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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651263/quality-and-dose-optimized-ct-trauma-protocol-recommendation-from-a-university-level-i-trauma-center
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Johannes Kahn, David Kaul, Georg Böning, Roman Rotzinger, Patrick Freyhardt, Philipp Schwabe, Martin H Maurer, Diane Miriam Renz, Florian Streitparth
Purpose As a supra-regional level-I trauma center, we evaluated computed tomography (CT) acquisitions of polytraumatized patients for quality and dose optimization purposes. Adapted statistical iterative reconstruction [(AS)IR] levels, tube voltage reduction as well as a split-bolus contrast agent (CA) protocol were applied. Materials and Methods 61 patients were split into 3 different groups that differed with respect to tube voltage (120 - 140 kVp) and level of applied ASIR reconstruction (ASIR 20 - 50 %)...
June 26, 2017: RöFo: Fortschritte Auf Dem Gebiete der Röntgenstrahlen und der Nuklearmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651245/high-resolution-hyperpolarized-in-vivo-metabolic-13-c-spectroscopy-at-low-magnetic-field-48-7mt-following-murine-tail-vein-injection
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Aaron M Coffey, Matthew A Feldman, Roman V Shchepin, Danila A Barskiy, Milton L Truong, Wellington Pham, Eduard Y Chekmenev
High-resolution (13)C NMR spectroscopy of hyperpolarized succinate-1-(13)C-2,3-d2 is reported in vitro and in vivo using a clinical-scale, biplanar (80cm-gap) 48.7mT permanent magnet with a high homogeneity magnetic field. Non-localized (13)C NMR spectra were recorded at 0.52MHz resonance frequency over the torso of a tumor-bearing mouse every 2s. Hyperpolarized (13)C NMR signals with linewidths of ∼3Hz (corresponding to ∼6ppm) were recorded in vitro (2mL in a syringe) and in vivo (over a mouse torso). Comparison of the full width at half maximum (FWHM) for (13)C NMR spectra acquired at 48...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651168/the-antioxidant-and-anti-inflammatory-properties-of-lycopene-in-mice-lungs-exposed-to-cigarette-smoke
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Keila Karine Duarte Campos, Glaucy Rodrigues Araújo, Thais Lourenço Martins, Ana Carla Balthar Bandeira, Guilherme de Paula Costa, André Talvani, Camila Carrião Machado Garcia, Laser Antônio Machado Oliveira, Daniela Caldeira Costa, Frank Silva Bezerra
Lycopene is a carotenoid with known antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. We aimed to evaluate the in vitro and in vivo effects of lycopene on reducing the redox imbalance and inflammation induced by cigarette smoke (CS). For the in vitro study, J774A.1 (macrophages) cells were incubated in the presence of 0.5, 1.0, 2.0, 4.0, 8.0, 10.0 and 25 μM of lycopene for 3, 6 and 24 h or in the presence of 0.1%, 0.25%, 0.5%, 0.625%, 1.25%, 2.25%, 5% and 10% cigarette smoke extract (CSE) for 3, 6 and 24 h to assess cell viability and measurement of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS)...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651044/the-atmospheric-fate-of-monoethanolamine-enhancing-new-particle-formation-of-sulfuric-acid-as-an-important-removal-process
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Hong-Bin Xie, Jonas Elm, Roope Halonen, Nanna Myllys, Theo Kurtén, Markku Kulmala, Hanna Vehkamaki
Monoethanolamine (MEA), a potential atmospheric pollutant from capture unit of a leading CO2 capture technology, could be removed by participating H2SO4-based new particle formation (NPF) as simple amines. Here we evaluated the enhancing potential of MEA on H2SO4-based NPF by examining the formation of molecular clusters of MEA and H2SO4 using a combined quantum chemistry calculations and kinetics modeling. The results indicate that MEA at ppt-level can enhance H2SO4-based NPF. The enhancing potential of MEA is < dimethylamine (DMA), one of the strongest enhancing agents, and ≫ methylamine (MA), in contrast to the order suggested solely by their basicity (MEA < MA < DMA)...
