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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819680/quantitative-approach-to-the-posterior-cranial-fossa-and-craniocervical-junction-in-asymptomatic-children-with-achondroplasia
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Rosalinda Calandrelli, Marco Panfili, Gabriella D'Apolito, Giuseppe Zampino, Alessandro Pedicelli, Fabio Pilato, Cesare Colosimo
PURPOSE: We propose an magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-based quantitative morphovolumetric approach to the posterior cranial fossa (PCF) and craniocervical junction (CCJ) changes in achondroplastic patients investigating possible associations with ventriculomegaly and medullary compression. METHODS: We analyzed MRI of 13 achondroplastic children not treated by surgery. 3D FSPGR T1-weighted images were used to analyze (1) PCF synchondroses; (2) PCF volume (PCFV), PCF brain volume (PCFBV), PCFV/PCFBV ratio, cerebellar volume, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) spaces volume, and IV ventricle volume; (3) PCF (clivus, supraocciput, exocciput lengths, tentorial angle) and CCJ (AP and LL diameters of foramen magnum (FM)) morphometry; (4) measurements of FM and jugular foramina (JF) areas; and (5) supratentorial ventricular volume...
August 17, 2017: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816656/tracking-by-detection-of-3d-human-shapes-from-surfaces-to-volumes
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Chun-Hao Huang, Benjamin Allain, Edmond Boyer, Jean-Sebastien Franco, Federico Tombari, Nassir Navab, Slobodan Ilic
3D Human shape tracking consists in fitting a template model to temporal sequences of visual observations. It usually comprises an association step, that finds correspondences between the model and the input data, and a deformation step, that fits the model to the observations given correspondences. Most current approaches follow the Iterative-Closest-Point (ICP) paradigm, where the association step is carried out by searching for the nearest neighbors. It fails when large deformations occur and errors in the association tend to propagate over time...
August 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816012/periodic-mesoporous-organosilica-films-with-a-tunable-steady-state-mesophase
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Murad A Redzheb, Sigrid Bernstorff, Barbara Sartori, Pascal Van Der Voort, Silvia Armini
The mesophase formation in spin-coated periodic mesoporous organosilica (PMO) films aged at a controlled ambient humidity is investigated by time-resolved grazing-incidence small-angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS). The investigation demonstrates the existence of a tunable steady state in PMO spin-coated films. Thus, a film deposited at a relative humidity of 20 % has a lamellar mesophase, whereas a subsequent increase to 70 % leads to a phase transformation resulting in a P63 /mmc space group. On the other hand, an increase of the surfactant to organosilica molar ratio of between 0...
August 16, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815110/development-of-a-framework-for-large-scale-three-dimensional-pathology-and-biomarker-imaging-and-spatial-analytics
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Yanhui Liang, Fusheng Wang, Pengyue Zhang, Joel H Saltz, Daniel J Brat, Jun Kong
With the rapid advancement in large-throughput scanning technologies, digital pathology has emerged as platform with promise for diagnostic approaches, but also for high-throughput quantitative data extraction and analysis for translational research. Digital pathology and biomarker images are rich sources of information on tissue architecture, cell diversity and morphology, and molecular pathway activation. However, the understanding of disease in three-dimension (3D) has been hampered by their traditional two-dimension (2D) representations on histologic slides...
2017: AMIA Summits on Translational Science Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814149/n-implantation-induce-cytocompatibility-of-shape-controlled-three-dimensional-self-assembly-graphene
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Ye Cao, Dejun Li, Mengli Zhao, Huanhuan Gong, Rongxin Wan, Hanqing Gu
AIM: The aim of the present research was to synthesize N(+) implanted 3D self-assembly graphene (N(+)/3D-SGHs) to overcome the weaknesses of graphene (small sizes and poor hydrophilicity) in tissue engineering scaffolds. MATERIALS & METHODS: N(+)/3D-SGHs was achieved by ion implantation on one-step hydrothermal synthesized 3D self-assembly graphene (3D-SGHs), and N(+)/3D-SGHs with different doses of nitrogen ions (1 × 10(16) ions/cm(2), 1 × 10(18) ions/cm(2) and 1 × 10(20) ions/cm(2)), which adjusted by nitrogen ion beam intensity...
