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Molecular medical imaging

Hans Lehrach
Every human is unique. We differ in our genomes, environment, behavior, disease history, and past and current medical treatment-a complex catalog of differences that often leads to variations in the way each of us responds to a particular therapy. We argue here that true personalization of drug therapies will rely on "virtual patient" models based on a detailed characterization of the individual patient by molecular, imaging, and sensor techniques. The models will be based, wherever possible, on the molecular mechanisms of disease processes and drug action but can also expand to hybrid models including statistics/machine learning/artificial intelligence-based elements trained on available data to address therapeutic areas or therapies for which insufficient information on mechanisms is available...
September 2016: Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience
John V Thomas, Rupan Sanyal, Janis P O'Malley, Satinder P Singh, Desiree E Morgan, Cheri L Canon
The academic educator's portfolio is a collection of materials that document academic performance and achievements, supplementing the curriculum vitae, in order to showcase a faculty member's most significant accomplishments. A decade ago, a survey of medical schools revealed frustration in the nonuniform methods of measuring faculty's medical education productivity. A proposed solution was the use of an academic educator's portfolio. In the academic medical community, compiling an academic portfolio is always a challenge because teaching has never been confined to the traditional classroom setting and often involves active participation of the medical student, resident, or fellow in the ongoing care of the patient...
October 11, 2016: Academic Radiology
Avnesh S Thakor, Jessie V Jokerst, Pejman Ghanouni, Jos Campbell, Erik Mittra, Sam S Gambhir
Nanoparticles (NPs) are new class of imaging agents that can be used for both anatomic and molecular imaging due to their small size and unique properties. Nanoparticle-based imaging exploits the signal intensity, stability, and biodistribution behavior of sub-micron diameter molecular imaging agents. This review focuses on nanoparticles used in human medical imaging with an emphasis on radionuclide and magnetic resonance imaging. Newer nanoparticle platforms are also discussed in relation to theranostic and multimodal nanoparticles...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Romain Berraud-Pache, Isabelle Navizet
In this publication we conduct calculations on a newly synthesised red-shifted emitter of luciferin in order to understand what are the main contributions to the colour-shifting emission. Indeed the bioluminescent system, especially from fireflies, is one of the main resources for medical imaging but its efficiency greatly depends on the wavelength of the emission. We performed classical molecular dynamics followed by quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) calculations, with either density functional theory or multiconfigurational reference second-order perturbation theory on different emitters to obtain bioluminescence emission...
October 5, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Carmen Domene, Christian Jorgensen, Sumra Wajid Abbasi
Collagen is the single most abundant protein in the extracellular matrix in the animal kingdom, with remarkable structural and functional diversity and regarded one of the most useful biomaterials. Etymologically, the term collagen comes from Greek kola 'glue' and gen 'giving birth to'. Thus, it is not surprising that the various collagens and the structures they form all serve the same purpose, to help tissues withstand stretching. Among the functions the various collagens are involved in are cell adhesion and migration, tissue repair, scaffolding and morphogenesis...
September 14, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Hua He, Zhencai Wang, Tiantian Cheng, Xu Liu, Xiaojuan Wang, Junying Wang, Hao Ren, Yawei Sun, Yanzhuo Song, Jiang Yang, Yongqing Xia, Shengjie Wang, Xiao-Dong Zhang, Fang Huang
Fluorescence imaging requires bio-selective, sensitive, nontoxic molecular probes to detect precise location of lesions for fundamental research and clinical applications. Typical inorganic semiconductor nanomaterials with large sizes (> 10 nm) can offer high-quality fluorescence imaging due to their fascinating optical properties, but are limited to low selectivity as well as slow clearance pathway. We here report an N- and O-rich carbogenic small molecular complex (SMC, MW < 1000 Da) that exhibit high quantum yield (up to 80%), nucleic acid-binding enhanced excitation-dependent fluorescence (EDF) and a near infrared (NIR) emission peaked at 850 nm with an ultra-large Stokes shift (~ 500 nm)...
October 5, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Samuel Weng, Xiaochun Li, Yunchao Li, Hua-Zhong Yu
Beyond their essential applications in portable data storage for the past 30 years, optical discs and corresponding recording/reading technologies have been extensively explored with the ultimate goal of creating novel analytical tools for on-site chemical analysis and point-of-care (POC) medical diagnosis. In particular, the disc media (CD, DVD, and BD) are proven to be inexpensive and versatile substrate materials for the preparation of various biochips and microfluidic systems; conventional computer drives and disc players are widely adapted for biochip signal reading and microscopic imaging...
