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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793133/an-ultrasensitive-and-selective-electrochemical-aptasensor-based-on-rgo-mwcnts-chitosan-carbon-quantum-dot-for-the-detection-of-lysozyme
#1
Behzad Rezaei, Hamid Reza Jamei, Ali Asghar Ensafi
An aptamer-based method is described for the electrochemical determination of lysozyme. A glassy carbon electrode was modified with a nanocomposite composed of reduced graphene oxide (rGO), multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), chitosan (CS), and a synthesized carbon quantum dot (CQD) from CS. The composition of the nanocomposite (rGO-MWCNT/CS/CQD) warrants a high surface-to-volume ratio, high conductivity, high stability, and great electrocatalytic activity. This nanocomposite provides a suitable site for better immobilization of aptamers due to the existence of many amino and carboxyl functional groups, and remaining oxygen-related defects properties in rGO...
May 9, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792210/quantitative-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-extracellular-volume-native-t1-and-18f-fdg-pet-cmr-imaging-in-patients-after-revascularized-myocardial-infarction-and-association-with-markers-of-myocardial-damage-and-systemic-inflammation
#2
Karl P Kunze, Ralf J Dirschinger, Hans Kossmann, Franziska Hanus, Tareq Ibrahim, Karl-Ludwig Laugwitz, Markus Schwaiger, Christoph Rischpler, Stephan G Nekolla
BACKGROUND: Characterization of tissue integrity and inflammatory processes after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) using non-invasive imaging is predictive of patient outcome. Quantitative cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) techniques such as native T1 and extracellular volume (ECV) mapping as well as 18 F-FDG positron emission tomography (PET) imaging targeting inflammatory cell populations are gaining acceptance, but are often applied without assessing their quantitative potential...
May 24, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791829/burosumab-therapy-in-children-with-x-linked-hypophosphatemia
#3
Thomas O Carpenter, Michael P Whyte, Erik A Imel, Annemieke M Boot, Wolfgang Högler, Agnès Linglart, Raja Padidela, William Van't Hoff, Meng Mao, Chao-Yin Chen, Alison Skrinar, Emil Kakkis, Javier San Martin, Anthony A Portale
BACKGROUND: X-linked hypophosphatemia is characterized by increased secretion of fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF-23), which leads to hypophosphatemia and consequently rickets, osteomalacia, and skeletal deformities. We investigated burosumab, a monoclonal antibody that targets FGF-23, in patients with X-linked hypophosphatemia. METHODS: In an open-label, phase 2 trial, we randomly assigned 52 children with X-linked hypophosphatemia, in a 1:1 ratio, to receive subcutaneous burosumab either every 2 weeks or every 4 weeks; the dose was adjusted to achieve a serum phosphorus level at the low end of the normal range...
May 24, 2018: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791505/rapid-direct-aperture-optimization-via-dose-influence-matrix-based-piecewise-aperture-dose-model
#4
Xuejiao Zeng, Hao Gao, Xunbin Wei
In the traditional two-step procedure used in intensity-modulated radiation therapy, fluence map optimization (FMO) is performed first, followed by use of a leaf sequencing algorithm (LSA). By contrast, direct aperture optimization (DAO) directly optimizes aperture leaf positions and weights. However, dose calculation using the Monte Carlo (MC) method for DAO is often time-consuming. Therefore, a rapid DAO (RDAO) algorithm is proposed that uses a dose influence matrix based piecewise aperture dose model (DIM-PADM)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791401/investigation-of-index-change-in-compression-molding-of-as-40-se-50-s-10-chalcogenide-glass
#5
Lin Zhang, Wenchen Zhou, Neil J Naples, Allen Y Yi
Chalcogenide glasses are emerging as alternative materials for low-cost and high-volume glass molding processes for infrared optics. In precision glass molding, it is well documented that the refractive index variation in the molded elements can lead to substantial amounts of aberrations. The variation has such a significant effect that the optical designs with molded lenses need to be carefully considered and compensated for index variation to achieve targeted optical performance. This research is aimed to evaluate the refractive index change of a chalcogenide glass during the molding process by both finite element method-based simulation and optical experiment...
