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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101867/myosin-and-actin-filaments-in-muscle-structures-and-interactions
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John M Squire, Danielle M Paul, Edward P Morris
In the last decade, improvements in electron microscopy and image processing have permitted significantly higher resolutions to be achieved (sometimes <1 nm) when studying isolated actin and myosin filaments. In the case of actin filaments the changing structure when troponin binds calcium ions can be followed using electron microscopy and single particle analysis to reveal what happens on each of the seven non-equivalent pseudo-repeats of the tropomyosin α-helical coiled-coil. In the case of the known family of myosin filaments not only are the myosin head arrangements under relaxing conditions being defined, but the latest analysis, also using single particle methods, is starting to reveal the way that the α-helical coiled-coil myosin rods are packed to give the filament backbones...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101713/macro-and-microelement-content-and-other-properties-of-chaenomeles-japonica-l-fruit-and-protective-effects-of-its-aqueous-extract-on-hepatocyte-metabolism
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Irena Baranowska-Bosiacka, Beata Bosiacka, Julita Rast, Izabela Gutowska, Jolanta Wolska, Ewa Rębacz-Maron, Kamila Dębia, Katarzyna Janda, Jan Korbecki, Dariusz Chlubek
This growing interest in the cultivation of Japanese quince Chaenomeles japonica L. results from the potentially beneficial properties of its fruit. Fresh fruits are very firm and too acidic to eat raw, but their bioactive components, distinctive aroma, and high amount of dietary fiber make the fruits well suited for industrial processing. However, not all the properties of the fruit have been investigated. For example, there are no comprehensive reports about the mineral content or potentially harmful effects on liver metabolism...
January 18, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101427/dynamic-imaging-and-quantitative-analysis-of-cranial-neural-tube-closure-in-the-mouse-embryo-using-optical-coherence-tomography
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Shang Wang, Monica D Garcia, Andrew L Lopez, Paul A Overbeek, Kirill V Larin, Irina V Larina
Neural tube closure is a critical feature of central nervous system morphogenesis during embryonic development. Failure of this process leads to neural tube defects, one of the most common forms of human congenital defects. Although molecular and genetic studies in model organisms have provided insights into the genes and proteins that are required for normal neural tube development, complications associated with live imaging of neural tube closure in mammals limit efficient morphological analyses. Here, we report the use of optical coherence tomography (OCT) for dynamic imaging and quantitative assessment of cranial neural tube closure in live mouse embryos in culture...
January 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101340/pseudo-continuous-arterial-spin-labeling-imaging-of-cerebral-blood-perfusion-asymmetry-in-drug-na%C3%A3-ve-patients-with-first-episode-major-depression
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Guangdong Chen, Haiman Bian, Deguo Jiang, Mingwei Cui, Shengzhang Ji, Mei Liu, Xu Lang, Chuanjun Zhuo
Many previous studies have reported that regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) aberrations may be one of the pathological characteristics of depression and rCBF has demonstrated a certain degree of asymmetry. However, studies investigating the cerebral blood perfusion asymmetry changes of drug-naïve patients experiencing their first episode of major depression using pseudo-continuous arterial spin labeling (pCASL) are rare. Ten drug-naïve patients experiencing their first major depression episode and 15 healthy volunteers were enrolled in the current study...
December 2016: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100426/ferumoxytol-mra-for-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-planning-with-renal-insufficiency
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Kimberly Kallianos, Travis S Henry, Yerem Yeghiazarians, Jeffrey Zimmet, Kendrick A Shunk, Elaine E Tseng, Vaikom Mahadevan, Michael D Hope
BACKGROUND: Computed tomography angiography (CTA) is the test of choice for pre-procedure imaging of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) candidates. The iodinated contrast required, however, increases the risk of renal dysfunction in patients with pre-existing renal failure. Ferumoxytol is a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent that can be used with renal failure. Its long vascular resonance time allows gated MRA sequences that approach CTA in image quality. We present respiratory and cardiac gated MRA enabled by ferumoxytol that can be post-processed in an analogous fashion to CTA...
