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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646241/never-forget-a-name-white-matter-connectivity-predicts-person-memory
#1
Athanasia Metoki, Kylie H Alm, Yin Wang, Chi T Ngo, Ingrid R Olson
Through learning and practice, we can acquire numerous skills, ranging from the simple (whistling) to the complex (memorizing operettas in a foreign language). It has been proposed that complex learning requires a network of brain regions that interact with one another via white matter pathways. One candidate white matter pathway, the uncinate fasciculus (UF), has exhibited mixed results for this hypothesis: some studies have shown UF involvement across a range of memory tasks, while other studies report null results...
June 23, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644998/olfactory-identification-deficit-predicts-white-matter-tract-impairment-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#2
Matthew R Woodward, Michael G Dwyer, Niels Bergsland, Jesper Hagemeier, Robert Zivadinov, Ralph Hb Benedict, Kinga Szigeti
Olfactory identification deficit (OID) has been associated with both aging and Alzheimer's disease (AD). In the context of an amnestic disorders, OID predicts conversion to AD. Neuroanatomical correlates could increase specificity and sensitivity and elucidate the mechanistic differences between OID in AD and aging. Cross-sectional analysis of white matter microstructural changes was performed using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and tract-based-spatial-statistics in amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI), AD and normal controls (NC) in 66 subjects (26 AD, 15 aMCI, 25 NC)...
June 9, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644964/determination-of-absolute-material-nonlinearity-with-air-coupled-ultrasonic-receivers
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David Torello, Nicholas Selby, Jin-Yeon Kim, Jianmin Qu, Laurence J Jacobs
Quantitative evaluation of the microstructural state of a specimen can be deduced from knowledge of the sample's absolute acoustic nonlinearity parameter, β, making the measurement of β a powerful tool in the NDE toolbox. However, the various methods used in the past to measure β each suffer from significant limitations. Piezoelectric contact transducers are sensitive to nonlinear signals, cheap, and simple to use, but they are hindered by the variability of the interfacial contact between transducer and specimen surface...
June 3, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644382/metal-ion-loaded-nanofibre-matrices-for-calcification-inhibition-in-polyurethane-implants
#4
Charanpreet Singh, Xungai Wang
Pathologic calcification leads to structural deterioration of implant materials via stiffening, stress cracking, and other structural disintegration mechanisms, and the effect can be critical for implants intended for long-term or permanent implantation. This study demonstrates the potential of using specific metal ions (MI)s for inhibiting pathological calcification in polyurethane (PU) implants. The hypothesis of using MIs as anti-calcification agents was based on the natural calcium-antagonist role of Mg(2+) ions in human body, and the anti-calcification effect of Fe(3+) ions in bio-prosthetic heart valves has previously been confirmed...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Functional Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643715/microstructure-changes-of-occipital-white-matter-are-responsible-for-visual-problems-in-the-3-4-year-old-very-low-birth-weight-children
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Anna Lesniak, Izabela Herman-Sucharska, Małgorzata Klimek, Paulina Karcz, Anna Kubatko-Zielińska, Magdalena Nitecka, Grażyna Dutkowska, Bożena Romanowska-Dixon, Przemko Kwinta
PURPOSE: The main aim of the study was to evaluate which factors affect the long-time visual function in preterm children, whether it is prematurity or retinopathy of prematurity or perhaps disturbances in the visual pathway. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty-eight children with mean birth weight 1016 g (range 520-1500 g) were evaluated at mean age 48 months (range 42-54 months). All children underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies, visual evoked potentials (VEPs), and the Developmental Test of Visual Perception (DTVP)...
