP1). The induction of GADD34 was linked to ERK/CREB signaling and to CREB-binding protein (CBP)-mediated histone hyperacetylation at the Gadd34 locus...
March 13, 2018: Cell Reports
Erika Toda, Yukinosuke Ohnishi, Takashi Okamoto
Upon double fertilization, one sperm cell fuses with the egg cell to form a zygote with a 1:1 maternal-to-paternal genome ratio (1m:1p), and another sperm cell fuses with the central cell to form a triploid primary endosperm cell with a 2m:1p ratio, resulting in formation of the embryo and the endosperm, respectively. The endosperm is known to be considerably sensitive to the ratio of the parental genome. However, in contrast to endosperm, the effect of an imbalance of the parental genome on zygotic development/embryogenesis has not been well addressed, because it is difficult to reproduce the parental genome-imbalanced situation in zygotes and to monitor the developmental profile of zygotes without external effects from endosperm...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Experimental Botany
Bernadette O Erokwu, Christian E Anderson, Chris A Flask, Katherine M Dell
BACKGROUND: Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease (ARPKD) is associated with significant mortality and morbidity and there are currently no disease-specific treatments available for ARPKD patients. One major limitation in establishing new therapies for ARPKD is a lack of sensitive measures of kidney disease progression. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) can provide multiple quantitative assessments of disease. METHODS: We applied quantitative image analysis of high resolution (non-contrast) T2-weighted MRI techniques to study cystic kidney disease progression and response to therapy in the PCK rat model of ARPKD...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Research
Eric W Schneider, Samuel C Fowler
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Optical coherence tomography angiography (OCT-A) provides rapid, flow-based imaging of the retinal and choroidal vasculature in a noninvasive manner. This review contrasts this novel technique with conventional angiography and discusses its current uses and limitations in the management of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). RECENT FINDINGS: Initial work with OCT-A has focused on its ability to identify choriocapillaris flow alterations in dry AMD and to sensitively detect choroidal neovascular membranes (CNVs) in neovascular AMD...
March 13, 2018: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
Lie Wang, Giri Kumar Chandaka, Robert C Foehring, Joseph C Callaway, William E Armstrong
Oxytocin (OT) neurons exhibit larger afterhyperpolarizations (AHPs) following spike trains during pregnancy and lactation, when these neurons burst and release more OT. Calcium-dependent AHPs mediated by SK channels show this plasticity, and are reduced when the channel is phosphorylated by casein kinase 2 (CK2), and increased when dephosphorylated by protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A), by altering Ca2+ sensitivity. We compared AHP currents in supraoptic OT neurons after CK2 inhibition with 4,5,6,7-tetrabromobenzotriazole (TBB), or PP1-PP2A inhibition with okadaic acid (OA) focusing on the peak current at 100 ms representing the SK-mediated, medium AHP (ImAHP )...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Neurophysiology
Dvora Izgelov, Irina Cherniakov, Gefen Aldouby Bier, Abraham J Domb, Amnon Hoffman
In recent years, Phase II metabolism, as a first pass metabolism process occurring to the parent drug, is gaining more and more attention. This is due to its acknowledged significance in drug development as well as drug-drug interactions. However, the predominant role of Phase I metabolism has always overshadowed Phase II metabolism, resulting in insufficient data regarding its mechanisms. In this paper, we investigate the effect of an advanced lipid based drug delivery system on Phase II metabolism at the intestinal level of the enterocytes monolayer...
March 14, 2018: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Soenke Boettger, David Garcia Nuñez, Rafael Meyer, Andre Richter, Alain Rudiger, Maria Schubert, Josef Jenewein
BACKGROUND: With its high incidence and subsequent adverse consequences in the intensive care setting, several instruments have been developed to screen for and detect delirium. One of the more commonly used is the Intensive Care Delirium Screening Checklist (ICDSC); however, the optimal cut-off score indicating delirium has been debated. METHODS: In this prospective cohort study, the ICDSC threshold for delirium set at ≥3, ≥4, or ≥5 was compared with the DSM-IV-TR-determined diagnosis of delirium (used as standard), and with the Confusion Assessment Method for the ICU (CAM-ICU), with respect to their concurrent validity...
March 14, 2018: Swiss Medical Weekly
Changting Xiao, Satya Dash, Priska Stahel, Gary F Lewis
The effects of intranasal insulin on the regulation of endogenous glucose production (EGP) in individuals with insulin resistance were assessed in a single-blind, crossover study. Overweight or obese insulin resistant men (n=7; BMI 35.4 +/- 4.4 kg/m2 ; HOMA-IR 5.6+/-1.6) received intranasal spray of either 40 IU insulin lispro or placebo in 2 randomized visits. Acute systemic spillover of intranasal insulin into the circulation was matched with a 30-min intravenous infusion of insulin lispro in the nasal placebo arm...
March 14, 2018: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
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