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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549727/topographic-analysis-by-atomic-force-microscopy-of-proteoliposomes-matrix-vesicle-mimetics-harboring-tnap-and-anxa5
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Maytê Bolean, Ivana A Borin, Ana M S Simão, Massimo Bottini, Luis A Bagatolli, Marc F Hoylaerts, José L Millán, Pietro Ciancaglini
Atomic force microscopy (AFM) is one of the most commonly used scanning probe microscopy techniques for nanoscale imaging and characterization of lipid-based particles. However, obtaining images of such particles using AFM is still a challenge. The present study extends the capabilities of AFM to the characterization of proteoliposomes, a special class of liposomes composed of lipids and proteins, mimicking matrix vesicles (MVs) involved in the biomineralization process. To this end, proteoliposomes were synthesized, composed of 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DPPC) and 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phospho-L-serine (DPPS), with inserted tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase (TNAP) and/or annexin V (AnxA5), both characteristic proteins of osteoblast-derived MVs...
May 23, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549448/statistical-permutation-based-artery-mapping-spam-a-novel-approach-to-evaluate-imaging-signals-in-the-vessel-wall
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Robert Seifert, Aaron Scherzinger, Friedemann Kiefer, Sven Hermann, Xiaoyi Jiang, Michael A Schäfers
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide. A prominent cause of cardiovascular events is atherosclerosis, a chronic inflammation of the arterial wall that leads to the formation of so called atherosclerotic plaques. There is a strong clinical need to develop new, non-invasive vascular imaging techniques in order to identify high-risk plaques, which might escape detection using conventional methods based on the assessment of the luminal narrowing. In this context, molecular imaging strategies based on fluorescent tracers and fluorescence reflectance imaging (FRI) seem well suited to assess molecular and cellular activity...
May 26, 2017: BMC Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549411/fluorender-joint-freehand-segmentation-and-visualization-for-many-channel-fluorescence-data-analysis
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Yong Wan, Hideo Otsuna, Holly A Holman, Brig Bagley, Masayoshi Ito, A Kelsey Lewis, Mary Colasanto, Gabrielle Kardon, Kei Ito, Charles Hansen
BACKGROUND: Image segmentation and registration techniques have enabled biologists to place large amounts of volume data from fluorescence microscopy, morphed three-dimensionally, onto a common spatial frame. Existing tools built on volume visualization pipelines for single channel or red-green-blue (RGB) channels have become inadequate for the new challenges of fluorescence microscopy. For a three-dimensional atlas of the insect nervous system, hundreds of volume channels are rendered simultaneously, whereas fluorescence intensity values from each channel need to be preserved for versatile adjustment and analysis...
May 26, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549292/globally-supported-radial-basis-function-based-collocation-method-for-evolution-of-level-set-in-mass-segmentation-using-mammograms
#4
Kanchan Lata Kashyap, Manish Kumar Bajpai, Pritee Khanna
Computer-aided detection systems play an important role for the detection of breast abnormalities using mammograms. Global segmentation of mass in mammograms is a complex process due to low contrast mammogram images, irregular shape of mass, speculated margins, and the presence of intensity variations of pixels. This work presents a new approach for mass detection in mammograms, which is based on the variational level set function. Mesh-free based radial basis function (RBF) collocation approach is employed for the evolution of level set function for segmentation of breast as well as suspicious mass region...
May 15, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548250/evolution-of-deep-gray-matter-volume-across-the-human-lifespan
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Karl Narvacan, Sarah Treit, Richard Camicioli, Wayne Martin, Christian Beaulieu
Magnetic resonance imaging of subcortical gray matter structures, which mediate behavior, cognition and the pathophysiology of several diseases, is crucial for establishing typical maturation patterns across the human lifespan. This single site study examines T1-weighted MPRAGE images of 3 healthy cohorts: (i) a cross-sectional cohort of 406 subjects aged 5-83 years; (ii) a longitudinal neurodevelopment cohort of 84 subjects scanned twice approximately 4 years apart, aged 5-27 years at first scan; and (iii) a longitudinal aging cohort of 55 subjects scanned twice approximately 3 years apart, aged 46-83 years at first scan...
