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Low intensity ultrasound

Min Yang, Shuang Xie, Vishnu Prasad Adhikari, Yu Dong, Yonghong Du, Dairong Li
It is difficult to effectively eradicate C. albicans using traditional antifungal agents, mainly because the low permeability of the C. albicans cell wall creates strong drug resistance. The aim of this study was to investigate the synergistic fungicidal effect and the underlying mechanisms of low-frequency and low-intensity ultrasound combined with a treatment of amphotericin B-loaded nanoparticles (AmB-NPs) against C. albicans. AmB-NPs were prepared by a poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) double emulsion method...
March 17, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Hongyun Zhao, Meng Wu, Leilei Zhu, Yi Tian, Mingxing Wu, Yizhen Li, Liming Deng, Wei Jiang, Wei Shen, Zhigang Wang, Zhechuan Mei, Pan Li, Haitao Ran, Zhiyi Zhou, Jianli Ren
Objective: Prepare a multifunctional ultrasound molecular probe, hyaluronic acid-mediated cell-penetrating peptide-modified 10-hydroxycamptothecin-loaded phase-transformation lipid nanoparticles (HA/CPPs-10-HCPT-NPs), and to combine HA/CPPs-10-HCPT-NPs with low-intensity focused ultrasound (LIFU) for precision theranostics against hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Methods: HA/CPPs-10-HCPT-NPs were prepared using thin-film dispersion, ultrasound emulsification, and electrostatic effects. HA/CPPs-10-HCPT-NPs were characterized for particle size, zeta potential, encapsulation efficiency and drug-loading efficiency...
2018: Theranostics
Xiaohong Zhang, Can Xiao
Ablation treatments are the minimally invasive surgical procedures that are used to treat early stage cancers. High intensity ultrasonic treatments that are used to treat solid cancers are not much successful in differentiating between healthy and cancerous cells. In this study, a method of combining ultrasound treatment with Garcinia mangostana bark extract mediated silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) was extended by making use of human lung epithelial cells, that could preferentially destruct the cancerous cells...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
Aloma L D'Souza, John R Chevillet, Pejman Ghanouni, Xinrui Yan, Muneesh Tewari, Sanjiv S Gambhir
We have previously shown that low frequency ultrasound can release biomarkers from cells into the murine circulation enabling an amplification and localization of the released biomarker that could be used as a blood-based method to detect cancer earlier and monitor therapy. In this study, we further demonstrate that this technique could be used for characterization of tumors and/or identification of cellular masses of unknown origin due to the release of multiple protein and nucleic acid biomarkers in cells in culture, mice and patients...
2018: PloS One
Kim Nylund, Fredrik Sævik, Sabine Leh, Frank Pfeffer, Trygve Hausken, Odd Helge Gilja
AIM:  To examine if there are perfusion differences in fibrotic versus inflammatory lesions in patients with Crohn's disease (CD) and to assess the interobserver reliability of the analysis. MATERIALS AND METHODS:  37 patients with Crohn's disease were prospectively recruited. 20 were operated and 18 of them had fibrotic disease. 17 received and were mostly responsive to medical treatment (14/17). Each patient underwent clinical scoring and ultrasound (US) examination with high-frequency linear transducers and US contrast...
March 14, 2018: Ultraschall in der Medizin
Jeremy Robertson, Sid Becker
The exposure of the skin to low-frequency (20-100 kHz) ultrasound is a well-established method for increasing its permeability to drugs. The mechanism underlying this permeability increase has been found to be inertial cavitation within the coupling fluid. This study investigated the influence of acoustic reflections on the inertial cavitation dose during low-frequency (20 kHz) exposure in an in vitro skin sonoporation setup. This investigation was conducted using a passive cavitation detector that monitored the broadband noise emission within a modified Franz diffusion cell...
March 8, 2018: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Reiko Ashida, Ken-Ichi Kawabata, Takashi Maruoka, Kazuhiro Yamanaka, Hideki Yoshikawa, Tatsuya Ioka, Kazuhiro Katayama, Sachiko Tanaka
Bubble-seeded histotripsy (BSH) is a newly developed ultrasound-based mechanical fractionation technique using locally injected phase change nanodroplets (PCNDs) as sensitizers. The PCNDs are a kind of microbubble precursor compressed into submicron-size in droplets form, which were designed for local administration and will expand into microbubbles under ultrasound exposure. Previously, we reported that a combination of PCNDs injection and pulsed high-intensity focused ultrasound (pHIFU) with an acoustic intensity as low as about 3 kW/cm2 at 1...
