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Valerie L Kinner, Oliver T Wolf, Christian J Merz
Relapses represent a major limitation to the long-term remission of pathological fear and anxiety. Stress modulates the acquisition and expression of fear memories and appears to promote fear recovery in patients with anxiety disorders. However, the neural correlates underlying stress hormone effects on the return of fear in humans remain unexplored. Likewise, little is known about the interactions between sex and stress hormones on return of fear phenomena. In this functional magnetic resonance imaging study, 32 men and 32 women were exposed to a fear renewal paradigm with fear acquisition in context A and extinction in context B...
February 21, 2018: Psychoneuroendocrinology
Hye-Yeong Kim, Xiaolei Wang, Rui Kang, Daolin Tang, Brian A Boone, Herbert J Zeh, Michael T Lotze, W Barry Edwards
Noninvasive detection of both early pancreatic neoplasia and metastases could enhance strategies to improve patient survival in this disease that is notorious for an extremely poor prognosis. There are almost no identifiable targets for non-invasive diagnosis by positron emission tomography (PET) for patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). Over-expression of the receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) is found on the cell surface of both pre-neoplastic lesions and invasive PDAC. Here, a RAGE-specific single chain (scFv) was developed, specific for PET imaging in syngeneic mouse models of PDAC...
2018: PloS One
Vincenzo Mirabello, Fernando Cortezon-Tamarit, Sofia I Pascu
Hypoxia has been identified as one of the hallmarks of tumor environments and a prognosis factor in many cancers. The development of ideal chemical probes for imaging and sensing of hypoxia remains elusive. Crucial characteristics would include a measurable response to subtle variations of pO2 in living systems and an ability to accumulate only in the areas of interest (e.g., targeting hypoxia tissues) whilst exhibiting kinetic stabilities in vitro and in vivo . A sensitive probe would comprise platforms for applications in imaging and therapy for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) relying on sensitive detection of pO2 ...
2018: Frontiers in Chemistry
Marcello Mancini, Paul Summers, Francesco Faita, Maurizia R Brunetto, Francesco Callea, Andrea De Nicola, Nicole Di Lascio, Fabio Farinati, Amalia Gastaldelli, Bruno Gridelli, Peppino Mirabelli, Emanuele Neri, Piero A Salvadori, Eleni Rebelos, Claudio Tiribelli, Luca Valenti, Marco Salvatore, Ferruccio Bonino
The rapidly growing field of functional, molecular and structural bio-imaging is providing an extraordinary new opportunity to overcome the limits of invasive liver biopsy and introduce a "digital biopsy" for in vivo study of liver pathophysiology. To foster the application of bio-imaging in clinical and translational research, there is a need to standardize the methods of both acquisition and the storage of the bio-images of the liver. It can be hoped that the combination of digital, liquid and histologic liver biopsies will provide an innovative synergistic tri-dimensional approach to identifying new aetiologies, diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers and therapeutic targets for the optimization of personalized therapy of liver diseases and liver cancer...
February 27, 2018: World Journal of Hepatology
Mooseok Jang, Yu Horie, Atsushi Shibukawa, Joshua Brake, Yan Liu, Seyedeh Mahsa Kamali, Amir Arbabi, Haowen Ruan, Andrei Faraon, Changhuei Yang
Recently, wavefront shaping with disordered media has demonstrated optical manipulation capabilities beyond those of conventional optics, including extended volume, aberration-free focusing and subwavelength focusing. However, translating these capabilities to useful applications has remained challenging as the input-output characteristics of the disordered media ( P variables) need to be exhaustively determined via O ( P ) measurements. Here, we propose a paradigm shift where the disorder is specifically designed so its exact input-output characteristics are known a priori and can be used with only a few alignment steps...
2018: Nature Photonics
Vikas Gupta, Yibing Wang, Alejandra Méndez Romero, Andriy Myronenko, Petr Jordan, Calvin Maurer, Ben Heijmen, Mischa Hoogeman
PURPOSE: To validate a novel deformable image registration (DIR) method for online adaptation of planning organ-at-risk (OAR) delineations to match daily anatomy during hypo-fractionated RT of abdominal tumors. MATERIALS AND METHODS: For 20 liver cancer patients, planning OAR delineations were adapted to daily anatomy using the DIR on corresponding repeat CTs. The DIR's accuracy was evaluated for the entire cohort by comparing adapted and expert-drawn OAR delineations using geometric (Dice Similarity Coefficient (DSC), Modified Hausdorff Distance (MHD) and Mean Surface Error (MSE)) and dosimetric (Dmax and Dmean ) measures...
