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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231402/ex-vivo-visualization-of-human-ciliated-epithelium-and-quantitative-analysis-of-induced-flow-dynamics-by-using-optical-coherence-tomography
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Yuye Ling, Xinwen Yao, Ute A Gamm, Emilio Arteaga-Solis, Charles W Emala, Michael A Choma, Christine P Hendon
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Cilia-driven mucociliary clearance is an important self-defense mechanism of great clinical importance in pulmonary research. Conventional light microscopy possesses the capability to visualize individual cilia and its beating pattern but lacks the throughput to assess the global ciliary activities and flow dynamics. Optical coherence tomography (OCT), which provides depth-resolved cross-sectional images, was recently introduced to this area. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fourteen de-identified human tracheobronchial tissues are directly imaged by two OCT systems: one system centered at 1,300 nm with 6...
February 23, 2017: Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230558/risk-for-overall-infection-with-anti-tnf-and-anti-integrin-agents-used-in-ibd-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Eric D Shah, Jeremy P Farida, Corey A Siegel, Kelly Chong, Gil Y Melmed
BACKGROUND: The overall risk for infection with contemporary biological agents in treating Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) has not been systematically assessed. METHODS: We performed a PubMed and Cochrane database literature search to evaluate randomized, placebo-controlled trials of biologics in treating UC and CD. Meta-analysis was performed using a DerSimonian and Laird random effects model. We determined relative risk (RR) of harm against placebo; number needed to harm (NNH) was reported when appropriate...
February 22, 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230255/changes-in-pectin-characteristics-during-the-ripening-of-jujube-fruit
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Shenghua Ding, Rongrong Wang, Yang Dan, Gaoyang Li, Shiyi Ou
BACKGROUND: Pectin is relative to fruit maturation and loss of flesh firmness. In this research, changes in pectin characteristics, including pectin content, neutral sugar compositions, molecular weight (Mw ) distribution, and degree of methyl esterification (DM), in six different growth stages (S1-S6) of jujube fruit were assessed. RESULTS: The growth of jujube fruit corresponded to an increase in water-soluble pectin (WSP), and a decrease in Na2 CO3 -soluble pectin (SSP)...
February 23, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229334/specific-amyloid-binding-of-polybasic-peptides-in-vivo-is-retained-by-%C3%AE-sheet-conformers-but-lost-in-the-disrupted-coil-and-all-d-amino-acid-variants
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Jonathan S Wall, Angela Williams, Tina Richey, Alan Stuckey, Craig Wooliver, J Christopher Scott, Robert Donnell, Emily B Martin, Stephen J Kennel
PURPOSE: The heparin-reactive, helical peptide p5 is an effective amyloid imaging agent in mice with systemic amyloidosis. Analogs of p5 with modified secondary structure characteristics exhibited altered binding to heparin, synthetic amyloid fibrils, and amyloid extracts in vitro. Herein, we further study the effects of peptide helicity and chirality on specific amyloid binding using a mouse model of systemic inflammation-associated (AA) amyloidosis. PROCEDURES: Peptides with disrupted helical structure [p5(coil) and p5(Pro3)], with an extended sheet conformation [p5(sheet)] or an all-D enantiomer [p5(D)], were chemically synthesized, radioiodinated, and their biodistribution studied in WT mice as well as transgenic animals with severe systemic AA amyloidosis...
February 22, 2017: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229302/tremor-analysis-separates-parkinson-s-disease-and-dopamine-receptor-blockers-induced-parkinsonism
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Aasef G Shaikh
Parkinson's disease, the most common cause of parkinsonism is often difficult to distinguish from its second most common etiology due to exposure to dopamine receptor blocking agents such as antiemetics and neuroleptics. Dual axis accelerometry was used to quantify tremor in 158 patients with parkinsonism; 62 had Parkinson's disease and 96 were clinically diagnosed with dopamine receptor blocking agent-induced parkinsonism. Tremor was measured while subjects rested arms (resting tremor), outstretched arms in front (postural tremor), and reached a target (kinetic tremor)...