September 27, 2016: Analyst
S E Holmes, R Hinz, R J Drake, C J Gregory, S Conen, J C Matthews, J M Anton-Rodriguez, A Gerhard, P S Talbot
Positron emission tomography (PET) imaging of the 18 kDa translocator protein (TSPO) has been used to investigate whether microglial activation, an indication of neuroinflammation, is evident in the brain of adults with schizophrenia. Interpretation of these studies is confounded by potential modulatory effects of antipsychotic medication on microglial activity. In the first such study in antipsychotic-free schizophrenia, we have used [(11)C](R)-PK11195 PET to compare TSPO availability in a predominantly antipsychotic-naive group of moderate-to-severely symptomatic unmedicated patients (n=8), similarly symptomatic medicated patients with schizophrenia taking risperidone or paliperidone by regular intramuscular injection (n=8), and healthy comparison subjects (n=16)...
October 4, 2016: Molecular Psychiatry
Leslie K Ballas, Andre Luis de Castro Abreu, David I Quinn
As molecular imaging better delineates the state of prostate cancer, clinical management will evolve. The currently licensed imaging modalities are limited by lack of specificity or sensitivity for the extent of cancer and for predicting outcome in response to therapy. Clinicians want molecular imaging that-by being more reliable in tailoring treatment and monitoring response for each patient-will become a key facet of precision medicine, surgery, and radiation therapy. Identifying patients who are candidates for specific or novel treatments is important, but equally important is the finding that a given patient may not be a good candidate for single-modality therapy...
October 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Junxin Wang, Fang Chen, Santiago J Arconada-Alvarez, James Hartanto, Li-Peng Yap, Ryan Park, Fang Wang, Ivetta Vorobyova, Grant Dagliyan, Peter S Conti, Jesse V Jokerst
Heparin anticoagulation therapy is an indispensable feature of clinical care yet has a narrow therapeutic window and is the second most common intensive care unit (ICU) medication error. The active partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) monitors heparin but suffers from long turnaround times, a variable reference range, limited utility with low molecular weight heparin, and poor correlation to dose. Here, we describe a photoacoustic imaging technique to monitor heparin concentration using methylene blue as a simple and Federal Drug Administration-approved contrast agent...
September 28, 2016: Nano Letters
Konstantinos Chatzipanagis, Christoph G Baumann, Monica Sandri, Simone Sprio, Anna Tampieri, Roland Kröger
: We report the design, fabrication and application of a novel micro-electromechanical device coupled to a confocal Raman microscope that enables in situ molecular investigations of micro-fibers under uniaxial tensile load. This device allows for the mechanical study of micro-fibers with diameters in the range between 10 and 100μm and lengths of several hundred micrometers. By exerting forces in the mN range, the device enables an important force range to be accessed between that of atomic force microscopy and macroscopic stress-strain measurement devices...
September 22, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
Ayelet Zerem, Kazuhiro Haginoya, Dorit Lev, Lubov Blumkin, Sara Kivity, Ilan Linder, Cheryl Shoubridge, Elizabeth Emma Palmer, Michael Field, Jackie Boyle, David Chitayat, William D Gaillard, Eric H Kossoff, Marjolaine Willems, David Geneviève, Frederic Tran-Mau-Them, Orna Epstein, Eli Heyman, Sarah Dugan, Alice Masurel-Paulet, Ame'lie Piton, Tjitske Kleefstra, Rolph Pfundt, Ryo Sato, Andreas Tzschach, Naomichi Matsumoto, Hirotomo Saitsu, Esther Leshinsky-Silver, Tally Lerman-Sagie
OBJECTIVE: IQSEC2 is an X-linked gene associated with intellectual disability (ID) and epilepsy. Herein we characterize the epilepsy/epileptic encephalopathy of patients with IQSEC2 pathogenic variants. METHODS: Forty-eight patients with IQSEC2 variants were identified worldwide through Medline search. Two patients were recruited from our early onset epileptic encephalopathy cohort and one patient from personal communication. The 18 patients who have epilepsy in addition to ID are the subject of this study...
September 26, 2016: Epilepsia
Andreas Pelster, Martin Körsgen, Takako Kurosawa, Hiromi Morita, Heinrich F Arlinghaus
Heterogeneous polymer coatings, such as those used in organic electronics and medical devices, are of increasing industrial importance. In order to advance the development of these types of systems, analytical techniques are required which are able to determine the elemental and molecular spatial distributions, on a nanometer scale, with very high detection efficiency and sensitivity. The goal of this study was to investigate the suitability of laser postionization secondary neutral mass spectrometry (Laser-SNMS) with a 157 nm postionization laser beam to image structured polymer mixtures and compare the results with time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) measurements using Bi3(+) primary ions...