August 17, 2017: Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813960/towards-free-3d-end-point-control-for-robotic-assisted-human-reaching-using-binocular-eye-tracking
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Roni O Maimon-Dror, Jorge Fernandez-Quesada, Giuseppe A Zito, Charalambos Konnaris, Sabine Dziemian, A Aldo Faisal
Eye-movements are the only directly observable behavioural signals that are highly correlated with actions at the task level, and proactive of body movements and thus reflect action intentions. Moreover, eye movements are preserved in many movement disorders leading to paralysis (or amputees) from stroke, spinal cord injury, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, and muscular dystrophy among others. Despite this benefit, eye tracking is not widely used as control interface for robotic interfaces in movement impaired patients due to poor human-robot interfaces...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813464/representation-of-three-dimensional-space-in-the-auditory-cortex-of-the-echolocating-bat-p-discolor
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Wolfgang Greiter, Uwe Firzlaff
The auditory cortex is an essential center for sound localization. In echolocating bats, combination sensitive neurons tuned to specific delays between call emission and echo perception represent target distance. In many bats, these neurons are organized as a chronotopically organized map of echo delay. However, it is still unclear to what extend these neurons can process directional information and thereby form a three-dimensional representation of space. We investigated the representation of three-dimensional space in the auditory cortex of Phyllostomus discolor...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811494/on-the-shape-and-likelihood-of-oceanic-rogue-waves
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Alvise Benetazzo, Fabrice Ardhuin, Filippo Bergamasco, Luigi Cavaleri, Pedro Veras Guimarães, Michael Schwendeman, Mauro Sclavo, Jim Thomson, Andrea Torsello
We consider the observation and analysis of oceanic rogue waves collected within spatio-temporal (ST) records of 3D wave fields. This class of records, allowing a sea surface region to be retrieved, is appropriate for the observation of rogue waves, which come up as a random phenomenon that can occur at any time and location of the sea surface. To verify this aspect, we used three stereo wave imaging systems to gather ST records of the sea surface elevation, which were collected in different sea conditions...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809679/automatic-localization-of-the-needle-target-for-ultrasound-guided-epidural-injections
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Mehran Pesteie, Victoria Lessoway, Purang Abolmaesumi, Robert N Rohling
Accurate identification of the needle target is crucial for effective epidural anesthesia. Currently, epidural needle placement is administered by a manual technique, relying on the sense of feel, which has a significant failure rate. Moreover, misleading the needle may lead to inadequate anesthesia, post dural puncture headaches and other potential complications. Ultrasound offers guidance to the physician for identification of the needle target, but accurate interpretation and localization remain challenges...
August 11, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808546/characterization-of-measurement-errors-using-structure-from-motion-and-photogrammetry-to-measure-marine-habitat-structural-complexity
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Mitch Bryson, Renata Ferrari, Will Figueira, Oscar Pizarro, Josh Madin, Stefan Williams, Maria Byrne
Habitat structural complexity is one of the most important factors in determining the makeup of biological communities. Recent advances in structure-from-motion and photogrammetry have resulted in a proliferation of 3D digital representations of habitats from which structural complexity can be measured. Little attention has been paid to quantifying the measurement errors associated with these techniques, including the variability of results under different surveying and environmental conditions. Such errors have the potential to confound studies that compare habitat complexity over space and time...
August 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808437/how-to-assign-a-3%C3%A2-%C3%A2-1-dimensional-superspace-group-to-an-incommensurately-modulated-biological-macromolecular-crystal
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Jason Porta, Jeff Lovelace, Gloria E O Borgstahl
Periodic crystal diffraction is described using a three-dimensional (3D) unit cell and 3D space-group symmetry. Incommensurately modulated crystals are a subset of aperiodic crystals that need four to six dimensions to describe the observed diffraction pattern, and they have characteristic satellite reflections that are offset from the main reflections. These satellites have a non-integral relationship to the primary lattice and require q vectors for processing. Incommensurately modulated biological macromolecular crystals have been frequently observed but so far have not been solved...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Applied Crystallography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807750/high-resolution-simultaneous-imaging-of-intracranial-and-extracranial-arterial-wall-with-improved-cerebrospinal-fluid-suppression
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Lei Zhang, Na Zhang, Jun Wu, Xin Liu, Yiu-Cho Chung
PURPOSE: To develop a technique for three dimensional (3D) high resolution joint imaging of intracranial and extracranial arterial walls with improved cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) suppression and good blood suppression based on T1 weighted sampling perfection with application optimized contrast using different angle evolutions (T1w-SPACE) and to compare this technique (hereafter, iSPACE) with alternating with nutation for tailored excitation (DANTE) prepared SPACE sequence (DANTE-SPACE) for their CSF suppression performance around the mid cerebral arteries (MCA) and blood suppression at carotid arteries...
August 11, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807411/timp3-is-regulated-by-pericytes-upon-shear-stress-detection-leading-to-a-modified-endothelial-cell-response
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C Schrimpf, T Koppen, J S Duffield, U Böer, S David, W Ziegler, A Haverich, O E Teebken, M Wilhelmi
OBJECTIVES: Atherosclerosis is a hallmark of cardiovascular disease. Shear stress on endothelial cells has been linked to atherogenesis and to fibrous cap thinning and rupture. Pericytes reside in the sub-endothelial space of vessels and have vasoprotective effects. They are subjected to shear stress when endothelial cell integrity is disrupted. The aim was to investigate the susceptibility and response of pericytes to shear stress. METHODS: Endothelial cells and pericytes were seeded in two dimensional monocultures and co-cultures, and in a novel three dimensional co-culture system and were subjected to no, low and high shear stress (0, 10, 30 dyne/cm(2)) for 48 h...
