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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736666/enhancement-of-accuracy-in-shape-sensing-of-surgical-needles-using-optical-frequency-domain-reflectometry-in-optical-fibers
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Francois Parent, Sebastien Loranger, Koushik Kanti Mandal, Victor Lambin Iezzi, Jerome Lapointe, Jean-Sébastien Boisvert, Mohamed Diaa Baiad, Samuel Kadoury, Raman Kashyap
We demonstrate a novel approach to enhance the precision of surgical needle shape tracking based on distributed strain sensing using optical frequency domain reflectometry (OFDR). The precision enhancement is provided by using optical fibers with high scattering properties. Shape tracking of surgical tools using strain sensing properties of optical fibers has seen increased attention in recent years. Most of the investigations made in this field use fiber Bragg gratings (FBG), which can be used as discrete or quasi-distributed strain sensors...
April 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736471/comparison-of-multi-fiber-reproducibility-of-pas-mri-and-q-ball-with-empirical-multiple-b-value-hardi
#2
Vishwesh Nath, Kurt G Schilling, Justin A Blaber, Zhaohua Ding, Adam W Anderson, Bennett A Landman
Crossing fibers are prevalent in human brains and a subject of intense interest for neuroscience. Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) can resolve tissue orientation but is blind to crossing fibers. Many advanced diffusion-weighted magnetic resolution imaging (MRI) approaches have been presented to extract crossing-fibers from high angular resolution diffusion imaging (HARDI), but the relative sensitivity and specificity of approaches remains unclear. Here, we examine two leading approaches (PAS and q-ball) in the context of a large-scale, single subject reproducibility study...
February 11, 2017: Proceedings of SPIE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733405/analysis-of-dna-replication-in-fission-yeast-by-combing
#3
Divya R Iyer, Shankar Das, Nick Rhind
DNA replication studies based on population experiments give an average estimate of replication kinetics from many cells. This average replication profile masks the stochastic nature of origin firing in eukaryotes, which is revealed by using single-molecule techniques, such as DNA combing. The analysis of replication kinetics by DNA combing involves isolating DNA from cells that have been pulse-labeled with thymidine analogs and stretching it on a silanized coverslip. The analog-labeled patches on the stretched DNA fibers can then be detected using fluorescent antibodies against the analog...
July 21, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725549/performance-of-unscented-kalman-filter-tractography-in-edema-analysis-of-the-two-tensor-model
#4
Ruizhi Liao, Lipeng Ning, Zhenrui Chen, Laura Rigolo, Shun Gong, Ofer Pasternak, Alexandra J Golby, Yogesh Rathi, Lauren J O'Donnell
Diffusion MRI tractography is increasingly used in pre-operative neurosurgical planning to visualize critical fiber tracts. However, a major challenge for conventional tractography, especially in patients with brain tumors, is tracing fiber tracts that are affected by vasogenic edema, which increases water content in the tissue and lowers diffusion anisotropy. One strategy for improving fiber tracking is to use a tractography method that is more sensitive than the traditional single-tensor streamline tractography...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723717/localized-muscle-vibration-reverses-quadriceps-muscle-hypotrophy-and-improves-physical-function-a-clinical-and-electrophysiological-study
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Maria Grazia Benedetti, Gennaro Boccia, Lorenzo Cavazzuti, Elena Magnani, Elisabetta Mariani, Alberto Rainoldi, Roberto Casale
Quadriceps weakness has been associated with knee osteoarthritis (OA). High-frequency localized muscle vibration (LMV) has been proposed recently for quadriceps strengthening in patients with knee OA. The purpose of this study was (a) to investigate the clinical effectiveness of high-frequency LMV on quadriceps muscle in patients with knee OA and (b) to disentangle, by means of surface electromyography (sEMG), the underlying mechanism. Thirty patients, aged between 40 and 65 years, and clinically diagnosed with knee OA were included in this randomized, controlled, single-blinded pilot study...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research. Revue Internationale de Recherches de Réadaptation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721443/a-diffusion-spectrum-imaging-based-tractographic-study-into-the-anatomical-subdivision-and-cortical-connectivity-of-the-ventral-external-capsule-uncinate-and-inferior-fronto-occipital-fascicles
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Sandip S Panesar, Fang-Cheng Yeh, Christopher P Deibert, David Fernandes-Cabral, Vijayakrishna Rowthu, Pinar Celtikci, Emrah Celtikci, William D Hula, Sudhir Pathak, Juan C Fernández-Miranda
PURPOSE: The inferior fronto-occipital fasciculus (IFOF) and uncinate fasciculus (UF) are major fronto-capsular white matter pathways. IFOF connects frontal areas of the brain to parieto-occipital areas. UF connects ventral frontal areas to anterior temporal areas. Both fascicles are thought to subserve higher language and emotion roles. Controversy pertaining to their connectivity and subdivision persists in the literature, however. METHODS: High-definition fiber tractography (HDFT) is a non-tensor tractographic method using diffusion spectrum imaging data...
