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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737289/comparison-of-pasl-pcasl-and-background-suppressed-3d-pcasl-in-mild-cognitive-impairment
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Sudipto Dolui, Marta Vidorreta, Ze Wang, Ilya M Nasrallah, Abass Alavi, David A Wolk, John A Detre
We compared three implementations of single-shot arterial spin labeled (ASL) perfusion magnetic resonance imaging: two-dimensional (2D) pulsed ASL (PASL), 2D pseudocontinuous ASL (PCASL), and background-suppressed (BS) 3D PCASL obtained in a cohort of patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and elderly controls. Study subjects also underwent (18) F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography ((18) F-FDG PET). While BS 3D PCASL showed the lowest (P < 0.001) gray matter-white matter cerebral blood flow (CBF) contrast ratio, it provided the highest (P < 0...
July 24, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736310/non-bold-contrast-for-laminar-fmri-in-humans-cbf-cbv-and-cmr02
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Laurentius Huber, Kâmil Uludağ, Harald E Möller
Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) using the blood oxygenation level-dependent (BOLD) contrast indirectly probes neuronal activity changes via evoked cerebral blood flow (CBF), cerebral blood volume (CBV) and cerebral metabolic rate of oxygen (CMR02) changes. The gradient-echo BOLD signal is mostly sensitive to ascending veins in the tissue and to pial veins. Thereby, the achievable spatial specificity to neuronal activation is limited. Furthermore, the non-linear interaction of CBF, CBV and CMR02 can hamper quantitative interpretations of the BOLD signal across cortical depths with different baseline physiology...
July 20, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733524/arginine-auxotrophic-gene-signature-in-paediatric-sarcomas-and-brain-tumours-provides-a-viable-target-for-arginine-depletion-therapies
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Ashley Vardon, Madhumita Dandapani, Daryl Cheng, Paul Cheng, Carmela De Santo, Francis Mussai
Paediatric sarcomas and brain tumours, remain cancers of significant unmet need, with a poor prognosis for patients with high risk disease or those who relapse, and significant morbidities from treatment for those that survive using standard treatment approaches. Novel treatment strategies, based on the underlying tumour biology, are needed to improve outcomes. Arginine is a semi-essential amino acid that is imported from the extracellular microenvironment or recycled from intracellular precursors through the combined expression of the enzymes ornithine transcarbamylase (OTC), argininosuccinate synthase (ASS) and argininosuccinate lyase (ASL) enzymes...
June 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732091/perfusion-of-surgical-cavity-wall-enhancement-in-early-post-treatment-mr-imaging-may-stratify-the-time-to-progression-in-glioblastoma
#4
Ji Eun Park, Kyoung Hwa Ryu, Ho Sung Kim, Hyo Won Kim, Woo Hyun Shim, Seung Chai Jung, Choong Gon Choi, Sang Joon Kim, Jeong Hoon Kim
OBJECTIVE: To determine if perfusion in surgical cavity wall enhancement (SCWE) obtained in early post-treatment MR imaging can stratify time-to-progression (TTP) in glioblastoma. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study enrolled 60 glioblastoma patients with more than 5-mm-thick SCWEs as detected on contrast-enhanced MR imaging after concurrent chemoradiation therapy. Two independent readers categorized the shape and perfusion state of SCWEs as nodular or non-nodular and as having positive or negative perfusion compared with the contralateral grey matter on arterial spin labeling (ASL)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729753/gesture-and-intonation-are-sister-systems-of-infant-communication-evidence-from-regression-patterns-of-language-development
#5
David P Snow
This study investigates infants' transition from nonverbal to verbal communication using evidence from regression patterns. As an example of regressions, prelinguistic infants learning American Sign Language (ASL) use pointing gestures to communicate. At the onset of single signs, however, these gestures disappear. Petitto (1987) attributed the regression to the children's discovery that pointing has two functions, namely, deixis and linguistic pronouns. The 1:2 relation (1 form, 2 functions) violates the simple 1:1 pattern that infants are believed to expect...
