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Michelle L Delco, John G Kennedy, Lawrence J Bonassar, Lisa A Fortier
The diagnosis of ankle osteoarthritis (OA) is increasing as a result of advancements in non-invasive imaging modalities such as magnetic resonance imaging, improved arthroscopic surgical technology and heightened awareness among clinicians. Unlike OA of the knee, primary or age-related ankle OA is rare, with the majority of ankle OA classified as post-traumatic (PTOA). Ankle trauma, more specifically ankle sprain, is the single most common athletic injury, and no effective therapies are available to prevent or slow progression of PTOA...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
Manuela Cristina Matesan, Saeed Elojeimy, Satoshi Minoshima
Molecular brain imaging I-FP-CIT SPECT is an important tool in evaluation of patients with parkinsonism. However, various neurodegenerative etiologies cannot be differentiated by I-FP-CIT SPECT alone. We present a case of progressive supranuclear palsy with abnormal I-FP-CIT SPECT and abnormal Tc-HMPAO SPECT depicted by quantitative analyses but unremarkable MRI 16 months after the onset of symptoms. Brain autopsy demonstrated presence of neuronal and glial tau pathology in both cortical and subcortical regions confirming the diagnosis of progressive supranuclear palsy...
October 18, 2016: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
Carrie B Hruska
OBJECTIVE: The purposes of this review are to discuss the motivation for supplemental screening, to address molecular breast imaging (MBI) radiation dose concerns, and to provide an updated guide to current MBI technology, clinical protocols, and screening performance. Future directions of MBI are also discussed. CONCLUSION: MBI offers detection of mammographically occult cancers in women with dense breasts. Although MBI has been under investigation for nearly 15 years, it has yet to gain widespread adoption in breast screening...
October 20, 2016: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
Daniel G Mulcahy, Kenneth S Macdonald, Seán G Brady, Christopher Meyer, Katharine B Barker, Jonathan Coddington
Advances in biodiversity genomic sequencing will increasingly depend on the availability of DNA samples-and their quantifiable metadata-preserved in large institutional biorepositories that are discoverable to the scientific community. Improvements in sequencing technology constantly provide longer reads, such that longer fragment length, higher molecular weight, and overall "genome-quality" DNA (gDNA) will be desirable. Ideally, biorepositories should publish numerical scale measurements of DNA quality useful to the user community...
2016: PeerJ
Anton G T Terwisscha van Scheltinga, Annie Ogasawara, Glenn Pacheco, Alexander Vanderbilt, Jeff Tinianow, Nidhi Gupta, Dongwei Li, Ron Firestein, Jan Marik, Suzie J Scales, Simon-Peter Williams
Antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) use monoclonal antibodies (mAb) as vehicles to deliver potent cytotoxic drugs selectively to tumor cells expressing the target. Molecular imaging with zirconium-89 (89Zr) labeled mAbs recapitulates similar targeting biology and might help predict the efficacy of these ADCs. An anti-mesothelin antibody (AMA, MMOT0530A) was used to make comparisons between its efficacy as an ADC and its tumor uptake as measured by 89Zr immunoPET imaging. Mesothelin-targeted tumor growth inhibition by monomethyl auristatin E (MMAE), ADC AMA-MMAE (DMOT4039A), was measured in mice bearing xenografts of ovarian cancer OVCAR-3 X2...
October 19, 2016: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
Monika Pietrowska, Hanna C Diehl, Grzegorz Mrukwa, Magdalena Kalinowska-Herok, Marta Gawin, Mykola Chekan, Julian Elm, Grzegorz Drazek, Anna Krawczyk, Dariusz Lange, Helmut E Meyer, Joanna Polanska, Corinna Henkel, Piotr Widlak
Determination of the specific type of thyroid cancer is crucial for the prognosis and selection of treatment of this malignancy. However, in some cases appropriate classification is not possible based on histopathological features only, and it might be supported by molecular biomarkers. Here we aimed to characterize molecular profiles of different thyroid malignancies using mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) which enables the direct annotation of molecular features with morphological pictures of an analyzed tissue...
October 17, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Jeroen Aerts, Annelies Laeremans, Laurens Minerva, Kurt Boonen, Budamgunta Harshavardhan, Rudi D'hooge, Dirk Valkenborg, Geert Baggerman, Lutgarde Arckens
The Morris water maze (MWM) spatial learning task has been demonstrated to involve a cognitive switch of action control to serve the transition from an early towards a late learning phase. However, the molecular mechanisms governing this switch are largely unknown. We employed MALDI MS imaging (MSI) to screen for changes in expression of small proteins in brain structures implicated in the different learning phases. We compared mice trained for 3days and 30days in the MWM, reflecting an early and a late learning phase in relation to the acquisition of a spatial learning task...
