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Monica Terracciano, Michela Napolitano, Luca De Stefano, Anna Chiara De Luca, Ilaria Rea
Diatomite is a fossil material made of amorphous porous silica. In this work, polyethylene glycol (PEG)-modified diatomite NPs (PEG-DNPs) are decorated with gold NPs (AuNPs) by one-pot liquid-phase synthesis. Nanocomplexes (PEG-DNPs@AuNPs), with an average size of about 450 nm, are characterized by dynamic light scattering, electron microscopy, nitrogen adsorption/desorption analysis, UV-VIS and photoluminescence spectroscopies. Preliminary studies on the use of the nanocomplex in nanomedicine are also presented...
March 19, 2018: Nanotechnology
Tomonori Kanda
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 16, 2018: Magnetic Resonance in Medical Sciences: MRMS
Hussaina Banu, N Renuka, S M Faheem, Raees Ismail, Vinita Singh, Zahra Saadatmand, Saad Sultan Khan, Kavya Narayanan, Alma Raheem, Kumpati Premkumar, Geetha Vasanthakumar
Recently, several attempts have been made to use the phytopharmaceuticals from plant extracts as reducing, capping and stabilizing agents for the biomimetic synthesis of various metal nanoparticles conjugated to the phytopharmaceuticals. These biogenic metal nanoparticles are non-toxic and can be used as contrast agents, drug delivery vehicles and photothermal agents for cancer therapy. Herein, we report the synthesis of both silver and gold nanoparticles using the pollen extract of Phoenix dactylifera (Date Palm), characterization using UV-visible spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, quantitation of phytochemicals capping the nanoparticles using Folin - Ciocalteu's method, cytotoxicity studies on MCF-7 breast cancer cells, cancer cell death analysis using fluorescent microscopy, and modulation of expression of the pro-apoptotic p53 and anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 proteins...
March 18, 2018: Biological Trace Element Research
Sabine Franckenberg, Florian Berger, Sarah Schaerli, Garyfalia Ampanozi, Michael Thali
We present the rare case of a fatal anaphylactic reaction to gadobutrol, a magnetic resonance imaging contrast agent, in a 42-year-old man. The patient underwent elective magnetic resonance imaging for diagnostic clarification of a suspicious finding in the abdomen. The patient had undergone contrast-enhanced computed tomography previously without the occurrence of any adverse effects. Adverse drug reactions in gadobutrol have a very low prevalence of 0.32%-3.5%, with serious adverse drug reactions in <0...
February 2018: Radiology case reports
Onur Taydas, Hayri Ogul, Halil Ozcan, Mecit Kantarci
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 15, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Kartikeya Tiwari, Vikash Kumar Dubey
Asparaginase, a pivotal enzyme of the aspartate metabolic pathway is present as two variants in Leishmania donovani, causative agent of visceral leishmaniasis (VL). Our microscopy based analysis revealed that the green fluorescent protein tagged asparaginase variants were localized in the cytosol of the parasite. The finding was also supported by the in silico analysis of the L. donovani asparaginase variants. This finding is in strike contrast with other parasitic species such as M. tuberculosis where asparaginase is secreted out of the parasite...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
E Trybus, G Krol, T Obarzanowski, W Trybus, A Kopacz-Bednarska, M Obarzanowski, T Krol
Most studies on the effects of glucocorticosteroid therapy in rhinitis relate to their inhibitory effect on activation and the number of inflowing cells that are involved in the development and maintenance of inflammation. It is also very important to determine the range of effect of budesonide on residing cells (epithelial cells). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of local budesonide therapy on the cytological image of the nasal mucosa, with attention paid to columnar cells in patients with rhinitis...
December 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
Masato Anno, Nobuhiro Hara, Takashi Yamazaki
OBJECT: Numerous studies have demonstrated the imaging features to differentiate spinal meningioma and schwannoma. However, diagnosis can be controversial among clinicians. The purpose of our study was to evaluate the diagnostic value of a novel imaging finding of meningioma on CT-myelogram (CTM). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Imaging findings of patients who underwent surgeries for spinal cord tumors between April 2005 to May 2015 were retrospectively reviewed. Our inclusion criteria were as follows: 1) intradural extramedullary tumor, 2) both magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and CTM were available...
