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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227867/knife-edge-scanning-microscopy-for-in-silico-study-of-cerebral-blood-flow-from-biological-imaging-data-to-flow-simulations
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Michael R Nowak, Alexander Lozovskiy, Dimitri Dobroskok, Yoonsuck Choe, Michael R Nowak, Alexander Lozovskiy, Dimitri Dobroskok, Yoonsuck Choe, Dimitri Dobroskok, Michael R Nowak, Alexander Lozovskiy, Yoonsuck Choe
Knife-edge scanning microscopy provides the capability to image whole-brain cerebral microvasculature of small organisms, such as mice, at sub-micron resolution, providing a feasible foundation for the reconstruction of circulatory pathways from the systemic to cellular scale. In this paper, we illustrate the feasibility of using this data to model cerebral blood flow using numerical simulations. Starting with a small vascular element in microcirculation of interest, we present its segmentation from the imaging-data volume, construction of its triangular surface mesh, assembly of its tetrahedral volumetric mesh from the surface, and then conclude with Stokes flow simulation of plasma through the microvascular vessel...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227283/a-method-to-detect-tortuosity-of-vessel-using-non-imaging-ultrasound-approach-in-carotid-structure
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Ravindra B Patil, P Krishnamoorthy, Ravindra B Patil, P Krishnamoorthy, Ravindra B Patil, P Krishnamoorthy
Stroke is a leading cause of functional impairments. The typical screening mechanism is to measure localized Peak Systolic Velocity (PSV) and diagnose impending risk associated with stoke by characterizing the PSV values. However, an accurate measurement of PSV using Doppler ultrasound is affected due to the tortuous nature of carotid artery in elder population group as the angle at which acoustic beam strikes the vessel is over or under estimated resulting in improper measure the blood flow velocity. Hence, the proposed approach estimates the degree of tortuosity of the carotid vessel and includes this as calibration parameter to compute an accurate PSV...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227281/modeling-digital-pulse-waveforms-by-solving-one-dimensional-navier-stokes-equations
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Aleksandr A Fedotov, Anna S Akulova, Sergey A Akulov, Aleksandr A Fedotov, Anna S Akulova, Sergey A Akulov, Aleksandr A Fedotov, Anna S Akulova, Sergey A Akulov
Mathematical modeling for composition distal arterial pulse wave in the blood vessels of the upper limbs was considered. Formation of distal arterial pulse wave is represented as a composition of forward and reflected pulse waves propagating along the arterial vessels. The formal analogy between pulse waves propagation along the human arterial system and the propagation of electrical oscillations in electrical transmission lines with distributed parameters was proposed. Dependencies of pulse wave propagation along the human arterial system were obtained by solving the one-dimensional Navier-Stokes equations for a few special cases...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227143/csdc-a-nationwide-screening-platform-for-stroke-control-and-prevention-in-china
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Jinghui Yu, Huajian Mao, Mei Li, Dan Ye, Dongsheng Zhao, Jinghui Yu, Huajian Mao, Mei Li, Dan Ye, Dongsheng Zhao, Dan Ye, Huajian Mao, Mei Li, Dongsheng Zhao, Jinghui Yu
As a leading cause of severe disability and death, stroke places an enormous burden on Chinese society. A nationwide stroke screening platform called CSDC (China Stoke Data Center) has been built to support the national stroke prevention program and stroke clinical research since 2011. This platform is composed of a data integration system and a big data analysis system. The data integration system is used to collect information on risk factors, diagnosis history, treatment, and sociodemographic characteristics and stroke patients' EMR...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224897/cellulose-pectin-composite-hydrogels-intermolecular-interactions-and-material-properties-depend-on-order-of-assembly
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Patricia Lopez-Sanchez, Marta Martinez-Sanz, Mauricio R Bonilla, Dongjie Wang, Elliot P Gilbert, Jason R Stokes, Michael J Gidley
Plant cell walls have a unique combination of strength and flexibility however, further investigations are required to understand how those properties arise from the assembly of the relevant biopolymers. Recent studies indicate that Ca(2+)-pectates can act as load-bearing components in cell walls. To investigate this proposed role of pectins, bioinspired wall models were synthesised based on bacterial cellulose containing pectin-calcium gels by varying the order of assembly of cellulose/pectin networks, pectin degree of methylesterification and calcium concentration...
