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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646780/sem-eds-and-optical-microscopy-analyses-of-microplastics-in-ocean-trawl-and-fish-guts
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Zhong-Min Wang, Jeff Wagner, Sutapa Ghosal, Gagandeep Bedi, Stephen Wall
Microplastic particles from Atlantic and Pacific Ocean trawls, lab-fed fish guts and ocean fish guts have been characterized using optical microscopy and SEM/EDS in terms of size, morphology, and chemistry. We assessed whether these measurements could serve as a rapid screening process for subsequent identification of the likely microplastic candidates by micro-spectroscopy. Optical microscopy enabled morphological classification of the types of particles or fibers present in the sample, as well as the quantification of particle size ranges and fiber lengths...
June 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646752/an-image-processing-methodology-for-extracting-bloodstain-pattern-features
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Ravishka M Arthur, Philomena J Humburg, Jerry Hoogenboom, Martin Baiker, Michael C Taylor, Karla G de Bruin
There is a growing trend in forensic science to develop methods to make forensic pattern comparison tasks more objective. This has generally involved the application of suitable image-processing methods to provide numerical data for identification or comparison. This paper outlines a unique image-processing methodology that can be utilised by analysts to generate reliable pattern data that will assist them in forming objective conclusions about a pattern. A range of features were defined and extracted from a laboratory-generated impact spatter pattern...
June 3, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646744/systematic-biobanking-novel-imaging-techniques-and-advanced-molecular-analysis-for-precise-tumor-diagnosis-and-therapy-the-polish-mobit-project
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Jacek Niklinski, Adam Kretowski, Marcin Moniuszko, Joanna Reszec, Anna Michalska-Falkowska, Magdalena Niemira, Michal Ciborowski, Radoslaw Charkiewicz, Dorota Jurgilewicz, Miroslaw Kozlowski, Rodryg Ramlau, Cezary Piwkowski, Miroslaw Kwasniewski, Monika Kaczmarek, Andrzej Ciereszko, Tomasz Wasniewski, Robert Mroz, Wojciech Naumnik, Ewa Sierko, Magdalena Paczkowska, Joanna Kisluk, Anetta Sulewska, Adam Cybulski, Zenon Mariak, Boguslaw Kedra, Jacek Szamatowicz, Paweł Kurzawa, Lukasz Minarowski, Angelika Edyta Charkiewicz, Barbara Mroczko, Jolanta Malyszko, Christian Manegold, Lothar Pilz, Heike Allgayer, Mohammed L Abba, Hartmut Juhl, Frauke Koch
Personalized and precision medicine is gaining recognition due to the limitations by standard diagnosis and treatment; many areas of medicine, from cancer to psychiatry, are moving towards tailored and individualized treatment for patients based on their clinical characteristics and genetic signatures as well as novel imaging techniques. Advances in whole genome sequencing have led to identification of genes involved in a variety of diseases. Moreover, biomarkers indicating severity of disease or susceptibility to treatment are increasingly being characterized...
June 21, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646742/image-analysis-for-tsh-mrna-in-situ-hybridization-in-pituitary-glands-from-rats-with-thyroid-follicular-cell-hypertrophy-after-treatment-with-three-different-test-compounds
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Juergen Funk, Martin Ebeling, Thomas Singer, Christian Landes
The goal of this in situ hybridization and image analysis technique is to study the effects of new pharmacological/chemical entities on the thyroid and pituitary gland in rats, reveal the pathogenesis of thyroid follicular cell hypertrophy and to retrospectively exclude the risk of thyroid tumor development in humans. In the present study, we describe the increase of thyroid-stimulating hormone- (TSH-) beta subunit mRNA in the pars distalis of the pituitary gland and the quantitative measurement of TSH mRNA positive cells from rats of three 4-week toxicity studies treated with three different test compounds inducing thyroid follicular cell and hepatocellular hypertrophy in rats...
