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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823084/effects-of-a-novel-tungsten-impregnated-rubber-neck-shield-on-the-quality-of-cerebral-images-acquired-using-15-o-labeled-gas
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Kei Wagatsuma, Keiichi Oda, Kenta Miwa, Motoki Inaji, Muneyuki Sakata, Jun Toyohara, Kiichi Ishiwata, Masayuki Sasaki, Kenji Ishii
The present study aimed to validate the effects of a novel tungsten-impregnated rubber neck shield on the quality of phantom and clinical (15)O-labeled gas positron emission tomography (PET) images. Images were acquired in the presence or absence of a neck shield from a cylindrical phantom containing [(15)O]H2O (phantom study) and from three individuals using [(15)O]CO2, [(15)O]O2 and [(15)O]CO gas (clinical study). Data were acquired in three-dimensional (3D) mode using a Discovery PET/CT 710. Values for cerebral blood flow, cerebral blood volume, oxygen extraction fraction, and cerebral metabolic rate of oxygen with and without the neck shield were calculated from (15)O-labeled gas images...
August 19, 2017: Radiological Physics and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823048/three-dimensional-morphology-of-rigid-structures-as-a-tool-for-taxonomic-studies-of-dactylogyridae-monogenea
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María A Rossin, Pablo N De Francesco, Juan T Timi
Dactylogyridae is overwhelmingly the most abundant and diverse taxon among monogeneans in continental waters of South America. Their small body size requires considerable sampling effort and training for collecting and identifying the worms from the gills, skin, nasal cavities, and other microhabitats. Indeed, diagnostic characteristics as sclerites and male copulatory complex are generally less than 100-μm long and are essential for taxonomic description and identification of species. Here, a combination of simple and routine methods for three-dimensional morphological studies on hard structures is proposed for dactylogirids: SDS treatment for clarification of specimens and enzymatic digestion with proteinase K for freeing sclerotized structures, followed by laser confocal microscopy...
August 19, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822796/papillary-ductal-plugging-is-a-mechanism-for-early-stone-retention-in-brushite-stone-disease
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James C Williams, Michael S Borofsky, Sharon B Bledsoe, Andrew P Evan, Fredric L Coe, Elaine M Worcester, James E Lingeman
PURPOSE: Mechanisms of early stone retention within the kidney are understudied and poorly understood. To date, attachment via Randall's plaque is the only widely accepted theory in this regard, best described in idiopathic calcium oxalate stone formers. Brushite stone formers are known to have distinct papillary morphology relative to calcium oxalate stone formers. As such, we sought to determine whether stone attachment mechanisms in such patients may be similarly unique. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients undergoing percutaneous and or ureteroscopic procedures for stone removal were consented for endoscopic renal papillary examination and individual stone collection...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822742/strategy-set-shifting-and-response-inhibition-in-adult-rats-exposed-to-an-environmental-polychlorinated-biphenyl-mixture-during-adolescence
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Supida Monaikul, Paul Eubig, Stan Floresco, Susan Schantz
Converging evidence from studies with animal models and humans suggests that early developmental exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) leads to deficits in cognitive flexibility and inhibitory control. These processes are mediated to a large extent by the prefrontal cortex, thus we examined the effects of PCB exposure during adolescence-a period of robust prefrontal cortical development-on both processes. Specifically, we used operant set-shifting and differential reinforcement of low rates of responding (DRL) tasks to assess cognitive flexibility and response inhibition, respectively...
August 16, 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822675/precise-osteotomies-for-mandibular-distraction-in-infants-with-robin-sequence-using-virtual-surgical-planning
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C M Resnick
Mandibular distraction osteogenesis (MDO) has become the first-line operation in many centers for the management of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in infants with (Pierre) Robin sequence (RS) not relieved by non-surgical approaches. Preoperative virtual surgical planning (VSP) may improve precision and decrease complications for this operation. This article reports a retrospective study of RS infants who underwent MDO for OSA using preoperative VSP and three-dimensionally printed cutting guides performed by one surgeon...