March 7, 2018: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Cristiano Linck Pazeto, Fábio José Nascimento, Lucila Heloisa Simardi Santiago, Sidney Glina
CONTEXT: Polyacrylate-polyalcohol copolymer is a synthetic product, non-biodegradable, with low rate of therapeutic failure and lower incidence of reactions at the site of injection, when compared to biodegradable agents. We report an unprecedent, exuberant and persistent inflammatory reaction following injection of that substance. PATIENT: A 17 years-old patient with vesico-ureteral reflux and complete pyelocaliceal right duplication was submitted to treatment with polyacrylate-polyalcohol copolymer (STING technique)...
March 9, 2018: International Braz J Urol: Official Journal of the Brazilian Society of Urology
Fabrizio Poletti, Claudio Coccino, Davide Monolo, Paolo Crespi, Giorgio Ciccioli, Giuseppe Cordio, Giovanni Seveso, Stefano De Servi
PURPOSE: Patients admitted to cardiac intensive care unit need administration of drugs intravenously often in concomitance of therapeutic techniques such as non-invasive ventilation, continuous renal replacement therapy and intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation. Therefore, the insertion of central venous catheters provides a reliable access for delivering medications, laboratory testing and hemodynamic monitoring, but it is associated with the risk of important complications. In our study, we tested the efficacy and safety of peripherally inserted central catheters to manage cardiac intensive care...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Vascular Access
Yang Cao, Yuli Chen, Tao Yu, Yuan Guo, Fengqiu Liu, Yuanzhi Yao, Pan Li, Dong Wang, Zhigang Wang, Yu Chen, Haitao Ran
Background: As one of the most effective triggers with high tissue-penetrating capability and non-invasive feature, ultrasound shows great potential for controlling the drug release and enhancing the chemotherapeutic efficacy. In this study, we report, for the first time, construction of a phase-changeable drug-delivery nanosystem with programmable low-intensity focused ultrasound (LIFU) that could trigger drug-release and significantly enhance anticancer drug delivery. Methods: Liquid-gas phase-changeable perfluorocarbon (perfluoropentane) and an anticancer drug (doxorubicin) were simultaneously encapsulated in two kinds of nanodroplets...
2018: Theranostics
Andreas Leonidou, Panagiotis Lepetsos, Michalis Mintzas, Eustathios Kenanidis, George Macheras, Maria Tzetis, Michael Potoupnis, Eleftherios Tsiridis
Inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) is the enzyme responsible for the production of nitric oxide (NO), a major proinflammatory and destructive mediator in osteoarthritis (OA). Areas covered: This is a comprehensive review of the recent literature on the involvement of iNOS in osteoarthritis and its potential to be used as a target for OA treatment. Evidence from in vitro, in vivo and human studies was systematically collected using medical search engines. Preclinical studies have focused on the effect of direct and indirect iNOS inhibitors in both animal and human tissues...
March 5, 2018: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
Ana I L Namburete, Weidi Xie, Mohammad Yaqub, Andrew Zisserman, J Alison Noble
Methods for aligning 3D fetal neurosonography images must be robust to (i) intensity variations, (ii) anatomical and age-specific differences within the fetal population, and (iii) the variations in fetal position. To this end, we propose a multi-task fully convolutional neural network (FCN) architecture to address the problem of 3D fetal brain localization, structural segmentation, and alignment to a referential coordinate system. Instead of treating these tasks as independent problems, we optimize the network by simultaneously learning features shared within the input data pertaining to the correlated tasks, and later branching out into task-specific output streams...
February 21, 2018: Medical Image Analysis
Ruming Jiang, Meiying Liu, Hongye Huang, Liucheng Mao, Qiang Huang, Yuanqing Wen, Qian-Yong Cao, Jianwen Tian, Xiaoyong Zhang, Yen Wei
Ultrasound as a powerful technique has increasingly been used in both industry and academia in recent years. Herein, an efficient approach to the ultrafast preparation of cross-linked fluorescent copolymers (PEGMA-AEMA-TPE) with aggregation-induced emission (AIE) via an ultrasound-assisted multicomponent reaction (MCR) is described. A number of characterization techniques were carried out to certify the successful preparation of these AIE-active copolymers. Due to the introduction of a hydrophilic PEG fragment and a hydrophobic AIE-active dye, the obtained fluorescent copolymers showed amphiphilic properties and could assemble into organic dyed polymer nanoparticles (ODPNs) with great water dispersibility...