June 11, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646705/identification-and-in-vitro-characterization-of-novel-nanobodies-against-human-granulocyte-colony-stimulating-factor-receptor-to-provide-inhibition-of-g-csf-function
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Hamid Bakherad, Seyed Latif Mousavi Gargari, Zargham Sepehrizadeh, Hossein Aghamollaei, Ramezan Ali Taheri, Maryam Torshabi, Mojtaba Tabatabaei Yazdi, Walead Ebrahimizadeh, Neda Setayesh
It has been shown that Granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) has a higher expression in malignant tumors, and anti-G-CSF therapy considerably decreases tumor growth, tumor vascularization and metastasis. Thus, blocking the signaling pathway of G-CSF could be beneficial in cancer therapy. This study is aimed at designing and producing a monoclonal nanobody that could act as an antagonist of G-CSF receptor. Nanobodies are the antigen binding fragments of camelid single-chain antibodies, also known as VHH...
June 21, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646682/sensing-nadh-conformation-using-phasor-analysis-on-fluorescence-spectra
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Dylan Palo, Jeff Maltas, Laxmi Risal, Paul Urayama
Phasor analysis on fluorescence signals is a sensitive approach for analyzing multicomponent systems. Initially developed for time-resolved measurements, a spectral version has been used for the rapid identification of regions during the spectral imaging of biological systems. Here we show that quantitative information regarding conformation can be obtained from phasor analysis of fluorescence spectrum shape. Methanol denaturation of NADH and NADH binding to various dehydrogenase proteins are used as model reactions...
June 8, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646619/early-insights-into-zika-s-microcephaly-physiopathology-from-the-epicentre-of-the-outbreak-teratogenic-apoptosis-on-the-central-nervous-system
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Patricia Jungmann, Pedro Pires, Edward Araujo
Foetal infection by the Zika virus has been implicated in the exceptional rise in the number of mycrocephalic newborns recorded by the end of 2015 in Brazil. The mechanism by which this teratogenic effect is produced in the developing brain has not been entirely established. Very early in the outbreak, we addressed this question by evaluating available initial data from a gestational and post-natal clinical investigation in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco. The present study was undertaken to test the hypothesis that the subtractive dysmorphic brain malformations observed in Zika's microcephaly are primarily due to the massive induction of apoptosis of neuroprogenitor cells...
June 24, 2017: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646614/does-breast-mri-background-parenchymal-enhancement-indicate-metabolic-activity-qualitative-and-3d-quantitative-computer-imaging-analysis
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Eralda Mema, Victoria L Mango, Xiaotao Guo, Jenika Karcich, Randy Yeh, Ralph T Wynn, Binsheng Zhao, Richard S Ha
PURPOSE: To investigate whether the degree of breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) background parenchymal enhancement (BPE) is associated with the amount of breast metabolic activity measured by breast parenchymal uptake (BPU) of 18F-FDG on positron emission tomography / computed tomography (PET/CT). MATERIALS AND METHODS: An Institutional Review Board (IRB)-approved retrospective study was performed. Of 327 patients who underwent preoperative breast MRI from 1/1/12 to 12/31/15, 73 patients had 18F-FDG PET/CT evaluation performed within 1 week of breast MRI and no suspicious findings in the contralateral breast...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646602/comparison-of-acoustic-radiation-force-impulse-imaging-and-strain-elastography-in-differentiating-malignant-from-benign-thyroid-nodules
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Fengjuan Zhang, Xinming Zhao, Ruoling Han, Min Du, Ping Li, Xiaohui Ji
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to evaluate the diagnostic value of acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) imaging and strain elastography in differentiating malignant from benign thyroid nodules. METHODS: This study included 128 patients (104 female and 24 male; mean age ± standard deviation, 48 ± 11 years; range, 23-76 years) with 152 pathologically proven thyroid nodules. Conventional sonography, strain ratio (SR) of strain elastography, virtual touch tissue imaging (VTI) grade, and virtual touch tissue quantification (shear wave velocity [SWV]) from ARFI imaging data were generated for each nodule...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646593/mri-assisted-dual-motion-correction-for-myocardial-perfusion-defect-detection-in-pet-imaging
#10
Xinhui Wang, Arman Rahmim, Jing Tang
PURPOSE: Myocardial perfusion (MP) PET imaging is a powerful tool in risk assess-assessment and stratification of patients with coronary artery disease. Involuntary organmotion degrades cardiac PET image resolution while respiratory and/or cardiac gating to freeze the motion leads to noisier reconstructed images due to reduced counts in the gated frames. In this work, we propose an MRI assisted dual motion correction method to compensate for respiratory and cardiac motion in MP PET data and study the impact of dual motion correction on MP defect detection using systematically designed experiments...
