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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346825/magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-articular-cartilage-within-the-knee
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Erin C Argentieri, Alissa J Burge, Hollis G Potter
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides an effective and noninvasive means by which to evaluate articular cartilage within the knee. Existing techniques can be utilized to detect and monitor longitudinal changes in cartilage status due to injury or progression of degenerative disease. Quantitative MRI (qMRI) techniques can provide a metric by which to evaluate the efficacy of cartilage repair techniques and offer insight into the composition of cartilage and cartilage repair tissue. In this review, we provide background on MR signal generation and decay, the utility of morphologic MRI assessment, and qMRI techniques for the biochemical assessment of cartilage (dGEMRIC, T2, T2*, T1ρ, sodium, gagCEST)...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Knee Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344800/platycodon-saponins-from-platycodi-radix-platycodon-grandiflorum-for-the-green-synthesis-of-gold-and-silver-nanoparticles
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Yoonho Choi, Sehyeon Kang, Song-Hyun Cha, Hyun-Seok Kim, Kwangho Song, You Jeong Lee, Kyeongsoon Kim, Yeong Shik Kim, Seonho Cho, Youmie Park
A green synthesis of gold and silver nanoparticles is described in the present report using platycodon saponins from Platycodi Radix (Platycodon grandiflorum) as reducing agents. Platycodin D (PD), a major triterpenoidal platycodon saponin, was enriched by an enzymatic transformation of an aqueous extract of Platycodi Radix. This PD-enriched fraction was utilized for processing reduction reactions of gold and silver salts to synthesize gold nanoparticles (PD-AuNPs) and silver nanoparticles (PD-AgNPs), respectively...
January 17, 2018: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343762/mercury-sodium-exospheric-emission-as-a-proxy-for-solar-perturbations-transit
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Stefano Orsini, Valeria Mangano, Anna Milillo, Christina Plainaki, Alessandro Mura, Jim M Raines, Elisabetta De Angelis, Rosanna Rispoli, Francesco Lazzarotto, Alessandro Aronica
The first evidence at Mercury of direct relation between ICME transit and Na exosphere dynamics is presented, suggesting that Na emission, observed from ground, could be a proxy of planetary space weather at Mercury. The link existing between the dayside exosphere Na patterns and the solar wind-magnetosphere-surface interactions is investigated. This goal is pursued by analyzing the Na intensity hourly images, as observed by the ground-based THEMIS solar telescope during 10 selected periods between 2012 and 2013 (with seeing, σ < = 2″), when also MESSENGER data were available...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341915/influence-of-ligands-property-and-particle-size-of-gold-nanoparticles-on-the-protein-adsorption-and-corresponding-targeting-ability
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Wei Xiao, Jingyuan Xiong, Shuang Zhang, Yang Xiong, Huajin Zhang, Huile Gao
Nanoparticulated vesicles were widely used for carriers of drugs and imaging probes. To improve the targeting delivery efficiency of these vesicles, ligands were often functionalized onto their surfaces. However, the interaction between vesicles and plasma proteins may cover the ligands and hinder the targeting delivery. It is important to address the potential influence of ligands modification on plasma protein adsorption and the following targeting delivery. In this study, two common used ligands were chosen as the model: transferrin and RGD peptide...
January 13, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341206/validation-of-a-portable-monitor-for-assessment-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-lactate-in-dogs
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Carolyn J Nye, Christopher L Mariani
BACKGROUND: Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) lactate concentration may be a useful diagnostic and prognostic biomarker in dogs. Previous studies have used methods requiring relatively large sample volumes or prolonged storage prior to analysis. An effective method to immediately quantify lactate in smaller CSF volumes would be beneficial. OBJECTIVES: The main objectives were to evaluate the utility, accuracy, and precision of a portable meter for CSF lactate analysis in dogs and to develop a provisional RI using this device...