August 16, 2017: International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822666/reliability-of-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-from-three-dimensional-echocardiography-for-cardiotoxicity-onset-detection-in-patients-with-breast-cancer
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Cinzia Lorenzini, Claudio Lamberti, Michele Aquilina, Andrea Rocca, Pietro Cortesi, Cristiana Corsi
BACKGROUND: Cardiotoxicity is a well-known adverse effect of various chemotherapeutic agents that can be monitored by echocardiography. A decrease in left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) triggers consideration for therapy modification or interruption. The aim of this study was to evaluate how variability in LVEF estimates computed using three-dimensional echocardiography could influence cardiotoxicity onset detection. METHODS: One hundred eighty one patients with breast cancer treated with anthracycline and trastuzumab were analyzed...
August 16, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822354/3d-brain-organoids-derived-from-pluripotent-stem-cells-promising-experimental-models-for-brain-development-and-neurodegenerative-disorders
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Chun-Ting Lee, Raphael M Bendriem, Wells W Wu, Rong-Fong Shen
Three-dimensional (3D) brain organoids derived from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs), including embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), appear to recapitulate the brain's 3D cytoarchitectural arrangement and provide new opportunities to explore disease pathogenesis in the human brain. Human iPSC (hiPSC) reprogramming methods, combined with 3D brain organoid tools, may allow patient-derived organoids to serve as a preclinical platform to bridge the translational gap between animal models and human clinical trials...
August 20, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822316/improved-middle-ear-soft-tissue-visualization-using-synchrotron-radiation-phase-contrast-imaging
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Mai Elfarnawany, Seyed Alireza Rohani, Soroush Ghomashchi, Daniel G Allen, Ning Zhu, Sumit K Agrawal, Hanif M Ladak
High resolution images are used as a basis for finite-element modeling of the middle-ear structures to study their biomechanical function. Commonly used imaging techniques such as micro-computed tomography (CT) and optical microscopy require extensive sample preparation, processing or staining using contrast agents to achieve sufficient soft-tissue contrast. We compare imaging of middle-ear structures in unstained, non-decalcified human temporal bones using conventional absorption-contrast micro-CT and using synchrotron radiation phase-contrast imaging (SR-PCI)...
August 5, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822251/design-of-3d-mno2-carbon-sphere-composite-for-the-catalytic-oxidation-and-adsorption-of-elemental-mercury
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Haomiao Xu, Jinping Jia, Yongfu Guo, Zan Qu, Yong Liao, Jiangkun Xie, Wenfeng Shangguan, Naiqiang Yan
Three-dimensional (3D) MnO2/Carbon Sphere (MnO2/CS) composite was synthesized from zero-dimensional carbon spheres and one-dimensional α-MnO2 using hydrothermal method. The hierarchical MnO2/CS composite was applied for the catalytic oxidation and adsorption of elemental mercury (Hg(0)) from coal-fired flue gas. The characterization results indicated that this composite exhibits a 3D urchin morphology. Carbon spheres act as the core and α-MnO2 nano-rods grew on the surface of carbon spheres. This 3D hierarchical structure benefits the enlargement of surface areas and pore volumes...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822041/two-species-migration-and-clustering-in-two-dimensional-domains
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Lawrence Kurowski, Andrew L Krause, Hanako Mizuguchi, Peter Grindrod, Robert A Van Gorder
We extend two-species models of individual aggregation or clustering to two-dimensional spatial domains, allowing for more realistic movement of the populations compared with one spatial dimension. We assume that the domain is bounded and that there is no flux into or out of the domain. The motion of the species is along fitness gradients which allow the species to seek out a resource. In the case of competition, species which exploit the resource alone will disperse while avoiding one another. In the case where one of the species is a predator or generalist predator which exploits the other species, that species will tend to move toward the prey species, while the prey will tend to avoid the predator...
