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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440551/alternating-ph-landscapes-shape-epithelial-cancer-initiation-and-progression-focus-on-pancreatic-cancer
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REVIEW
Stine F Pedersen, Ivana Novak, Frauke Alves, Albrecht Schwab, Luis A Pardo
We present here the hypothesis that the unique microenvironmental pH landscape of acid-base transporting epithelia is an important factor in development of epithelial cancers, by rendering the epithelial and stromal cells pre-adapted to the heterogeneous extracellular pH (pHe ) in the tumor microenvironment. Cells residing in organs with net acid-base transporting epithelia such as the pancreatic ductal and gastric epithelia are exposed to very different, temporally highly variable pHe values apically and basolaterally...
April 25, 2017: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438428/the-impact-of-stem-aberration-correction-on-materials-science
#2
Stephen J Pennycook
Over the last three decades the scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) has gone from a specialized instrument for nanoscale analysis to the microscope of choice for atomic resolution imaging of materials, allowing incoherent high-angle annular dark field (Z-contrast) imaging, coherent phase contrast modes (conventional and annular bright field), electron energy loss and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. All signals are achieving atomic resolution and several are available simultaneously. This would not have been possible without the development of an aberration corrector for the STEM, spearheaded by Ondrej Krivanek in the late 1990s, which finally allowed the benefits of the STEM to translate from "in-principle" to actual daily practice...
March 18, 2017: Ultramicroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437932/electrifying-catheters-with-light
#3
Martin Pekař, Jeannet van Rens, Martin B van der Mark
Smart minimally invasive devices face a connectivity challenge. An example is found in intracardiac echocardiography where the signal transmission and supply of power at the distal end require many thin and fragile wires in order to keep the catheter slim and flexible. We have built a fully functional bench-top prototype to demonstrate that electrical wires may be replaced by optical fibers. The prototype is immediately scalable to catheter dimensions. The absence of conductors will provide intrinsic galvanic isolation as well as radio frequency (RF) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) compatibility...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436869/establishing-keypoint-matches-on-multimodal-images-with-bootstrap-strategy-and-global-information
#4
Yong Li, Hongbin Jin, Jiatao Wu, Jie Liu
This paper proposes an algorithm of building keypoint matches on multimodal images by combining a bootstrap process and global information. The correct ratio of keypoint matches built with descriptors is typically very low on multimodal images of large spectral difference. To identify correct matches, global information is utilized for evaluating keypoint matches and a bootstrap technique is employed to reduce the computational cost. A keypoint match determines a transformation T and a similarity metric between the reference and the transformed test image by T...
April 19, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435347/five-new-records-of-soil-derived-trichoderma-in-korea-t-albolutescens-t-asperelloides-t-orientale-t-spirale-and-t-tomentosum
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Seokyoon Jang, Yeongseon Jang, Chul-Whan Kim, Hanbyul Lee, Joo-Hyun Hong, Young Mok Heo, Young Min Lee, Dong Wan Lee, Hyang Burm Lee, Jae-Jin Kim
Despite the huge worldwide diversity of Trichoderma (Hypocreaceae, Ascomycota), only about 22 species have been reported in Korea. Thus, between 2013 and 2015, soil-derived Trichoderma spp. were isolated to reveal the diversity of Korean Trichoderma. Phylogenetic analysis of translation elongation factor 1 alpha gene was used for identification. Among the soil-derived Trichoderma, Trichoderma albolutescens, T. asperelloides, T. orientale, T. spirale, and T. tomentosum have not been previously reported in Korea...
March 2017: Mycobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435062/recent-advances-in-activatable-fluorescence-imaging-probes-for-tumor-imaging
#6
REVIEW
Jing Zhao, Guorui Jin, Guojun Weng, Jianjun Li, Jian Zhu, Junwu Zhao
Fluorescence imaging is superior in sensitivity and resolution compared with other imaging modalities; however, its application is hindered by high background noise. Tissue-selective strategies, such as passive, active, and activatable targeting, hold great promise in accelerating clinical translation by significantly improving the tumor:background ratio (TBR) and, in turn, the sensitivity and contrast of fluorescence imaging. Compared with the 'always on' contrast agents, activatable probes, which remain nonfluorescent until being activated by tumor-specific molecular targets, further enhance TBR and at the same time provide additional molecular information that can be related to tumor staging and therapy response...