June 24, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646479/negative-body-attitudes-and-sexual-dissatisfaction-in-men-the-mediating-role-of-body-self-consciousness-during-physical-intimacy
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Femke van den Brink, Manja Vollmann, Lot C Sternheim, Lotte J Berkhout, Renée A Zomerdijk, Liesbeth Woertman
Previous research indicated that negative attitudes about the body and appearance are common among men and demonstrated that negative body attitudes are associated with negative sexual experiences. The present study investigated the association between body attitudes and sexual dissatisfaction and the mediating role of body self-consciousness during physical intimacy. In a cross-sectional design, 201 Dutch men completed an online survey regarding body attitudes toward muscularity, body fat, height, and genitals, body self-consciousness during physical intimacy, and sexual dissatisfaction...
June 23, 2017: Archives of Sexual Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646381/stenotic-intercondylar-notch-type-is-correlated-with-anterior-cruciate-ligament-injury-in-female-patients-using-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Theodoros Bouras, Peter Fennema, Stephen Burke, Hilary Bosman
PURPOSE AND HYPOTHESIS: The principal purpose of this paper was to identify whether femoral notch morphology was different in females without anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury from those with ACL injury. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was used to assess the femoral notch type, notch width index and 'α angle' in female patients and measure these differences. METHODS: This is a retrospective case control study of 119 female patients, 58 with ACL injury and 61 patients without ACL injury who underwent knee MRI between March 2014 and April 2016...
June 23, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646331/textural-features-of-18-f-fdg-pet-after-two-cycles-of-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy-can-predict-pcr-in-patients-with-locally-advanced-breast-cancer
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Lin Cheng, Jianping Zhang, Yujie Wang, Xiaoli Xu, Yongping Zhang, Yingjian Zhang, Guangyu Liu, Jingyi Cheng
OBJECTIVE: This study was designed to evaluate the utility of textural features for predicting pathological complete response (pCR) to neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC). METHODS: Sixty-one consecutive patients with locally advanced breast cancer underwent (18)F-FDG PET/CT scanning at baseline and after the second course of NAC. Changes to imaging parameters [maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax), metabolic tumor volume (MTV), total lesion glycolysis (TLG)] and textural features (entropy, coarseness, skewness) between the 2 scans were measured by two independent radiologists...
June 23, 2017: Annals of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646316/identifying-major-events-in-two-sturgeons-life-using-pectoral-fin-spine-ring-structure-exploring-the-use-of-a-non-destructive-method
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Shima Bakhshalizadeh, Ali Bani, Shahram Abdolmalaki, Natalie Moltschaniwskyj
Maturation is one of the most important life history traits that influences on many ecological characteristics of animals. This study aimed to describe the indirect distinguish of first reproduction and habitat shift (transition from the pelagic to benthic environment), using the width of translucent and annuluses of the pectoral fin spine of two sturgeon species, Persian sturgeon, Acipenser persicus, and starry sturgeon, Acipenser stellatus. Interpretation of growth bands in pectoral fin sections was done objectively using direct reading of thin sections and image analysis...
June 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646303/three-dimensional-fine-structure-of-the-organization-of-microtubules-in-neurite-varicosities-by-ultra-high-voltage-electron-microscope-tomography
#15
Tomoki Nishida, Ryoichi Yoshimura, Yasuhisa Endo
Neurite varicosities are highly specialized compartments that are involved in neurotransmitter/ neuromodulator release and provide a physiological platform for neural functions. However, it remains unclear how microtubule organization contributes to the form of varicosity. Here, we examine the three-dimensional structure of microtubules in varicosities of a differentiated PC12 neural cell line using ultra-high voltage electron microscope tomography. Three-dimensional imaging showed that a part of the varicosities contained an accumulation of organelles that were separated from parallel microtubule arrays...