April 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224161/f-element-metalated-dipyrrins-synthesis-and-characterization-of-a-family-of-uranyl-bis-dipyrrinate-complexes
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Duer Bolotaulo, Alejandro Metta-Magaña, Skye Fortier
Using an improved, chromatography-free dipyrrin synthesis, the α,β-unsubstituted dipyrrins [RC(C4H2N)2H] (2) (R = tolyl (2toly(l)), p-OMe-C6H4 (2anis), mesityl (2mes), ferrocenyl (2Fc)) were isolated in good to excellent yields. Deprotonation of 2 with Na[N(SiMe3)2] gives the alkali metal salts [Na(DME)n][RC(C4H2N)2] (3) which reacts with UO2Cl2(THF)3 to give the uranyl bis(dipyrrinates) UO2[RC(C4H2N)2]2(L) (L = THF (4R-THF); DMAP (4R-DMAP)) (R = tolyl, p-OMe-C6H4, mesityl, ferrocenyl). The THF adducts, 4R-THF, are unstable in aromatic and nonpolar solvents and rapidly decompose to 2 and an intractable uranium-containing solid...
February 22, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224160/particle-wall-tribology-of-slippery-hydrogel-particle-suspensions
#7
Heather M Shewan, Jason R Stokes, Michel Cloitre
Slip is an important phenomenon that occurs during the flow of yield stress fluids like soft materials and pastes. Densely packed suspensions of hydrogel microparticles are used to show that slip is governed by the tribological interactions occurring between the samples and shearing surfaces. Both attractive/repulsive interactions between the dispersed particles and surface, as well as the viscoelasticity of the suspension, are found to play key roles in slip occurring within rheometric flows. We specifically discover that for two completely different sets of microgels, the sliding stress at which slip occurs scales with both the modulus of the particles and the bulk suspension modulus...
February 22, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223393/novel-bacterial-topoisomerase-inhibitors-with-potent-broad-spectrum-activity-against-drug-resistant-bacteria
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Cédric Charrier, Anne-Marie Salisbury, Victoria J Savage, Thomas Duffy, Emmanuel Moyo, Nathan Chaffer-Malam, Nicola Ooi, Rebecca Newman, Jonathan Cheung, Richard Metzger, David McGarry, Mark Pichowicz, Ralph Sigerson, Ian R Cooper, Gary Nelson, Hayley S Butler, Mark Craighead, Andrew J Ratcliffe, Stuart A Best, Neil R Stokes
The Novel Bacterial Topoisomerase Inhibitor class is an investigational type of antibacterial inhibitor of DNA gyrase and topoisomerase IV that do not have cross-resistance with the quinolones. Here, we report the evaluation of the in vitro properties of a new series of this type of small molecules. Exemplar compounds selectively and potently inhibited the catalytic activities of Escherichia coli DNA gyrase and topoisomerase IV but did not block the DNA breakage-reunion step. Compounds showed broad-spectrum inhibitory activity against a wide range of Gram-positive and Gram-negative pathogens, including biodefence microorganisms, and Mycobacterium tuberculosis No cross-resistance with quinolone-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and E...
February 21, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223074/recent-advances-in-biomedical-applications-of-fluorescent-gold-nanoclusters
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REVIEW
Youkun Zheng, Lanmei Lai, Weiwei Liu, Hui Jiang, Xuemei Wang
Fluorescent gold nanoclusters (AuNCs) are emerging as novel fluorescent materials and have attracted more and more attention in the field of biolabeling, biosensing, bioimaging and targeted cancer treatment because of their unusual physicochemical properties, such as long fluorescence lifetime, ultrasmall size, large Stokes shift, strong photoluminescence, as well as excellent biocompatibility and photostability. Recently, significant efforts have been committed to the preparation, functionalization and biomedical application studies of fluorescent AuNCs...
