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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809687/sonifeye-sonification-of-visual-information-using-physical-modeling-sound-synthesis
#1
Hessam Roodaki, Navid Navab, Abouzar Eslami, Christopher Stapleton, Nassir Navab
Sonic interaction as a technique for conveying information has advantages over conventional visual augmented reality methods specially when augmenting the visual field with extra information brings distraction. Sonification of knowledge extracted by applying computational methods to sensory data is a well-established concept. However, some aspects of sonic interaction design such as aesthetics, the cognitive effort required for perceiving information, and avoiding alarm fatigue are not well studied in literature...
August 10, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809501/microencapsulated-solid-lipid-nanoparticles-as-a-hybrid-platform-for-pulmonary-antibiotic-delivery
#2
Diana P Gaspar, Maria Manuela Gaspar, Carla V Eleutério, Ana Grenha, Mateo Blanco, Lídia M D Gonçalves, Pablo Taboada, António J Almeida, Carmen Remuñán-López
Solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN) containing rifabutin (RFB), with pulmonary administration purposes, were developed through a technique that avoids the use of organic solvents or sonication. To facilitate their pulmonary delivery, the RFB-loaded SLN were included in microspheres of appropriate size using suitable excipients (mannitol and trehalose) through a spray-drying technique. Confocal analysis microscopy showed that microspheres are spherical and that SLN are efficiently microencapsulated and homogeneously distributed throughout the microsphere matrices...
August 15, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809083/laser-induced-focused-ultrasound-for-cavitation-treatment-toward-high-precision-invisible-sonic-scalpel
#3
Taehwa Lee, Wei Luo, Qiaochu Li, Hakan Demirci, L Jay Guo
Beyond the implementation of the photoacoustic effect to photoacoustic imaging and laser ultrasonics, this study demonstrates a novel application of the photoacoustic effect for high-precision cavitation treatment of tissue using laser-induced focused ultrasound. The focused ultrasound is generated by pulsed optical excitation of an efficient photoacoustic film coated on a concave surface, and its amplitude is high enough to produce controllable microcavitation within the focal region (lateral focus <100 µm)...
August 15, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807898/hypothalamic-sonic-hedgehog-is-required-for-cell-specification-and-proliferation-of-lhx3-lhx4-pituitary-embryonic-precursors
#4
G Carreno, J Apps, E J Lodge, L Panousopoulos, S Haston, J M Gonzalez-Meljem, H Hahn, C L Andoniadou, J P Martinez-Barbera
Sonic hedgehog (SHH) is an essential morphogenetic signal dictating cell fate decisions in several developing organs in mammals. In vitro data suggest that SHH is required to specify LHX3+/LHX4+ Rathke's pouch (RP) progenitor identity. However, in vivo studies have failed to reveal such a function, supporting instead, a critical role for SHH in promoting proliferation of these RP progenitors and for differentiation of pituitary cell types. Here, we have used a genetic approach to demonstrate that activation of the SHH pathway is necessary to induce LHX3+/LHX4+ RP identity in mouse embryos...
August 14, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807161/phytochemical-modulation-of-apoptosis-and-autophagy-strategies-to-overcome-chemoresistance-in-leukemic-stem-cells-in-the-bone-marrow-microenvironment
#5
Helen C Owen, Sandra Appiah, Noor Hasan, Lucy Ghali, Ghada Elayat, Celia Bell
Advances in scientific research and targeted treatment regimes have improved survival rates for many cancers over the past few decades. However, for some types of leukemia, including acute lymphoblastic and acute myeloid leukemia, mortality rates have continued to rise, with chemoresistance in leukemic stem cells (LSCs) being a major contributing factor. Most cancer drug therapies act by inducing apoptosis in dividing cells but are ineffective in targeting quiescent LSCs. Niches in the bone marrow, known as leukemic niches, behave as "sanctuaries" where LSCs acquire drug resistance...