June 26, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650862/the-potential-combinational-effect-of-mir-34a-with-celecoxib-in-osteosarcoma
#5
Xia Chen, Dan Peng, Yi Shen, Bo Liu, Hongkang Zhou, Huai Tao, Jufang Huang
Advanced osteosarcoma (OS) is usually treated by preoperative and postoperative chemotherapy, but there are a very limited number of active agents. Celecoxib (Cel) is a COX-2-selective nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug and its antitumoral effect has been shown widely in a variety of cancers including OS cells in vitro. However, the potential combinational effect of Cel with other biological therapy has not been reported in OS cells. In this study, the effects of Cel, miR-34a mimics, and their combination on cell proliferation (MTT assay), migration (in-vitro scratch assay), invasion (transwell assay), mRNA (real-time PCR), and protein (Western blot) expression of associated signal transductions were investigated in cultured MG63 cells...
June 23, 2017: Anti-cancer Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650621/novel-cdta-based-bifunctional-chelators-for-stable-and-inert-mn-ii-complexation-synthesis-and-physicochemical-characterization
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Christian Vanasschen, Enikő Molnár, Gyula Tircsó, Ferenc K Kálmán, Éva Tóth, Marie Brandt, Heinz H Coenen, Bernd Neumaier
In the search for Mn(II) MR and PET/MR imaging agents with optimal balance between thermodynamic stability, kinetic inertness, and relaxivity, two novel bifunctional Mn(II) chelators (BFMnCs) based on CDTA (trans-1,2-diaminocyclohexane-N,N,N',N'-tetraacetic acid) were synthesized. A six-step synthesis, involving the buildup of a functionalized trans-1,2-diaminocyclohexane core, provided CuAAC-reactive 6a and 6b bearing an alkyne or azide substituent on the cyclohexane ring, respectively (CuAAC = Cu(I)-catalyzed azide-alkyne 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition)...
June 26, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650266/disease-suppressive-soils-new-insights-from-the-soil-microbiome
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Daniel Schlatter, Linda L Kinkel, Linda S Thomashow, David M Weller, Timothy Carl Paulitz
Soils suppressive to soilborne pathogens have been identified world-wide for almost 60 years and attributed mainly to suppressive or antagonistic microorganisms. Rather than identifying, testing and applying potential biocontrol agents in an inundative fashion, research into suppressive soils has attempted to understand how indigenous microbiomes can reduce disease, even in the presence of the pathogen, susceptible host, and favorable environment. Recent advances in next-generation sequencing of microbiomes have provided new tools to reexamine and further characterize the nature of these soils...
June 26, 2017: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650175/bioactive-peptide-natural-products-as-lead-structures-for-medicinal-use
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Tam Dang, Roderich D Süssmuth
The need for new drugs for the treatment of various diseases is enormous. From the previous century until the present, numerous peptide and peptide-derived natural products have been isolated from bacteria and fungi. Hence, microorganisms play a pivotal role as sources for novel drugs with an emphasis on anti-infective agents. Various disciplines from biology, chemistry, and medicine are involved in early stages of the search for peptide natural products including taxonomy, microbiology, bioanalytics, bioinformatics, and medicinal chemistry...
June 26, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649158/implementation-of-material-decomposition-using-an-emccd-and-cmos-based-micro-ct-system
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Alexander R Podgorsak, Sv Setlur Nagesh, Daniel R Bednarek, Stephen Rudin, Ciprian N Ionita
This project assessed the effectiveness of using two different detectors to obtain dual-energy (DE) micro-CT data for the carrying out of material decomposition. A micro-CT coupled to either a complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) or an electron multiplying CCD (EMCCD) detector was used to acquire image data of a 3D-printed phantom with channels filled with different materials. At any instance, materials such as iohexol contrast agent, water, and platinum were selected to make up the scanned object...
February 11, 2017: Proceedings of SPIE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649021/k-edge-eliminated-material-decomposition-method-for-dual-energy-x-ray-ct
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Tiao Zhao, Liang Li, Zhiqiang Chen
In medical dual-energy CT, projection-domain decomposition is typically used to process the acquired two projection datasets. However, when a high atomic-number contrast-agent is introduced, its K-edge discontinuity challenges this method. In this work, we take advantage of the fact that the contrast agent and its solvent are known in advance and propose to first decompose the attenuation coefficient functions of the contrast agent and its solvent to estimate the attenuation contribution of the K-shell photoelectric...
