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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545048/a-distribution-model-of-functional-connectome-based-on-criticality-and-energy-constraints
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Kosuke Takagi
The analysis of the network structure of the functional connectivity data constructed from fMRI images provides basic information about functions and features of the brain activity. We focus on the two features which are considered as relevant to the brain activity, the criticality and the constraint regarding energy consumptions. Within a wide variety of complex systems, the critical state occurs associated with a phase transition between distinct phases, random one and order one. Although the hypothesis that human brain activity is also in a state of criticality is supported by some experimental results, it still remains controversial...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544971/development-of-photostable-fluorophores-for-molecular-imaging
#2
REVIEW
Qinsi Zheng, Luke D Lavis
Advances in fluorescence microscopy promise to unlock details of biological systems with high spatiotemporal precision. These new techniques also place a heavy demand on the 'photon budget'-the number of photons one can extract from a sample. Improving the photostability of small molecule fluorophores using chemistry is a straightforward method for increasing the photon budget. Here, we review the (sometimes sparse) efforts to understand the mechanism of fluorophore photobleaching and recent advances to improve photostability through reducing the propensity for oxidation or through intramolecular triplet-state quenching...
May 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544970/quantitative-chemical-imaging-with-stimulated-raman-scattering-microscopy
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REVIEW
Dan Fu
Chemical imaging plays an increasingly important role in studying heterogeneous biological systems. It combines molecular spectroscopy with high-resolution spatial information to create quantitative images of molecular distributions. Here I summarize recent progress in technical developments and biological applications of a specific chemical imaging technique-stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) microscopy. SRS microscopy allows for a wide range of molecules - both endogenous and exogenous - to be imaged at high spatial and temporal resolution in living cells, tissues, and organisms...
May 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544697/a-naphthalene-derivative-as-turn-on-fluorescent-chemosensor-for-the-highly-selective-and-sensitive-detection-of-al-3
#4
Zhong-Xin Zhu, Dong-Dong Yu, Zhi-Guo Liu, Ye-Wei Huang, A-Yi Zhou, Zhi-Wei Chen, Jia Sun, Xu Wang, Li-Tai Jin, Wei-Tao Cong
A Schiff base compound derived from naphthalene has been synthesized and characterized as an Al(3+) -selective fluorescent probe. The chemosensor (L) exhibits high selectively for Al(3+) in aqueous solution, even in the presence of biologically relevant cations such as Na(+) , K(+) , Ca(2+) , Mg(2+) , Pb(2+) and several transition metal ions. There was no observed interference from anions like Br(-) , Cl(-) , HSO3(-) , SO3(2-) , S2 O3(2-) , NO2(-) , CO3(2-) and AC(-) . The lowest detection limit for the chemosensor L was found to be 1...
May 22, 2017: Luminescence: the Journal of Biological and Chemical Luminescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544675/cyclotides-overview-and-biotechnological-applications
#5
REVIEW
Andrew Gould, Julio A Camarero
Cyclotides are globular microproteins with a unique head-to-tail cyclized backbone, stabilized by three disulfide bonds forming a cystine knot. This unique circular backbone topology and knotted arrangement of three disulfide bonds makes them exceptionally stable to chemical, thermal, and biological degradation compared to other peptides of similar size. In addition, cyclotides have been shown to be highly tolerant to sequence variability, aside from the conserved residues forming the cystine knot. Cyclotides can also cross cellular membranes and are able to modulate intracellular protein-protein interactions, both in vitro and in vivo...
May 24, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544497/cell-tracking-using-gold-nanoparticles-and-computed-tomography-imaging
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REVIEW
Rinat Meir, Rachela Popovtzer
Cell-based therapies utilize transplantation of living cells with therapeutic traits to alleviate numerous diseases and disorders. The use of such biological agents is an attractive alternative for diseases that existing medicine cannot effectively treat. Although very promising, translating cell therapy to the clinic has proven to be challenging, due to inconsistent results in preclinical and clinical studies. To examine the underlying cause for these inconsistencies, it is crucial to noninvasively monitor the accuracy of cell injection, and cell survival and migration patterns...