August 18, 2017: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821871/fermi-surface-and-effective-masses-in-photoemission-response-of-the-ba1-x-k-x-fe2as2-superconductor
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Gerald Derondeau, Federico Bisti, Masaki Kobayashi, Jürgen Braun, Hubert Ebert, Victor A Rogalev, Ming Shi, Thorsten Schmitt, Junzhang Ma, Hong Ding, Vladimir N Strocov, Ján Minár
The angle-resolved photoemission spectra of the superconductor (Ba1-x K x )Fe2As2 have been investigated accounting coherently for spin-orbit coupling, disorder and electron correlation effects in the valence bands combined with final state, matrix element and surface effects. Our results explain the previously obscured origins of all salient features of the ARPES response of this paradigm pnictide compound and reveal the origin of the Lifshitz transition. Comparison of calculated ARPES spectra with the underlying DMFT band structure shows an important impact of final state effects, which result for three-dimensional states in a deviation of the ARPES spectra from the true spectral function...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821851/mass-production-of-bulk-artificial-nacre-with-excellent-mechanical-properties
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Huai-Ling Gao, Si-Ming Chen, Li-Bo Mao, Zhao-Qiang Song, Hong-Bin Yao, Helmut Cölfen, Xi-Sheng Luo, Fu Zhang, Zhao Pan, Yu-Feng Meng, Yong Ni, Shu-Hong Yu
Various methods have been exploited to replicate nacre features into artificial structural materials with impressive structural and mechanical similarity. However, it is still very challenging to produce nacre-mimetics in three-dimensional bulk form, especially for further scale-up. Herein, we demonstrate that large-sized, three-dimensional bulk artificial nacre with comprehensive mimicry of the hierarchical structures and the toughening mechanisms of natural nacre can be facilely fabricated via a bottom-up assembly process based on laminating pre-fabricated two-dimensional nacre-mimetic films...
August 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821807/sulfate-reduction-in-sediments-produces-high-levels-of-chromophoric-dissolved-organic-matter
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Jenna L Luek, Kaitlyn E Thompson, Randolph K Larsen, Andrew Heyes, Michael Gonsior
Sulfate reduction plays an important role in altering dissolved organic matter (DOM) in estuarine and coastal sediments, although its role in the production of optically active chromophoric DOM (CDOM) and a subset of fluorescent DOM (FDOM) has not been previously investigated in detail. Freshwater sediment slurries were incubated anaerobically with added sulfate and acetate to promote sulfate-reducing bacteria. Ultraviolet visible (UV-Vis) absorbance and 3-dimensional excitation emission matrix (EEM) fluorescence spectra were measured over a five weeks anaerobic dark incubation period...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821723/structural-and-developmental-expression-of-ss-riok-2-an-rio-protein-kinase-encoding-gene-of-strongyloides-stercoralis
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Wei-Qiang Lei, James B Lok, Wang Yuan, Yue-Zhou Zhang, Jonathan D Stoltzfus, Robin B Gasser, Si-Yuan He, Huan Zhou, Rui Zhou, Jun-Long Zhao, Min Hu
RIO kinases are essential atypical protein kinases in diverse prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms, playing significant roles in yeast and humans. However, little is known about their functions in parasitic nematodes. In the present study, we have isolated and characterized the full-length cDNA, gDNA and a putative promoter of a RIOK-2 protein kinase (Ss-RIOK-2) encoding gene (Ss-riok-2) from Strongyloides stercoralis, a medically important parasitic nematode (Order Rhabditida). A three-dimensional structure (3D) model of Ss-RIOK-2 was generated using the Chaetomium thermophilum RIOK-2 protein kinase (Ct-RIOK-2) crystal structure 4GYG as a template...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821590/three-dimensional-analysis-of-chloroplast-structures-associated-with-virus-infection
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Xuejiao Jin, Zhihao Jiang, Kun Zhang, Pengfei Wang, Xiuling Cao, Ning Yue, Xueting Wang, Xuan Zhang, Yunqin Li, Dawei Li, Byung-Ho Kang, Yongliang Zhang
Chloroplasts are multifunctional organelles whose morphology is affected by environmental stresses. Although the three-dimensional (3D) architecture of thylakoid membranes has been reported previously, a 3D visualization of chloroplast under stress has not been explored. In this work, we used a positive-strand RNA [(+)RNA] virus, Barley stripe mosaic virus (BSMV) to observe chloroplast structural changes during infection by electron tomography (ET). The analyses revealed remodeling of the chloroplast membranes, characterized by the clustering of outer membrane-invaginated spherules in inner membrane-derived packets...