February 22, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226192/carbazole-linked-nir-aza-bodipy-dyes-as-triplet-sensitizers-and-photoacoustic-contrast-agents-for-deep-tissue-imaging
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Nagaiyan Sekar, Ramaiah D, Yogesh Gawale, Adarsh N, Joseph J, M Pramanik, S K Kalva
Four novel N-ethylcarbazole linked aza-BODIPY dyes (8a-b and 9a-b) were synthesized and characterized. The presence of N-ethylcarbazole moiety shifts their absorption and fluorescence spectra to the near-infrared region, ca. 650-730 nm, of electromagnetic spectra. These dyes possess strong molar absorptivity in the range of 3-4 x 104 M-1cm-1 with low fluorescence quantum yields. The triplet excited state as well as singlet oxygen generation of these dyes were enhanced upon iodination at the core position. The core iodinated dyes 9a-b showed excellent triplet quantum yield of ca...
February 22, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225355/assessing-cardiac-function-from-total-variation-regularized-4-d-c-arm-ct-in-the-presence-of-angular-undersampling
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Oliver Taubmann, Viktor Haase, Guenter Lauritsch, Yefeng Zheng, Gregor Krings, Joachim Hornegger, Andreas Maier
Time-resolved tomographic cardiac imaging using an angiographic C-arm device may support clinicians during minimally invasive therapy by enabling a thorough analysis of the heart function directly in the catheter laboratory. However, clinically feasible acquisition protocols entail a highly challenging reconstruction problem which suffers from sparse angular sampling of the trajectory. Compressed sensing theory promises that useful images can be recovered despite massive undersampling by means of sparsity-based regularization...
February 22, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223872/chitosan-treatment-abrogates-hypercholesterolemia-induced-erythrocyte-s-arginase-activation
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Gamaleldin I Harisa, Sabry M Attia, Khairy M A Zoheir, Fars K Alanazi
This study aimed to evaluate the protective effect of chitosan (CS) against hypercholesterolemia (HC) induced arginase activation and disruption of nitric oxide (NO) biosynthesis using erythrocytes as cellular model. Human erythrocytes were isolated and classified into eight groups. Next, cells were treated with l-arginine (l-ARG), N(ω)-nitro-l-arginine methyl ester (l-NAME), CS or CS + l-ARG in the presence of normal plasma or cholesterol enriches plasma. Then, erythrocytes were incubated at 37 °C for 24 h...
January 2017: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223802/fe3o4-based-plga-nanoparticles-as-mr-contrast-agents-for-the-detection-of-thrombosis
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Jia Liu, Jie Xu, Jun Zhou, Yu Zhang, Dajing Guo, Zhigang Wang
Thrombotic disease is a great threat to human health, and early detection is particularly important. Magnetic resonance (MR) molecular imaging provides noninvasive imaging with the potential for early disease diagnosis. In this study, we developed Fe3O4-based poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanoparticles (NPs) surface-modified with a cyclic Arg-Gly-Asp (cRGD) peptide as an MR contrast agent for the detection of thrombosis. The physical and chemical characteristics, biological toxicity, ability to target thrombi, and biodistribution of the NPs were studied...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223738/peroral-endoscopic-myotomy-for-treatment-of-guillain-barre-syndrome-associated-achalasia-a-rare-case
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Seung Kak Shin, Kyoung Oh Kim, Eui Joo Kim, Su Young Kim, Jung Ho Kim, Yoon Jae Kim, Jun-Won Chung, Kwang An Kwon, Dong Kyun Park
Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS)-associated achalasia is a very rare disease of uncertain cause. We report the case of a patient diagnosed with GBS-associated type I achalasia who was successfully treated with peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM). A 30-year-old man who was diagnosed with GBS 3 mo before was referred to our department with dysphagia and meal-related regurgitation. The results of esophagography, endoscopy, and high-resolution manometry (HRM) revealed type I achalasia. POEM that utilized a submucosal tunneling technique was performed to treat the GBS-associated type I achalasia...