June 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643537/a-diffusion-weighted-imaging-study-of-basal-ganglia-in-schizophrenia
#6
Giuseppe Delvecchio, Alessandro Pigoni, Cinzia Perlini, Marco Barillari, Amelia Versace, Mirella Ruggeri, A Carlo Altamura, Marcella Bellani, Paolo Brambilla
OBJECTIVES: Several magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies provided evidence of selective brain abnormalities in schizophrenia, both in cortical and subcortical structures. Basal ganglia are of particular interest, given not only the high concentration of dopaminergic neurons and receptors, but also for their crucial role in cognitive functions, commonly impaired in schizophrenia. To date, very few studies explored basal ganglia using diffusion imaging, which is sensitive to microstructural organization in brain tissues...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643387/non-gaussian-diffusion-imaging-with-a-fractional-order-calculus-model-to-predict-response-of-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumor-to-second-line-sunitinib-therapy
#7
Lei Tang, Yi Sui, Zheng Zhong, Frederick C Damen, Jian Li, Lin Shen, Yingshi Sun, Xiaohong Joe Zhou
PURPOSE: To demonstrate the clinical value of a non-Gaussian diffusion model using fractional order calculus (FROC) for early prediction of the response of gastrointestinal stromal tumor to second-line sunitinib targeted therapy. METHODS: Fifteen patients underwent sunitinib treatment after imatinib resistance. Diffusion-weighted imaging with multiple b-values was performed before treatment (baseline) and 2 weeks (for early prediction of response) after initiating sunitinib treatment...
June 22, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643354/diffusion-mri-microstructure-models-with-in-vivo-human-brain-connectome-data-results-from-a-multi-group-comparison
#8
Uran Ferizi, Benoit Scherrer, Torben Schneider, Mohammad Alipoor, Odin Eufracio, Rutger H J Fick, Rachid Deriche, Markus Nilsson, Ana K Loya-Olivas, Mariano Rivera, Dirk H J Poot, Alonso Ramirez-Manzanares, Jose L Marroquin, Ariel Rokem, Christian Pötter, Robert F Dougherty, Ken Sakaie, Claudia Wheeler-Kingshott, Simon K Warfield, Thomas Witzel, Lawrence L Wald, José G Raya, Daniel C Alexander
A large number of mathematical models have been proposed to describe the measured signal in diffusion-weighted (DW) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). However, model comparison to date focuses only on specific subclasses, e.g. compartment models or signal models, and little or no information is available in the literature on how performance varies among the different types of models. To address this deficiency, we organized the 'White Matter Modeling Challenge' during the International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI) 2015 conference...
June 23, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642955/generation-of-highly-luminescent-micro-rings-by-optical-irradiation
#9
Jiwoong Kwon, Doyk Hwang, Jong Woo Lee, Inhae Zoh, Jooyoun Kang, Seong Keun Kim
We report a serendipitous discovery of light-induced generation of a circular microstructure on a glass surface. The microstructure has a ring shape with notable photophysical properties such as highly bright luminescence and strong resistance to photobleaching. We investigated the formation process as well as the luminescence properties of the micro ring to understand the origin of this peculiar phenomenon.
June 23, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640476/histogram-analyses-of-diffusion-kurtosis-indices-and-apparent-diffusion-coefficient-in-assessing-liver-regeneration-after-alpps-and-a-comparative-study-with-portal-vein-ligation
#10
Ruo-Fan Sheng, He-Qing Wang, Kai-Pu Jin, Li Yang, Hao Liu, Yuan Ji, Cai-Xia Fu, Meng-Su Zeng
PURPOSE: To investigate the value of diffusion kurtosis imaging (DKI) histogram analysis in assessing liver regeneration and the microstructure basis after associating liver partition and portal vein ligation for staged hepatectomy (ALPPS), in comparison with portal vein ligation (PVL). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty rats were divided into the ALPPS, PVL, and control groups. Histograms of DKI using a 3T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner were performed for corrected apparent diffusion (D), kurtosis (K), and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC)...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639984/impact-of-implant-surface-micropatterns-on-epithelial-cell-behavior
#11
Yiping Tong, Zhengyu Yang, Ruoxi Du, Siqian Wang, Qiaozhen Zhou, Chongyun Bao, Jianfeng Ma
PURPOSE: This study investigated the effect of topography on cell behavior by screening polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) molds with different nanoscale micropatterns to determine the ideal surface characteristics for attachment of human epithelial cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A soft PDMS mold with regular dot arrays was fabricated based on an aluminum oxide template with ordered nanotube arrays and used as a substrate for cell culture. Cell proliferation, spread, and morphology, as well as features of the extracellular matrix and the actin cytoskeleton were assessed...