April 20, 2017: Drug Discovery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434997/multi-photon-microscopy-in-cardiovascular-research
#7
REVIEW
Zhuojun Wu, Timo Rademakers, Fabian Kiessling, Michael Vogt, Erik Westein, Christian Weber, Remco Ta Megens, Marc van Zandvoort
Multiphoton laser scanning microscopy has proven profound value for ex vivo 3D histology and in vivo imaging of motionless tissue. The development of triggering systems and fast imaging methods, combined with advanced preparation procedures solved the challenging task of intravital imaging of the fast pulsating heart and major arteries in animals and further increased the popularity of intravital multiphoton imaging in cardiovascular research. This review article will highlight the potential of multiphoton microscopy for the visualization and characterization of dynamical and structural processes involved in cardiac and vascular diseases, both in an ex vivo and an intravital animal setting...
April 18, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434702/inhibition-or-deletion-of-angiotensin-ii-type-1-receptor-suppresses-elastase-induced-experimental-abdominal-aortic-aneurysms
#8
Haojun Xuan, Baohui Xu, Wei Wang, Hiroki Tanaka, Naoki Fujimura, Masaaki Miyata, Sara A Michie, Ronald L Dalman
OBJECTIVE: Angiotensin (Ang) II type 1 receptor (AT1) activation is essential for the development of exogenous Ang II-induced abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) in hyperlipidemic animals. Experimental data derived from this modeling system, however, provide limited insight into the role of endogenous Ang II in aneurysm pathogenesis. Consequently, the potential translational value of AT1 inhibition in clinical AAA disease management remains incompletely understood on the basis of the existing literature...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434615/searching-for-cross-diagnostic-convergence-neural-mechanisms-governing-excitation-and-inhibition-balance-in-schizophrenia-and-autism-spectrum-disorders
#9
REVIEW
Jennifer H Foss-Feig, Brendan D Adkinson, Jie Lisa Ji, Genevieve Yang, Vinod H Srihari, James C McPartland, John H Krystal, John D Murray, Alan Anticevic
Recent theoretical accounts have proposed excitation and inhibition (E/I) imbalance as a possible mechanistic, network-level hypothesis underlying neural and behavioral dysfunction across neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and schizophrenia (SCZ). These two disorders share some overlap in their clinical presentation as well as convergence in their underlying genes and neurobiology. However, there are also clear points of dissociation in terms of phenotypes and putatively affected neural circuitry...
May 15, 2017: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434163/biomarkers-of-epileptogenesis-the-focus-on-glia-and-cognitive-dysfunctions
#10
Annamaria Vezzani, Rosaria Pascente, Teresa Ravizza
The need to find measures that reliably predict the onset of epilepsy after injurious events or how the patient will respond to anti-seizure drugs led to intensive pre-clinical and clinical research to discover non-invasive biomarkers that could increase the sensitivity of existing clinical indicators. The use of experimental models of epileptogenesis and of drug-resistance is instrumental to select the most promising approaches to explore such biomarkers in the pre-clinical setting for further clinical validation...
April 22, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433556/bolus-injections-of-novel-thrombogenic-site-targeted-fusion-proteins-comprising-annexin-v-and-kunitz-protease-inhibitors-attenuate-intimal-hyperplasia-after-balloon-angioplasty
#11
Yung-Hsin Yeh, Shang-Hung Chang, Shin-Yu Chen, Chih-Jen Wen, Fu-Chan Wei, Rui Tang, Sam Achilefu, Tze-Chein Wun, Wei-Jan Chen
BACKGROUND: Systemic administrations of conventional antithrombotics reduce neointima formation after angioplasty in experimental animals. However, clinical translation of these results has not been successful due to high risk for bleeding. OBJECTIVES: We sought to determine whether novel annexin-V (ANV)-Kunitz protease inhibitor fusion proteins, TAP-ANV and ANV-6L15, can specifically target to vascular injury site and limit neointima formation without inducing systemic hypo-coagulation in a rat carotid artery balloon angioplasty injury model...