February 16, 2017: Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222715/the-characteristics-of-stroke-units-in-ontario-a-pan-provincial-survey
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Valeria E Rac, Yeva Sahakyan, Iris Fan, Luciano Ieraci, Ruth Hall, Linda Kelloway, Gabrielle van der Velde, Moira K Kapral, Mark Bayley, Murray Krahn
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have demonstrated that organized, multidisciplinary care is the cornerstone of current strategies to reduce the death and disability caused by stroke. Identification of stroke units and an understanding of their composition and operation would provide insight for the further actions required to improve stroke care. The objective of this study was to identify and survey stroke units in Canada's largest province, Ontario (population of 13 million) in order to describe availability, structure, staffing, processes of care, and type of population stroke units serve...
February 21, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221751/molecular-engineering-and-design-of-semiconducting-polymer-dots-with-narrow-band-near-infrared-emission-for-in-vivo-biological-imaging
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Chi-Shiang Ke, Chia-Chia Fang, Jia-Ying Yan, Po-Jung Tseng, Joseph R Pyle, Chuan-Pin Chen, Shu-Yi Lin, Jixin Chen, Xuanjun Zhang, Yang-Hsiang Chan
This article describes the design and synthesis of donor-bridge-acceptor based semiconducting polymer dots (Pdots) that exhibit narrow-band emissions, ultrahigh brightness, and large Stokes shifts in the near-infrared (NIR) region. We systematically investigated the effect of π-bridges on the fluorescence quantum yields of the donor-bridge-acceptor based Pdots. The Pdots could be excited by a 488-nm or 532-nm laser and have a high fluorescence quantum yield of 33% with a Stokes shift over 200 nm. The emission full width at half-maximum of the Pdots can be as narrow as 29 nm, about 2...
February 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221018/low-efficiency-upconversion-nanoparticles-for-high-resolution-coalignment-of-near-infrared-and-visible-light-paths-on-a-light-microscope
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Sriramkumar Sundaramoorthy, Adrian Garcia Badaracco, Sophia M Hirsch, Jun Hong Park, Tim Davies, Julien Dumont, Mimi Shirasu-Hiza, Andrew C Kummel, Julie C Canman
The combination of near-infrared (NIR) and visible wavelengths in light microscopy for biological studies is increasingly common. For example, many fields of biology are developing the use of NIR for optogenetics, in which an NIR laser induces a change in gene expression and/or protein function. One major technical barrier in working with both NIR and visible light on an optical microscope is obtaining their precise coalignment at the imaging plane position. Photon upconverting particles (UCPs) can bridge this gap as they are excited by NIR light but emit in the visible range via an anti-Stokes luminescence mechanism...
February 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220885/cancer-cell-mitochondria-targeting-by-pancratistatin-analogs-is-dependent-on-functional-complex-ii-and-iii
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Dennis Ma, Christopher Pignanelli, Daniel Tarade, Tyler Gilbert, Megan Noel, Fadi Mansour, Scott Adams, Alexander Dowhayko, Kyle Stokes, Sergey Vshyvenko, Tomas Hudlicky, James McNulty, Siyaram Pandey
Enhanced mitochondrial stability and decreased dependence on oxidative phosphorylation confer an acquired resistance to apoptosis in cancer cells, but may present opportunities for therapeutic intervention. The compound pancratistatin (PST) has been shown to selectively induce apoptosis in cancer cells. However, its low availability in nature has hindered its clinical advancement. We synthesized PST analogs and a medium-throughput screen was completed. Analogs SVTH-7, -6, and -5 demonstrated potent anti-cancer activity greater than PST and several standard chemotherapeutics...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220556/association-between-central-sleep-apnea-and-left-ventricular-structure-the-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis
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Sogol Javaheri, Ravi K Sharma, David A Bluemke, Susan Redline
We assessed whether the presence of central sleep apnea is associated with adverse left ventricular structural changes. We analysed 1412 participants from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis who underwent both overnight polysomnography and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging. Subjects had been recruited 10 years earlier when free of cardiovascular disease. Our main exposure is the presence of central sleep apnea as defined by central apnea-hypopnea index = 5 or the presence of Cheyne-Stokes breathing...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Sleep Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219996/electrical-tuning-of-the-polarization-state-of-light-using-graphene-integrated-anisotropic-metasurfaces
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Shourya Dutta-Gupta, Nima Dabidian, Iskandar Kholmanov, Mikhail A Belkin, Gennady Shvets
Plasmonic metasurfaces have been employed for moulding the flow of transmitted and reflected light, thereby enabling numerous applications that benefit from their ultra-thin sub-wavelength format. Their appeal is further enhanced by the incorporation of active electro-optic elements, paving the way for dynamic control of light's properties. In this paper, we realize a dynamic polarization state generator using a graphene-integrated anisotropic metasurface (GIAM) that converts the linear polarization of the incident light into an elliptical one...
