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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646739/contribution-of-pharmaceuticals-and-personal-care-products-ppcps-to-whole-toxicity-of-water-samples-collected-in-effluent-dominated-urban-streams
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Ikumi Tamura, Yusuke Yasuda, Kei-Ichiro Kagota, Saori Yoneda, Norihide Nakada, Vimal Kumar, Yutaka Kameda, Kumiko Kimura, Norihisa Tatarazako, Hiroshi Yamamoto
Water samples were collected from effluent-dominated urban streams in Tokushima, Kyoto, and Saitama in Japan to roughly determine the contribution of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) and surfactants to whole toxicity of the water. Approximately 100 PPCPs including anionic surfactants such as linear alkylbenzene sulfonate (LAS), were chemically analyzed. Using 14 water samples, chronic or sub-chronic toxicity tests were conducted on three aquatic species, the green alga Raphidocelis subcapitata, the cladoceran Ceriodaphnia dubia, and the zebrafish Danio rerio...
June 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646628/focal-liver-lesions-real-time-3-dimensional-contrast-enhanced-ultrasonography-compared-with-2-dimensional-contrast-enhanced-ultrasonography-and-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Jung-Chieh Lee, Kun Yan, San-Kan Lee, Wei Yang, Min-Hua Chen
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to evaluate the application of real-time 3-dimensional (3D) contrast-enhanced ultrasonography (US) to diagnose focal liver lesions and to compare these results with those from 2-dimensional (2D) contrast-enhanced US and contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). METHODS: Patients with focal liver lesions were examined by 2D contrast-enhanced US, 3D contrast-enhanced US, and contrast-enhanced MRI for lesion characterization, and biopsies and comprehensive clinical diagnoses served as reference standards...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646603/comparison-of-oral-contrast-enhanced-transabdominal-ultrasound-imaging-with-transverse-contrast-enhanced-computed-tomography-in-preoperative-tumor-staging-of-advanced-gastric-carcinoma
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Xuemei He, Jing Sun, Xiaoling Huang, Chun Zeng, Yinggang Ge, Jun Zhang, Jingxian Wu
OBJECTIVES: This study assessed the diagnostic performance of transabdominal oral contrast-enhanced ultrasound (US) imaging for preoperative tumor staging of advanced gastric carcinoma by comparing it with transverse contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT). METHODS: This retrospective study included 42 patients with advanced gastric cancer who underwent laparoscopy, radical surgery, or palliative surgery because of serious complications and had a body mass index of less than 25 kg/m(2) ...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645481/subcellular-localization-of-glycolytic-enzymes-and-characterization-of-intermediary-metabolism-of-trypanosoma-rangeli
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Rocío Rondón-Mercado, Héctor Acosta, Ana J Cáceres, Wilfredo Quiñones, Juan Luis Concepción
Trypanosoma rangeli is a hemoflagellate protist that infects wild and domestic mammals as well as humans in Central and South America. Although this parasite is not pathogenic for human, it is being studied because it shares with Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiological agent of Chagas' disease, biological characteristics, geographic distribution, vectors and vertebrate hosts. Several metabolic studies have been performed with T. cruzi epimastigotes, however little is known about the metabolism of T. rangeli. In this work we present the subcellular distribution of the T...
June 20, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644905/a-realistic-phantom-for-validating-mri-based-synthetic-ct-images-of-the-human-skull
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Abraam S Soliman, Levi Burns, Amir Owrangi, Young Lee, William Y Song, Greg Stanisz, Brige P Chugh
PURPOSE: To introduce a new realistic human skull phantom for the validation of synthetic CT images of cortical bone from ultra-short echo-time (UTE) sequences. METHODS AND MATERIALS: A human skull of an adult female was utilized as a realistic representation of skull cortical bone. The skull was stabilized in a special acrylic container and was filled with contrast agents that have T1 and T2 relaxation times similar to human brain. The phantom was MR scanned at 3T with UTE and T2 -weighted sequences, followed by CT...
