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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623263/probing-spermiogenesis-a-digital-strategy-for-mouse-acrosome-classification
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Alessandro Taloni, Francesc Font-Clos, Luca Guidetti, Simone Milan, Miriam Ascagni, Chiara Vasco, Maria Enrica Pasini, Maria Rosa Gioria, Emilio Ciusani, Stefano Zapperi, Caterina A M La Porta
Classification of morphological features in biological samples is usually performed by a trained eye but the increasing amount of available digital images calls for semi-automatic classification techniques. Here we explore this possibility in the context of acrosome morphological analysis during spermiogenesis. Our method combines feature extraction from three dimensional reconstruction of confocal images with principal component analysis and machine learning. The method could be particularly useful in cases where the amount of data does not allow for a direct inspection by trained eye...
June 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622309/eyelid-and-fornix-reconstruction-in-abortive-cryptophthalmos-a-single-center-experience-over-12-years
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J Ding, Z Hou, Y Li, N Lu, D Li
PurposeAbortive cryptophthalmos is a rare congenital eyelid anomaly with poor prognosis for vision and cosmesis. The study aims to present its varied manifestations and surgical outcomes.Patients and methodsThe medical records of patients with abortive cryptophthalmos treated at the Oculoplastic Clinic of Beijing Tongren Hospital between January 2004 and May 2016 were reviewed. Early surgical intervention was performed when exposure keratopathy occurs. Upper eyelid and superior fornix were mainly reconstructed with sliding myocutaneous flap and scleral and amniotic grafts...
June 16, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621916/construction-of-anterior-hemi-corneal-equivalents-using-nontransfected-human-corneal-cells-and-transplantation-in-dog-models
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Bin Xu, Zhan Song, Tingjun Fan
Tissue-engineered human anterior hemi-cornea (TE-aHC) is a promising equivalent for treating anterior lamellar keratopathy to surmount the severe shortage of donated corneas. This study was intended to construct a functional TE-aHC with nontransfected human corneal stromal (ntHCS) and epithelial (ntHCEP) cells using acellular porcine corneal stromata (aPCS) as a carrier scaffold, and evaluate its biological functions in a dog model. To construct a TE-aHC, ntHCS cells were injected into an aPCS scaffold and cultured for 3 days; then, ntHCEP cells were inoculated onto the Bowman's membrane of the scaffold and cultured for 5 days under air-liquid interface condition...
June 16, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621462/evidence-for-convergent-evolution-of-a-neocortex-like-structure-in-a-late-permian-therapsid
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Michael Laaß, Anders Kaestner
The special sensory, motor, and cognitive capabilities of mammals mainly depend upon the neocortex, which is the six-layered cover of the mammalian forebrain. The origin of the neocortex is still controversial and the current view is that larger brains with neocortex first evolved in late Triassic Mammaliaformes. Here, we report the earliest evidence of a structure analogous to the mammalian neocortex in a forerunner of mammals, the fossorial anomodont Kawingasaurus fossilis from the late Permian of Tanzania...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615925/anterior-lamina-cribrosa-surface-depth-in-healthy-saudi-females
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Amira El-Agamy, Fayrouz Oteaf, Mohamed Berika
PURPOSE: This study was conducted to determine normative profile of anterior lamina cribrosa surface depth (ALCSD) in healthy Saudi females using Topcon Three-Dimensional (3D) Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) 2000 - Spectral Domain (SD-OCT). In addition, the correlation between ALCSD and other clinical factors such as age, refractive error, intraocular pressure (IOP), central corneal thickness, anterior chamber depth, axial length, retinal nerve fiber layer thickness, and disk area was also assessed...
2017: Clinical Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612282/probing-of-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-anchoring-on-tnf-alpha-challenged-vascular-endothelia-in-an-in-vitro-model-of-the-retinal-microvascular
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Yuan Li, Yao Lu, Qiong Chen, Yuejun Kang, Ling Yu
Retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that affects the eyes; it stems from damage to the microvasculature of the retina and eventually compromises vision. The diagnosis of retinopathy is difficult to make because there are no early symptoms or warning signs. Dysfunction of the retina's microvascular networks is believed to be associated with inflammatory cytokines and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α). To investigate the effect of these cytokines, such as TNF-α, a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)/glass hydride microfluidic device reflecting the physiological structure of the retina's microvasculature was developed...
September 2017: Biomedical Microdevices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610611/telemedicine-screening-of-retinal-diseases-with-a-handheld-portable-non-mydriatic-fundus-camera
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Kai Jin, Haitong Lu, Zhaoan Su, Chuming Cheng, Juan Ye, Dahong Qian
BACKGROUND: We modified and reconstructed a high image quality portable non-mydriatic fundus camera and compared it with the tabletop fundus camera to evaluate the efficacy of the new camera in detecting retinal diseases. METHODS: We designed and built a novel portable handheld fundus camera with telemedicine system. The image quality of fundus cameras was compared to that of existing commercial tabletop cameras by taking photographs of 364 eyes from the 254 patients...