January 2017: Language Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726799/the-insular-cortex-dynamically-maps-changes-in-cardiorespiratory-interoception
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Mahlega S Hassanpour, W Kyle Simmons, Justin S Feinstein, Qingfei Luo, Rachel Lapidus, Jerzy Bodurka, Martin P Paulus, Sahib S Khalsa
Palpitations and dyspnea are fundamental to the human experience of panic anxiety, but it remains unclear how the brain dynamically represents changes in these interoceptive sensations. We used isoproterenol, a rapidly acting peripheral beta-adrenergic agonist similar to adrenaline, to induce sensations of palpitation and dyspnea in healthy individuals (n=23) during arterial spin labeling (ASL) functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). We hypothesized that the right mid-insular cortex, a central recipient of viscerosensory input, would preferentially respond during the peak period of cardiorespiratory stimulation...
July 20, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716242/a-novel-pathogenic-variant-in-an-iranian-ataxia-telangiectasia-family-revealed-by-next-generation-sequencing-followed-by-in-silico-analysis
#7
Mohammad Amin Tabatabaiefar, Paria Alipour, Azam Pourahmadiyan, Najmeh Fattahi, Laleh Shariati, Neda Golchin, Javad Mohammadi-Asl
Ataxia telangiectasia (A-T) is a neurodegenerative autosomal recessive disorder with the main characteristics of progressive cerebellar degeneration, sensitivity to ionizing radiation, immunodeficiency, telangiectasia, premature aging, recurrent sinopulmonary infections, and increased risk of malignancy, especially of lymphoid origin. Ataxia Telangiectasia Mutated gene, ATM, as a causative gene for the A-T disorder, encodes the ATM protein, which plays an important role in the activation of cell-cycle checkpoints and initiation of DNA repair in response to DNA damage...
August 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712714/spinning-slithole-collimation-for-high-sensitivity-small-animal-spect-design-and-assessment-using-gate-simulation
#8
Hojjat Mahani, Gholamreza Raisali, Alireza Kamali-Asl, Mohammad Reza Ay
PURPOSE: While traditional collimations are widely used in preclinical SPECT imaging, they usually suffer from possessing a low system sensitivity leading to noisy images. In this study, we are aiming at introducing a novel collimator, the slithole, offering a superior resolution-sensitivity tradeoff for small animal SPECT. METHODS: The collimator was designed for a molecular SPECT scanner, the HiReSPECT. The slithole is a knife-edge narrow long aperture extended across long-axis of the camera's head...
July 13, 2017: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712307/deaf-a-concept-analysis-from-a-cultural-perspective-using-the-wilson-method-of-concept-analysis-development
#9
Kathy M Pendergrass, Susan D Newman, Elaine Jones, Carolyn H Jenkins
The purpose of this article is to provide an analysis of the concept Deaf to increase health care provider (HCP) understanding from a cultural perspective. Deaf signers, people with hearing loss who communicate primarily in American Sign Language (ASL), generally define the term Deaf as a cultural heritage. In the health care setting, the term deaf is most often defined as a pathological condition requiring medical intervention. When HCPs are unaware that there are both cultural and pathological views of hearing loss, significant barriers may exist between the HCP and the Deaf individual...
July 1, 2017: Clinical Nursing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712093/neurobiological-effect-of-selective-brain-cooling-after-concussive-injury
#10
Alexa Walter, Katie Finelli, Xiaoxiao Bai, Brian Johnson, Thomas Neuberger, Peter Seidenberg, Timothy Bream, Mark Hallett, Semyon Slobounov
The search for effective treatment facilitating recovery from concussive injury, as well as reducing risk for recurrent concussion is an ongoing challenge. This study aimed to determine: a) feasibility of selective brain cooling to facilitate clinical symptoms resolution, and b) biological functions of the brain within athletes in acute phase of sports-related concussion. Selective brain cooling for 30 minutes using WElkins sideline cooling system was administered to student-athletes suffering concussive injury (n=12; tested within 5±3 days) and those without history of concussion (n=12)...