August 18, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821560/optoacoustic-detection-of-early-therapy-induced-tumor-cell-death-using-a-targeted-imaging-agent
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Bangwen Xie, Michal R Tomaszewski, Andre Neves, Susana Ros, De-En Hu, Sarah McGuire, Stefanie Roshy Mullins, David A Tice, Richard C A Sainson, Sarah E Bohndiek, Robert W Wilkinson, Kevin M Brindle
The development of new treatments and their deployment in the clinic may be assisted by imaging methods that allow an early assessment of treatment response in individual patients. The C2A domain of Synaptotagmin-I (C2Am), which binds to the phosphatidylserine (PS) exposed by apoptotic and necrotic cells, has been developed as an imaging probe for detecting cell death. Multispectral optoacoustic tomography (MSOT) is a real-time and clinically applicable imaging modality that was used here with a near infrared (NIR) fluorophore-labeled C2Am to image tumor cell death in mice treated with a TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand receptor 2 (TRAILR2) agonist and with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU)...
August 18, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821419/characterization-expression-and-evolutionary-analysis-of-new-tlr3-and-tlr5m-genes-cloned-from-the-spiny-eel-mastacembelus-armatus
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Chong Han, Qiang Li, Zhipeng Zhang, Jianrong Huang
Toll-like receptors (TLRs) play an important role in innate and adaptive immunity. Here, we identify two new TLRs from the spiny eel Mastacembelus armatus (TLR3 and membrane TLR5M). Both MaTLR3 and MaTLR5M were expressed in all tested tissues; expression was highest in liver and spleen, respectively. After infection with Vibrio parahaemolyticus, expression of both TLRs fluctuated and differed significantly from controls at several time points. The predicted three-dimensional model of the MaTLR3 and MaTLR5M proteins indicates that most sites under positive selection were located in the extracellular domains of TLRs...
August 15, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821348/viscous-dynamics-of-drops-and-bubbles-in-hele-shaw-cells-drainage-drag-friction-coalescence-and-bursting
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REVIEW
Ko Okumura
In this review article, we discuss recent studies on drops and bubbles in Hele-Shaw cells, focusing on how scaling laws exhibit crossovers from the three-dimensional counterparts and focusing on topics in which viscosity plays an important role. By virtue of progresses in analytical theory and high-speed imaging, dynamics of drops and bubbles have actively been studied with the aid of scaling arguments. However, compared with three-dimensional problems, studies on the corresponding problems in Hele-Shaw cells are still limited...
July 22, 2017: Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821084/green-synthesis-of-oriented-xanthan-gum-graphene-oxide-hybrid-aerogels-for-water-purification
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Shunli Liu, Fang Yao, Olayinka Oderinde, Zhihong Zhang, Guodong Fu
Three-dimensional xanthan gum (XG)/graphene oxide (GO) hybrid aerogels were fabricated by ice crystal templating without using chemical modifiers. The hybrid aerogels were prepared by the stirring of xanthan gum-graphene oxide hybrid solution, followed by freezing at low temperature and finally by freeze-drying. The whole preparation could be completed within 12h without producing any contamination and thus considered a fast, simple, economical, and green method for aerogel fabrication. XG/GO hybrid aerogels possessed different hierarchical pore structures because of various freezing temperatures...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820821/comment-on-application-of-posterior-thigh-three-dimensional-profunda-artery-perforator-perforasomes-in-refining-next-generation-flap-designs-transverse-vertical-and-s-shaped-profunda-artery-perforator-flaps
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