March 10, 2018: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Christopher G Roth, Dina Halegoua-De Marzio, Flavius F Guglielmo
MRI has transformed from the theoretical, investigative realm to mainstream clinical medicine over the past four decades and has become a core component of the diagnostic toolbox in the practice of gastroenterology (GI). Its success is attributable to exquisite contrast and the ability to isolate specific proton species through the use of different pulse sequences (i.e., T1-weighted, T2-weighted, diffusion-weighted) and exploiting extracellular and hepatobiliary contrast agents. Consequently, MRI has gained preeminence in various GI clinical applications: liver and pancreatic lesion evaluation and detection, liver transplantation evaluation, pancreatitis evaluation, Crohn's disease evaluation (using MR enterography) rectal cancer staging and perianal fistula evaluation...
March 16, 2018: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
Sujith Chacko, George Joseph, Viji Thomson, Paul George, Oommen George, Debashish Danda
BACKGROUND: Use of iodinated contrast agents for angiography in patients with renal insufficiency risks further deterioration of renal function and its adverse sequelae. OBJECTIVE: To study the effectiveness and safety of carbon dioxide (CO2 ) angiography in guiding percutaneous renal-related interventions in patients with Takayasu arteritis and renal insufficiency. METHODS: Data on CO2 angiography-guided interventions were obtained from a 23-year database of 692 Takayasu arteritis patients who underwent percutaneous interventions and were analyzed retrospectively...
March 16, 2018: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
Federico Moccetti, Craig C Weinkauf, Brian P Davidson, J Todd Belcik, Edmund R Marinelli, Evan Unger, Jonathan R Lindner
The aim of this study was to evaluate a panel of endothelium-targeted microbubble (MB) ultrasound contrast agents bearing small peptide ligands as a human-ready approach for molecular imaging of markers of high-risk atherosclerotic plaque. Small peptide ligands with established affinity for human P-selectin, VCAM-1, LOX-1 and von Willebrand factor (VWF) were conjugated to the surface of lipid-stabilized MBs. Contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) molecular imaging of the thoracic aorta was performed in wild-type and gene-targeted mice with advanced atherosclerosis (DKO)...
March 13, 2018: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Daniëlle Bp Eekers, Lieke In 't Ven, Erik Roelofs, Alida Postma, Claire Alapetite, Neil G Burnet, Valentin Calugaru, Inge Compter, Ida E M Coremans, Morton Høyer, Maarten Lambrecht, Petra Witt Nyström, Alejandra Méndez Romero, Frank Paulsen, Ana Perpar, Dirk de Ruysscher, Laurette Renard, Beate Timmermann, Pavel Vitek, Damien C Weber, Hiske L van der Weide, Gillian A Whitfield, Ruud Wiggenraad, Esther G C Troost
PURPOSE: To create a digital, online atlas for organs at risk (OAR) delineation in neuro-oncology based on high-quality computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. METHODS: CT and 3 Tesla (3T) MR images (slice thickness 1 mm with intravenous contrast agent) were obtained from the same patient and subsequently fused. In addition, a 7T MR without intravenous contrast agent was obtained from a healthy volunteer. Based on discussion between experienced radiation oncologists, the clinically relevant organs at risk (OARs) to be included in the atlas for neuro-oncology were determined, excluding typical head and neck OARs previously published...
March 13, 2018: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
Milton Packer
BACKGROUND: Current guidelines for the treatment of heart failure strongly recommend the use of inhibitors of the renin-angiotensin system and sympathetic nervous system in all patients with a reduced ejection fraction who can tolerate these drugs. Yet, there is no consensus about the efficacy of low doses of these drugs or the likely shape of the dose-response relationship for these agents. METHODS: Inferences were made by examining the effects of drugs in placebo-controlled trials before the protocol-specified opportunity for uptitration and by reassessing the results of large-scale trials with active comparators that inadvertently produced different intensities of neurohormonal blockade...
March 11, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Jan Endrikat, Susan Dohanish, Nicolas Schleyer, Susanne Schwenke, Sheela Agarwal, Thomas Balzer
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to critically assess the evaluation and categorization process for nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) based on reports received by Bayer from 2006 to 2016. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 779 NSF reports received by Bayer globally from 2006 to 2016 were included in the analysis. Arlington Medical Resources provided gadolinium-based contrast agent (GBCA) market share. Reports were conservatively categorized based on the Cowper/Girardi criteria...