May 20, 2018: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791029/development-of-a-3d-ultrasound-guidance-system-for-permanent-breast-seed-implantation
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Justin Michael, Daniel Morton, Deidre Batchelar, Michelle Hilts, Juanita Crook, Aaron Fenster
PURPOSE: Permanent breast seed implantation (PBSI) is a promising radiotherapy technique for early-stage breast cancer, completed in a single visit by permanently implanting 103 Pd seeds using needles inserted through a template and guided by 2D ultrasound (US). However, operator dependence has been highlighted as a limitation of this procedure. Consequently, we propose and have developed an intraoperative guidance system using 3D US and an instrumented mechanical arm to provide intraoperative 3D imaging and needle template tracking...
May 23, 2018: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790567/regional-diversity-in-the-murine-cortical-vascular-network-is-revealed-by-synchrotron-x-ray-tomography-and-is-amplified-with-age
#7
J A Núñez, A Goring, B Javaheri, H Razi, D Gomez-Nicola, A A Pitsillides, P J Thurner, D Gomez-Nicola, P Schneider, C E Clarkin
TCortical bone is permeated by a system of pores, occupied by the blood supply and osteocytes. With ageing, bone mass reduction and disruption of the microstructure are associated with reduced vascular supply. Insight into the regulation of the blood supply to the bone could enhance the understanding of bone strength determinants and fracture healing. Using synchrotron radiation-based computed tomography, the distribution of vascular canals and osteocyte lacunae was assessed in murine cortical bone and the influence of age on these parameters was investigated...
May 23, 2018: European Cells & Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790037/one-year-optical-coherence-tomography-findings-in-patients-with-late-and-very-late-stent-thrombosis-treated-with-intravascular-imaging-guided-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
#8
Marcos Ñato, Josep Gomez-Lara, Rafael Romaguera, Gerard Roura, José Luis Ferreiro, Luis Teruel, Montserrat Gracida, Lara Fuentes, Bert Vandeloo, Joan-Antoni Gomez-Hospital, Angel Cequier
Patients with late/very-late stent thrombosis (ST) are at high risk of recurrent-ST. The mechanisms of recurrent-ST are largely unknown. The objective is to describe the 1-year optical coherence tomography (OCT) findings of patients suffering from late/very-late ST treated with intravascular imaging guided percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). All consecutive patients with late/very-late ST undergoing intravascular imaging guided PCI were screened to undergo coronary angiography and OCT examination at 1 year...
May 22, 2018: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789266/microvascular-volume-in-symptomatic-achilles-tendons-is-associated-with-visa-a-score
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S F E Praet, J H Ong, C Purdam, M Welvaert, G Lovell, L Dixon, J E Gaida, J Anglim, S Manzanero, N Vlahovich, D Hughes, G Waddington
OBJECTIVES: The role of neovascularisation in tendinopathy is still poorly understood, potentially due to technical limitations of conventional power Doppler ultrasound. This study aimed to investigate the association between contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) microvascular volume (MV), Victorian Institute of Sports Assessment-Achilles (VISA-A) scores and intrinsic Achilles tendon tenderness, as well as two different Power Doppler modes. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788726/dynamics-of-high-risk-clinical-target-volume-reduction-during-brachytherapy-and-impact-on-its-coverage-in-patients-with-inoperable-cervical-cancer
#10
M Pobijakova, D Scepanovic, M Paluga, M Fekete, J Mardiak
Cervical cancer is the third most common cancer in women worldwide. Standard of care for patients with node positive or locally advanced tumors >4 cm is definitive radiotherapy and concurrent chemotherapy. Brachytherapy is an integral part of definitive radiotherapy for cervical cancer. The aim of the study was to show a dynamics of High Risk Clinical Target Volume (HR-CTV) reduction during Brachytherapy (BT) as a part of definitive treatment (External Beam Radiotherapy /EBRT/ +/- Chemotherapy /ChT/) depending on the initial Gross Tumor Volume (GTV) and its impact on HR-CTV coverage in patients with inoperable cervical cancer...