February 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223165/heterogeneous-intratumoral-distribution-of-gadolinium-nanoparticles-within-u87-human-glioblastoma-xenografts-unveiled-by-micro-pixe-imaging
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Asuncion Carmona, Stéphane Roudeau, Baptiste L'Homel, Frédéric Pouzoulet, Sarah Bonnet-Boissinot, Yolanda Prezado, Richard Ortega
Metallic nanoparticles have great potential in cancer radiotherapy as theranostic drugs since, they serve simultaneously as contrast agents for medical imaging and as radio-therapy sensitizers. As with other anticancer drugs, intratumoral diffusion is one of the main limiting factors for therapeutic efficiency. To date, a few reports have investigated the intratumoral distribution of metallic nanoparticles. The aim of this study was to determine the quantitative distribution of gadolinium (Gd) nanoparticles after direct intratumoral injection within U87 human glioblastoma tumors grafted in mice, using micro-PIXE (Particle Induced X-ray Emission) imaging...
February 18, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221890/enhanced-control-of-listeria-monocytogenes-by-enterococcus-faecium-ke82-a-multiple-enterocin-producing-strain-in-different-milk-environments
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Elpiniki Vandera, Alexandra Lianou, Athanasia Kakouri, Jinbo Feng, Anna-Irini Koukkou, John Samelis
Enterococcus faecium KE82, isolated from traditional Greek Graviera cheese, was identified in pure broth cultures in vitro as a multiple enterocin-producing bacterial strain possessing the structural entA, entB, and entP enterocin genes. E. faecium KE82 was further assessed for in situ antilisterial activity in raw milk (RM) and commercially thermized milk (TM; 63°C for 30 s) in the presence of the indigenous microbiota and in sterile raw milk (SRM; 121°C for 5 min) with or without the addition of two commercial starter culture (CSC) strains Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactococcus lactis ...
January 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221807/mechanostereoselective-one-pot-synthesis-of-functionalized-head-to-head-cyclodextrin-3-rotaxanes-and-their-application-as-magnetic-resonance-imaging-contrast-agents
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Jean Wilfried Fredy, Jérémy Scelle, Gregory Ramniceanu, Bich-Thuy Doan, Célia S Bonnet, Éva Tóth, Mickaël Ménand, Matthieu Sollogoub, Guillaume Vives, Bernold Hasenknopf
A versatile, five-component, one-pot synthesis of cyclodextrin (CD) [3]rotaxanes using copper-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition has been developed. Head-to-head [3]rotaxanes of α-CD selectively functionalized by one or two gadolinium 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7-triacetic acid monoamide complexes were obtained mechanostereoselectively. The magnetic resonance imaging efficiency, expressed by the longitudinal proton relaxivity of the rotaxanes, was significantly improved as compared to the functionalized CD...
February 21, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220954/is-god-just-a-big-person-children-s-conceptions-of-god-across-cultures-and-religious-traditions
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Melanie A Nyhof, Carl N Johnson
The present research examines the influence of intuitive cognitive domain and religion on the God concepts of children growing up in religious traditions that present God in ways varying from abstract to concrete. In Study 1, we compared children from a Latter-Day Saints (LDS) background with those from mainstream Christian (MC) backgrounds in the United States. In contrast to MC theology that holds that God is all-knowing, all-powerful, and disembodied, LDS theology depicts God as embodied. In Study 1, 3- to 7-year-olds from LDS and MC backgrounds were asked about supernatural mental and immaterial attributes of God, a ghost, a dad, and a bug...