January 17, 2018: Veterinary Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338840/hydrogen-sulfide-provides-intestinal-protection-during-a-murine-model-of-experimental-necrotizing-enterocolitis
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Natalie A Drucker, Amanda R Jensen, Michael Ferkowicz, Troy A Markel
BACKGROUND: Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) continues to be a morbid surgical condition among preterm infants. Novel therapies for this condition are desperately needed. Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is an endogenous gasotransmitter that has been found to have beneficial properties. We therefore hypothesized that intraperitoneal injection of various H2S donors would improve clinical outcomes, increase intestinal perfusion, and reduce intestinal injury in an experimental mouse model of necrotizing enterocolitis...
December 24, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337105/chitosan-sodium-tripolyphosphate-nanoparticles-as-efficient-vehicles-for-antioxidant-peptidic-fraction-from-common-kilka
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Seyed Fakhreddin Hosseini, Mohammad Reza Soleimani, Maryam Nikkhah
Fish-purified antioxidant peptide (AOP)-loaded chitosan nanoparticles (CSNPs) were synthesized based on the ionotropic gelation between CS and sodium tripolyphosphate (TPP). The ζ-potential showed an earlier rise and later decrease with increasing concentrations of AOP. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images also revealed roughly uniform spherical-shaped nanoparticles with diameter of <100 nm. Molecular interactions among the components of the NPs and peptides were confirmed by FT-IR spectroscopy...
January 11, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336881/influence-of-contracted-endodontic-access-on-root-canal-geometry-an-in%C3%A2-vitro-study
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Mario Alovisi, Damiano Pasqualini, Edoardo Musso, Elena Bobbio, Carlotta Giuliano, Davide Mancino, Nicola Scotti, Elio Berutti
INTRODUCTION: Contracted endodontic cavities (CECs) have developed from the concept of minimally invasive dentistry and provide an alternative to traditional endodontic cavities (TECs). They have been designed in an effort to preserve the mechanical stability of teeth. The contracted cavity design preserves more of the dentin but may influence the geometric shaping parameters. The aim of this micro-computed tomographic study was to evaluate the influence of contracted endodontic cavities on the preservation of the original root canal anatomy after shaping with nickel-titanium rotary instruments...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335402/a-partially-open-inward-facing-intermediate-conformation-of-leut-is-associated-with-na-release-and-substrate-transport
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Daniel S Terry, Rachel A Kolster, Matthias Quick, Michael V LeVine, George Khelashvili, Zhou Zhou, Harel Weinstein, Jonathan A Javitch, Scott C Blanchard
Neurotransmitter:sodium symporters (NSS), targets of antidepressants and psychostimulants, clear neurotransmitters from the synaptic cleft through sodium (Na+)-coupled transport. Substrate and Na+ are thought to be transported from the extracellular to intracellular space through an alternating access mechanism by coordinated conformational rearrangements in the symporter that alternately expose the binding sites to each side of the membrane. However, the mechanism by which the binding of ligands coordinates conformational changes occurring on opposite sides of the membrane is not well understood...
January 15, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334186/natural-humic-acid-based-phototheranostic-agent
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Zhao-Hua Miao, Kai Li, Pei-Ying Liu, Zhenglin Li, Huanjie Yang, Qingliang Zhao, Manli Chang, Qingzhu Yang, Liang Zhen, Cheng-Yan Xu
Humic acids, a major constituent of natural organic carbon resources, are naturally formed through the microbial biodegradation of animal and plant residues. Due to numerous physiologically active groups (phenol, carboxyl, and quinone), the biomedical applications of humic acid have been already investigated across different cultures for several centuries or even longer. In this work, sodium humate, the sodium salt of humic acid, is explored as phototheranostic agent for light-induced photoacoustic imaging and photothermal therapy based on intrinsic absorption in the near-infrared region...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330218/a-study-on-pharmacokinetics-of-bosentan-with-systems-modeling-part-1-translating-systemic-plasma-concentration-to-liver-exposure-in-healthy-subjects
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Rui Li, Mark Niosi, Nathaniel Johnson, David A Tess, Emi Kimoto, Jian Lin, Xin Yang, Keith A Riccardi, Sangwoo Ryu, Ayman F El-Kattan, Tristan S Maurer, Larry M Tremaine, Li Di
Understanding liver exposure of hepatic transporter substrates in clinical studies is often critical as it typically governs pharmacodynamics, drug-drug interactions, and toxicity for certain drugs. However, this is a challenging task since there is currently no easy method to directly measure drug concentration in the human liver. Using bosentan as an example, a new approach has been demonstrated to estimate liver exposure based on observed systemic pharmacokinetics from clinical studies using physiologically-based pharmacokinetic modeling...