December 30, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100246/genetic-effect-of-interleukin-1-beta-c-511t-polymorphism-on-the-structural-covariance-network-and-white-matter-integrity-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Chi-Wei Huang, Shih-Wei Hsu, Shih-Jen Tsai, Nai-Ching Chen, Mu-En Liu, Chen-Chang Lee, Shu-Hua Huang, Weng-Neng Chang, Ya-Ting Chang, Wan-Chen Tsai, Chiung-Chih Chang
BACKGROUND: Inflammatory processes play a pivotal role in the degenerative process of Alzheimer's disease. In humans, a biallelic (C/T) polymorphism in the promoter region (position-511) (rs16944) of the interleukin-1 beta gene has been significantly associated with differences in the secretory capacity of interleukin-1 beta. In this study, we investigated whether this functional polymorphism mediates the brain networks in patients with Alzheimer's disease. METHODS: We enrolled a total of 135 patients with Alzheimer's disease (65 males, 70 females), and investigated their gray matter structural covariance networks using 3D T1 magnetic resonance imaging and their white matter macro-structural integrities using fractional anisotropy...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100205/a-fast-and-effective-determination-of-the-biodistribution-and-subcellular-localization-of-fluorescent-immunoliposomes-in-freshly-excised-animal-organs
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Felista L Tansi, Ronny Rüger, Ansgar M Kollmeier, Claudia Böhm, Roland E Kontermann, Ulf K Teichgraeber, Alfred Fahr, Ingrid Hilger
BACKGROUND: Preclinical research implementing fluorescence-based approaches is inevitable for drug discovery and technology. For example, a variety of contrast agents developed for biomedical imaging are usually evaluated in cell systems and animal models based on their conjugation to fluorescent dyes. Biodistribution studies of excised organs are often performed by macroscopic imaging, whereas the subcellular localization though vital, is often neglected or further validated by histological procedures...
January 18, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099170/exploring-the-ability-of-the-nalidixate-to-sensitize-visible-and-near-infrared-emitting-lanthanide-iii-cations
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Svetlana V Eliseeva, Valerii S Liasotkyi, Iurii P Golovach, Pavel G Doga, Valery P Antonovich, Stéphane Petoud, Svetlana B Meshkova
Recently, a strong interest has been directed towards near-infrared (NIR) emitting lanthanide(III) compounds as they do possess complementary advantages in respect to organic molecules and semi-conductor nanocrystals, especially in the fields of biological analysis and imaging. To benefit from their emission, a key requirement to fulfill is the sensitization of lanthanide(III) cations with an appropriate chromophore. This condition is especially challenging to address for the lanthanide(III) cations emitting in the NIR...
January 18, 2017: Methods and Applications in Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098963/scaffolding-of-enzymes-on-virus-nanoarrays-effects-of-confinement-and-virus-organization-on-biocatalysis
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Anisha N Patel, Agnès Anne, Arnaud Chovin, Christophe Demaille, Eric Grelet, Thierry Michon, Cécilia Taofifenua
Organizing active enzyme molecules on nanometer-sized scaffolds is a promising strategy for designing highly efficient supported catalytic systems for biosynthetic and sensing applications. This is achieved by designing model nanoscale enzymatic platforms followed by thorough analysis of the catalytic activity. Herein, the virus fd bacteriophage is considered as an enzyme nanocarrier to study the scaffolding effects on enzymatic activity. Nanoarrays of randomly oriented, or directionally patterned, fd bacteriophage virus are functionalized with the enzyme glucose oxidase (GOx), using an immunological assembly strategy, directly on a gold electrode support...
January 18, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097640/priming-increases-the-anti-tumor-effect-and-therapeutic-window-of-177-lu-octreotate-in-nude-mice-bearing-human-small-intestine-neuroendocrine-tumor-got1
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Johanna Dalmo, Johan Spetz, Mikael Montelius, Britta Langen, Yvonne Arvidsson, Henrik Johansson, Toshima Z Parris, Khalil Helou, Bo Wängberg, Ola Nilsson, Maria Ljungberg, Eva Forssell-Aronsson
BACKGROUND: (177)Lu-[DOTA(0), Tyr(3)]-octreotate ((177)Lu-octreotate) is used for treatment of patients with somatostatin receptor (SSTR) expressing neuroendocrine tumors. However, complete tumor remission is rarely seen, and optimization of treatment protocols is needed. In vitro studies have shown that irradiation can up-regulate the expression of SSTR1, 2 and 5, and increase (177)Lu-octreotate uptake. The aim of the present study was to examine the anti-tumor effect of a (177)Lu-octreotate priming dose followed 24 h later by a second injection of (177)Lu-octreotate compared to a single administration of (177)Lu-octreotate, performed on the human small intestine neuroendocrine tumor cell line, GOT1, transplanted to nude mice...