May 24, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543403/decellularized-human-liver-is-too-heterogeneous-for-designing-a-generic-extracellular-matrix-mimic-hepatic-scaffold
#7
Giorgio Mattei, Chiara Magliaro, Andrea Pirone, Arti Ahluwalia
Decellularized human livers are considered the perfect extracellular matrix (ECM) surrogate because both three-dimensional architecture and biological features of the hepatic microenvironment are thought to be preserved. However, donor human livers are in chronically short supply, both for transplantation or as decellularized scaffolds, and will become even scarcer as life expectancy increases. It is hence of interest to determine the structural and biochemical properties of human hepatic ECM to derive design criteria for engineering biomimetic scaffolds...
May 23, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542927/research-review-what-do-we-know-about-psychopathic-traits-in-children
#8
Randall T Salekin
BACKGROUND: Research on the topic of child psychopathy has advanced over the past decade increasing what we know. METHOD: This qualitative review examines the research base for child psychopathy and emphasizes its three dimensions: grandiose-manipulative, callous-unemotional, and daring-impulsive. Literature is reviewed addressing the cognitive, emotional, motivational, personality, parenting, and biological correlates. RESULTS: Support has emerged for the phenotypic construct of child psychopathy, while questions remain regarding definitional issues and key external correlates (e...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542501/a-rho-associated-coiled-coil-containing-kinases-rock-inhibitor-y-27632-enhances-adhesion-viability-and-differentiation-of-human-term-placenta-derived-trophoblasts-in-vitro
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Kenichiro Motomura, Naoko Okada, Hideaki Morita, Mariko Hara, Masato Tamari, Keisuke Orimo, Go Matsuda, Ken-Ichi Imadome, Akio Matsuda, Takeshi Nagamatsu, Mikiya Fujieda, Haruhiko Sago, Hirohisa Saito, Kenji Matsumoto
Although human term placenta-derived primary cytotrophoblasts (pCTBs) represent a good human syncytiotrophoblast (STB) model, in vitro culture of pCTBs is not always easily accomplished. Y-27632, a specific inhibitor of Rho-associated coiled-coil containing kinases (ROCK), reportedly prevented apoptosis and improved cell-to-substrate adhesion and culture stability of dissociated cultured human embryonic stem cells and human corneal endothelial cells. The Rho kinase pathway regulates various kinds of cell behavior, some of which are involved in pCTB adhesion and differentiation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541897/capacitive-micro-machined-ultrasound-transducers-for-interstitial-high-intensity-ultrasound-therapies
#10
W Apoutou N'Djin, Bjoern Gerold, Jeremy Vion, Michael Canney, An Nguyen-Dinh, Alexandre Carpentier, Jean-Yves Chapelon
Capacitive Micro-machined Ultrasound Transducers (CMUTs) exhibit several potential advantages over conventional piezo technologies for use in therapeutic ultrasound devices, including: ease of miniaturization and integration with electronics, broad bandwidth (>several MHz), and compatibility with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In this work, the electro-acoustic performance of CMUTs designed for interstitial high intensity contact ultrasound (HICU) applications was evaluated and the feasibility of generating ultrasound-induced heating and thermal destruction of biological tissues was studied...
May 24, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541023/correlation-between-biological-characteristics-of-thrombus-and-short-term-efficiency-of-thrombolytic-therapy-by-acoustic-radiation-force-impulse-imaging-technique
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Xiaolei Yi, Caifang Ni, Mingming Li, Qiong Wu, Yi Li
BACKGROUND: Evaluate the biological characteristics of lower extremity deep venous thrombosis by applying acoustic radiation force impulse imaging technique(ARFI), explore the correlation between the value of shear wave speed (SWV) and short-term efficacy of thrombolytic therapy as well as analyze the application value of shear wave velocity in predicting the short-term efficacy of thrombolytic therapy. METHODS: Examine acoustic radiation force impulse imaging for 120 patients with lower extremity deep venous thrombosis and measure the shear wave velocity values...