April 6, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433399/simultaneous-68-ga-dotatate-positron-emission-tomography-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-meningioma-target-contouring-feasibility-and-impact-upon-interobserver-variability-versus-positron-emission-tomography-computed-tomography-and-computed-tomography-magnetic
#12
J Maclean, N Fersht, K Sullivan, I Kayani, J Bomanji, J Dickson, C O'Meara, S Short
AIMS: The increasing use of highly conformal radiation techniques to treat meningioma confers a greater need for accurate targeting. Several groups have shown that positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) information alters meningioma targets contoured by single observers, but whether this translates into improved accuracy has not been defined. As magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the cornerstone of meningioma target contouring, simultaneous PET/MRI may be superior to PET/CT...
April 19, 2017: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432806/rapid-acceptance-testing-of-modern-linac-using-on-board-mv-and-kv-imaging-systems
#13
Sridhar Yaddanapudi, Bin Cai, Taylor Harry, Steven Dolly, Baozhou Sun, Hua Li, Keith Stinson, Camille Noel, Lakshmi Santanam, Todd Pawlicki, Sasa Mutic, S Murty Goddu
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to develop a novel process for using on-board MV and kV Electronic Portal Imaging Devices (EPIDs) to perform linac acceptance testing (AT) for two reasons: 1) to standardize the assessment of new equipment performance, and 2) to reduce the time to clinical use while reducing physicist workload. METHODS AND MATERIALS: In this study, Varian TrueBeam linacs equipped with amorphous silicon based EPID (aS1000) were used. The conventional set of AT tests and tolerances were used as a baseline guide...
April 22, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431905/dynamic-interhemispheric-competition-and-vestibulo-cortical-control-in-humans-a-theoretical-proposition
#14
REVIEW
Qadeer Arshad
Neuroscientific research has made a concerted effort to determine cortical localisation using various functional imaging techniques. This approach has undoubtedly yielded important novel anatomical knowledge, albeit at times contradictory, regarding the structural organisation of the vestibular cortex. Unfortunately however, this knowledge has not translated to our understanding regarding how neural mechanisms control vestibular function. Based upon recent functional imaging, lesion and neuro-physiological data that has demonstrated (i) the close behavioural and neuro-anatomical relationship between cortical processing of vestibular and spatial attention signals, and (ii) that inducing interhemispheric competition can in-turn strongly modulate vestibular function akin to that observed in cortical lesion patients, I herewith propose the hypothesis that vestibular cortical processing is controlled, as per for spatial attention, via dynamic interhemispheric competition...
April 18, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431251/tunable-expression-tools-enable-single-cell-strain-distinction-in-the-gut-microbiome
#15
Weston R Whitaker, Elizabeth Stanley Shepherd, Justin L Sonnenburg
Applying synthetic biology to engineer gut-resident microbes provides new avenues to investigate microbe-host interactions, perform diagnostics, and deliver therapeutics. Here, we describe a platform for engineering Bacteroides, the most abundant genus in the Western microbiota, which includes a process for high-throughput strain modification. We have identified a novel phage promoter and translational tuning strategy and achieved an unprecedented level of expression that enables imaging of fluorescent-protein-expressing Bacteroides stably colonizing the mouse gut...
April 20, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430714/ultrasound-molecular-imaging-of-inflammation-in-mouse-abdominal-aorta
#16
Shiying Wang, Sunil Unnikrishnan, Elizabeth B Herbst, Alexander L Klibanov, Frank William Mauldin, John A Hossack
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to demonstrate a new clinically translatable ultrasound molecular imaging approach, modulated acoustic radiation force-based imaging, which is capable of rapid and reliable detection of inflammation as validated in mouse abdominal aorta. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Animal studies were approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee at the University of Virginia. C57BL/6 mice stimulated with tumor necrosis factor α, or fed with a high-fat diet, were used as inflammation (MInflammation) and diet-induced obesity (DIO) (MDIO) models, respectively...