December 2017: EJNMMI Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097499/automating-perforator-flap-mra-and-cta-reporting
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Christopher J Lange, Nanda Deepa Thimmappa, Srikanth R Boddu, Silvina P Dutruel, Mengchao Pei, Zerwa Farooq, Ashkan Heshmatzadeh Behzadi, Yi Wang, Ramin Zabih, Martin R Prince
Surgical breast reconstruction after mastectomy requires precise perforator coordinates/dimensions, perforator course, and fat volume in a radiology report. Automatic perforator reporting software was implemented as an OsiriX Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) viewer plugin. For perforator analysis, the user identifies a reference point (e.g., umbilicus) and marks each perforating artery/vein bundle with multiple region of interest (ROI) points along its course beginning at the muscle-fat interface...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Digital Imaging: the Official Journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096471/resolving-the-brainstem-contributions-to-attentional-analgesia-in-man
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Jonathan C W Brooks, Wendy-Elizabeth Davies, Anthony E Pickering
: Previous human imaging studies manipulating attention or expectancy have identified the periaqueductal gray (PAG) as a key brainstem structure implicated in endogenous analgesia. However, animal studies indicate that PAG analgesia is mediated largely via caudal brainstem structures like the rostral ventromedial medulla (RVM) and locus coeruleus (LC). To identify their involvement in endogenous analgesia, we used brainstem optimised, whole-brain imaging to record responses to concurrent thermal stimulation (left forearm) and visual attention tasks of titrated difficulty in 20 healthy subjects...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095613/xenopus-egg-extract-to-study-regulation-of-genome-wide-and-locus-specific-dna-replication
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REVIEW
Erica Raspelli, Lucia Falbo, Vincenzo Costanzo
Faithful DNA replication, coupled with accurate repair of DNA damage, is essential to maintain genome stability and relies on different DNA metabolism genes. Many of these genes are involved in the assembly of replication origins, in the coordination of DNA repair to protect replication forks progression in the presence of DNA damage and in the replication of repetitive chromatin regions. Some DNA metabolism genes are essential in higher eukaryotes, suggesting the existence of specialized mechanisms of repair and replication in organisms with complex genomes...
January 17, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095493/thoracic-temporal-subtraction-three-dimensional-computed-tomography-3d-ct-screening-for-vertebral-metastases-of-primary-lung-cancers
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Shingo Iwano, Rintaro Ito, Hiroyasu Umakoshi, Takatoshi Karino, Tsutomu Inoue, Yuanzhong Li, Shinji Naganawa
PURPOSE: We developed an original, computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) software that subtracts the initial thoracic vertebral three-dimensional computed tomography (3D-CT) image from the follow-up 3D-CT image. The aim of this study was to investigate the efficacy of this CAD software during screening for vertebral metastases on follow-up CT images of primary lung cancer patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The interpretation experiment included 30 sets of follow-up CT scans in primary lung cancer patients and was performed by two readers (readers A and B), who each had 2...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095330/usnic-acid-and-atranorin-exert-selective-cytostatic-and-anti-invasive-effects-on-human-prostate-and-melanoma-cancer-cells
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A Galanty, P Koczurkiewicz, D Wnuk, M Paw, E Karnas, I Podolak, M Węgrzyn, M Borusiewicz, Z Madeja, J Czyż, M Michalik
OBJECTIVES AND METHODS: Lichens are an interesting source of potential anti-tumor compounds, among which usnic acid and atranorin seem to be the most promising, but their impact on invasive potential of tumor cells has not yet been comprehensively addressed. The aim of the study was focused on the impact of the two lichen metabolites, on the viability (by Trypan blue test and fluoresceine diacetate and ethidium bromide assay), proliferation (cell counting in a Bürker's chamber), apoptosis (flow cytometry analysis and Western blot) and motile activity (cell movement recording and image analysis) and actin cytoskeleton organization (immunofluorescent staining) of melanoma HTB-140, prostate cancers DU-145 and PC-3, normal human skin fibroblasts and prostate epithelial PNT2 cells, with special emphasis to their selectivity and versatility...