May 24, 2017: International Angiology: a Journal of the International Union of Angiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540805/the-in-vivo-performance-of-a-novel-thermal-accelerant-agent-used-for-augmentation-of-microwave-energy-delivery-within-biologic-tissues-during-image-guided-thermal-ablation-a-porcine-study
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William Keun Chan Park, Aaron Wilhelm Palmer Maxwell, Victoria Elizabeth Frank, Michael Patrick Primmer, Jarod Brian Paul, Scott Andrew Collins, Kara Anne Lombardo, Shaolei Lu, Tiffany Marie Borjeson, Grayson Luderman Baird, Damian Edward Dupuy
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effects of a novel caesium-based thermal accelerant (TA) agent on ablation zone volumes following in vivo microwave ablation of porcine liver and skeletal muscle, and to correlate the effects of TA with target organ perfusion. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This prospective study was performed following institutional animal care and use committee approval. Microwave ablation was performed in liver and resting skeletal muscle in eight Sus scrofa domesticus swine following administration of TA at concentrations of 0 mg/mL (control), 100 mg/mL and 250 mg/mL...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Hyperthermia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540524/changes-in-tumor-biology-during-chemoradiation-of-cervix-cancer-assessed-by-multiparametric-mri-and-hypoxia-pet
#13
Petra Georg, Piotr Andrzejewski, Pascal Baltzer, Michaela Daniel, Wolfgang Wadsak, Markus Mitterhauser, Alina Sturdza, Katarina Majercakova, Georgios Karanikas, Richard Pötter, Marcus Hacker, Thomas Helbich, Dietmar Georg, Katja Pinker
PURPOSE: Imaging biomarkers assessed with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and/or positron emission tomography (PET) enable non-invasive tumor characterization in cervix cancer patients. We investigated the spatio-temporal stability of hypoxia, perfusion, and the cell density of tumors over time by repetitive imaging prior to, during, and after radio-chemotherapy. PROCEDURES: Thirteen patients were included in this prospective study. The imaging protocol included the following: [(18)F]fluoromisonidazole ([(18)F]FMISO)-PET/x-ray computed tomography (CT) and multiparametric (mp)-MRI at four time-points (TP): baseline (BL); and weeks 2 (TP1), 5 (TP2), and 19 after treatment start (follow-up FU)...
May 24, 2017: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540417/monitoring-early-response-to-chemoradiotherapy-with-18-f-fmiso-dynamic-pet-in-head-and-neck-cancer
#14
Milan Grkovski, Nancy Y Lee, Heiko Schöder, Sean D Carlin, Bradley J Beattie, Nadeem Riaz, Jonathan E Leeman, Joseph A O'Donoghue, John L Humm
PURPOSE: There is growing recognition that biologic features of the tumor microenvironment affect the response to cancer therapies and the outcome of cancer patients. In head and neck cancer (HNC) one such feature is hypoxia. We investigated the utility of (18)F-fluoromisonidazole (FMISO) dynamic positron emission tomography (dPET) for monitoring the early microenvironmental response to chemoradiotherapy in HNC. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Seventy-two HNC patients underwent FMISO dPET scans in a customized immobilization mask (0-30 min dynamic acquisition, followed by 10 min static acquisitions starting at ∼95 min and ∼160 min post-injection) at baseline and early into treatment where patients have already received one cycle of chemotherapy and anywhere from five to ten fractions of 2 Gy per fraction radiation therapy...
May 24, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539126/knowledge-driven-binning-approach-for-rare-variant-association-analysis-application-to-neuroimaging-biomarkers-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#15
Dokyoon Kim, Anna O Basile, Lisa Bang, Emrin Horgusluoglu, Seunggeun Lee, Marylyn D Ritchie, Andrew J Saykin, Kwangsik Nho
BACKGROUND: Rapid advancement of next generation sequencing technologies such as whole genome sequencing (WGS) has facilitated the search for genetic factors that influence disease risk in the field of human genetics. To identify rare variants associated with human diseases or traits, an efficient genome-wide binning approach is needed. In this study we developed a novel biological knowledge-based binning approach for rare-variant association analysis and then applied the approach to structural neuroimaging endophenotypes related to late-onset Alzheimer's disease (LOAD)...