March 2017: British Journal of Developmental Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220144/results-of-late-gadolinium-enhancement-in-children-affected-by-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Giuseppe Muscogiuri, Paolo Ciliberti, Domenico Mastrodicasa, Marcello Chinali, Gabriele Rinelli, Teresa Pia Santangelo, Carmela Napolitano, Benedetta Leonardi, Aurelio Secinaro
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the clinical value of late gadolinium enhancement (LGE), in children affected by dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated 15 patients (8 ± 6 years, 6 males) with diagnosis of DCM who underwent cardiac magnetic resonance since 2014. All scans were performed with a 1.5 T system (Aera, Siemens). Study protocol included cine steady-state free precession sequences, followed by administration of 0...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220088/it-takes-a-virtual-village-exploring-the-role-of-a-career-community-to-support-sensemaking-as-a-proactive-socialization-practice
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Darren Good, Kevin Cavanagh
Scholars have long advocated for individuals to play a more proactive role during organizational entry rather than relying on institutionally led processes. The primary benefit being that the newcomer moves from passive recipient, dependent on the institution to highlight relevant information, to active agent with self-determined sources and methods to aid in adjustment. A virtual career community made up of 12 first year business faculty members was created to provide such a self-determined source of support during the transition from doctoral studies to full-time assistant professorship...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219725/planar-implantable-sensor-for-in-vivo-measurement-of-cellular-oxygen-metabolism-in-brain-tissue
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Vassiliy Tsytsarev, Fatih Akkenti, Elena Pumbo, Qinggong Tang, Yu Chen, Reha S Erzurumlu, Dmitri B Papkovsky
BACKGROUND: Brain imaging methods are continually improving. Imaging of the cerebral cortex is widely used in both animal experiments and charting human brain function in health and disease. Among the animal models, the rodent cerebral cortex has been widely used because of patterned neural representation of the whiskers on the snout and relative ease of activating cortical tissue with whisker stimulation. NEW METHOD: We tested a new planar solid-state oxygen sensor comprising a polymeric film with a phosphorescent oxygen-sensitive coating on the working side, to monitor dynamics of oxygen metabolism in the cerebral cortex following sensory stimulation...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218614/first-i-in-vivo-i-magnetic-particle-imaging-of-lung-perfusion-in-rats
#18
Xinyi Yedda Zhou, Kenneth Jeffris, Elaine Yu, Bo Zheng, Patrick Goodwill, Payam Nahid, Steven Conolly
Pulmonary embolism (PE), along with the closely related condition of deep vein thrombosis, affect an estimated 600,000 patients in the US per year. Untreated, PE carries a mortality rate of 30%. Because many patients experience mild or non-specific symptoms, imaging studies are necessary for definitive diagnosis of PE. Iodinated CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA) is recommended for most patients, while nuclear medicine-based ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) scans are reserved for patients in whom the use of iodine is contraindicated...
February 20, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218201/b-mode-and-contrast-enhancement-characteristics-of-small-nonincidental-neuroendocrine-pancreatic-tumors
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Barbara Braden, Christian Jenssen, Mirko D'Onofrio, Michael Hocke, Uwe Will, Kathleen Möller, Andre Ignee, Yi Dong, Xin-Wu Cui, Adrian Sãftoiu, Christoph F Dietrich
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Imaging of the pancreas for detection of neuroendocrine tumors is indicated as surveillance in multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1) or if typical clinical symptoms combined with hormone production raise the suspicion of a neuroendocrine tumor. Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is considered the best imaging modality to detect small pancreatic tumors. However, little is known about how small pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (pNETs) present on EUS. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this multicenter study, we retrospectively analyzed the endosonographic characteristics of small pNETs which had been detected due to typical biochemistry and clinical symptoms or during surveillance of MEN 1...
January 2017: Endoscopic Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218196/applications-of-contrast-enhanced-harmonic-endoscopic-ultrasound-on-biliary-focal-liver-lesions-and-vascular-diseases
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Jun-Ho Choi, Dong-Wan Seo
Over the last decade, the clinical applications of contrast-enhanced harmonic endoscopic ultrasound (CH-EUS) have increased steadily. The development of second-generation ultrasound contrast agents has allowed superior visualization of the microvasculature and tissue perfusion of the target lesion. This methodology has proven useful in the differential diagnosis of solid pancreatic masses and lymph nodes. In addition, the applicability of CH-EUS has expanded to nonpancreas structures such as biliary, focal liver lesions, and vascular disease...
January 2017: Endoscopic Ultrasound
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