May 26, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548240/viscoelastic-computational-modeling-of-the-human-head-neck-system-eigenfrequencies-and-time-dependent-analysis
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E Boccia, A Gizzi, C Cherubini, M G C Nestola, S Filippi
A subject-specific three-dimensional viscoelastic finite element model of the human head-neck system is presented and investigated based on Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance biomedical images. Ad hoc imaging processing tools are developed for the reconstruction of the simulation domain geometry and the internal distribution of bone and soft tissues. Materials viscoelastic properties are characterized point-wise through an image-based interpolating function used then for assigning the constitutive prescriptions of a heterogenous viscoelastic continuum model...
May 26, 2017: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545887/how-to-identify-high-radiation-burden-from-computed-tomography-an-example-in-obese-children
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Daniel L Lodwick, Jennifer N Cooper, Brent Adler, Choonsik Lee, Kelly Kelleher, Peter C Minneci, Katherine J Deans
BACKGROUND: Radiation burden from the use of computed tomography (CT) imaging may not be evenly distributed. We tested whether overweight and obese children receive higher radiation burden from CT imaging. METHODS: An automated software tool (DoseWizard) assessed patient-level radiation dose from CT and merged results with clinical data from the electronic health record. CT scans of the head, chest, and abdomen/pelvis (A/P) performed at our institution from January 2013 to August 2015 on patients aged <16 y were processed using this software...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545677/information-granules-in-image-histogram-analysis
#8
Wojciech Wieclawek
A concept of granular computing employed in intensity-based image enhancement is discussed. First, a weighted granular computing idea is introduced. Then, the implementation of this term in the image processing area is presented. Finally, multidimensional granular histogram analysis is introduced. The proposed approach is dedicated to digital images, especially to medical images acquired by Computed Tomography (CT). As the histogram equalization approach, this method is based on image histogram analysis. Yet, unlike the histogram equalization technique, it works on a selected range of the pixel intensity and is controlled by two parameters...
May 10, 2017: Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics: the Official Journal of the Computerized Medical Imaging Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544826/preoperative-computed-tomography-scan-analysis-of-interleaflets-triangles-to-guide-aortic-root-repair-procedures
#9
Claudia Romagnoni, Andrea Mangini, Monica Contino, Rubina Rosa, Sonia Ippolito, Guido Gelpi, Carlo Antona
BACKGROUND: Stabilization of the ventriculo-aortic junction (VAJ) is gaining increasing interest in the context of aortic valve repair, since its dilation is a well-recognized risk factor for long-term repair failure. Interleaflets triangles are key elements of the VAJ, but cannot be completely visualized using echocardiography. A three-dimensional (3D) reconstruction of electrocardiogram-triggered computed tomography (CT) scan images allows an analysis of the real dimensions and anatomic characteristics of the subcommissural triangles...
January 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544269/a-novel-approach-for-early-evaluation-of-orthodontic-process-by-a-numerical-thermo-mechanical-analysis
#10
Z Heidary, A Mojra, M Shirazi, M Bazargan
The main objective of this paper is to propose a novel method that provides an opportunity to evaluate an orthodontic process at early phase of the treatment. This was accomplished by finding out a correlation between the applied orthodontic force and thermal variations in the tooth structure. To this end, geometry of the human tooth surrounded by the connective soft tissue called the periodontal ligament and the bone was constructed by employing dental CT scan images of a specific case. The periodontal ligament was modeled by finite strain viscoelastic model through a nonlinear stress-strain relation (hyperelasticity) and nonlinear stress-time relation (viscoelasticity)...