May 18, 2017: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539064/recent-advances-in-applying-mass-spectrometry-and-systems-biology-to-determine-brain-dynamics
#16
Enzo Scifo, Giulio Calza, Martin Fuhrmann, Rabah Soliymani, Marc Baumann, Maciej Lalowski
Neurological disorders encompass various pathologies which disrupt normal brain physiology and function. Poor understanding of their underlying molecular mechanisms and their societal burden argues for the necessity of novel prevention strategies, early diagnostic techniques and alternative treatment options to reduce the scale of their expected increase. Areas Covered: This review scrutinizes mass spectrometry based approaches used to investigate brain dynamics in various conditions, including neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders...
May 24, 2017: Expert Review of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538661/mass-spectrometry-based-profiling-and-imaging-of-various-ginsenosides-from-panax-ginseng-roots-at-different-ages
#17
Jae Won Lee, Seung-Heon Ji, Young-Seob Lee, Doo Jin Choi, Bo-Ram Choi, Geum-Soog Kim, Nam-In Baek, Dae Young Lee
(1) Background: Panax ginseng root is one of the most important herbal products, and the profiling of ginsenosides is critical for the quality control of ginseng roots at different ages in the herbal markets. Furthermore, interest in assessing the contents as well as the localization of biological compounds has been growing. The objective of this study is to carry out the mass spectrometry (MS)-based profiling and imaging of ginsenosides to assess ginseng roots at different ages; (2) Methods: Optimal ultra performance liquid chromatography coupled to quadrupole time of flight/MS (UPLC-QTOF/MS) was used to profile various ginsenosides from P...
May 24, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538156/a-simple-marker-assisted-3d-nanometer-drift-correction-method-for-superresolution-microscopy
#18
Hongqiang Ma, Jianquan Xu, Jingyi Jin, Yi Huang, Yang Liu
High-precision fluorescence microscopy such as superresolution imaging or single-particle tracking often requires an online drift correction method to maintain the stability of the three-dimensional (3D) position of the sample at a nanometer precision throughout the entire data acquisition process. Current online drift correction methods require modification of the existing two-dimensional (2D) fluorescence microscope with additional optics and detectors, which can be cumbersome and limit its use in many biological laboratories...
May 23, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537024/absolute-configuration-of-2-2-3-3-6-pentachlorinatedbiphenyl-pcb-84-atropisomers
#19
Xueshu Li, Sean R Parkin, Hans-Joachim Lehmler
Nineteen polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) congeners, such as 2,2',3,3',6-pentachlorobiphenyl (PCB 84), display axial chirality because they form stable rotational isomers, or atropisomers, that are non-superimposable mirror images of each other. Although chiral PCBs undergo atropselective biotransformation and atropselectively alter biological processes, the absolute structure of only a few PCB atropisomers has been determined experimentally. To help close this knowledge gap, pure PCB 84 atropisomers were obtained by semi-preparative liquid chromatography with two serially connected Nucleodex β-PM columns...
May 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536968/clinical-and-imaging-based-prognostic-factors-in-radioembolisation-of-liver-metastases-from-colorectal-cancer-a-retrospective-exploratory-analysis
#20
Kathy P Willowson, Aimee R Hayes, David L H Chan, Michael Tapner, Elizabeth J Bernard, Richard Maher, Nick Pavlakis, Stephen J Clarke, Dale L Bailey
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between absorbed dose and response of colorectal cancer liver metastases treated with [(90)Y]-resin microspheres and to explore possible clinical and imaging derived prognostic factors. METHODS: FDG PET/CT was used to measure response of individual lesions to a measured absorbed dose, derived from post-treatment (90)Y PET imaging. Predicted dose was also derived from planning [(99m)Tc]-MAA SPECT data...
December 2017: EJNMMI Research
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