June 17, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648892/asciz-atmin-is-dispensable-for-atm-signaling-in-response-to-replication-stress
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Rui Liu, Ashleigh King, Nicolas C Hoch, Catherine Chang, Gemma L Kelly, Andrew J Deans, Jörg Heierhorst
The ATM kinase plays critical roles in the response to DNA double-strand breaks, and can also be activated by prolonged DNA replication blocks. It has recently been proposed that replication stress-dependent ATM activation is mediated by ASCIZ (also known as ATMIN, ZNF822), an essential developmental transcription factor. In contrast, we show here that ATM activation, and phosphorylation of its substrates KAP1, p53 and H2AX in response to the replication blocking agent aphidicolin was unaffected in both immortalized and primary ASCIZ/ATMIN-deficient murine embryonic fibroblasts compared to control cells...
June 17, 2017: DNA Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648123/value-of-intravoxel-incoherent-motion-in-assessment-of-pathological-grade-of-clear-cell-renal-cell-carcinoma
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Qingqiang Zhu, Jing Ye, Wenrong Zhu, Jingtao Wu, Wenxin Chen
Background Intravoxel incoherent motion (IVIM) can provide a unique view of tissue perfusion without the use of exogenous contrast agents. Purpose To investigate the value of IVIM in assessing grades of clear cell renal cell carcinoma (CRCC). Material and Methods A total of 107 patients with pathologically proven CRCC were included, 26 with grade I, 27 with grade II, 25 with grade III, and 29 with grade IV. These tumors were divided into low (I + II) and high grades (III + IV). Nine b values (0, 30, 50, 80, 150, 300, 500, 800, and 1500 s/mm(2)) were used in diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI)...
January 1, 2017: Acta Radiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647611/autophagy-suppresses-isoprenaline-induced-m2-macrophage-polarization-via-the-ros-erk-and-mtor-signaling-pathway
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Meihua Shan, Junfang Qin, Fengjiao Jin, Xiao Han, Haitao Guan, Xiaoge Li, Jiahui Zhang, Hongyao Zhang, Yue Wang
The objective of this study was to examine the effect of autophagy on stress-induced M2 macrophage polarization in the tumor microenvironment of breast cancer and to determine whether the underlying mechanism was related to the reactive oxygen species (ROS)/ERK and mTOR pathway. In vitro, we found that the basal autophagy level in mouse RAW 264.7 macrophages decreased with the incubation of tumor cell culture supernatant. Similarly, the polarization of RAW 264.7 to M2 macrophages was inhibited by the autophagy inducer rapamycin and increased by the autophagy inhibitor 3-MA or by siBeclin1...
June 21, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647197/characterizing-tissue-perfusion-after-lower-extremity-intervention-using-two-dimensional-color-coded-digital-subtraction-angiography
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Ann H Kim, Andrew J Shevitz, Katherine L Morrow, Daniel E Kendrick, Karem Harth, Henry Baele, Vikram S Kashyap
OBJECTIVE: Digital subtraction angiography (DSA) of the peripheral arterial vasculature provides lumenographic information but only a qualitative assessment of blood flow. The ability to quantify adequate tissue perfusion of the lower extremities would enable real-time perfusion assessment during DSA of patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD). In this study, we used a novel real-time imaging software to delineate tissue perfusion parameters in the foot in PAD patients. METHODS: Between March 2015 and June 2016, patients (N = 31) underwent lower extremity angiography using a two-dimensional perfusion (2DP) imaging protocol (Philips Healthcare, Andover, Mass)...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646739/contribution-of-pharmaceuticals-and-personal-care-products-ppcps-to-whole-toxicity-of-water-samples-collected-in-effluent-dominated-urban-streams
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Ikumi Tamura, Yusuke Yasuda, Kei-Ichiro Kagota, Saori Yoneda, Norihide Nakada, Vimal Kumar, Yutaka Kameda, Kumiko Kimura, Norihisa Tatarazako, Hiroshi Yamamoto
Water samples were collected from effluent-dominated urban streams in Tokushima, Kyoto, and Saitama in Japan to roughly determine the contribution of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) and surfactants to whole toxicity of the water. Approximately 100 PPCPs including anionic surfactants such as linear alkylbenzene sulfonate (LAS), were chemically analyzed. Using 14 water samples, chronic or sub-chronic toxicity tests were conducted on three aquatic species, the green alga Raphidocelis subcapitata, the cladoceran Ceriodaphnia dubia, and the zebrafish Danio rerio...