April 20, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430547/enhancing-insights-into-pulmonary-vascular-disease-pvd-through-a-precision-medicine-approach-a-joint-nhlbi-cmref-workshop-report
#17
John H Newman, Stuart Rich, Steven H Abman, John H Alexander, John Barnard, Gerald J Beck, Raymond L Benza, Todd M Bull, Stephen Y Chan, Hyung J Chun, Declan Doogan, Jocelyn Dupuis, Serpil C Erzurum, Robert P Frantz, Mark Geraci, Hunter Gillies, Mark Gladwin, Michael P Gray, Anna R Hemnes, Roy S Herbst, Adrian F Hernandez, Nicholas S Hill, Evelyn M Horn, Kendall Hunter, Zhi-Cheng Jing, Roger Johns, Sanjay Kaul, Steven M Kawut, Tim Lahm, Jane A Leopold, Greg D Lewis, Stephen C Mathai, Vallerie V McLaughlin, Evangelos D Michelakis, Steven D Nathan, William Nichols, Grier Page, Marlene Rabinovitch, Jonathan Rich, Franz Rischard, Sharon Rounds, Sanjiv J Shah, Victor F Tapson, Naomi Lowy, Norman Stockbridge, Gail Weinmann, Lei Xiao
The Division of Lung Diseases of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, (NHLBI) and the Cardiovascular Medical Education and Research Fund (CMREF), held a workshop to discuss to leverage of the anticipated scientific output from the recently launched "Redefining Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) through Pulmonary Vascular Disease Phenomics" (PVDOMICS) program. PVDOMICS is a protocol driven network to analyze PH patient populations to define novel pulmonary vascular disease (PVD) phenotypes. Basic, translational and clinical investigators, patient advocacy organizations, regulatory agencies, and pharmaceutical industry experts discussed the application of precision medicine to PVD clinical trials...
April 21, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430393/invited-commentary-in-vivo-cutaneous-malignancy-diagnosis-using-mitochondrial-imaging
#18
Lindsay C Strowd
A recent study by Pouli et al. (2016) published in Science Translational Medicine used an elegant set of experiments to demonstrate the ability of mitochondrial monitoring to distinguish skin cancer cells from healthy tissue in vivo. This study reveals important implications regarding the future of real-time malignancy detection (Pouli 2016). Skin cancers represent the vast majority of human malignancy, with the current estimated incidence of 4.5 million cases per year in the United States alone (Centers for Disease Control 2017)...
April 21, 2017: Oral Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430210/folded-monocentric-imager-with-deformable-mirror-focus
#19
Glenn M Schuster, William M Mellette, Joseph E Ford
We describe a catadioptric monocentric imager using an elastic central element focused by deformation of a fold mirror. We show the design of 6 mm and 12 mm focal length F/2.8 achromats and compare design performance when focusing by translating the sensor, translating the fold mirror, and by spherically deforming the fold mirror. We tested the 12 mm focal length design using a diamond turned polystyrene element as the outer meniscus lens (and mechanical mount), filled with an optical gel in contact with the central aperture and fold mirror, and demonstrate focusing by mechanical deformation of the fold mirror...
April 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429403/accuracy-of-computed-tomographic-arthrography-for-assessment-of-articular-cartilage-defects-in-the-ovine-stifle
#20
Fanny Hontoir, Peter Clegg, Vincent Simon, Nathalie Kirschvink, Jean-Francois Nisolle, Jean-Michel Vandeweerd
Articular cartilage defects are one of the features of osteoarthritis in animals and humans. Early detection of cartilage defects is a challenge in clinical veterinary practice and also in translational research studies. An accurate, diagnostic imaging method would be desirable for detecting and following up lesions in specific anatomical regions of the articular surface. The current prospective experimental study aimed to describe the accuracy of computed tomographic arthrography (CTA) for detecting cartilage defects in a common animal model used for osteoarthritis research, the ovine stifle (knee, femoropatellar/femorotibial) joint...
April 20, 2017: Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
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