2017: International Review of Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807089/supramolecular-based-ultrasonic-assisted-dispersion-solidification-liquid-liquid-microextraction-of-copper-and-cobalt-prior-to-their-flame-atomic-absorption-spectrometry-determination
#6
Ardeshir Shokrollahi, Foroogh Ebrahimi
In the present work, a simple, efficient, and environmentally friendly method was proposed for the simultaneous preconcentration and determination of minute quantities of copper and cobalt in water samples and serum by a supramolecular-based ultrasonic-assisted dispersion solidification liquid–liquid microextraction (DSLLME) procedure coupled with flame atomic absorption spectrometry. The procedure is based on the DSLLME of copper and cobalt with decanoic acid–tetrahydrofuran supramolecular solvent (SUPRAS) in the presence of sodium diethyldithiocarbamate, as the complexing agent...
August 15, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806375/physics-and-histologic-evaluation-of-rotary-ultrasonic-and-sonic-instruments
#7
Emanuele Ruga, Ettore Amerio, Vincenzo Carbone, Marco Volante, Sergio Gandolfo
Rotary instruments (RIs) are the most commonly used to perform osteotomies in many fields of medicine. Owing to a new interest in performing a minimally invasive surgery, over last fifteen years new devices have been used in oral surgery such as ultrasonic instruments (UIs) and, lately, sonic instruments (SIs). Nowadays, bone preservation and regeneration are paramount in many clinical situations and, consequently, it is crucial to rely upon instruments, which cause the least tissue damage during the surgery...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802271/antibiofilm-effect-of-poly-vinyl-alcohol-co-ethylene-pva-co-pe-halamine-film-against-listeria-innocua-and-escherichia-coli-o157-h7
#8
Andrea Cossu, Yang Si, Gang Sun, Nitin Nitin
Bacterial biofilm formation is linked to several infections and foodborne disease outbreaks. To address this challenge, there is an unmet need to develop rechargeable antimicrobial materials that can provide continuous sanitation of contact surfaces especially in the food industry. This study was aimed at evaluating a novel rechargeable antimicrobial polymer formed using PVA-co-PE with halamine functionality to prevent biofilm formation with repeated exposure to high loads of bacteria and organic content and also aid in inactivation of pre-formed biofilms upon contact with this novel material...
August 11, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802019/effects-of-ultrasound-treatment-on-physicochemical-functional-properties-and-antioxidant-activity-of-whey-protein-isolate-in-the-presence-of-calcium-lactate
#9
Zhanmei Jiang, Kun Yao, Xiangying Yuan, Zhishen Mu, Zengli Gao, Juncai Hou, Lianzhou Jiang
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of ultrasound applied at various powers (0, 200, 400, 600 or 800 W) and for different times (20 or 40 min) on the physicochemical, functional properties and antioxidant activities of whey protein isolate (WPI) dispersions in the presence of 1.20 mmol L(-1) calcium lactate. RESULTS: Surface hydrophobicity and free sulfhydryl group of the WPI dispersions containing 1.2 mmol L(-1) calcium lactate were significantly enhanced after sonication...
August 12, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801743/investigation-of-an-optimal-cell-lysis-method-for-the-study-of-the-zinc-metalloproteome-of-histoplasma-capsulatum
#10
Anna M Donnell, Stephanie Lewis, Sami Abraham, Kavitha Subramanian, Julio Landero Figueroa, George S Deepe, Anne P Vonderheide
This work sought to assess optimal extraction conditions in the study of the metalloproteome of the dimorphic fungus Histoplasma capsulatum. One of the body's responses to H. capsulatum infection is sequestration of zinc within host macrophage (MØ), as reported by Vignesh et al. (Immunity 39:697-710, 2013) and Vignesh et al. (PLOS Pathog 9:E1003815, 2013). Thus, metalloproteins containing zinc were of greatest interest as it plays a critical role in survival of the fungus. One challenge in metalloproteomics is the preservation of the native structure of proteins to retain non-covalently bound metals...