March 8, 2018: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
Rebecca A Packer, John H Rossmeisl, Michael S Kent, John F Griffin, Christina Mazcko, Amy K LeBlanc
The National Cancer Institute Comparative Brain Tumor Consortium, Patient Outcomes Working Group, propose a consensus document in support of standardized magnetic resonance imaging protocols for canine brain tumor clinical trials. The intent of this manuscript is to address the widely acknowledged need to ensure canine brain tumor imaging protocols are relevant and have sufficient equivalency to translate to human studies such that: (1) multi-institutional studies can be performed with minimal inter-institutional variation, and (2) imaging protocols are consistent with human consensus recommendations to permit reliable translation of imaging data to human clinical trials...
March 9, 2018: Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
John Whitaker, Cory M Tschabrunn, Jihye Jang, Eran Leshem, Mark O'Neill, Warren J Manning, Elad Anter, Reza Nezafat
BACKGROUND: Myocardial infarction (MI) survivors are at risk of complications including heart failure and malignant arrhythmias. PURPOSE: We undertook serial imaging of swine following MI with the aim of characterizing the longitudinal left ventricular (LV) remodeling in a translational model of ischemia-reperfusion-mediated MI. ANIMAL MODEL: Eight Yorkshire swine underwent mid left anterior descending coronary artery balloon occlusion to create an ischemia-reperfusion experimental model of MI...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
Ingrid J G Burvenich, Sagun Parakh, Adam C Parslow, Sze Ting Lee, Hui K Gan, Andrew M Scott
The selection of therapeutic dose for the most effective treatment of tumours is an intricate interplay of factors. Molecular imaging with positron emission tomography (PET) or single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) can address questions central to this selection: Does the drug reach its target? Does the drug engage with the target of interest? Is the drug dose sufficient to elicit the desired pharmacological effect? Does the dose saturate available target sites? Combining functional PET and SPECT imaging with anatomical imaging technologies such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) allows drug occupancy at the target to be related directly to anatomical or physiological changes in a tissue resulting from therapy...
March 8, 2018: AAPS Journal
Wenbing Lv, Qingyu Yuan, Quanshi Wang, Jianhua Ma, Jun Jiang, Wei Yang, Qianjin Feng, Wufan Chen, Arman Rahmim, Lijun Lu
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the impact of parameter settings as used for the generation of radiomics features on their robustness and disease differentiation (nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) versus chronic nasopharyngitis (CN) in FDG PET/CT imaging). METHODS: We studied 106 patients (69/37 NPC/CN, pathology confirmed), and extracted 57 radiomics features under different parameter settings. Robustness was assessed by the intra-class correlation coefficient (ICC). Logistic regression with leave-one-out cross validation was used to generate classification probabilities, and diagnostic performance was assessed by the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC)...
March 8, 2018: European Radiology
Alex Root, Peter Allen, Paul Tempst, Kenneth Yu
Approximately 75% of patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma are diagnosed with advanced cancer, which cannot be safely resected. The most commonly used biomarker CA19-9 has inadequate sensitivity and specificity for early detection, which we define as Stage I/II cancers. Therefore, progress in next-generation biomarkers is greatly needed. Recent reports have validated a number of biomarkers, including combination assays of proteins and DNA mutations; however, the history of translating promising biomarkers to clinical utility suggests that several major hurdles require careful consideration by the medical community...
March 7, 2018: Cancers
Munir Gunes Kutlu, Marie-France Marin, Jessica M Tumolo, Navneet Kaur, Michael B VanElzakker, Lisa M Shin, Thomas J Gould
Stress and anxiety disorders such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are characterized by disrupted safety learning. Tobacco smoking has been strongly implicated in stress and anxiety disorder symptomatology, both as a contributing factor and as a vulnerability factor. Rodent studies from our lab have recently shown that acute and chronic nicotine exposure disrupts safety learning. However, it is unknown if these effects of nicotine translate to humans. The present studies addressed this gap by administering a translational differential cued fear conditioning paradigm to both mice and humans...
March 5, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
Taewook Kang, Pia Jensen, Vita Solovyeva, Jonathan R Brewer, Martin R Larsen
Characterization of molecular mechanisms underlying pancreatic β-cell function in relation to glucose-stimulated insulin secretion is incomplete, especially with respect to global response in the nuclear environment. Here, we focus on the characterization of proteins in the nuclear environment of β-cells after brief, high glucose-stimulation. We compared purified nuclei derived from β-cells stimulated with 17mM glucose for 0, 2, and 5 minutes using quantitative proteomics, a time frame that most likely does not result in translation of new protein in the cell...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Proteome Research
Daniel F Alamidi, Amir Smailagic, Abdel W Bidar, Nicole S Parker, Marita Olsson, Paul D Hockings, Kerstin M Lagerstrand, Lars E Olsson
BACKGROUND: Lung T1 is a potential translational biomarker of lung disease. The precision and repeatability of variable flip angle (VFA) T1 mapping using modern 3D ultrashort echo time (UTE) imaging of the whole lung needs to be established before it can be used to assess response to disease and therapy. PURPOSE: To evaluate the feasibility of regional lung T1 quantification with VFA 3D-UTE and to investigate long- and short-term T1 repeatability in the lungs of naive mice...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
Robbert W van Hamersvelt, Nienke G Eijsvoogel, Casper Mihl, Pim A de Jong, Arnold M R Schilham, Nico Buls, Marco Das, Tim Leiner, Martin J Willemink
We investigated the feasibility and extent to which iodine concentration can be reduced in computed tomography angiography imaging of the aorta and coronary arteries using low tube voltage and virtual monochromatic imaging of 3 major dual-energy CT (DECT) vendors. A circulation phantom was imaged with dual source CT (DSCT), gemstone spectral imaging (GSI) and dual-layer spectral detector CT (SDCT). For each scanner, a reference scan was acquired at 120 kVp using routine iodine concentration (300 mg I/ml). Subsequently, scans were acquired at lowest possible tube potential (70, 80, 80 kVp, respectively), and DECT-mode (80/150Sn, 80/140 and 120 kVp, respectively) in arterial phase after administration of iodine (300, 240, 180, 120, 60, 30 mg I/ml)...