March 16, 2018: Investigative Radiology
A-Ra Hong, Youngsun Kim, Tae Sup Lee, Sehoon Kim, Kwangyeol Lee, Gayoung Kim, Ho Seong Jang
In this study, intense single-band red-emitting upconversion nanophosphors (UCNPs) excited with 800 nm near infrared (NIR) light are reported. When a NaYF4 :Nd,Yb active-shell is formed on the 12.7 nm-sized NaGdF4 :Yb,Ho,Ce UCNP core, the core/shell (C/S) UCNPs show tunable emission from green to red depending on the Ce3+ concentration under excitation with 800 nm NIR light. Thirty mol% Ce3+ -doped C/S UCNPs exhibit single-band red emission peaking at 644 nm via a5 F5 →5 I8 transition of Ho3+ . A high Nd3+ concentration in the shell results in strong absorption at around 800 nm NIR light even though the shell thickness is not large, and small-sized C/S UCNPs (16...
March 16, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Aubrey L Galusha, Pamela C Kruger, Lyn J Howard, Patrick J Parsons
Patients receiving long-term parenteral nutrition (PN) are exposed to potentially toxic elements, which may accumulate in bone. Bone samples collected from seven PN patients (average = 14 years) and eighteen hip/knee samples were analyzed for Al as part of a previous investigation. Yttrium was serendipitously detected in the PN bone samples, leading to the present investigation of rare earth elements (REEs). A method for quantitating fifteen REEs in digested bone was developed based on tandem ICP-MS (ICP-MS/MS) to resolve spectral interferences...
May 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Pavel Šauer, Alžběta Stará, Oksana Golovko, Olga Valentová, Adam Bořík, Roman Grabic, Hana Kocour Kroupová
Vast numbers of xenobiotics are known still to be present in treated municipal wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) effluents. Some of these possess endocrine-disrupting potency and pose risks for exposed aquatic animals. We searched for 17 potential environmental contaminants having affinity to the progesterone receptor. Relative potency values of these progesterone receptor-active chemicals were obtained. On the basis of relative potencies and measured environmental concentrations, the contribution of progestins to measured progestagenic activities was evaluated...
March 2, 2018: Water Research
Alejandro Amor-Coarasa, James Kelly, Shashikanth Ponnala, Yogindra Vedvyas, Anastasia Nikolopoulou, Clarence Williams, Moonsoo M Jin, J David Warren, John W Babich
INTRODUCTION: CXCR4 specific [18 F]-labeled positron emission tomography (PET) imaging agents are needed which would enable general distribution of the radiotracer for clinical investigation. We sought to synthesize, radiolabel and evaluate [18 F]RPS-544, a novel non-peptide CXCR4 antagonist as a CXCR4 specific probe. We compared [18 F]RPS-544 with the previously published [18 F]-3 ([18 F]RPS-510 in this paper) in a bi-lateral tumor model of differential CXCR4 expression for its ability to selectively target CXCR4 expression...
January 31, 2018: Nuclear Medicine and Biology
Marliane Batista Campos, Luciana Vieira do Rêgo Lima, Ana Carolina Stocco de Lima, Thiago Vasconcelos Dos Santos, Patrícia Karla Santos Ramos, Claudia Maria de Castro Gomes, Fernando Tobias Silveira
Leishmania (V.) braziliensis and Leishmania(L.) amazonensis are the most pathogenic agents of American Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Brazil, causing a wide spectrum of clinical and immunopathological manifestations, including: localized cutaneous leishmaniasis (LCLDTH+/++), borderline disseminated cutaneous leishmaniasis (BDCLDTH±), anergic diffuse cutaneous leishmaniasis (ADCLDTH-), and mucosal leishmaniasis (MLDTH++++). It has recently been demonstrated, however, that while L. (V.) braziliensis shows a clear potential to advance the infection from central LCL (a moderate T-cell hypersensitivity form) towards ML (the highest T-cell hypersensitivity pole), L...
2018: PloS One
Ya Guo, Tianjun Sun, Yiming Gu, Xiaowei Liu, Quanli Ke, Shudong Wang
Zeolite FAU with tunable SiO₂/Al₂O₃ molar ratio has been successfully synthesized in the absence of organic structure-directing agents (OSDA). Specifically, the addition of zinc species contributes to the feasible and effective adjustment of the framework SiO₂/Al₂O₃ molar ratio between ca. 4 and ca. 6 depending on the amount of zinc species added in the batch composition. In contrast, typical OSDA such as tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAOH) has a limited effect on the SiO₂/Al₂O₃ molar ratio of the zeolite...
March 15, 2018: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
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