June 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646628/focal-liver-lesions-real-time-3-dimensional-contrast-enhanced-ultrasonography-compared-with-2-dimensional-contrast-enhanced-ultrasonography-and-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#16
Jung-Chieh Lee, Kun Yan, San-Kan Lee, Wei Yang, Min-Hua Chen
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to evaluate the application of real-time 3-dimensional (3D) contrast-enhanced ultrasonography (US) to diagnose focal liver lesions and to compare these results with those from 2-dimensional (2D) contrast-enhanced US and contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). METHODS: Patients with focal liver lesions were examined by 2D contrast-enhanced US, 3D contrast-enhanced US, and contrast-enhanced MRI for lesion characterization, and biopsies and comprehensive clinical diagnoses served as reference standards...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646603/comparison-of-oral-contrast-enhanced-transabdominal-ultrasound-imaging-with-transverse-contrast-enhanced-computed-tomography-in-preoperative-tumor-staging-of-advanced-gastric-carcinoma
#17
Xuemei He, Jing Sun, Xiaoling Huang, Chun Zeng, Yinggang Ge, Jun Zhang, Jingxian Wu
OBJECTIVES: This study assessed the diagnostic performance of transabdominal oral contrast-enhanced ultrasound (US) imaging for preoperative tumor staging of advanced gastric carcinoma by comparing it with transverse contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT). METHODS: This retrospective study included 42 patients with advanced gastric cancer who underwent laparoscopy, radical surgery, or palliative surgery because of serious complications and had a body mass index of less than 25 kg/m(2) ...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645481/subcellular-localization-of-glycolytic-enzymes-and-characterization-of-intermediary-metabolism-of-trypanosoma-rangeli
#18
Rocío Rondón-Mercado, Héctor Acosta, Ana J Cáceres, Wilfredo Quiñones, Juan Luis Concepción
Trypanosoma rangeli is a hemoflagellate protist that infects wild and domestic mammals as well as humans in Central and South America. Although this parasite is not pathogenic for human, it is being studied because it shares with Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiological agent of Chagas' disease, biological characteristics, geographic distribution, vectors and vertebrate hosts. Several metabolic studies have been performed with T. cruzi epimastigotes, however little is known about the metabolism of T. rangeli. In this work we present the subcellular distribution of the T...
June 20, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644905/a-realistic-phantom-for-validating-mri-based-synthetic-ct-images-of-the-human-skull
#19
Abraam S Soliman, Levi Burns, Amir Owrangi, Young Lee, William Y Song, Greg Stanisz, Brige P Chugh
PURPOSE: To introduce a new realistic human skull phantom for the validation of synthetic CT images of cortical bone from ultra-short echo-time (UTE) sequences. METHODS AND MATERIALS: A human skull of an adult female was utilized as a realistic representation of skull cortical bone. The skull was stabilized in a special acrylic container and was filled with contrast agents that have T1 and T2 relaxation times similar to human brain. The phantom was MR scanned at 3T with UTE and T2 -weighted sequences, followed by CT...
June 23, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644025/a-mitochondria-targeted-cryptocyanine-based-photothermogenic-photosensitizer
#20
Hyo Sung Jung, Jae Hong Lee, Kyutae Kim, Seyoung Koo, Peter Verwilst, Jonathan L Sessler, Chulhun Kang, Jong Seung Kim
Cryptocyanine-based probes exhibit highly efficient photothermal conversion and represent a new class of photothermal agents for use in photothermal therapy (PTT). With the thermal susceptibility of mitochondria in mind, we have prepared a mitochondria-targeted, NIR-absorbing cryptocyanine probe (Mito-CCy) and evaluated its photophysical properties, photothermal conversion efficiency, biological compatibility, cytotoxicity, and mitochondrial localization in HeLa cells. Upon subjecting 0.5 mL of a PBS buffer solution (10 mM, pH 7...
June 23, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
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