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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656584/improving-lymph-node-characterization-in-staging-malignant-lymphoma-using-first-order-adc-texture-analysis-from-whole-body-diffusion-weighted-mri
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Katja N De Paepe, Frederik De Keyzer, Pascal Wolter, Oliver Bechter, Daan Dierickx, Ann Janssens, Gregor Verhoef, Raymond Oyen, Vincent Vandecaveye
BACKGROUND: Correct staging and treatment initiation in malignant lymphoma depends on accurate lymph node characterization. However, nodal assessment based on conventional and diffusion-weighted (DWI) MRI remains challenging, particularly in smaller nodes. PURPOSE: To evaluate first-order apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) texture parameters compared to mean ADC for lymph node characterization in non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) using whole-body DWI (WB-DWI). STUDY TYPE: Retrospective...
April 14, 2018: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656567/major-venom-proteins-of-the-fire-ant-solenopsis-invicta-insights-into-possible-pheromone-binding-function-from-mass-spectrometric-analysis
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T Das, I Alabi, M Colley, F Yan, W Griffith, S Bach, S T Weintraub, R Renthal
Proteins in the venom of the fire ant Solenopsis invicta have been suggested to function in pheromone binding. Venom from queens and workers contains different isoforms of these proteins, consistent with the differing pheromones they secrete, but questions remain about the venom protein composition and glandular source. We found that the queen venom contains a previously uncharacterized pheromone-binding protein paralogue known as Sol i 2X1. Using imaging mass spectrometry, we located the main venom proteins in the poison sac, implying that pheromones might have to compete with venom alkaloids for binding...
April 15, 2018: Insect Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656510/robust-motion-correction-in-cest-imaging-exploiting-low-rank-approximation-of-the-z-spectrum
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Tobias Wech, Herbert Köstler
PURPOSE: To introduce and evaluate an image registration technique for robust quantification of CEST acquisitions corrupted by motion. METHODS: The proposed iterative algorithm exploits a low-rank approximation of the z-spectrum (LRAZ), to gradually separate the contrast variation due to saturation at different off-resonance frequencies and accompanying motion. This registration method was first tested in a creatine CEST analysis of a phantom with simulated rigid motion...
April 15, 2018: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656388/preliminary-results-of-acoustic-radiation-force-impulse-imaging-by-combined-qualitative-and-quantitative-analyses-for-evaluation-of-breast-lesions
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Lin Wang, Cai-Feng Wan, Jing Du, Feng-Hua Li
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the application of a new elastographic technique, acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) imaging, and its diagnostic performance for characterizing breast lesions. METHODS: One hundred consecutive female patients with 126 breast lesions were enrolled in our study. After routine breast ultrasound examinations, the patients underwent ARFI elasticity imaging. Virtual Touch tissue imaging (VTI) and Virtual Touch tissue quantification (Siemens Medical Solutions, Mountain View, CA) were used to qualitatively and quantitatively analyze the elasticity and hardness of tumors...
April 15, 2018: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656284/findings-of-optical-coherence-tomography-angiography-in-best-vitelliform-macular-dystrophy
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Xiao Na Wang, Qi Sheng You, Qian Li, Yang Li, Yu Mao, Feng Hu, Hui Ying Zhao, Frank F Tsai, Xiao Yan Peng
PURPOSE: To evaluate the vascular anatomy of eyes with Best vitelliform macular dystrophy (BVMD) using optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA). METHODS: This retrospective case-control study enrolled 11 consecutive BVMD patients and 13 age-matched healthy participants. Both eyes of each participant were imaged using a macular OCTA scan (3 × 3 mm) by 70-kHz 840-nm spectral-domain OCT. The flow signal was calculated using the split-spectrum amplitude-decorrelation angiography (SSADA) algorithm...