July 18, 2017: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721357/whole-mouse-brain-imaging-using-optical-coherence-tomography-reconstruction-normalization-segmentation-and-comparison-with-diffusion-mri
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Joël Lefebvre, Alexandre Castonguay, Philippe Pouliot, Maxime Descoteaux, Frédéric Lesage
An automated massive histology setup combined with an optical coherence tomography (OCT) microscope was used to image a total of [Formula: see text] whole mouse brains. Each acquisition generated a dataset of thousands of OCT volumetric tiles at a sampling resolution of [Formula: see text]. This paper describes techniques for reconstruction and segmentation of the sliced brains. In addition to the measured OCT optical reflectivity, a single scattering photon model was used to compute the attenuation coefficients within each tissue slice...
October 2017: Neurophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717558/single-pulse-two-photon-fluorescence-lifetime-imaging-sp-flim-with-mhz-pixel-rate
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Matthias Eibl, Sebastian Karpf, Daniel Weng, Hubertus Hakert, Tom Pfeiffer, Jan Philip Kolb, Robert Huber
Two-photon-excited fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM) is a chemically specific 3-D sensing modality providing valuable information about the microstructure, composition and function of a sample. However, a more widespread application of this technique is hindered by the need for a sophisticated ultra-short pulse laser source and by speed limitations of current FLIM detection systems. To overcome these limitations, we combined a robust sub-nanosecond fiber laser as the excitation source with high analog bandwidth detection...
July 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717132/fiber-cavities-with-integrated-mode-matching-optics
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Gurpreet Kaur Gulati, Hiroki Takahashi, Nina Podoliak, Peter Horak, Matthias Keller
In fiber based Fabry-Pérot Cavities (FFPCs), limited spatial mode matching between the cavity mode and input/output modes has been the main hindrance for many applications. We have demonstrated a versatile mode matching method for FFPCs. Our novel design employs an assembly of a graded-index and large core multimode fiber directly spliced to a single mode fiber. This all-fiber assembly transforms the propagating mode of the single mode fiber to match with the mode of a FFPC. As a result, we have measured a mode matching of 90% for a cavity length of ~400 μm...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716227/mitochondrial-trna-genes-are-hotspots-for-mutations-in-a-cohort-of-patients-with-exercise-intolerance-and-mitochondrial-myopathy
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Yuanyuan Lu, Danhua Zhao, Sheng Yao, Shiwen Wu, Daojun Hong, Qingqing Wang, Jing Liu, Jan A M Smeitink, Yun Yuan, Zhaoxia Wang
OBJECTIVE: Mitochondrial myopathy (MM) is a relatively rare type of mitochondrial disorder characterized by predominant skeletal muscle involvement. Both mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and nuclear DNA (nDNA) mutations have been reported as the genetic causes of this disease. Here, we described the clinical and genetic features of a cohort of patients with MM. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective, single center study enrolling 22 patients with clinically and myopathologically diagnosed MM...