July 15, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711736/two-dose-investigation-of-the-5-ht-agonist-psilocybin-on-relative-and-global-cerebral-blood-flow
#11
Candace R Lewis, Katrin H Preller, Rainer Kraehenmann, Lars Michels, Philipp Stämpfli, Franz X Vollenweider
Psilocybin, the active compound in psychedelic mushrooms, is an agonist of various serotonin receptors. Seminal psilocybin positron emission tomography (PET) research suggested regional increases in glucose metabolism in frontal cortex (hyperfrontality). However, a recent arterial spin labeling (ASL) study suggests psilocybin may lead to hypo-perfusion in various brain regions. In this placebo-controlled, double-blind study we used pseudo-continuous ASL (pCASL) to measure perfusion changes, with and without adjustment for global brain perfusion, after two doses of oral psilocybin (low dose: 0...
July 12, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708440/model-calculations-of-regional-deposition-and-disposition-for-single-doses-of-inhaled-liposomal-and-dry-powder-ciprofloxacin
#12
Andrew R Martin, Warren H Finlay
BACKGROUND: Model predictions of regional deposition in the respiratory tract are useful in assessing factors that influence the effectiveness of aerosol delivery. Regional deposition models have previously been coupled with models of mucous production and clearance to estimate initial concentrations of drug deposited in the airway surface liquid (ASL) lining tracheobronchial airways. METHODS: Established models of regional deposition and ASL volumes were used to provide input to a new model evaluating the disposition of drug resulting from dissolution or release, absorption, and mucociliary clearance...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700603/the-language-of-glove-wireless-gesture-decoder-with-low-power-and-stretchable-hybrid-electronics
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Timothy F O'Connor, Matthew E Fach, Rachel Miller, Samuel E Root, Patrick P Mercier, Darren J Lipomi
This communication describes a glove capable of wirelessly translating the American Sign Language (ASL) alphabet into text displayable on a computer or smartphone. The key components of the device are strain sensors comprising a piezoresistive composite of carbon particles embedded in a fluoroelastomer. These sensors are integrated with a wearable electronic module consisting of digitizers, a microcontroller, and a Bluetooth radio. Finite-element analysis predicts a peak strain on the sensors of 5% when the knuckles are fully bent...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698151/the-effects-of-methamphetamine-and-buprenorphine-and-their-interaction-on-anxiety-like-behavior-and-locomotion-in-male-rats
#14
Farshid Etaee, Masoumeh Asadbegi, Zahra Taslimi, Siamak Shahidi, Abdolrahman Sarihi, Sara Soleimani Asl, Alireza Komaki
Methamphetamine (Meth) abuse and dependence are major global problems. Most of previous studies showed that Meth is anxiogenic. While buprenorphine (Bup) is used to treat anxiety-related behaviors, the effects of Meth in combination with Bup on anxiety-like behavior are unclear. In this study, we examined the effects of these drugs on anxiety-like behavior with the elevated plus maze (EPM) and open field (OF) tests, which are widely used to assess anxiety-like behavior in small rodents. Forty male Wistar rats were divided into four groups: sham, Meth, Bup, and Bup+Meth...
July 8, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696208/effects-of-coal-fly-ash-particulate-matter-on-the-antimicrobial-activity-of-airway-surface-liquid
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Luis G Vargas Buonfiglio, Imali A Mudunkotuwa, Mahmoud H Abou Alaiwa, Oriana G Vanegas Calderón, Jennifer A Borcherding, Alicia K Gerke, Joseph Zabner, Vicki H Grassian, Alejandro P Comellas
BACKGROUND: Sustained exposure to ambient particulate matter (PM) is a global cause of mortality. Coal fly ash (CFA) is a byproduct of coal combustion and is a source of anthropogenic PM with worldwide health relevance. The airway epithelia are lined with fluid called airway surface liquid (ASL), which contains antimicrobial proteins and peptides (AMPs). Cationic AMPs bind negatively charged bacteria to exert their antimicrobial activity. PM arriving in the airways could potentially interact with AMPs in the ASL to affect their antimicrobial activity...