April 13, 2018: Ophthalmic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656266/cortical-and-subcortical-changes-in-patients-with-premenstrual-syndrome
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Peng Liu, Ying Wei, Yingying Fan, Hai Liao, Geliang Wang, Ru Li, Gaoxiong Duan, Demao Deng, Wei Qin
BACKGROUND: Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is characterized by a series of emotional, physical and behavioral symptoms. Although PMS is related to dysfunctions of the central nervous system, the neuropathological mechanism of PMS still has not been clearly established. The aim of this study is to evaluate potential differences in both cortical thickness and subcortical volumes in PMS patients compared to healthy controls (HCs). METHODS: Twenty PMS patients and twenty HCs underwent a structural magnetic resonance imaging scan and clinical assessment...
April 7, 2018: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656219/an-improved-green-synthesis-method-and-escherichia-coli-antibacterial-activity-of-silver-nanoparticles
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Pham Van Viet, Truong Tan Sang, Nguyen Ho Ngoc Bich, Cao Minh Thi
Silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) were synthesized by an improved green synthesis method via a photo-reduction process using low-power UV light in the presence of poly (vinyl pyrrolidone) (PVP) as the surface stabilizer. The effective synthesis process was achieved by optimized synthesis parameters such as C2 H5 OH: H2 O ratio, AgNO3 : PVP ratio, pH value, and reducing time. The formation of Ag NPs was identified by Ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) absorption spectra, X-ray diffraction pattern (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) spectra...
April 7, 2018: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656136/streptococcous-gallolyticus-subsp-pasteurianus-meningitis-complicated-by-venous-sinus-thrombosis-a-case-report
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Martin Wardle, Andre Mu, Steven Y C Tong
We describe a case of Streptococcus gallolyticus subsp pasteurianus meningitis, unusually occurring in a splenectomised patient and complicated by cerebral venous thrombosis. Following presentation with meningism and diagnosis and management of S. gallolyticus meningitis, the patient represented with a further four days of fevers and subsequently developed left sided paresthesias. Cerebral imaging revealed venous thrombus in the right frontal cortical veins and left sigmoid sinus. The patient recovered following four weeks of intravenous ceftriaxone and anticoagulation with enoxaparin and then warfarin...
April 12, 2018: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656107/statistical-testing-and-power-analysis-for-brain-wide-association-study
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Weikang Gong, Lin Wan, Wenlian Lu, Liang Ma, Fan Cheng, Wei Cheng, Stefan Grünewald, Jianfeng Feng
The identification of connexel-wise associations, which involves examining functional connectivities between pairwise voxels across the whole brain, is both statistically and computationally challenging. Although such a connexel-wise methodology has recently been adopted by brain-wide association studies (BWAS) to identify connectivity changes in several mental disorders, such as schizophrenia, autism and depression, the multiple correction and power analysis methods designed specifically for connexel-wise analysis are still lacking...
April 5, 2018: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29655996/a-genomic-clinicopathologic-nomogram-for-the-preoperative-prediction-of-lymph-node-metastasis-in-bladder-cancer
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Shao-Xu Wu, Jian Huang, Zhuo-Wei Liu, Hai-Ge Chen, Pi Guo, Qing-Qing Cai, Jun-Jiong Zheng, Hai-De Qin, Zao-Song Zheng, Xin Chen, Rui-Yun Zhang, Si-Liang Chen, Tian-Xin Lin
Preoperative lymph node (LN) status is important for the treatment of bladder cancer (BCa). Here, we report a genomic-clinicopathologic nomogram for preoperatively predicting LN metastasis in BCa. In the discovery stage, 325 BCa patients from TCGA were involved and LN-status-related mRNAs were selected. In the training stage, multivariate logistic regression analysis was used to developed a genomic-clinicopathologic nomogram for preoperative LN metastasis prediction in the training set (SYSMH set, n=178). In the validation stage, we validated the nomogram using two independent sample sets (SYSUCC set, n=142; RJH set, n=104) with respect to its discrimination, calibration and clinical usefulness...