June 23, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646246/identification-of-particles-in-raw-materials
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Kathryn Lee, Markus Lankers, Oliver Valet
Raw materials need to be of a certain quality with respect to physical and chemical composition. They also need to have no contaminants in the form of particles because these could get into the product or indicate the raw materials are not pure enough to make a good quality product. When particles are found, it is important to identify their chemical and elemental composition to correct any process errors that can cause them and to have acceptable quality of the final product. Sources of materials can be the environment, process equipment and processing, and packaging...
June 23, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646198/spatiotemporal-dynamics-of-grassland-aboveground-biomass-on-the-qinghai-tibet-plateau-based-on-validated-modis-ndvi
#17
Shiliang Liu, Fangyan Cheng, Shikui Dong, Haidi Zhao, Xiaoyun Hou, Xue Wu
Spatiotemporal dynamics of aboveground biomass (AGB) is a fundamental problem for grassland environmental management on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (QTP). Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) data can feasibly be used to estimate AGB at large scales, and their precise validation is necessary to utilize them effectively. In our study, the clip-harvest method was used at 64 plots in QTP grasslands to obtain actual AGB values, and a handheld hyperspectral spectrometer was used to calculate field-measured NDVI to validate MODIS NDVI...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646144/using-fractional-intensities-of-time-resolved-fluorescence-to-sensitively-quantify-nadh-nad-with-genetically-encoded-fluorescent-biosensors
#18
Mengfang Chang, Lei Li, Hanyang Hu, Qingxun Hu, Aoxue Wang, Xiaodan Cao, Xiantong Yu, Sanjun Zhang, Yuzheng Zhao, Jinquan Chen, Yi Yang, Jianhua Xu
In this paper, we propose a novel and sensitive ratiometric analysis method that uses the fractional intensities of time-resolved fluorescence of genetically encoded fluorescent NADH/NAD(+) biosensors, Peredox, SoNar, and Frex. When the conformations of the biosensors change upon NADH/NAD(+) binding, the fractional intensities (α i τ i ) have opposite changing trends. Their ratios could be exploited to quantify NADH/NAD(+) levels with a larger dynamic range and higher resolution versus commonly used fluorescence intensity and lifetime methods...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646015/determination-of-the-heart-to-mediastinum-ratio-of-123-i-mibg-uptake-using-dual-isotope-123-i-mibg-99m-tc-tetrofosmin-multi-pinhole-czt-spect-in-patients-with-heart-failure
#19
Tanguy Blaire, Alban Bailliez, Fayçal Ben Bouallègue, Dimitri Bellevre, Denis Agostini, Alain Manrique
The aim of this retrospective study was to determine the heart-to-mediastinum ratio (HMR) of (123)I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) uptake obtained using a multi-pinhole cadmium-zinc-telluride (CZT)-based camera (Discovery NM 530c, DNM-530c, GE Healthcare, Milwaukee, WI, USA) in comparison with that obtained using conventional planar imaging (Infinia, GE Healthcare, Milwaukee, WI, USA). Methods: Forty consecutive heart failure patients underwent planar acquisition 4 h after (123)I-MIBG injection (191±41 MBq)...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645957/effect-of-e-cigarette-advertisements-and-antismoking-messages-on-explicit-and-implicit-attitudes-towards-tobacco-and-e-cigarette-smoking-in-18-65-year-olds-a-randomised-controlled-study-protocol
#20
Paula Booth, Ian P Albery, Daniel Frings
INTRODUCTION: Since the advent of e-cigarettes, e-cigarette advertising has escalated and companies are able to use marketing strategies that are not permissible for tobacco products. Research into the effect of e-cigarette advertising on attitudes towards tobacco and e-cigarettes is in its infancy. To date, no research has compared indirect (implicit) measures of attitude towards e-cigarettes with direct (explicit) measures. Furthermore, little consideration has been given to how viewing online advertisements may have an effect on attitudes towards e-cigarettes or how positive attitudes to e-cigarettes may undermine antismoking public health messages...
June 23, 2017: BMJ Open
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