June 23, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644025/a-mitochondria-targeted-cryptocyanine-based-photothermogenic-photosensitizer
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Hyo Sung Jung, Jae Hong Lee, Kyutae Kim, Seyoung Koo, Peter Verwilst, Jonathan L Sessler, Chulhun Kang, Jong Seung Kim
Cryptocyanine-based probes exhibit highly efficient photothermal conversion and represent a new class of photothermal agents for use in photothermal therapy (PTT). With the thermal susceptibility of mitochondria in mind, we have prepared a mitochondria-targeted, NIR-absorbing cryptocyanine probe (Mito-CCy) and evaluated its photophysical properties, photothermal conversion efficiency, biological compatibility, cytotoxicity, and mitochondrial localization in HeLa cells. Upon subjecting 0.5 mL of a PBS buffer solution (10 mM, pH 7...
June 23, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643695/highly-fluorescent-and-superparamagnetic-nanosystem-for-biomedical-applications
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Mariana P Cabrera, Paulo E Cabral Filho, Camila M C M Silva, Rita M Oliveira, Carlos F G C Geraldes, M Margarida C A Castro, Benilde F O Costa, Marta S C Henriques, José A Paixão, Luiz B Carvalho, Beate S Santos, Fernando Hallwass, Adriana Fontes, Giovannia A L Pereira
This work reports on highly fluorescent and superparamagnetic bimodal nanoparticles (BNPs) obtained by a simple and efficient method as probes for fluorescence analysis and/or contrast agents for MRI. These promising BNPs with small dimensions (ca. 17 nm) consist of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) covalently bound with CdTe quantum dots (ca. 3 nm). The chemical structure of the magnetic part of BNPs is predominantly magnetite, with minor goethite and maghemite contributions, as shown by Mössbauer spectroscopy, which is compatible with the x-ray diffraction data...
July 14, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643545/application-of-intravoxel-incoherent-motion-ivim-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-the-evaluation-of-primitive-brain-tumours
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A Catanese, F Malacario, L Cirillo, F Toni, C Zenesini, D Casolino, A Bacci, R Agati
Intravoxel incoherent motion is a potential non-invasive diagnostic tool in brain tumours, without any clear guidelines for its evaluation yet. In our study, we compare intravoxel incoherent motion with dynamic susceptibility contrast magnetic resonance imaging in the quantification of tumour tissue blood perfusion in 28 patients affected by brain tumours, highlighting the issues encountered during the acquisition set-up and post-processing steps. Intravoxel incoherent motion is a new imaging tool and an alternative technique to dynamic susceptibility contrast-magnetic resonance imaging which is of considerable interest at present...
January 1, 2017: Neuroradiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643153/a-3e8-scfv-cys-ir800-conjugate-targeting-tag-72-in-an-orthotopic-colorectal-cancer-model
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Li Gong, Haiming Ding, Nicholas E Long, Brandon J Sullivan, Edward W Martin, Thomas J Magliery, Michael F Tweedle
PURPOSE: Optical surgical navigation (OSN) will be a potent tool to help surgeons more accurately and efficiently remove tumors. The purpose of this study was to evaluate a novel humanized 3E8 antibody (3E8 MAb) fragment site-specifically conjugated with IR800, 3E8.scFv.Cys-IR800, as a potential OSN agent to target colorectal adenocarcinoma. PROCEDURES: An engineered single-chain variable fragment of 3E8 MAb (targeted to TAG-72), appending a C-terminal cysteine residue (3E8...