June 19, 2017: Implant Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639668/a-strategy-for-fabrication-of-controllable-3d-pattern-containing-clusters-and-nanoparticles-inside-a-solid-material
#12
Qiuqun Chen, Hui Song, Fangteng Zhang, Hang Zhang, Yongze Yu, Zhi Chen, Rongfei Wei, Ye Dai, Jianrong Qiu
Directly controlling the growth process of clusters and nanoparticles is an effective way to tune their specific properties, which has been considered as a significant issue lying at the heart of nanotechnology. For technological applications, great strides have been made in the assembly of clusters and nanoparticles. However, controllable synthesis of clusters and nanoparticles inside a bulk solid-state medium remains a tremendous challenge, which is important for integrated devices. Here we report a strategy for space-selective control of elemental tellurium (Te) precipitation as clusters or nanoparticles in glass by femtosecond (fs) laser irradiation...
June 22, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639318/epitaxial-lift-off-of-centimeter-scaled-spinel-ferrite-oxide-thin-films-for-flexible-electronics
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Lvkang Shen, Liang Wu, Quan Sheng, Chunrui Ma, Yong Zhang, Lu Lu, Ji Ma, Jing Ma, Jihong Bian, Yaodong Yang, Aiping Chen, Xiaoli Lu, Ming Liu, Hong Wang, Chun-Lin Jia
Mechanical flexibility of electronic devices has attracted much attention from research due to the great demand in practical applications and rich commercial value. Integration of functional oxide materials in flexible polymer materials has proven an effective way to achieve flexibility of functional electronic devices. However, the chemical and mechanical incompatibilities at the interfaces of dissimilar materials make it still a big challenge to synthesize high-quality single-crystalline oxide thin film directly on flexible polymer substrates...
June 22, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639046/is-multidetector-ct-based-bone-mineral-density-and-quantitative-bone-microstructure-assessment-at-the-spine-still-feasible-using-ultra-low-tube-current-and-sparse-sampling
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Kai Mei, Felix K Kopp, Rolf Bippus, Thomas Köhler, Benedikt J Schwaiger, Alexandra S Gersing, Andreas Fehringer, Andreas Sauter, Daniela Münzel, Franz Pfeiffer, Ernst J Rummeny, Jan S Kirschke, Peter B Noël, Thomas Baum
OBJECTIVE: Osteoporosis diagnosis using multidetector CT (MDCT) is limited to relatively high radiation exposure. We investigated the effect of simulated ultra-low-dose protocols on in-vivo bone mineral density (BMD) and quantitative trabecular bone assessment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Institutional review board approval was obtained. Twelve subjects with osteoporotic vertebral fractures and 12 age- and gender-matched controls undergoing routine thoracic and abdominal MDCT were included (average effective dose: 10 mSv)...
June 21, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638871/effect-of-yishenjianpi-recipe-on-semen-quality-and-sperm-mitochondria-in-mice-with-oligoasthenozoospermia-induced-by-tripterygium-glycosides
#15
Wen Sheng, Yao-Sheng Zhang, Yue-Qing Li, Xiao-Ni Wu, Li-Min Chai, Li-Feng Yue, Juan-Liu, Jin Ding, Xian-Rui Li, Meng Chen, Jian-Wei Shang
BACKGROUND: Kidney tonifying - spleen strengthening method being one of the modalities for treatment of astheno-oligozoospermia is currently commonly used in the clinical setting. To investigate the mechanism of YiShenJianPi (YSJP) Recipe, used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to benefit "the kidney" and strengthen "the spleen". MATERIALS AND METHODS: Oligoasthenozoospermia, male BALB/c mice were randomly divided into normal control, disease model, positive control, low-dosage and high-dosage groups...