March 31, 2018: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29655989/in-vivo-migration-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-to-burn-injury-sites-and-their-therapeutic-effects-in-a-living-mouse-model
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Eun Jung Oh, Ho Won Lee, Senthilkumar Kalimuthu, Tae Jung Kim, Hyun Mi Kim, Se Hwan Baek, Liya Zhu, Ji Min Oh, Seung Hyun Son, Ho Yun Chung, Byeong-Cheol Ahn
Mesenchymal stem cell (MSC)-based therapy has emerged as a promising therapeutic strategy for tissue regeneration and repair. In this study, we non-invasively monitored the tracking of MSCs toward burn injury sites using MSCs expressing firefly luciferase (Fluc) gene in living mice, and evaluated the effects of the MSCs at the injury site. Murine MSCs co-expressing Fluc and green fluorescent protein (GFP) were established using a retroviral system (referred to as MSC/Fluc). To evaluate the ability of MSC migration toward burn injury sites, cutaneous burn injury was induced in the dorsal skin of mice...
April 12, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29655939/improving-the-signal-detection-accuracy-of-functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Niels Janssen, Juan A Hernández-Cabrera, Laura Ezama Foronda
A major drawback of functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) concerns the lack of detection accuracy of the measured signal. Although this limitation stems in part from the neuro-vascular nature of the fMRI signal, it also reflects particular methodological decisions in the fMRI data analysis pathway. Here we show that the signal detection accuracy of fMRI is affected by the specific way in which whole-brain volumes are created from individually acquired brain slices, and by the method of statistically extracting signals from the sampled data...
April 12, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29655937/the-left-inferior-frontal-gyrus-a-neural-crossroads-between-abstract-and-concrete-knowledge
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Pasquale Anthony Della Rosa, Eleonora Catricalà, Matteo Canini, Gabriella Vigliocco, Stefano F Cappa
Evidence from both neuropsychology and neuroimaging suggests that different types of information are necessary for representing and processing concrete and abstract word meanings. Both abstract and concrete concepts, however, conjointly rely on perceptual, verbal and contextual knowledge, with abstract concepts characterized by low values of imageability (IMG) (low sensory-motor grounding) and low context availability (CA) (more difficult to contextualize). Imaging studies supporting differences between abstract and concrete concepts show a greater recruitment of the left inferior frontal gyrus (LIFG) for abstract concepts, which has been attributed either to the representation of abstract-specific semantic knowledge or to the request for more executive control than in the case of concrete concepts...
April 12, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29655936/dynamic-causal-modelling-on-infant-fnirs-data-a-validation-study-on-a-simultaneously-recorded-fnirs-fmri-dataset
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Chiara Bulgarelli, Anna Blasi, Simon Arridge, Samuel Powell, Carina de Klerk, Victoria Southgate, Sabrina Brigadoi, William Penny, Sungho Tak, Antonia Hamilton
Tracking the connectivity of the developing brain from infancy through childhood is an area of increasing research interest, and fNIRS provides an ideal method for studying the infant brain as it is compact, safe and robust to motion. However, data analysis methods for fNIRS are still underdeveloped compared to those available for fMRI. Dynamic causal modelling (DCM) is an advanced connectivity technique developed for fMRI data, that aims to estimate the coupling between brain regions and how this might be modulated by changes in experimental conditions...
April 12, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29655915/real-time-monitoring-of-ph-dependent-intracellular-trafficking-of-ovarian-cancer-g-protein-coupled-receptor-1-in-living-leukocytes
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Modong Tan, Satoshi Yamaguchi, Motonao Nakamura, Teruyuki Nagamune
G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) are involved in many diseases and important biological phenomena; elucidating the mechanisms underlying regulation of their signal transduction potentially provides both novel targets for drug discovery and insight into living systems. A proton-sensing GPCR, ovarian cancer G protein-coupled receptor 1 (OGR1), has been reported to be related to acidosis and diseases that cause tissue acidification, but the mechanism of proton-induced activation of OGR1-mediated signal transduction in acidic conditions remains unclear...