May 21, 2017: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543966/development-of-a-quantitative-assessment-method-of-pigmentary-skin-disease-using-ultraviolet-optical-imaging
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Onseok Lee, Sunup Park, Jaeyoung Kim, Chilhwan Oh
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: The visual scoring method has been used as a subjective evaluation of pigmentary skin disorders. Severity of pigmentary skin disease, especially melasma, is evaluated using a visual scoring method, the MASI (melasma area severity index). This study differentiates between epidermal and dermal pigmented disease. The study was undertaken to determine methods to quantitatively measure the severity of pigmentary skin disorders under ultraviolet illumination. METHODS: The optical imaging system consists of illumination (white LED, UV-A lamp) and image acquisition (DSLR camera, air cooling CMOS CCD camera)...
May 21, 2017: Skin Research and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543961/automated-low-contrast-pattern-recognition-algorithm-for-magnetic-resonance-image-quality-assessment
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Morgan Ehman, Zhonghao Bao, Scott A Stiving, Mallik Kasam, Dianna Lanners, Teresa Peterson, Renee Jonsgaard, Rickey Carter, Kiaran P McGee
PURPOSE: Low contrast (LC) detectability is a common test criterion for diagnostic radiologic quality control (QC) programs. Automation of this test is desirable in order to reduce human variability and to speed up analysis. However, automation is challenging due to the complexity of the human visual perception system and the ability to create algorithms that mimic this response. This paper describes the development and testing of an automated LC detection algorithm for use in the analysis of magnetic resonance (MR) images of the American College of Radiology (ACR) QC phantom...
May 24, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542266/underwater-sonar-image-detection-a-combination-of-non-local-spatial-information-and-quantum-inspired-shuffled-frog-leaping-algorithm
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Xingmei Wang, Shu Liu, Zhipeng Liu
This paper proposes a combination of non-local spatial information and quantum-inspired shuffled frog leaping algorithm to detect underwater objects in sonar images. Specifically, for the first time, the problem of inappropriate filtering degree parameter which commonly occurs in non-local spatial information and seriously affects the denoising performance in sonar images, was solved with the method utilizing a novel filtering degree parameter. Then, a quantum-inspired shuffled frog leaping algorithm based on new search mechanism (QSFLA-NSM) is proposed to precisely and quickly detect sonar images...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542141/an-enhanced-bioluminescence-based-annexin-v-probe-for-apoptosis-detection-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Trajen Head, Peter Dau, Stephanie Duffort, Pirouz Daftarian, Pratibha M Joshi, Roberto Vazquez-Padron, Sapna K Deo, Sylvia Daunert
The process of controlled cellular death known as apoptosis has an important central role not only in normal homeostatic maintenance of tissues, but also in numerous diseases such as cancer, neurodegenerative, autoimmune, and cardiovascular diseases. As a result, new technologies with the capability to selectively detect apoptotic cells represent a central focus of research for the study of these conditions. We have developed a new biosensor for the detection of apoptotic cells, incorporating the targeted selectivity for apoptotic cells from Annexin V with the sensitivity of bioluminescence signal generation from a serum-stable mutant of Renilla luciferase (RLuc8)...
May 25, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541819/model-of-disc-degeneration-in-rat-tail-induced-through-a-vascular-isolation-of-vertebral-endplates
#15
Héctor Fernández-Susavila, Juan Pablo Pardo-Seco, Ramón Iglesias-Rey, Tomás Sobrino, Francisco Campos, Máximo Alberto Díez-Ulloa
Back pain is a major health problem. The degenerative cascade of the spine begins in the intervertebral disc, due to an impairment in the blood supply through the vertebral endplates. Our objective was to develop a novel disc degeneration model based on these premises, akin to the process in humans, in contrast to other proposed models (puncture, enzyme injection, aberrant loads,…) Material and methods: 37 Sprague-Dawley rats, 2 arms: (a) histological (n = 17, one died), en- bloc sections, Van Gieson staining, (Nisimura-Mochida criteria) and also collagen VI staining (tissue oxidative stress), four animals were euthanized every 2 weeks (2-8); and (b) imaging (n = 20, six wound sloughs), MRI 9...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541353/pendant-chain-engineering-to-fine-tune-the-nanomorphologies-and-solid-state-luminescence-of-naphthalimide-aieegens-application-to-phenolic-nitro-explosive-detection-in-water
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Niranjan Meher, Parameswar Krishnan Iyer
Strategically, a series of five angular "V" shaped naphthalimide AIEEgens with varying pendant chains (butyl, hexyl, octyl, cyclohexyl and methylcyclohexyl) have been synthesized to fine-tune their nanomorphological and photophysical properties. With similar aromatic cores and electronic states, unexpected tuning of the condensed state emission colors and nanomorphologies (reproducible on any kind of surface) of naphthalimides has been achieved for the first time simply by varying their side chains. Conclusive analysis by various spectroscopic techniques (SC-XRD, powder-XRD, DLS, FESEM) and DFT computational studies confirmed the full control of the pendant chain (in terms of bulkiness around the naphthalimide core, which restricts the ease of intermolecular π-π interactions) over the nanoaggregate morphology and solid state emissive properties of the AIEEgens; this can be rationalized to all aggregation-prone systems...