August 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715662/preaged-remodeling-of-myofibrillar-cytoarchitecture-in-skeletal-muscle-expressing-r349p-mutant-desmin
#11
Stefanie Diermeier, Andreas Buttgereit, Sebastian Schürmann, Lilli Winter, Hongyang Xu, Robyn M Murphy, Christoph S Clemen, Rolf Schröder, Oliver Friedrich
The majority of hereditary and acquired myopathies are clinically characterized by progressive muscle weakness. We hypothesized that ongoing derangement of skeletal muscle cytoarchitecture at the single fiber level may precede and be responsible for the progressive muscle weakness. Here, we analyzed the effects of aging in wild-type (wt) and heterozygous (het) and homozygous (hom) R349P desmin knock-in mice. The latter harbor the ortholog of the most frequently encountered human R350P desmin missense mutation...
June 13, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715004/an-implantable-multimodal-sensor-for-oxygen-neurotransmitters-and-electrophysiology-during-spreading-depolarization-in-the-deep-brain
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Caddy N Hobbs, Justin A Johnson, Matthew D Verber, R Mark Wightman
Brain tissue injury is often accompanied by spreading depolarization (SD) events, marked by widespread cellular depolarization and cessation of neuronal firing. SD recruits viable tissue into the lesion, making it a focus for intervention. During SD, drastic fluctuations occur in ion gradients, extracellular neurotransmitter concentrations, cellular metabolism, and cerebral blood flow. Measuring SD requires a multimodal approach to capture the array of changes. However, the use of multiple sensors can inflict tissue damage...
July 17, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713246/differential-contribution-of-ca-2-dependent-mechanisms-to-hyperexcitability-in-layer-v-neurons-of-the-medial-entorhinal-cortex
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Eric C Lin, Crescent L Combe, Sonia Gasparini
Temporal lobe epilepsy is characterized by recurrent seizures in one or both temporal lobes of the brain; some in vitro models show that epileptiform discharges initiate in entorhinal layer V neurons and then spread into other areas of the temporal lobe. We previously found that, in the presence of GABAA receptor antagonists, stimulation of afferent fibers, terminating both at proximal and distal dendritic locations, initiated hyperexcitable bursts in layer V medial entorhinal neurons. We investigated the differential contribution of Ca(2+)-dependent mechanisms to the plateaus underlying these bursts at proximal and distal synapses...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712501/gene-editing-in-polyploid-crops-wheat-camelina-canola-potato-cotton-peanut-sugar-cane-and-citrus
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Donald P Weeks
Polyploid crops make up a significant portion of the major food and fiber crops of the world and include wheat, potato, cotton, apple, peanut, citrus, and brassica oilseeds such as rape, canola, and Camelina. The presence of three sets of chromosomes in triploids, four sets in tetraploids, and six sets in hexaploids present significant challenges to conventional plant breeding and, potentially, to efficient use of rapidly emerging gene and genome-editing systems such as zinc finger nucleases, single-stranded oligonucleotides, TALE effector nucleases, and clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR/Cas9)...
2017: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710429/the-a2v-mutation-as-a-new-tool-for-hindering-a%C3%AE-aggregation-a-neutron-and-x-ray-diffraction-study
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Laura Cantu', Laura Colombo, Tatiana Stoilova, Bruno Demé, Hideyo Inouye, Rachel Booth, Valeria Rondelli, Giuseppe Di Fede, Fabrizio Tagliavini, Elena Del Favero, Daniel A Kirschner, Mario Salmona
We have described a novel C-to-T mutation in the APP gene that corresponds to an alanine to valine substitution at position 673 in APP (A673V), or position 2 of the amyloid-β (Aβ) sequence. This mutation is associated with the early onset of AD-type dementia in homozygous individuals, whereas it has a protective effect in the heterozygous state. Correspondingly, we observed differences in the aggregation properties of the wild-type and mutated Aβ peptides and their mixture. We have carried out neutron diffraction (ND) and x-ray diffraction (XRD) experiments on magnetically-oriented fibers of Aβ1-28WT and its variant Aβ1-28A2V...