January 12, 2018: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327365/millimeter-spatial-resolution-in-vivo-sodium-mri-of-the-human-eye-at-7-t-using-a-dedicated-radiofrequency-transceiver-array
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Daniel Wenz, Andre Kuehne, Till Huelnhagen, Armin M Nagel, Helmar Waiczies, Oliver Weinberger, Celal Oezerdem, Oliver Stachs, Soenke Langner, Erdmann Seeliger, Bert Flemming, Russell Hodge, Thoralf Niendorf
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to achieve millimeter spatial resolution sodium in vivo MRI of the human eye at 7 T using a dedicated six-channel transceiver array. We present a detailed description of the radiofrequency coil design, along with electromagnetic field and specific absorption ratio simulations, data validation, and in vivo application. METHODS: Electromagnetic field and specific absorption ratio simulations were performed. Transmit field uniformity was optimized by using a multi-objective genetic algorithm...
January 12, 2018: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327028/transition-metals-and-trace-elements-in-the-retinal-pigment-epithelium-and-choroid-correlative-ultrastructural-and-chemical-analysis-by-analytical-electron-microscopy-and-nano-secondary-ion-mass-spectrometry
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Antje Biesemeier, Oliver Eibl, Santhana Eswara, Jean-Nicolas Audinot, Tom Wirtz, Ulrich Schraermeyer
Understanding the localisation and abundance of structural elements, trace elements and especially transition metals like Cu and Zn in ocular tissue sections is important for physiology, and also for the characterisation of diseases related to oxidative stress like age-related macular degeneration. Transition metal abundances were investigated in an aged donor eye by nano-secondary ion mass spectrometry (nano-SIMS) elemental mapping using Cs+ and O- primary ions, respectively, and correlated to their respective mole fractions investigated by analytical electron microscopy (AEM)...
January 12, 2018: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326993/turning-double-hydrophilic-into-amphiphilic-ir825-conjugated-polymeric-nanomicelles-for-near-infrared-fluorescence-imaging-guided-photothermal-cancer-therapy
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Guang-Yu Pan, Hao-Ran Jia, Ya-Xuan Zhu, Fu-Gen Wu
Developing biocompatible and photodegradable photothermal agents (PTAs) holds great promise for potential clinical applications in photothermal cancer therapy. Herein, a new PTA was innovatively constructed by conjugating the hydrophobic near-infrared (NIR) heptamethine cyanine molecule IR825-NH2 with a double hydrophilic block copolymer methoxypoly(ethylene glycol)5k-block-poly(l-aspartic acid sodium salt)10 (abbreviated as PEG-PLD) via amine-carboxyl reaction. The as-designed PEG-PLD(IR825) was amphiphilic and could self-assemble into polymeric nanomicelles in aqueous solutions...
January 12, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326984/using-parahydrogen-to-hyperpolarize-amines-amides-carboxylic-acids-alcohols-phosphates-and-carbonates
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Wissam Iali, Peter J Rayner, Simon B Duckett
Hyperpolarization turns weak nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) responses into strong signals, so normally impractical measurements are possible. We use parahydrogen to rapidly hyperpolarize appropriate 1H, 13C, 15N, and 31P responses of analytes (such as NH3) and important amines (such as phenylethylamine), amides (such as acetamide, urea, and methacrylamide), alcohols spanning methanol through octanol and glucose, the sodium salts of carboxylic acids (such as acetic acid and pyruvic acid), sodium phosphate, disodium adenosine 5'-triphosphate, and sodium hydrogen carbonate...