April 11, 2018: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29655707/temporomandibular-condylar-morphology-in-diverse-maxillary-mandibular-skeletal-patterns-a-3-dimensional-cone-beam-computed-tomography-study
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Qiaoling Ma, Panthi Bimal, Li Mei, Simon Olliver, Mauro Farella, Huang Li
BACKGROUND: The authors evaluated the morphology and symmetry of the temporomandibular joint in participants with normodivergent and hyperdivergent skeletal class I, II, and III patterns. METHODS: A total of 80 participants were divided into 4 groups on the basis of their sagittal and vertical skeletal patterns. Cone-beam computed tomographic images were used to evaluate the condyle-fossa relationship and the morphology and symmetry of the mandibular condyle. One-way analysis of variance and Tukey post hoc tests were used to compare the mean values among the different groups...
April 11, 2018: Journal of the American Dental Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29655643/automated-segmentation-of-lesions-including-subretinal-hyperreflective-material-in-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Hyungwoo Lee, Kyung Eun Kang, Hyewon Chung, Hyung Chan Kim
PURPOSE: To evaluate an automated segmentation algorithm with a convolutional neural network (CNN) to quantify and detect intraretinal fluid (IRF), subretinal fluid (SRF), pigment epithelial detachment (PED), and subretinal hyperreflective material (SHRM) through analyses of spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) images from patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD). DESIGN: Reliability and validity analysis of a diagnostic tool...
April 12, 2018: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29655572/3d-modelling-and-printing-technology-to-produce-patient-specific-3d-models
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Nicolette S Birbara, James M Otton, Nalini Pather
BACKGROUND: A comprehensive knowledge of mitral valve (MV) anatomy is crucial in the assessment of MV disease. While the use of three-dimensional (3D) modelling and printing in MV assessment has undergone early clinical evaluation, the precision and usefulness of this technology requires further investigation. This study aimed to assess and validate 3D modelling and printing technology to produce patient-specific 3D MV models. METHODS: A prototype method for MV 3D modelling and printing was developed from computed tomography (CT) scans of a plastinated human heart...
November 10, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29655510/histopathological-validation-of-optical-coherence-tomography-findings-of-the-coronary-arteries
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Kenichi Fujii, Rika Kawakami, Seiichi Hirota
Optical coherence tomography (OCT), a catheter-based imaging modality for the visualization of coronary arteries, is widely used during percutaneous coronary intervention to improve the understanding of the anatomy of coronary artery stenosis and to elucidate the mechanisms of atherosclerosis. In this review, we provide a short description of the histopathological validations of OCT for visualizing atherosclerotic plaques and vascular healing response after drug-eluting stent (DES) implantation. Because OCT measures the intensity of light returning from within a tissue, tissue having a higher heterogeneity of optical index of refraction, such as microcalcification deposition and foam cell accumulation on the luminal surface, may exhibit stronger optical scattering that appears as a thin-cap fibroatheroma image...
April 11, 2018: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29653354/a-self-tuned-graph-based-framework-for-localization-and-grading-prostate-cancer-lesions-an-initial-evaluation-based-on-multiparametric-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Weifu Chen, Mingquan Lin, Eli Gibson, Matthew Bastian-Jordan, Derek W Cool, Zahra Kassam, Huageng Liang, Guocan Feng, Aaron D Ward, Bernard Chiu
Multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging (mpMRI) has been established as the state-of-the-art examination for the detection and localization of prostate cancer lesions. Prostate Imaging-Reporting and Data System (PI-RADS) has been established as a scheme to standardize the reporting of mpMRI findings. Although lesion delineation and PI-RADS ratings could be performed manually, human delineation and ratings are subjective and time-consuming. In this article, we developed and validated a self-tuned graph-based model for PI-RADS rating prediction...
April 3, 2018: Computers in Biology and Medicine
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