June 22, 2017: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642697/targeting-microglial-activation-states-as-a-therapeutic-avenue-in-parkinson-s-disease
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REVIEW
Sudhakar R Subramaniam, Howard J Federoff
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a chronic and progressive disorder characterized neuropathologically by loss of dopamine neurons in the substantia nigra, intracellular proteinaceous inclusions, reduction of dopaminergic terminals in the striatum, and increased neuroinflammatory cells. The consequent reduction of dopamine in the basal ganglia results in the classical parkinsonian motor phenotype. A growing body of evidence suggest that neuroinflammation mediated by microglia, the resident macrophage-like immune cells in the brain, play a contributory role in PD pathogenesis...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642266/t1-signal-measurements-in-pediatric-brain-findings-after-multiple-exposures-to-gadobenate-dimeglumine-for-imaging-of-nonneurologic-disease
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G K Schneider, J Stroeder, G Roditi, C Colosimo, P Armstrong, M Martucci, A Buecker, P Raczeck
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Signal intensity increases possibly suggestive of gadolinium retention have recently been reported on unenhanced T1-weighted images of the pediatric brain following multiple exposures to gadolinium-based MR contrast agents. Our aim was to determine whether T1 signal changes suggestive of gadolinium deposition occur in the brains of pediatric nonneurologic patients after multiple exposures to gadobenate dimeglumine. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-four nonneurologic patients (group 1; 17 males/17 females; mean age, 7...
June 22, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642085/comparison-of-glutathione-levels-measured-using-optimized-monochlorobimane-assay-with-those-from-ortho-phthalaldehyde-assay-in-intact-cells
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Jan Čapek, Martina Hauschke, Lenka Brůčková, Tomáš Roušar
Fluorometric glutathione assays have been generally preferred for their high specificity and sensitivity. An additional advantage offered by fluorescent bimane dyes is their ability to penetrate inside the cell. Their ability to react with glutathione within intact cells is frequently useful in flow cytometry and microscopy. Hence, the aims of our study were to use monochlorobimane for optimizing a spectrofluorometric glutathione assay in cells and then to compare that assay with the frequently used ortho-phthalaldehyde assay...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641813/sensors-and-bioassays-powered-by-upconverting-materials
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REVIEW
Diego Mendez-Gonzalez, Enrique Lopez-Cabarcos, Jorge Rubio-Retama, Marco Laurenti
In recent years, considerable efforts have been done to better understand the peculiar emission properties of upconverting materials due to their widespread applications in different and important technological fields such as upconversion-based photoactivated cancer therapies, photoactivated drug-delivery, magnetic resonance imaging contrast agents, bioimaging. However, one of the most promising applications of upconverting materials concerns the field of sensing, due to their unique emission properties. In fact, the minimal autofluorescence, blinking, photo-bleaching, and high photostability makes them an excellent alternative to organic dyes or quantum dots...
June 10, 2017: Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640982/mechanisms-of-sphingosine-1-phosphate-mediated-vasoconstriction-of-rat-afferent-arterioles
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Zhengrong Guan, Fuchenchu Wang, Xiangqin Cui, Edward W Inscho
AIM: Sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) influences resistance vessel function and is implicated in renal pathological processes. Previous studies revealed that S1P evoked potent vasoconstriction of the preglomerular microvasculature, but the underlying mechanisms remain incompletely defined. We postulated that S1P-mediated preglomerular microvascular vasoconstriction involves activation of voltage-dependent L-type calcium channels (L-VDCC) and the rho/rho kinase pathway. METHODS: Afferent arteriolar reactivity was assessed in vitro using the blood-perfused rat juxtamedullary nephron preparation and diameter was measured during exposure to physiological and pharmacological agents...