March 14, 2018: Neoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788003/robotic-parathyroid-surgery-current-perspectives-and-future-considerations
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Asit Arora, George Garas, Neil Tolley
Robotic parathyroidectomy represents a novel surgical approach in the treatment of primary hyperparathyroidism when the parathyroid adenoma has been pre-operatively localised. It represents the "fourth generation" in the evolution of parathyroid surgery following a process of surgical evolution from cervicotomy and 4-gland exploration to a variety of minimally invasive, open and endoscopic, targeted approaches. The existing evidence (levels 2-3) supports it as a feasible and safe technique with equivalent results to targeted open parathyroidectomy for primary hyperparathyroidism in carefully selected patients...
May 22, 2018: ORL; Journal for Oto-rhino-laryngology and its related Specialties
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787571/rnai-screening-of-subtracted-transcriptomes-reveals-tumor-suppression-by-taurine-activated-gabaa-receptors-involved-in-volume-regulation
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Camiel L C Wielders, Pim van Nierop, Tinke L Vormer, Floris Foijer, Joanne Verheij, Johannes C Lodder, Jesper B Andersen, Huibert D Mansvelder, Hein Te Riele
To identify coding and non-coding suppressor genes of anchorage-independent proliferation by efficient loss-of-function screening, we have developed a method for enzymatic production of low complexity shRNA libraries from subtracted transcriptomes. We produced and screened two LEGO (Low-complexity by Enrichment for Genes shut Off) shRNA libraries that were enriched for shRNA vectors targeting coding and non-coding polyadenylated transcripts that were reduced in transformed Mouse Embryonic Fibroblasts (MEFs)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787381/multi-atlas-based-segmentation-should-we-prefer-the-best-atlas-group-over-the-group-of-best-atlases
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Paolo Zaffino, Delia Ciardo, Patrik Raudaschl, Karl Fritscher, Rosalinda Ricotti, Daniela Alterio, Giulia Marvaso, Cristiana Fodor, Guido Baroni, Francesco Amato, Roberto Orecchia, Barbara Alicja Jereczek-Fossa, Gregory C Sharp, Maria Francesca Spadea
Multi Atlas Based Segmentation (MABS) uses a database of atlas images, and an atlas selection process is used to choose an atlas subset for registration and voting. In the current state of the art, atlases are chosen according to a similarity criterion between the target subject and each atlas in the database. In this paper, we propose a new concept for atlas selection that relies on selecting the best performing group of atlases rather than the group of highest scoring individual atlases.
 Experiments were performed using CT images of 50 patients, with contours of brainstem and parotid glands...
May 22, 2018: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787283/-86-90-y-based-theranostics-targeting-angiogenesis-in-a-murine-breast-cancer-model
#14
Emily B Ehlerding, Carolina A Ferreira, Eduardo Aluicio-Sarduy, Dawei Jiang, Hye Jin Lee, Charles P Theuer, Jonathan W Engle, Weibo Cai
Angiogenesis is widely recognized as one of the hallmarks of cancer. Therefore, imaging and therapeutic agents targeted to angiogenic vessels may be widely-applicable in many types of cancer. To this end, the theranostic isotope pair, 86 Y and 90 Y, were used to create a pair of agents for targeted imaging and therapy of neovasculature in murine breast cancer models using a chimeric anti-CD105 antibody, TRC105. Serial positron emission tomography imaging with 86 Y-DTPA-TRC105 demonstrated high uptake in 4T1 tumors, peaking at 9...
May 22, 2018: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786750/microrna%C3%A2-20b%C3%A2-5p-promotes-ventricular-remodeling-by-targeting-the-tgf%C3%A2-%C3%AE-smad-signaling-pathway-in-a-rat-model-of-ischemia%C3%A2-reperfusion-injury
#15
Zhao-Guang Liang, Hong Yao, Rong-Sheng Xie, Chun-Lin Gong, Ye Tian
Myocardial ischemic injury results from severe impairment of the coronary blood supply and may lead to metabolic and ultrastructural changes, thereby causing irreversible damage. MicroRNA (miR)‑20b‑5p has been demonstrated to be involved in malignancies of the breast, colorectum, stomach, blood and oropharynx. The present study aimed to investigate the effects of miR‑20b‑5p on ventricular remodeling following myocardial ischemia‑reperfusion (IR) injury in rats by targeting small mothers against decapentaplegic homolog 7 (Smad7) via the transforming growth factor‑β (TGF‑β)/Smad signaling pathway...