August 12, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800614/optimization-of-recombinant-bacteria-expressing-dsrna-to-enhance-insecticidal-activity-against-a-lepidopteran-insect-spodoptera-exigua
#11
Mohammad Vatanparast, Yonggyun Kim
Double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) has been applied to control insect pests due to its induction of RNA interference (RNAi) of a specific target gene expression. However, developing dsRNA-based insecticidal agent has been a great challenge especially against lepidopteran insect pests due to variations in RNAi efficiency. The objective of this study was to screen genes of chymotrypsins (SeCHYs) essential for the survival of the beet armyworm, Spodoptera exigua, to construct insecticidal dsRNA. In addition, an optimal oral delivery method was developed using recombinant bacteria...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799057/expression-patterns-of-key-sonic-hedgehog-signaling-pathway-components-in-the-developing-and-adult-mouse-midbrain-and-in-the-mn9d-cell-line
#12
Melanie Feuerstein, Enaam Chleilat, Shokoufeh Khakipoor, Konstantinos Michailidis, Christian Ophoven, Eleni Roussa
The temporal dynamic expression of Sonic Hedgehog (SHH) and signaling during early midbrain dopaminergic (mDA) neuron development is one of the key players in establishing mDA progenitor diversity. However, whether SHH signaling is also required during later developmental stages and in mature mDA neurons is less understood. We study the expression of SHH receptors Ptch1 and Gas1 (growth arrest-specific 1) and of the transcription factors Gli1, Gli2 and Gli3 in mouse midbrain during embryonic development [embryonic day (E) 12...
August 11, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798218/imaging-biomarkers-for-adult-medulloblastomas-genetic-entities-may-be-identified-by-their-mr-imaging-radiophenotype
#13
V C Keil, M Warmuth-Metz, C Reh, S J Enkirch, C Reinert, D Beier, D T W Jones, T Pietsch, H H Schild, E Hattingen, P Hau
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The occurrence of medulloblastomas in adults is rare; nevertheless, these tumors can be subdivided into genetic and histologic entities each having distinct prognoses. This study aimed to identify MR imaging biomarkers to classify these entities and to uncover differences in MR imaging biomarkers identified in pediatric medulloblastomas. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eligible preoperative MRIs from 28 patients (11 women; 22-53 years of age) of the Multicenter Pilot-study for the Therapy of Medulloblastoma of Adults (NOA-7) cohort were assessed by 3 experienced neuroradiologists...
August 10, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797044/what-can-we-learn-from-sonication-results-of-breast-implants
#14
Frederike M J Reischies, Robert Krause, Judith Holzer, Fabian Tiefenbacher, Raimund Winter, Gertraud Eylert, Tobias Meikl, Alexandru Tuca, Martin J Köfer, Lars P Kamolz, David B Lumenta
BACKGROUND: Different research groups have identified microorganisms on breast implants by sonication with significant correlation to the rate of capsular contracture. This substantiated the hypothesis of an infectious etiology of capsular contracture. However, no clinical consequence has been drawn from these results yet. Aim of this study was to review sonication results from breast implants and to evaluate the current preoperative antibiotic regime for breast-implant surgery. METHODS: We compared breast implant sonication culture results from published reports and our own database...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797033/a-shh-foxf1-bmp4-signaling-axis-regulating-growth-and-differentiation-of-epithelial-and-mesenchymal-tissues-in-ureter-development
#15
Tobias Bohnenpoll, Anna B Wittern, Tamrat M Mamo, Anna-Carina Weiss, Carsten Rudat, Marc-Jens Kleppa, Karin Schuster-Gossler, Irina Wojahn, Timo H-W Lüdtke, Mark-Oliver Trowe, Andreas Kispert
The differentiated cell types of the epithelial and mesenchymal tissue compartments of the mature ureter of the mouse arise in a precise temporal and spatial sequence from uncommitted precursor cells of the distal ureteric bud epithelium and its surrounding mesenchyme. Previous genetic efforts identified a member of the Hedgehog (HH) family of secreted proteins, Sonic hedgehog (SHH) as a crucial epithelial signal for growth and differentiation of the ureteric mesenchyme. Here, we used conditional loss- and gain-of-function experiments of the unique HH signal transducer Smoothened (SMO) to further characterize the cellular functions and unravel the effector genes of HH signaling in ureter development...