October 17, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Jelle Hendrix, Tomas Dekens, Waldemar Schrimpf, Don C Lamb
Combining imaging with correlation spectroscopy, as in raster image correlation spectroscopy (RICS), makes it possible to extract molecular translational diffusion constants and absolute concentrations, and determine intermolecular interactions from single-channel or multicolor confocal laser-scanning microscopy (CLSM) images. Region-specific RICS analysis remains very challenging because correlations are always calculated in a square region-of-interest (ROI). In this study, we describe a generalized image correlation spectroscopy algorithm that accepts arbitrarily shaped ROIs...
October 18, 2016: Biophysical Journal
Ying Wang, Andy Sischka, Volker Walhorn, Katja Tönsing, Dario Anselmetti
Fluorescent DNA dyes are broadly used in many biotechnological applications for detecting and imaging DNA in cells and gels. Their binding alters the structural and nanomechanical properties of DNA and affects the biological processes that are associated with it. Although interaction modes like intercalation and minor groove binding already have been identified, associated mechanic effects like local elongation, unwinding, and softening of the DNA often remain in question. We used magnetic tweezers to quantitatively investigate the impact of three DNA-binding dyes (YOYO-1, DAPI, and DRAQ5) in a concentration-dependent manner...
October 18, 2016: Biophysical Journal
Jorge Mejia, Ana Claudia Camargo Miranda, Ana Claudia Ranucci Durante, Larissa Rolim de Oliveira, Marycel Rosa Felisa Figols de Barboza, Katerin Taboada Rosell, Daniele Pereira Jardim, Alexandre Holthausen Campos, Marilia Alves Dos Reis, Marcela Forli Catanoso, Orfa Yineth Galvis-Alonso, Francisco Romero Cabral
Objective: To present the result of upgrading a clinical gamma-camera to be used to obtain in vivo tomographic images of small animal organs, and its application to register cardiac, renal and neurological images. Methods: An updated version of the miniSPECT upgrading device was built, which is composed of mechanical, electronic and software subsystems. The device was attached to a Discovery VH (General Electric Healthcare) gamma-camera, which was retired from the clinical service and installed at the Centro de Imagem Pré-Clínica of the Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein...
July 2016: Einstein
Jing-Min Liu, Yao-Yao Liu, Dong-Dong Zhang, Guozhen Fang, Shuo Wang
The rise of multimodal nanoprobes has promoted the development of new methods to explore multiple molecular targets simultaneously, or to combine various bioimaging tools in one assay to more clearly delineate localization and expression of bio-markers. Persistent luminescence nanophosphors (PLNPs) have been qualified as the promising contrast agent for in vivo imaging. The easy surface modification and proper nanostructure design strategy would favor the fabrication of PLNPs based multi-functional nanoprobes for biological application...
October 19, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Vincenzo Sannino, Arun M Kolinjivadi, Giorgio Baldi, Vincenzo Costanzo
The correct duplication of genetic information is essential to maintain genome stability, which is lost in cancer cells. Replication fork integrity is ensured by a number of DNA metabolism proteins that assist replication of chromatin regions difficult to replicate due to their intrinsic DNA sequence composition, coordinate repair of DNA molecules resulting from aberrant replication events or protect replication forks in the presence of lesions impairing their progression. Some DNA metabolism genes involved in DNA repair are essential in higher eukaryotes even in unchallenged conditions, suggesting the existence of biological processes requiring these specialized functions in organisms with complex genomes...
2016: International Journal of Developmental Biology
Manuela Kellner, Marko Heidrich, Raoul-Amadeus Lorbeer, Georgios C Antonopoulos, Lars Knudsen, Christoph Wrede, Nicole Izykowski, Roman Grothausmann, Danny Jonigk, Matthias Ochs, Tammo Ripken, Mark P Kühnel, Heiko Meyer
Correlative analysis requires examination of a specimen from macro to nano scale as well as applicability of analytical methods ranging from morphological to molecular. Accomplishing this with one and the same sample is laborious at best, due to deformation and biodegradation during measurements or intermediary preparation steps. Furthermore, data alignment using differing imaging techniques turns out to be a complex task, which considerably complicates the interconnection of results. We present correlative imaging of the accessory rat lung lobe by combining a modified Scanning Laser Optical Tomography (SLOT) setup with a specially developed sample preparation method (CRISTAL)...