January 31, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Jui Fang, Zhuhuang Zhou, Ning-Fang Chang, Yung-Liang Wan, Po-Hsiang Tsui
Hepatic steatosis is an abnormal state where excess lipid mass is accumulated in hepatocyte vesicles. Backscattered ultrasound signals received from the liver contain useful information regarding the degree of steatosis in the liver. The homodyned-K (HK) distribution has been demonstrated as a general model for ultrasound backscattering. The estimator based on the first three integer moments (denoted as "FTM") of the intensity has potential for practical applications because of its simplicity and low computational complexity...
February 15, 2018: Ultrasonics
Juhee Lee, Roberta Claro da Silva, Veronique Gibon, Silvana Martini
The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of supercooling and degree of saturation on lipid sonocrystallization under similar driving force of crystallization. Samples consisting of 100%, 50%, and 20% interesterified soybean oil (IESBO) diluted in high-oleic sunflower oil (HOSFO) were crystallized with and without high-intensity ultrasound (HIU). Two power levels were used by changing the amplitude of vibration of the tip (24 μm and 108 μm of tip amplitude). HIU operating at a frequency of 20 kHz was applied for 10 s...
February 24, 2018: Journal of Food Science
Yuchen Wang, Maureen R Newman, Danielle S W Benoit
Impaired fracture healing is a major clinical problem that can lead to patient disability, prolonged hospitalization, and significant financial burden. Although the majority of fractures heal using standard clinical practices, approximately 10% suffer from delayed unions or non-unions. A wide range of factors contribute to the risk for nonunions including internal factors, such as patient age, gender, and comorbidities, and external factors, such as the location and extent of injury. Current clinical approaches to treat nonunions include bone grafts and low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS), which realizes clinical success only to select patients due to limitations including donor morbidities (grafts) and necessity of fracture reduction (LIPUS), respectively...
February 19, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
Kathleen Cullion, Claudia M Santamaria, Changyou Zhan, David Zurakowski, Tao Sun, Nathan J McDannold, Daniel S Kohane
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February 19, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
Yukai He, Fenghua Liu, Shaofeng Mou, Qingyan Li, Sikui Wang
The aim of this study was to analyze the correlation between the quantitative parameters of contrast-enhancement ultrasound for primary hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and biological manifestations of tumor (Ki-67), and to explore the related risk factors of primary hepatocellular carcinoma, so as to provide the theoretical basis for the further study on contrast-enhancement ultrasound manifestations, clinical features and prognosis of HCC. The patients with HCC confirmed by operation or puncture were collected, and those with the background of liver cirrhosis and immunohistochemical staining for tumor sample sections were selected...
March 2018: Oncology Letters
Mehmet Emre Coskun, Kubra Acikalin Coskun, Yusuf Tutar
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the optimum operating parameters (pulse duration, energy levels, and application time) to promote induction of osteoblast and fibroblast cell proliferation and to maintain cell viability treated with low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) and low-level laser therapy (LLLT). BACKGROUND DATA: The positive effects of LIPUS and LLLT on cellular activity have been reported in recent years. Comparisons between experimental parameters of previous studies are difficult because scientific studies reported frequencies and the duty cycles of LIPUS and wavelengths and doses of LLLT in a wide range of parameters...
February 21, 2018: Photomedicine and Laser Surgery
Jiamin Li, Qingwei Zhang, Cong Ren, Xianxian Wu, Ying Zhang, Xue Bai, Yuan Lin, Mingqi Li, Jiangbo Fu, Philipp Kopylov, Siqi Wang, Tingting Yu, Ning Wang, Chaoqian Xu, Yong Zhang, Baofeng Yang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Endothelial-mesenchymal transition (EndMT) has been shown to take part in the generation and progression of diverse diseases, involving a series of changes leading to a loss of their endothelial characteristics and an acquirement of properties typical of mesenchymal cells. Low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) is a new therapeutic option that has been successfully used in fracture healing. However, whether LIPUS can inhibit oxidative stress-induced endothelial cell damages through inhibiting EndMT remained unknown...
February 15, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
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