August 10, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796824/droplet-digital-polymerase-chain-reaction-ddpcr-assays-integrated-with-an-internal-control-for-quantification-of-bovine-porcine-chicken-and-turkey-species-in-food-and-feed
#16
Hanan R Shehata, Jiping Li, Shu Chen, Helen Redda, Shumei Cheng, Nicole Tabujara, Honghong Li, Keith Warriner, Robert Hanner
Food adulteration and feed contamination are significant issues in the food/feed industry, especially for meat products. Reliable techniques are needed to monitor these issues. Droplet Digital PCR (ddPCR) assays were developed and evaluated for detection and quantification of bovine, porcine, chicken and turkey DNA in food and feed samples. The ddPCR methods were designed based on mitochondrial DNA sequences and integrated with an artificial recombinant plasmid DNA to control variabilities in PCR procedures...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795107/mass-spectrometry-data-of-metabolomics-analysis-of-nepenthes-pitchers
#17
Muhammad Aqil Fitri Rosli, Kamalrul Azlan Azizan, Syarul Nataqain Baharum, Hoe-Han Goh
Hybridisation plays a significant role in the evolution and diversification of plants. Hybridisation among Nepenthes species is extensive, either naturally or man-made. To investigate the effects of hybridisation on the chemical compositions, we carried out metabolomics study on pitcher tissue of Nepenthes ampullaria, Nepenthes rafflesiana and their hybrid, Nepenthes × hookeriana. Pitcher samples were harvested and extracted in methanol:chloroform:water via sonication-assisted extraction before analysed using LC-TOF-MS...
October 2017: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794168/notch-signaling-in-development-tissue-homeostasis-and-disease
#18
REVIEW
Chris Siebel, Urban Lendahl
Notch signaling is an evolutionarily highly conserved signaling mechanism, but in contrast to signaling pathways such as Wnt, Sonic Hedgehog, and BMP/TGF-β, Notch signaling occurs via cell-cell communication, where transmembrane ligands on one cell activate transmembrane receptors on a juxtaposed cell. Originally discovered through mutations in Drosophila more than 100 yr ago, and with the first Notch gene cloned more than 30 yr ago, we are still gaining new insights into the broad effects of Notch signaling in organisms across the metazoan spectrum and its requirement for normal development of most organs in the body...
October 1, 2017: Physiological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793862/physical-shearing-imparts-biological-activity-to-dna-and-ability-to-transmit-itself-horizontally-across-species-and-kingdom-boundaries
#19
Gorantla Venkata Raghuram, Deepika Gupta, Siddharth Subramaniam, Ashwini Gaikwad, Naveen Kumar Khare, Malcolm Nobre, Naveen Kumar Nair, Indraneel Mittra
BACKGROUND: We have recently reported that cell-free DNA (cfDNA) fragments derived from dying cells that circulate in blood are biologically active molecules and can readily enter into healthy cells to activate DNA damage and apoptotic responses in the recipients. However, DNA is not conventionally known to spontaneously enter into cells or to have any intrinsic biological activity. We hypothesized that cellular entry and acquisition of biological properties are functions of the size of DNA...
August 9, 2017: BMC Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793313/deciphering-the-genetic-control-of-gene-expression-following-mycobacterium-leprae-antigen-stimulation
#20
Jérémy Manry, Yohann Nédélec, Vinicius M Fava, Aurélie Cobat, Marianna Orlova, Nguyen Van Thuc, Vu Hong Thai, Guillaume Laval, Luis B Barreiro, Erwin Schurr
Leprosy is a human infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae. A strong host genetic contribution to leprosy susceptibility is well established. However, the modulation of the transcriptional response to infection and the mechanism(s) of disease control are poorly understood. To address this gap in knowledge of leprosy pathogenicity, we conducted a genome-wide search for expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL) that are associated with transcript variation before and after stimulation with M. leprae sonicate in whole blood cells...
August 9, 2017: PLoS Genetics
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