March 8, 2018: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Brian C Wilson, Michael Jermyn, Frederic Leblond
Medical devices face many hurdles before they enter routine clinical practice to address unmet clinical needs. This is also the case for biomedical optical spectroscopy and imaging systems that are used here to illustrate the opportunities and challenges involved. Following initial concept, stages in clinical translation include instrument development, preclinical testing, clinical prototyping, clinical trials, prototype-to-product conversion, regulatory approval, commercialization, and finally clinical adoption and dissemination, all in the face of potentially competing technologies...
March 2018: Journal of Biomedical Optics
Frank J Wolters, M Arfan Ikram
Dementia is among the leading causes of death and disability. Due to the ageing population, its prevalence is expected to nearly triple worldwide by 2050, urging the development of preventive and curative interventions. Various modifiable risk factors have been identified in community-based cohort studies, but insight into the underlying pathophysiological mechanisms is lacking. Clinical trials have thus far failed in the development of disease-modifying therapy in patients with dementia, thereby triggering a shift of focus toward the presymptomatic phase of disease...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Yu-Cheng Chen, Qiushu Chen, Xiaoqin Wu, Xiaotian Tan, Juanhong Wang, Xudong Fan
Laser emission-based detection and imaging technology has attracted significant interest in biomedical research due to its high sensitivity, narrow linewidth, and superior spectral and spatial resolution. Recent advances have further revealed the potential to use laser emission to investigate chromatin dynamics, as well as to diagnose cancer tissues based on nuclear biomarkers. To move the laser emission based detection technology a step further towards practical use, in this work, we developed a highly robust tissue laser platform by microfabricating an SU8 spacer with a fixed height on the top mirror of the Fabry-Pérot (FP) cavity, which allows generation of reproducible and stable lasing results regardless of tissue thickness...
March 7, 2018: Lab on a Chip
Juergen Dukart, Štefan Holiga, Christopher Chatham, Peter Hawkins, Anna Forsyth, Rebecca McMillan, Jim Myers, Anne R Lingford-Hughes, David J Nutt, Emilio Merlo-Pich, Celine Risterucci, Lauren Boak, Daniel Umbricht, Scott Schobel, Thomas Liu, Mitul A Mehta, Fernando O Zelaya, Steve C Williams, Gregory Brown, Martin Paulus, Garry D Honey, Suresh Muthukumaraswamy, Joerg Hipp, Alessandro Bertolino, Fabio Sambataro
Application of metabolic magnetic resonance imaging measures such as cerebral blood flow in translational medicine is limited by the unknown link of observed alterations to specific neurophysiological processes. In particular, the sensitivity of cerebral blood flow to activity changes in specific neurotransmitter systems remains unclear. We address this question by probing cerebral blood flow in healthy volunteers using seven established drugs with known dopaminergic, serotonergic, glutamatergic and GABAergic mechanisms of action...
March 6, 2018: Scientific Reports
Kirill Veselkov, Jonathan Sleeman, Emmanuelle Claude, Johannes P C Vissers, Dieter Galea, Anna Mroz, Ivan Laponogov, Mark Towers, Robert Tonge, Reza Mirnezami, Zoltan Takats, Jeremy K Nicholson, James I Langridge
Mass Spectrometry Imaging (MSI) holds significant promise in augmenting digital histopathologic analysis by generating highly robust big data about the metabolic, lipidomic and proteomic molecular content of the samples. In the process, a vast quantity of unrefined data, that can amount to several hundred gigabytes per tissue section, is produced. Managing, analysing and interpreting this data is a significant challenge and represents a major barrier to the translational application of MSI. Existing data analysis solutions for MSI rely on a set of heterogeneous bioinformatics packages that are not scalable for the reproducible processing of large-scale (hundreds to thousands) biological sample sets...
March 6, 2018: Scientific Reports
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