October 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
Yoshiaki Suzuki, Susumu Ohya, Hisao Yamamura, Wayne R Giles, Yuji Imaizumi
Large-conductance Ca(2+)-activated K(+) (BK) channels play essential roles in both excitable and non-excitable cells. For example, in chondrocytes, agonist-induced Ca(2+) release from intracellular store activates BK channels, and this hyperpolarizes these cells, augments Ca(2+) entry, and forms a positive feed-back mechanism for Ca(2+) signaling and stimulation-secretion coupling. In the present study, functional roles of a newly identified splice variant in the BK channel α subunit (BKαΔe2) were examined in a human chondrocyte cell line, OUMS-27, and in a HEK293 expression system...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Katie Pollock, Guanglin Yu, Ralph Moller-Trane, Marissa Koran, Peter Dosa, David McKenna, Allison Hubel
There is demand for non-DMSO cryoprotective agents that maintain cell viability without causing poor post thaw function or systemic toxicity. The focus of this investigation involves expanding our understanding of multicomponent osmolyte solutions and their ability to preserve cell viability during freezing. Controlled cooling rate freezing, Raman microscopy, and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) were utilized to evaluate the differences in recovery and ice crystal formation behavior for solutions containing multiple cryoprotectants including sugars, sugar alcohols, and small molecule additives...
October 19, 2016: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
Nynke Oosterhof, Inge R Holtman, Laura E Kuil, Herma C van der Linde, Erik W G M Boddeke, Bart J L Eggen, Tjakko J van Ham
Microglia are brain resident macrophages important for brain development, connectivity, homeostasis and disease. However, it is still largely unclear how microglia functions and their identity are regulated at the molecular level. Although recent transcriptomic studies have identified genes specifically expressed in microglia, the function of most of these genes in microglia is still unknown. Here, we performed RNA sequencing on microglia acutely isolated from healthy and neurodegenerative zebrafish brains...
October 19, 2016: Glia
Lena Brüser, Sven Bogdan
The actin cytoskeleton provides mechanical support for cells and generates forces to drive cell shape changes and cell migration in morphogenesis. Molecular understanding of actin dynamics requires a genetically traceable model system that allows interdisciplinary experimental approaches to elucidate the regulatory network of cytoskeletal proteins in vivo. Here, we will discuss some examples of how advances in Drosophila genetics and high-resolution imaging techniques contribute to the discovery of new actin functions, signaling pathways, and mechanisms of actin regulation in vivo...
October 19, 2016: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
Hans Lehrach
Every human is unique. We differ in our genomes, environment, behavior, disease history, and past and current medical treatment-a complex catalog of differences that often leads to variations in the way each of us responds to a particular therapy. We argue here that true personalization of drug therapies will rely on "virtual patient" models based on a detailed characterization of the individual patient by molecular, imaging, and sensor techniques. The models will be based, wherever possible, on the molecular mechanisms of disease processes and drug action but can also expand to hybrid models including statistics/machine learning/artificial intelligence-based elements trained on available data to address therapeutic areas or therapies for which insufficient information on mechanisms is available...
September 2016: Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience
Balasubramanian Chandramouli, Caterina Bernacchioni, Danilo Di Maio, Paola Turano, Giuseppe Brancato
Ferritin molecular cages are marvelous 24-mer supramolecular architectures that enable massive iron storage (>2000 Fe atoms) within their inner cavity. This cavity is connected to the outer environment by two channels at C3 and C4 symmetry axes of the assembly. Ferritins can also be exploited as carriers for in vivo imaging and therapeutic applications, owing to their capability to effectively protect within the cage cavity synthetic non-endogenous agents and deliver them to targeted tissue cells without stimulating adverse immune responses...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
S Birla, R Khadgawat, V P Jyotsna, V Jain, M K Garg, A S Bhalla, A Sharma
Growth hormone deficiency (GHD) results from variations affecting the production and release of growth hormone (GH) and is of 2 types: isolated growth hormone deficiency (IGHD) and combined pituitary hormone deficiency (CPHD). IGHD results from mutations in GH1 and GHRHR while CPHD is associated with defects in transcription factor genes PROP1, POU1F1, and HESX1. The present study reports on screening of POU1F1, PROP1, and HESX1 in CPHD patients and the novel variations identified. Fifty-one CPHD patients from 49 unrelated families clinically diagnosed on the basis of biochemical and imaging investigations along with 100 controls were enrolled...
October 18, 2016: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
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