August 11, 2017: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807106/developmental-adaptations-of-trypanosome-motility-to-the-tsetse-fly-host-environments-unravel-a-multifaceted-in-vivo-microswimmer-system
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Sarah Schuster, Timothy Krüger, Ines Subota, Sina Thusek, Brice Rotureau, Andreas Beilhack, Markus Engstler
The highly motile and versatile protozoan pathogen Trypanosoma brucei undergoes a complex life cycle in the tsetse fly. Here we introduce the host insect as an expedient model environment for microswimmer research, as it allows examination of microbial motion within a diversified, secluded and yet microscopically tractable space. During their week-long journey through the different microenvironments of the fly´s interior organs, the incessantly swimming trypanosomes cross various barriers and confined surroundings, with concurrently occurring major changes of parasite cell architecture...
August 15, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805689/visual-servoing-for-an-autonomous-hexarotor-using-a-neural-network-based-pid-controller
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Carlos Lopez-Franco, Javier Gomez-Avila, Alma Y Alanis, Nancy Arana-Daniel, Carlos Villaseñor
In recent years, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have gained significant attention. However, we face two major drawbacks when working with UAVs: high nonlinearities and unknown position in 3D space since it is not provided with on-board sensors that can measure its position with respect to a global coordinate system. In this paper, we present a real-time implementation of a servo control, integrating vision sensors, with a neural proportional integral derivative (PID), in order to develop an hexarotor image based visual servo control (IBVS) that knows the position of the robot by using a velocity vector as a reference to control the hexarotor position...
August 12, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804569/dynamic-registration-for-gigapixel-serial-whole-slide-images
#16
Blair J Rossetti, Fusheng Wang, Pengyue Zhang, George Teodoro, Daniel J Brat, Jun Kong
High-throughput serial histology imaging provides a new avenue for the routine study of micro-anatomical structures in a 3D space. However, the emergence of serial whole slide imaging poses a new registration challenge, as the gigapixel image size precludes the direct application of conventional registration techniques. In this paper, we develop a three-stage registration with multi-resolution mapping and propagation method to dynamically produce registered subvolumes from serial whole slide images. We validate our algorithm with gigapixel images of serial brain tumor sections and synthetic image volumes...
April 2017: Proceedings of the IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging: from Nano to Macro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795419/simultaneous-mr-thermometry-and-acoustic-radiation-force-imaging-using-interleaved-acquisition
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Joshua T de Bever, Henrik Odéen, Lorne W Hofstetter, Dennis L Parker
PURPOSE: A novel and practical method for simultaneously performing MR acoustic radiation force imaging (ARFI) and proton resonance frequency (PRF)-shift thermometry has been developed and tested. This could be an important tool for evaluating the success of MR-guided focused ultrasound procedures for which MR-thermometry measures temperature and thermal dose and MR-ARFI detects changes in tissue mechanical properties. METHODS: MR imaging was performed using a gradient recalled echo segmented echo-planar imaging pulse sequence with bipolar motion encoding gradients (MEG)...
August 10, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795201/downstream-processing-technologies-capturing-and-final-purification-opportunities-for-innovation-change-and-improvement-a-review-of-downstream-processing-developments-in-protein-purification
#18
Nripen Singh, Sibylle Herzer
Increased pressure on upstream processes to maximize productivity has been crowned with great success, although at the cost of shifting the bottleneck to purification. As drivers were economical, focus is on now on debottlenecking downstream processes as the main drivers of high manufacturing cost. Devising a holistically efficient and economical process remains a key challenge. Traditional and emerging protein purification strategies with particular emphasis on methodologies implemented for the production of recombinant proteins of biopharmaceutical importance are reviewed...
August 10, 2017: Advances in Biochemical Engineering/biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794856/chemmaps-towards-an-approach-for-visualizing-the-chemical-space-based-on-adaptive-satellite-compounds
#19
J Jesús Naveja, José L Medina-Franco
We present a novel approach called ChemMaps for visualizing chemical space based on the similarity matrix of compound datasets generated with molecular fingerprints' similarity. The method uses a 'satellites' approach, where satellites are, in principle, molecules whose similarity to the rest of the molecules in the database provides sufficient information for generating a visualization of the chemical space. Such an approach could help make chemical space visualizations more efficient. We hereby describe a proof-of-principle application of the method to various databases that have different diversity measures...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793225/multiscale-and-multiaxial-mechanics-of-vascular-smooth-muscle
#20
Sae-Ii Murtada, Jay D Humphrey, Gerhard A Holzapfel
Mathematical models can facilitate an integrative understanding of the complexity underlying biological structure and function, but they must be informed and validated by empirical data. Uniaxial contraction of an arterial ring is a well-used in vitro approach for studying characteristics of smooth muscle contractility even though this experimental arrangement does not mimic the in vivo vascular geometry or loading. In contrast, biaxial contraction of an inflated and axially extended excised vessel provides broader information, both passive and active, under more realistic conditions...
August 8, 2017: Biophysical Journal
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