June 13, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606263/-three-dimensional-vector-analysis-after-decompression-surgery-in-thyroid-associated-ophthalmopathy
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J Guo, J Qian, X F Li, F X Meng, R Q Ma
Objective: To analyze the change of globe position after different orbital decompression in thyroid-associated ophthalmopathy (TAO). Methods: It was a retrosective case series study. Twenty-nine TAO patients (33 eyes) underwent orbital decompression were collected between October 2014 and December 2016 at Eye & ENT Hospital of Fudan University. There were 17 males and 12 females, and the average age was 46 years (ranging from 21 to 66 years). Fifteen patients (17 eyes) underwent balanced decompression, 11 patients (11 eyes) underwent deep lateral decompression, and 4 patients (5 eyes) underwent medial decompression...
June 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600849/modified-ideal-observer-model-miom-for-high-contrast-and-high-spatial-resolution-ct-imaging-tasks
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Juan P Cruz-Bastida, Daniel Gomez-Cardona, John Garrett, Timothy Szczykutowicz, Guang-Hong Chen, Ke Li
PURPOSE: Although a variety of mathematical observer models have been developed to predict human observer performance for low contrast lesion detection tasks, their predictive power for high contrast and high spatial resolution discrimination imaging tasks, including those in CT bone imaging, could be limited. The purpose of this work was to develop a modified observer model that has improved correlation with human observer performance for these tasks. METHODS: The proposed observer model, referred to as the modified ideal observer model (MIOM), uses a weight function to penalize components in the task function that have less contribution to the actual human observer performance for high contrast and high spatial resolution discrimination tasks...
June 10, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600600/the-nervous-and-visual-systems-of-onychophorans-and-tardigrades-learning-about-arthropod-evolution-from-their-closest-relatives
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REVIEW
Christine Martin, Vladimir Gross, Lars Hering, Benjamin Tepper, Henry Jahn, Ivo de Sena Oliveira, Paul Anthony Stevenson, Georg Mayer
Understanding the origin and evolution of arthropods requires examining their closest outgroups, the tardigrades (water bears) and onychophorans (velvet worms). Despite the rise of molecular techniques, the phylogenetic positions of tardigrades and onychophorans in the panarthropod tree (onychophorans + tardigrades + arthropods) remain unresolved. Hence, these methods alone are currently insufficient for clarifying the panarthropod topology. Therefore, the evolution of different morphological traits, such as one of the most intriguing features of panarthropods-their nervous system-becomes essential for shedding light on the origin and evolution of arthropods and their relatives within the Panarthropoda...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. A, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598120/-characteristics-and-clinical-significance-of-outer-retinal-tubulation-in-wet-age-macular-degeneration-treated-by-anti-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-through-optical-coherence-tomography
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Cheng Zuo, Xun Li, Zi-Rong Zhang, Mei-Xia Zhang
OBJECTIVES: To determine the characteristics and clinical significance of outer retinal tabulation (ORT) in wet age-related macular degeneration (wAMD) treated by anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) through optical coherence tomography (OCT). METHODS: The 35 wAMD patients with 39 ORT eyes treated by anti-VEGF were examined by OCT to determine the morphological features and evolution of the ORTs over time and their response to anti-VEGF. RESULTS: ORTs were located in the places that exudation or edema had happened in the outer nuclear layer of retina...
November 2016: Sichuan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Sichuan University. Medical Science Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590269/avoiding-the-hughes-flap-in-lower-eyelid-reconstruction
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Marcus M Marcet, Ivan H W Lau, Sharon S W Chow
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To review current surgical practices of lower eyelid reconstruction with a focus on recent studies. RECENT FINDINGS: Combination techniques and new flap techniques offer efficacy comparable with existing reconstructive approaches, with the advantage of less local trauma. Inappropriate handling of posterior lamellar grafts, such as kerfing, may predispose to graft failures. Modified Hughes procedure is a favorable choice for large lower eyelid reconstruction; however, it requires temporary eye closure...
June 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587359/effect-of-three-dimensional-reconstruction-assisted-23g-micro-invasive-vitrectomy-in-patients-with-proliferative-diabetic-retinopathy
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Min Fu, Xiaohe Lu, Huijun Hu, Songfu Feng, Wei Wu, Xiaoyun Ke, Xiaoping Xu, Xiaohong Chen, Huiqiao Hai
In the present study, we investigated the effect of optical coherence tomography (OCT) three-dimensional reconstruction-assisted 23G micro-invasive vitrectomy (abbreviated to'23G') in patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR). A total of 66 PDR patients (66 eyes) were continuously selected and randomly divided into the control and observation groups with 33 patients in each group. Patients in the control group were treated with routine OCT examination while the patients in the observation group were treated with OCT three-dimensional retinal reconstruction...