January 2018: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326360/immunopet-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease-imaging-cd4-t-cells-in-a-murine-model-of-colitis
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Amanda Christine Freise, Kirstin A Zettlitz, Felix Bergara Salazar, Richard Tavaré, Wen-Ting K Tsai, Arion Hadjioannou, Nora Rozengurt, Jonathan Braun, Anna M Wu
Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) in humans are characterized in part by aberrant CD4+ T cell responses. Currently, identification of foci of inflammation within the gut requires invasive procedures such as colonoscopy and biopsy. Molecular imaging with antibody fragment probes could be used to noninvasively monitor cell subsets causing intestinal inflammation. Here, GK1.5 cys-diabody (cDb), an anti-mouse CD4 antibody fragment derived from the GK1.5 hybridoma, was used as a positron emission tomography (PET) probe for CD4+ T cells in the dextran sulfate sodium (DSS) mouse model of IBD...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324859/magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy-detects-differential-lipid-composition-in-mammary-glands-on-low-fat-high-animal-fat-versus-high-fructose-diets
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Dianning He, Devkumar Mustafi, Xiaobing Fan, Sully Fernandez, Erica Markiewicz, Marta Zamora, Jeffrey Mueller, Joseph R Sachleben, Matthew J Brady, Suzanne D Conzen, Gregory S Karczmar
The effects of consumption of different diets on the fatty acid composition in the mammary glands of SV40 T-antigen (Tag) transgenic mice, a well-established model of human triple-negative breast cancer, were investigated with magnetic resonance spectroscopy and spectroscopic imaging. Female C3(1) SV40 Tag transgenic mice (n = 12) were divided into three groups at 4 weeks of age: low fat diet (LFD), high animal fat diet (HAFD), and high fructose diet (HFruD). MRI scans of mammary glands were acquired with a 9...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321483/extracellular-total-electrolyte-concentration-imaging-for-electrical-brain-stimulation-ebs
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Saurav Z K Sajib, Mun Bae Lee, Hyung Joong Kim, Eung Je Woo, Oh In Kwon
Techniques for electrical brain stimulation (EBS), in which weak electrical stimulation is applied to the brain, have been extensively studied in various therapeutic brain functional applications. The extracellular fluid in the brain is a complex electrolyte that is composed of different types of ions, such as sodium (Na+), potassium (K+), and calcium (Ca+). Abnormal levels of electrolytes can cause a variety of pathological disorders. In this paper, we present a novel technique to visualize the total electrolyte concentration in the extracellular compartment of biological tissues...
January 10, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321214/18f-flurodeoxyglucose-and-18f-sodium-fluoride-positron-emission-tomography-computed-tomography-imaging-of-arterial-and-cutaneous-alterations-in-pseudoxanthoma-elasticum
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Pierre-Jean Mention, Franck Lacoeuille, Georges Leftheriotis, Ludovic Martin, Loukman Omarjee
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2018: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316506/expansion-microscopy-development-and-neuroscience-applications
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Emmanouil D Karagiannis, Edward S Boyden
Many neuroscience questions center around understanding how the molecules and wiring in neural circuits mechanistically yield behavioral functions, or go awry in disease states. However, mapping the molecules and wiring of neurons across the large scales of neural circuits has posed a great challenge. We recently developed expansion microscopy (ExM), a process in which we physically magnify biological specimens such as brain circuits. We synthesize throughout preserved brain specimens a dense, even mesh of a swellable polymer such as sodium polyacrylate, anchoring key biomolecules such as proteins and nucleic acids to the polymer...
January 6, 2018: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
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