July 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709138/multimodal-nonlinear-microscope-based-on-a-compact-fiber-format-laser-source
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Francesco Crisafi, Vikas Kumar, Antonio Perri, Marco Marangoni, Giulio Cerullo, Dario Polli
We present a multimodal non-linear optical (NLO) laser-scanning microscope, based on a compact fiber-format excitation laser and integrating coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS), stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) and two-photon-excitation fluorescence (TPEF) on a single platform. We demonstrate its capabilities in simultaneously acquiring CARS and SRS images of a blend of 6-μm poly(methyl methacrylate) beads and 3-μm polystyrene beads. We then apply it to visualize cell walls and chloroplast of an unprocessed fresh leaf of Elodea aquatic plant via SRS and TPEF modalities, respectively...
July 5, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708176/lens-free-all-fiber-probe-with-an-optimized-output-beam-for-optical-coherence-tomography
#17
Zhihua Ding, Jianrong Qiu, Yi Shen, Zhiyan Chen, Wen Bao
A high-efficiency lensless all-fiber probe for optical coherence tomography (OCT) is presented. The probe is composed of a segment of large-core multimode fiber (MMF), a segment of tapered MMF, and a length of single-mode fiber (SMF). A controllable output beam can be designed by a simple adjustment of its probe structure parameters (PSPs), instead of the selection of fibers with different optical parameters. A side-view probe with a diameter of 340 μm and a rigid length of 6.37 mm was fabricated, which provides an effective imaging range of ∼0...
July 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702736/changes-in-the-axon-terminals-of-primary-afferents-from-a-single-vibrissa-in-the-rat-trigeminal-nuclei-after-active-touch-deprivation-or-exposure-to-an-enriched-environment
#18
Julia Fernández-Montoya, Yasmina B Martin, Pilar Negredo, Carlos Avendaño
Lasting modifications of sensory input induce structural and functional changes in the brain, but the involvement of primary sensory neurons in this plasticity has been practically ignored. Here, we examine qualitatively and quantitatively the central axonal terminations of a population of trigeminal ganglion neurons, whose peripheral axons innervate a single mystacial vibrissa. Vibrissa follicles are heavily innervated by myelinated and unmyelinated fibers that exit the follicle mainly through a single deep vibrissal nerve...
July 12, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702485/experimental-data-on-the-properties-of-natural-fiber-particle-reinforced-polymer-composite-material
#19
D Chandramohan, A John Presin Kumar
This paper presents an experimental study on the development of polymer bio-composites. The powdered coconut shell, walnut shells and Rice husk are used as reinforcements with bio epoxy resin to form hybrid composite specimens. The fiber compositions in each specimen are 1:1 while the resin and hardener composition 10:1 respectively. The fabricated composites were tested as per ASTM standards to evaluate mechanical properties such as tensile strength, flexural strength, shear strength and impact strength are evaluated in both with moisture and without moisture...
August 2017: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702484/data-on-the-anisotropic-interfacial-slip-length-over-fibrous-porous-media
#20
Jingang Lu, Hye Kyeong Jang, Wook Ryol Hwang
To characterize the velocity slip at the fibrous porous media, data on the anisotropic slip length has been fully analyzed through direct simulations for various geometrical aspects of fiber architecture [2] ). This data article provides detailed slip lengths and slip coefficients in dimensionless form as a function of various geometrical parameters of fibrous porous media including the fiber volume fraction, the dimensionless void length and the normalized permeability. The data is presented for three different fiber packing structures (the quadrilateral, hexagonal and compressed hexagonal packing) in both the fiber and normal to fiber directions...
August 2017: Data in Brief
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