June 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582265/application-of-fluence-field-modulation-to-proton-computed-tomography-for-proton-therapy-imaging
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Georgios Dedes, Ludovica De Angelis, Simon Rit, David Hansen, Claus Belka, Vladimir Bashkirov, Robert Johnson, George Coutrakon, Keith Schubert, Guillaume Landry, Reinhard Schulte, Katia Parodi
This simulation study presents the application of fluence field modulated computed tomography (FFMCT), initially developed for x-ray CT, to proton computed tomography (pCT). By using pencil beam (PB) scanning, fluence modulated pCT (FMpCT) may achieve variable image quality in a pCT image and imaging dose reduction. Three virtual phantoms, a uniform cylinder and two patients, were studied using Monte Carlo simulations of an ideal list-mode pCT scanner. Regions of interests (ROI) were selected for high image quality and only PBs intercepting them preserved full fluence (FF)...
June 5, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574137/iris-reconstruction-using-artificial-iris-prosthesis-for-management-of-aniridia
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Yehia S Mostafa, Amr A Osman, Dina H Hassanein, Ashraf M Zeid, Ahmed M Sherif
PURPOSE: To discuss the limitations and benefits of the BrightOcular prosthetic artificial iris device in management of aniridia associated with aphakia or cataract. METHODS: This is a retrospective study including 5 eyes of 4 patients who underwent implantation of the BrightOcular iris prosthesis (Stellar Devices) for total or partial aniridia. The cases included 2 eyes of 1 patient with congenital aniridia associated with congenital cataract and 3 eyes with traumatic aniridia: 1 with subluxated cataractous lens and 2 with aphakia...
May 27, 2017: European Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574000/an-unusual-cause-of-recurrent-bloody-tear
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Tasneem F Alhaj, Vittal I Nayak, Karthik Sriprakash, Tarika K Perikal
We describe a female patient who presented with watering followed by swelling in the left infraorbital area of 5 years duration. She had previously been prescribed topical antibiotics on several occasions with no improvement. On pressure over the swelling, there was blood-tinged discharge from the left eye and nostril. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed an enhancing, well-defined mass lesion in the inferomedial aspect of the left orbit, likely of nasolacrimal origin. Computed tomography dacryocystogram with three-dimensional reconstruction showed a well-circumscribed mass with an irregular surface, originating from the lacrimal sac...
May 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552030/shifting-visual-perspective-during-memory-retrieval-reduces-the-accuracy-of-subsequent-memories
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Petra Marcotti, Peggy L St Jacques
Memories for events can be retrieved from visual perspectives that were never experienced, reflecting the dynamic and reconstructive nature of memories. Characteristics of memories can be altered when shifting from an own eyes perspective, the way most events are initially experienced, to an observer perspective, in which one sees oneself in the memory. Moreover, recent evidence has linked these retrieval-related effects of visual perspective to subsequent changes in memories. Here we examine how shifting visual perspective influences the accuracy of subsequent memories for complex events encoded in the lab...
May 28, 2017: Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545760/identification-of-synaptic-pattern-of-nmda-receptor-subunits-upon-direction-selective-retinal-ganglion-cells-in-developing-and-adult-mouse-retina
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Jun-Seok Lee, Hang-Gu Kim, Chang-Jin Jeon
Direction selectivity of the retina is a unique mechanism and critical function of eyes for surviving. Direction-selective retinal ganglion cells (DS RGCs) strongly respond to preferred directional stimuli, but rarely respond to the opposite or null directional stimuli. These DS RGCs are sensitive to glutamate, which is secreted from bipolar cells. Using immunocytochemistry, we studied with the distributions of N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor subunits on the dendrites of DS RGCs in the developing and adult mouse retina...
May 22, 2017: Acta Histochemica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541579/tailored-extended-bifrontal-craniotomy-for-anterior-skull-base-tumors-anatomic-description-of-a-modified-surgical-technique-and-case-series
#19
Michael M Safaee, Michael W McDermott, Arnau Benet, Philip V Theodosopoulos
BACKGROUND: Open transcranial approaches to the anterior skull base remain an integral component of current skull base practice. Evolution of these and other techniques has resulted in revisions of standard, tried-and-true methods in attempts to improve patient outcomes and cosmesis, while still providing the best combination of surgical exposure and ergonomics. OBJECTIVE: To describe a modified approach for midline tumors of the anterior skull base. METHODS: We describe the anatomy and techniques of a modified extended bifrontal craniotomy for anterior skull base tumors...
May 24, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538335/bigaussian-wavefront-model-for-normal-and-keratoconic-eyes
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Jos J Rozema, Pablo Rodríguez, Rafael Navarro, Carina Koppen
PURPOSE: To report bigaussian multivariate wavefront models capable of stochastically generating an unlimited amount of plausible wavefront data for either normal or keratoconic eyes. METHODS: The models use centroid wavefront data measured previously with an iTrace in 330 healthy right eyes and 122 keratoconic right eyes. These centroids were fitted to an 11th-order Zernike series, followed by principal component analysis to reduce dimensionality and remove correlations...
June 2017: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
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