October 4, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
D Kienzl-Palma, H Prosch
CLINICAL ISSUE: Tuberculosis (TB) is a granulomatous disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis and transmission is via an airborne route by droplet infection. In the majority of cases patients have thoracic TB, which most frequently presents with hilar lymphadenopathy and pulmonary manifestation. Due to the rise in incidence of TB in central Europe to be expected over the coming years, it is essential to be acquainted with the radiological manifestations of pulmonary TB, particularly to be able to discriminate active from inactive TB...
October 2016: Der Radiologe
Avrum Spira, Mary L Disis, John T Schiller, Eduardo Vilar, Timothy R Rebbeck, Rafael Bejar, Trey Ideker, Janine Arts, Matthew B Yurgelun, Jill P Mesirov, Anjana Rao, Judy Garber, Elizabeth M Jaffee, Scott M Lippman
Prevention is an essential component of cancer eradication. Next-generation sequencing of cancer genomes and epigenomes has defined large numbers of driver mutations and molecular subgroups, leading to therapeutic advances. By comparison, there is a relative paucity of such knowledge in premalignant neoplasia, which inherently limits the potential to develop precision prevention strategies. Studies on the interplay between germ-line and somatic events have elucidated genetic processes underlying premalignant progression and preventive targets...
September 27, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Deniz Akdis, Corinna Brunckhorst, Firat Duru, Ardan M Saguner
This overview gives an update on the molecular mechanisms, clinical manifestations, diagnosis and therapy of arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy (ACM). ACM is mostly hereditary and associated with mutations in genes encoding proteins of the intercalated disc. Three subtypes have been proposed: the classical right-dominant subtype generally referred to as ARVC/D, biventricular forms with early biventricular involvement and left-dominant subtypes with predominant LV involvement. Typical symptoms include palpitations, arrhythmic (pre)syncope and sudden cardiac arrest due to ventricular arrhythmias, which typically occur in athletes...
August 2016: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review
Yong Lin Kong, Maneesh K Gupta, Blake N Johnson, Michael C McAlpine
The ability to three-dimensionally interweave biological and functional materials could enable the creation of bionic devices possessing unique and compelling geometries, properties, and functionalities. Indeed, interfacing high performance active devices with biology could impact a variety of fields, including regenerative bioelectronic medicines, smart prosthetics, medical robotics, and human-machine interfaces. Biology, from the molecular scale of DNA and proteins, to the macroscopic scale of tissues and organs, is three-dimensional, often soft and stretchable, and temperature sensitive...
June 2016: Nano Today
John F Valliant
The field of nuclear medicine will rely increasingly on the discovery, proper evaluation, and clinical use of molecular imaging probes and on collaborations. Collaborations will include new initiatives among experts already involved in the field and with researchers, technologists, and clinicians from different areas of science and medicine. This article serves to highlight some of the opportunities in which molecular imaging and nuclear medicine in conjunction with probe development, new imaging technologies, and multidisciplinary collaborations can have a significant impact on health care and basic science from the perspective of a person involved in probe development...
September 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology
Chiara Verdelli, Sabrina Corbetta
Primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) is the third most common endocrine disease. Kidney is a target of both chronic elevated PTH and calcium in PHPT. The classic PHPT complications of symptomatic kidney stones and nephrocalcinosis have become rare and the PHPT current presentation is asymptomatic with uncertain and long lasting progression. Nonetheless, the routinely use of imaging and of biochemical determinations have revealed the frequent occurrence of asymptomatic kidney stones, hypercalciuria and reduced kidney function in asymptomatic PHPT patients...
September 6, 2016: European Journal of Endocrinology
Nariya Cho
During the last 15 years, traditional breast cancer classifications based on histopathology have been reorganized into the luminal A, luminal B, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2), and basal-like subtypes based on gene expression profiling. Each molecular subtype has shown varying risk for progression, response to treatment, and survival outcomes. Research linking the imaging phenotype with the molecular subtype has revealed that non-calcified, relatively circumscribed masses with posterior acoustic enhancement are common in the basal-like subtype, spiculated masses with a poorly circumscribed margin and posterior acoustic shadowing in the luminal subtype, and pleomorphic calcifications in the HER2-enriched subtype...
October 2016: Ultrasonography
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