June 22, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640847/heart-rate-lowering-treatment-leads-to-a-reduction-in-vulnerable-plaque-features-in-atherosclerotic-rabbits
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Raf H M van Hoof, Evelien Hermeling, Judith C Sluimer, Julie Salzmann, Arnold P G Hoeks, Jérôme Roussel, Mat J A P Daemen, Harry Struijker-Boudier, Joachim E Wildberger, Sylvia Heeneman, M Eline Kooi
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of a heart rate (HR) lowering agent (Ivabradine) on features of atherosclerotic plaque vulnerability with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound imaging, and histology. APPROACH AND RESULTS: Atherosclerosis was induced in the abdominal aorta of 19 rabbits. Nine rabbits were treated with Ivabradine (17 mg/kg/day) during the entire study period. At week 14, imaging was performed. Plaque size was quantified on contrast-enhanced T1-weighted MR images...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640707/response-assessment-in-neuro-oncology-clinical-trials
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Patrick Y Wen, Susan M Chang, Martin J Van den Bent, Michael A Vogelbaum, David R Macdonald, Eudocia Q Lee
Development of novel therapies for CNS tumors requires reliable assessment of response and progression. This requirement has been particularly challenging in neuro-oncology for which contrast enhancement serves as an imperfect surrogate for tumor volume and is influenced by agents that affect vascular permeability, such as antiangiogenic therapies. In addition, most tumors have a nonenhancing component that can be difficult to accurately quantify. To improve the response assessment in neuro-oncology and to standardize the criteria that are used for different CNS tumors, the Response Assessment in Neuro-Oncology (RANO) working group was established...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640695/gadolinium-brain-deposition-after-macrocyclic-gadolinium-administration-a-pediatric-case-control-study
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Daniel Tibussek, Christin Rademacher, Julian Caspers, Bernd Turowski, Jörg Schaper, Gerald Antoch, Dirk Klee
Purpose To determine whether signal intensity (SI) in T1 sequences as a potential indicator of gadolinium deposition increases after repeated administration of the macrocyclic gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) gadoteridol and gadoterate meglumine in a pediatric cohort. Materials and Methods This retrospective case-control study of children with brain tumors who underwent nine or more contrast material-enhanced brain magnetic resonance (MR) imaging studies from 2008 to 2015 was approved by the local ethics board...
June 21, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640692/comparison-of-gadolinium-concentrations-within-multiple-rat-organs-after-intravenous-administration-of-linear-versus-macrocyclic-gadolinium-chelates
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Robert J McDonald, Jennifer S McDonald, Daying Dai, Dana Schroeder, Mark E Jentoft, David L Murray, Ramanathan Kadirvel, Laurence J Eckel, David F Kallmes
Purpose To compare gadolinium tissue concentrations of multiple linear and macrocyclic chelates in a rat model to better understand the scope and extent of tissue deposition following multiple intravenous doses of gadolinium-based contrast agent (GBCA). Materials and Methods In this Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee-approved study, healthy rats received 20 intravenous injections of 2.5 mmol gadolinium per kilogram (gadolinium-exposed group) or saline (control group) over a 26-day period. Unenhanced T1 signal intensities of the dentate nucleus were measured from magnetic resonance (MR) images obtained prior to GBCA injection and 3 days after final injection...
June 19, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639707/dressings-and-topical-agents-for-treating-pressure-ulcers
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REVIEW
Maggie J Westby, Jo C Dumville, Marta O Soares, Nikki Stubbs, Gill Norman
BACKGROUND: Pressure ulcers, also known as bedsores, decubitus ulcers and pressure injuries, are localised areas of injury to the skin or the underlying tissue, or both. Dressings are widely used to treat pressure ulcers and promote healing, and there are many options to choose from including alginate, hydrocolloid and protease-modulating dressings. Topical agents have also been used as alternatives to dressings in order to promote healing.A clear and current overview of all the evidence is required to facilitate decision-making regarding the use of dressings or topical agents for the treatment of pressure ulcers...
June 22, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639659/hydrothermal-and-biomineralization-synthesis-of-a-dual-modal-nanoprobe-for-targeted-near-infrared-persistent-luminescence-and-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#20
Yu Wang, Cheng-Xiong Yang, Xiu-Ping Yan
The development of the multimodal probes is of great importance for bioimaging application. Herein, we report the fabrication of a functional nanocomposite from near-infrared (NIR) persistent luminescent nanoparticles (PLNPs) and Gd2O3 as a multimodal probe for in vivo NIR persistent luminescence and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. Small-sized monodispersed NIR ZnGa2O4:Cr(3+) PLNPs (ca. 15 nm) were prepared as the NIR persistent luminescence source by a hydrothermal method while hyaluronic acid (HA) functionalized Gd2O3 (HA-Gd2O3) was synthesized as the MR contrast agent via a biomineralization approach...
June 22, 2017: Nanoscale
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