May 18, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786623/rating-of-perceived-exertion-as-a-method-of-volume-autoregulation-within-a-periodized-program
#16
Eric R Helms, Matt R Cross, Scott R Brown, Adam Storey, John Cronin, Michael C Zourdos
Helms, ER, Cross, MR, Brown, SR, Storey, A, Cronin, J, and Zourdos, MC. Rating of perceived exertion as a method of volume autoregulation within a periodized program. J Strength Cond Res 32(6): 1627-1636, 2018-The purpose of this investigation was to observe how a rating of perceived exertion (RPE)-based autoregulation strategy impacted volume performed by powerlifters. Twelve (26 ± 7 years, n = 9 men, n = 3 women) nationally qualified powerlifters performed the back squat, bench press, and deadlift 3x per week on nonconsecutive days in a session order of hypertrophy, power, and then strength; for 3 weeks...
June 2018: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786462/multi-institutional-study-of-the-variability-in-target-delineation-for-six-targets-commonly-treated-with-radiosurgery
#17
Helena Sandström, Hidefumi Jokura, Caroline Chung, Iuliana Toma-Dasu
BACKGROUND: Although accurate delineation of the target is a key factor of success in radiosurgery there are no consensus guidelines for target contouring. AIM: The aim of the present study was therefore to quantify the variability in target delineation and discuss the potential clinical implications, for six targets regarded as common in stereotactic radiosurgery. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twelve Gamma Knife centers participated in the study by contouring the targets and organs at risks and performing the treatment plans...
May 22, 2018: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785962/age-related-blood-pressure-sensitivity-to-aldosterone-in-blacks-and-whites
#18
Wanzhu Tu, Ruohong Li, Vivek Bhalla, George J Eckert, J Howard Pratt
Aldosterone sensitivity, defined as the magnitude of the association of plasma aldosterone concentration with blood pressure (BP), seems to be a function of plasma volume. It increases as plasma renin activity decreases, and it is more significant in blacks but less so in whites. Age is a strong determinant of BP, and an increase in aldosterone sensitivity could contribute to the increase in BP. In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that aldosterone sensitivity increases with age. We used observational data collected from normotensive blacks and whites enrolled in a prospective cohort study...
May 21, 2018: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785839/optimization-of-a-secondary-voi-protocol-for-lung-imaging-in-a-clinical-ct-scanner
#19
Thomas C Larsen, Vissagan Gopalakrishnan, Jianhua Yao, Catherine P Nguyen, Marcus Y Chen, Joel Moss, Han Wen
We present a solution to meet an unmet clinical need of an in-situ "close look" at a pulmonary nodule or at the margins of a pulmonary cyst revealed by a primary (screening) chest CT while the patient is still in the scanner. We first evaluated options available on current whole-body CT scanners for high resolution screening scans, including ROI reconstruction of the primary scan data and HRCT, but found them to have insufficient SNR in lung tissue or discontinuous slice coverage. Within the capabilities of current clinical CT systems, we opted for the solution of a secondary, volume-of-interest (VOI) protocol where the radiation dose is focused into a short-beam axial scan at the z position of interest, combined with a small-FOV reconstruction at the xy position of interest...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785750/cellulose-membrane-modified-with-polypyrrole-as-an-extraction-device-for-the-determination-of-emerging-contaminants-in-river-water-with-gc-ms
#20
Bárbara Viero de Noronha, Márcio Fernando Bergamini, Luiz Humberto Marcolino Junior, Bruno José Gonçalves da Silva
In this study, a simple, efficient, and reusable device based on cellulose membranes modified with polypyrrole was developed to extract 14 emerging contaminants from aqueous matrices. For chemical polymerization, a low-cost cellulose membrane was immersed in 0.1 mol L-1 pyrrole and 0.5 mol L-1 ammonium persulfate for 40 min in an ice/water bath. The cellulose membranes modified with polypyrrole were accommodated in a polycarbonate holder suitable for solid-phase extraction disks. Solid-phase extraction parameters that affect extraction efficiency, such as sample volume, pH, flow-rate, and desorption were optimized...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Separation Science
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