January 14, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094895/a-simple-2d-composite-image-analysis-technique-for-the-crystal-growth-study-of-l-ascorbic-acid
#16
Krishan Kumar, Virender Kumar, Jatin Lal, Harmeet Kaur, Jasbir Singh
This work was destined for 2D crystal growth studies of l-ascorbic acid using the composite image analysis technique. Growth experiments on the l-ascorbic acid crystals were carried out by standard (optical) microscopy, laser diffraction analysis, and composite image analysis. For image analysis, the growth of l-ascorbic acid crystals was captured as digital 2D RGB images, which were then processed to composite images. After processing, the crystal boundaries emerged as white lines against the black (cancelled) background...
January 17, 2017: Microscopy Research and Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094464/test-retest-reliability-of-functional-connectivity-networks-during-naturalistic-fmri-paradigms
#17
Jiahui Wang, Yudan Ren, Xintao Hu, Vinh Thai Nguyen, Lei Guo, Junwei Han, Christine Cong Guo
Functional connectivity analysis has become a powerful tool for probing the human brain function and its breakdown in neuropsychiatry disorders. So far, most studies adopted resting-state paradigm to examine functional connectivity networks in the brain, thanks to its low demand and high tolerance that are essential for clinical studies. However, the test-retest reliability of resting-state connectivity measures is moderate, potentially due to its low behavioral constraint. On the other hand, naturalistic neuroimaging paradigms, an emerging approach for cognitive neuroscience with high ecological validity, could potentially improve the reliability of functional connectivity measures...
January 17, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093261/experimental-evaluation-of-a-new-morphological-approximation-of-the-articular-surfaces-of-the-ankle-joint
#18
Claudio Belvedere, Sorin Siegler, Andrea Ensini, Jason Toy, Paolo Caravaggi, Ramya Namani, Giulia Giannini, Stefano Durante, Alberto Leardini
The mechanical characteristics of the ankle such as its kinematics and load transfer properties are influenced by the geometry of the articulating surfaces. A recent, image-based study found that these surfaces can be approximated by a saddle-shaped, skewed, truncated cone with its apex oriented laterally. The goal of this study was to establish a reliable experimental technique to study the relationship between the geometry of the articular surfaces of the ankle and its mobility and stability characteristics and to use this technique to determine if morphological approximations of the ankle surfaces based on recent discoveries, produce close to normal behavior...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092533/linear-system-models-for-ultrasonic-imaging-intensity-signal-statistics
#19
Craig Abbey, Yang Zhu, Sara Bahramian, Michael Insana
Despite a great deal of work characterizing the statistical properties of radio-frequency backscattered ultrasound signals, less is known about the statistical properties of demodulated intensity signals. Analysis of intensity is made more difficult by a strong nonlinearity that arises in the process of demodulation. This limits our ability to characterize the spatial resolution and noise properties of B-mode ultrasound images. In this work, we generalize earlier results on two-point intensity covariance using a multivariate systems approach...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092321/dexmedetomidine-disrupts-the-local-and-global-efficiencies-of-large-scale-brain-networks
#20
Javeria A Hashmi, Marco L Loggia, Sheraz Khan, Lei Gao, Jieun Kim, Vitaly Napadow, Emery N Brown, Oluwaseun Akeju
BACKGROUND: A clear understanding of the neural basis of consciousness is fundamental to research in clinical and basic neuroscience disciplines and anesthesia. Recently, decreased efficiency of information integration was suggested as a core network feature of propofol-induced unconsciousness. However, it is unclear whether this finding can be generalized to dexmedetomidine, which has a different molecular target. METHODS: Dexmedetomidine was administered as a 1-μg/kg bolus over 10 min, followed by a 0...
January 16, 2017: Anesthesiology
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