May 25, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540647/the-integration-of-social-influence-and-reward-computational-approaches-and-neural-evidence
#17
Damon Tomlin, Andrea Nedic, Deborah A Prentice, Philip Holmes, Jonathan D Cohen
Decades of research have established that decision-making is dramatically impacted by both the rewards an individual receives and the behavior of others. How do these distinct influences exert their influence on an individual's actions, and can the resulting behavior be effectively captured in a computational model? To address this question, we employed a novel spatial foraging game in which groups of three participants sought to find the most rewarding location in an unfamiliar two-dimensional space. As the game transitioned from one block to the next, the availability of information regarding other group members was varied systematically, revealing the relative impacts of feedback from the environment and information from other group members on individual decision-making...
May 24, 2017: Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540484/simultaneous-comparison-of-two-roller-compaction-techniques-and-two-particle-size-analysis-methods
#18
Tuomas Saarinen, Osmo Antikainen, Jouko Yliruusi
A new dry granulation technique, gas-assisted roller compaction (GARC), was compared with conventional roller compaction (CRC) by manufacturing 34 granulation batches. The process variables studied were roll pressure, roll speed, and sieve size of the conical mill. The main quality attributes measured were granule size and flow characteristics. Within granulations also the real applicability of two particle size analysis techniques, sieve analysis (SA) and fast imaging technique (Flashsizer, FS), was tested...
May 24, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539071/the-location-and-effects-of-visual-hemisphere-specific-stimulation-on-reading-fluency-in-children-with-the-characteristics-of-dyslexia
#19
Bobbie Jean Koen, Jacqueline Hawkins, Xi Zhu, Ben Jansen, Weihua Fan, Sharon Johnson
Fluency is used as an indicator of reading proficiency. Many students with reading disabilities are unable to benefit from typical interventions. This study is designed to replicate Lorusso, Facoetti, Paganoni, Pezzani, and Molteni's (2006) work using FlashWord, a computer program that tachistoscopically presents words in the right or left visual hemi-field in English and locates through fMRI imaging the processing areas involved in fluency development. Our participants were 15 students who were ages 8 to 19 years and had reading disabilities randomly assigned to Intervention ( n = 9) and Delayed Intervention ( n = 6) groups...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Learning Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539064/recent-advances-in-applying-mass-spectrometry-and-systems-biology-to-determine-brain-dynamics
#20
Enzo Scifo, Giulio Calza, Martin Fuhrmann, Rabah Soliymani, Marc Baumann, Maciej Lalowski
Neurological disorders encompass various pathologies which disrupt normal brain physiology and function. Poor understanding of their underlying molecular mechanisms and their societal burden argues for the necessity of novel prevention strategies, early diagnostic techniques and alternative treatment options to reduce the scale of their expected increase. Areas Covered: This review scrutinizes mass spectrometry based approaches used to investigate brain dynamics in various conditions, including neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders...
May 24, 2017: Expert Review of Proteomics
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