2017: African Journal of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicines: AJTCAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638245/optical-coherence-tomography-technology-and-quality-improvement-methods-for-optical-coherence-tomography-images-of-skin-a-short-review
#16
REVIEW
Saba Adabi, Zahra Turani, Emad Fatemizadeh, Anne Clayton, Mohammadreza Nasiriavanaki
Optical coherence tomography (OCT) delivers 3-dimensional images of tissue microstructures. Although OCT imaging offers a promising high-resolution method, OCT images experience some artifacts that lead to misapprehension of tissue structures. Speckle, intensity decay, and blurring are 3 major artifacts in OCT images. Speckle is due to the low coherent light source used in the configuration of OCT. Intensity decay is a deterioration of light with respect to depth, and blurring is the consequence of deficiencies of optical components...
2017: Biomedical Engineering and Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638146/outstanding-compressive-creep-strength-in-cr-ir-codoped-mo0-85nb0-15-si2-crystals-with-the-unique-cross-lamellar-microstructure
#17
Koji Hagihara, Takaaki Ikenishi, Haruka Araki, Takayoshi Nakano
A (Mo0.85Nb0.15)Si2 crystal with an oriented, lamellar, C40/C11b two-phase microstructure is a promising ultrahigh-temperature (UHT) structural material, but its low room-temperature fracture toughness and low high-temperature strength prevent its practical application. As a possibility to overcome these problems, we first found a development of unique "cross-lamellar microstructure", by the cooping of Cr and Ir. The cross-lamellar microstructure consists of a rod-like C11b-phase grains that extend along a direction perpendicular to the lamellar interface in addition to the C40/C11b fine lamellae...
June 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638145/a-sacrificial-layer-strategy-for-photolithography-on-highly-hydrophobic-surface-and-its-application-for-electrowetting-devices
#18
Han Zhang, Qiuping Yan, Qingyu Xu, Changshi Xiao, Xuelei Liang
Patterning micro-structures on highly hydrophobic surface by photolithography is usually inevitable for fabricating devices based on electrowetting effects. The key challenges for such photolithography processes are how to coat photoresist uniformly and maintain the hydrophobicity of the highly hydrophobic surface, which are usually two contradict aspects. Moreover, the patterned microstructure must adhere to the highly hydrophobic surface excellently, which is critical for device application. However, a simple and robust fabrication process that fulfills all the above requirements was seldom reported...
June 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636347/the-structure-and-dynamics-of-alginate-gels-crosslinked-by-polyvalent-ions-probed-via-solid-state-nmr-spectroscopy
#19
Jiří Brus, Martina Urbanová, Jiri Czernek, Miroslava Pavelkova, Katerina Kubova, Jakub Vyslouzil, Sabina Abbrent, Rafal Konefal, Jiri Horsky, David Vetchy, Jan Vysloužil, Pavel Kulich
Alginate gels are an outstanding biomaterial widely applicable in tissue engineering, medicine, and pharmacy for cell transplantation, wound healing and efficient bioactive agent delivery, respectively. This contribution provides new and comprehensive insight into the atomic-resolution structure and dynamics of polyvalent ion-crosslinked alginate gels in microbead formulations. By applying various advanced solid-state NMR (ssNMR) spectroscopy techniques, we verified the homogenous distribution of the crosslinking ions in the alginate gels and the high degree of ion exchange...
June 21, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636267/strontium-releasing-fluorapatite-glass-ceramics-crystallization-behavior-microstructure-and-solubility
#20
Isabelle Denry, Ourania-Menti Goudouri, Jeffrey D Harless, E M Hubbard, Julie A Holloway
The purpose of this work was to investigate the effect of strontium partial replacement for calcium on the crystallization behavior, microstructure and solubility of fluorapatite glass-ceramics. Four glass compositions were prepared with increasing amounts of strontium partially replacing calcium. The crystallization behavior was analyzed by differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The microstructure was investigated by scanning electron microscopy. The chemical solubility was quantified according to ISO standard 10993-14...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
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