March 28, 2017: Philosophical Transactions. Series A, Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215751/rewriting-age-to-overcome-misaligned-age-and-gender-norms-in-later-life
#16
Jeremiah C Morelock, Jeffrey E Stokes, Sara M Moorman
In this paper we suggest that older adults undergo a misalignment between societal age norms and personal lived experience, and attempt reconciliation through discursive strategies: They rewrite how they frame chronological age as well as their subjective relations to it. Using a sample of 4041 midlife and older adults from the 2004-2006 wave of the National Survey of Midlife Development in the United States (MIDUS II), we explore associations of age and gender with subjective age and at what age respondents felt people enter later life...
January 2017: Journal of Aging Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214676/chiral-aminoquinoline-based-fluorescent-ph-probe-with-large-stokes-shift-for-bioimaging
#17
Yong-Sheng Xie, Xin-Ling Zhang, Kun Xie, Yanmei Zhao, Huan Wu, Jidong Yang
The aminoquinoline derivatives, (R)- and (S)-2-phenyl-2-(quinolin-6-ylamino)ethan-1-ol (R-PEO and S-PEO), were synthesized by a tandem one-pot three-step CN coupling method where Smiles rearrangement was the key procedure. The selected compound R-PEO showed a significant fluorescence enhancement with a turn-on ratio over 98-fold and enabled the real time determination of proton concentration in acidic solution. The fluorescence intensity of R-PEO exhibited strong pH-dependent performance with a large Stokes shift (115nm) and responded linearly to minor pH change within the range of 3...
February 12, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214623/rheology-and-microstructure-of-aqueous-suspensions-of-nanocrystalline-cellulose-rods
#18
Yuan Xu, Aleks D Atrens, Jason R Stokes
HYPOTHESIS: Nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) is a negatively charged rod-like colloid obtained from the hydrolysis of plant material. It is thus expected that NCC suspensions display a rich set of phase behaviour with salt and pH because of its anisotropic shape and electrical double layer that gives rise to liquid crystallinity and self-assembly respectively. It should thus be possible to tune the rheological properties of NCC suspensions for a wide variety of end-use applications. EXPERIMENTS: Rheology and structural analysis techniques are used to characterise surface-sulphated NCC suspensions as a function of pH, salinity (NaCl) and NCC concentration...
February 12, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213842/determination-of-the-porosity-of-plga-microparticles-by-tracking-their-sedimentation-velocity-using-a-flow-imaging-microscope-flowcam
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A S Sediq, S K D Waasdorp, M R Nejadnik, M M C van Beers, J Meulenaar, R Verrijk, W Jiskoot
PURPOSE: To investigate whether particle sedimentation velocity tracking using a flow imaging microscope (FlowCAM) can be used to determine microparticle porosity. METHODS: Two different methods were explored. In the first method the sedimentation rate of microparticles was tracked in suspending media with different densities. The porosity was calculated from the average apparent density of the particles derived by inter- or extrapolation to the density of a suspending medium in which the sedimentation velocity was zero...
February 17, 2017: Pharmaceutical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211952/long-term-experience-with-first-generation-implantable-neurostimulation-device-in-central-sleep-apnea-treatment
#20
Henrik Fox, Thomas Bitter, Dieter Horstkotte, Olaf Oldenburg, Klaus-Jürgen Gutleben
BACKGROUND: Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) and Cheyne-Stokes respiration (CSR) are associated with shorter survival in patients with heart failure (HF). A novel treatment method for this patient group is unilateral phrenic nerve stimulation by the remedē® system, a transvenously implantable neurostimulation device, which has recently been studied in a large randomized, controlled trial. Previous literature has shown efficacy and safety of the treatment with this first-generation device, but hardly any data is available on long-term clinical parameters, the remedē® device's battery lifetime, device exchangeability, lead position stability, surgical accessibility and manageability...
February 17, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
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