July 5, 2017: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696180/epithelial-na-channel-inhibitors-for-the-treatment-of-cystic-fibrosis
#16
Nichola J Smith, Catherine F Solovay
The epithelial Na(+) channel (ENaC) is a key regulator of the volume of airway surface liquid (ASL) and is found in the human airway epithelium. In cystic fibrosis (CF), Na(+) hyperabsorption through ENaC, in the absence of cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator mediated anion secretion, results in the dehydration of respiratory secretions and the impairment of mucociliary clearance. The hypothesis of utilizing an ENaC blocking molecule to facilitate restoration of the airway surface liquid volume sufficiently to allow normal mucociliary clearance is of interest in the management of lung disease in CF patients...
July 11, 2017: Pharmaceutical Patent Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691308/assessment-of-hypertensive-cerebrovascular-alterations-with-multiband-look-locker-arterial-spin-labeling
#17
Yoojin Lee, Tae Kim
PURPOSE: To quantitatively assess the hypertension-induced cerebrovascular alterations by measuring the dynamics of arterial spin labeling (ASL) signals. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The multiband Look-Locker ASL (MB LL-ASL) technique was evaluated in comparison to a single-band LL-ASL for three healthy subjects. Also, seven healthy subjects were scanned to determine the strength of the vascular crushing gradients applied to separate arterial from tissue ASL signal. With the optimized MB LL-ASL technique, multiple parameters, cerebral blood flow (CBF), transit times to artery (tA ), and capillary (tC ), delivery duration of labeled blood (τ), and arterial blood volume (CBVa ), were simultaneously quantified for age-matched eight control and eight hypertensive subjects with 259 msec of temporal resolution and 20 slices covering the whole-brain region at 3T...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690055/antitumor-effect-of-ferula-assa-foetida-oleo-gum-resin-against-breast-cancer-induced-by-4t1-cells-in-balb-c-mice
#18
Seyyed Majid Bagheri, Amir Abdian-Asl, Mahin Taheri Moghadam, Maryam Yadegari, Aghdas Mirjalili, Fatemeh Zare-Mohazabieh, Haniyeh Momeni
BACKGROUND: Ferula assa foetida commonly consumed as a healthy beverage has been demonstrated to have various biological activities, including antioxidation, anti-obesity and anti-cancer. OBJECTIVE: Our study aims to investigate the antitumor effect of asafoetida in vivo using mouse mammary carcinoma 4T1 cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In the study, female BALB/c mice were divided into two groups (n = 6), which were control (untreated) and other group of mice with breast cancer treated with 100 mg/kg of asafoetida, respectively, by oral gavage...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689924/a-national-framework-for-an-antimicrobial-resistance-surveillance-system-within-iranian-healthcare-facilities-towards-a-global-surveillance-system
#19
Reza Safdari, Marjan GhaziSaeedi, Hossein Masoumi-Asl, Peyman Rezaei-Hachesu, Kayvan Mirnia, Taha Samad-Soltani
OBJECTIVES: The threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is growing rapidly, perhaps more dramatically in developing countries. A demand to monitor, surveil and predict AMR has prompted the design and implementation of AMR surveillance systems (AMRSSs) at all geographic levels, especially in the national context. This study reviewed AMRSSs in leading countries and organisations in order to customise a comprehensive framework for a national system in Iran. METHODS: The research was conducted in two phases: a review of the literature and comparative analysis; and a knowledge, attitude and practice study...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689257/fluid-attenuated-inversion-recovery-vascular-hyperintensities-in-predicting-cerebral-hyperperfusion-after-intracranial-arterial-stenting
#20
Chih-Cheng Wan, David Yen-Ting Chen, Ying-Chi Tseng, Feng-Xian Yan, Kun-Yu Lee, Chen-Hua Chiang, Chi-Jen Chen
PURPOSE: No reliable imaging sign predicting cerebral hyperperfusion after intracranial arterial stenting (IAS) had been described in the literature. This study evaluated the effect of fluid-attenuated inversion recovery vascular hyperintensities (FVHs), also called hyperintense vessel sign on T2-weighted fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (T2-FLAIR) MR images, in predicting significant increase in cerebral blood flow (CBF) defined by arterial spin labeling (ASL) after IAS. METHODS: We reviewed ASL CBF images and T2-FLAIR MR images before (D0), 1 day after (D1), and 3 days after (D3) IAS of 16 patients...
July 8, 2017: Neuroradiology
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