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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779258/hyperpolarized-porous-silicon-nanoparticles-potential-theragnostic-material-for-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-si-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Hyeonglim Seo, Ikjang Choi, Nicholas Whiting, Jingzhe Hu, Quy Son Luu, Shivanand Pudakalakatti, Caitlin McCowan, Yaewon Kim, Niki Zacharias, Seunghyun Lee, Pratip Bhattacharya, Youngbok Lee
Porous silicon nanoparticles have recently garnered attention as potentially-promising biomedical platforms for drug delivery and medical diagnostics. Here, we demonstrate porous silicon nanoparticles as contrast agents for ²⁹Si magnetic resonance imaging. Size-controlled porous silicon nanoparticles were synthesized by magnesiothermic reduction of silica nanoparticles and were surface activated for further functionalization. Particles were hyperpolarized via dynamic nuclear polarization to enhance their ²⁹Si MR signals; the particles demonstrated long ²⁹Si spin-lattice relaxation (T₁) times (~ 25 mins), which suggests potential applicability for medical imaging...
May 20, 2018: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779031/a-novel-ex-vivo-mouse-mesometrium-culture-model-for-investigating-angiogenesis-in-microvascular-networks
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Ariana D Suarez-Martinez, Susanne Bierschenk, Katie Huang, Dana Kaplan, Carolyn L Bayer, Stryder M Meadows, Markus Sperandio, Walter L Murfee
BACKGROUND: The development of models that incorporate intact microvascular networks enables the investigation of multicellular dynamics during angiogenesis. Our laboratory introduced the rat mesentery culture model as such a tool, which would be enhanced with mouse tissue. Since mouse mesentery is avascular, an alternative is mouse mesometrium, the connective tissue of uterine horns. The study's objective was to demonstrate that mouse mesometrium contains microvascular networks that can be cultured to investigate multicellular dynamics during angiogenesis...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Vascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778761/preferential-stabilization-of-newly-formed-dendritic-spines-in-motor-cortex-during-manual-skill-learning-predicts-performance-gains-but-not-memory-endurance
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Taylor A Clark, Min Fu, Andrew K Dunn, Yi Zuo, Theresa A Jones
Previous findings that skill learning is associated with the formation and preferential stabilization of new dendritic spines in cortex have raised the possibility that this preferential stabilization is a mechanism for lasting skill memory. We investigated this possibility in adult mice using in vivo two-photon imaging to monitor spine dynamics on superficial apical dendrites of layer V pyramidal neurons in motor cortex during manual skill learning. Spine formation increased over the first 3 days of training on a skilled reaching task, followed by increased spine elimination...
May 17, 2018: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778691/alterations-in-apparent-diffusion-coefficient-values-of-the-kidney-during-the-cardiac-cycle-evaluation-with-ecg-triggered-diffusion-weighted-mr-imaging
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Katsuyoshi Ito, Minoru Hayashida, Akihiko Kanki, Akira Yamamoto, Tsutomu Tamada, Koji Yoshida, Masahiro Tanabe
PURPOSE: To evaluate dynamic changes in apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values of the kidney at different time points during the cardiac cycle using electrocardiographic (ECG)-triggered diffusion-weighted MR imaging in normal subjects, and to elucidate the differences in ADC values between the right and left kidneys during a cardiac cycle. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study was approved by our institutional review board and informed consent was obtained from subjects...
May 17, 2018: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778150/adsorption-of-vocs-on-reduced-graphene-oxide
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Lian Yu, Long Wang, Weicheng Xu, Limin Chen, Mingli Fu, Junliang Wu, Daiqi Ye
A modified Hummer's method was adopted for the synthesis of graphene oxide (GO) and reduced graphene oxide (rGO). It was revealed that the modified method is effective for the production of GO and rGO from graphite. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images of GO and rGO showed a sheet-like morphology. Because of the presence of oxygenated functional groups on the carbon surface, the interlayer spacing of the prepared GO was higher than that of rGO. The presence of OH and CO groups in the Fourier transform infrared spectra (FTIR) spectrum and G-mode and 2D-mode in Raman spectra confirmed the synthesis of GO and rGO...
May 2018: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777828/mutual-connectivity-analysis-of-resting-state-functional-mri-data-with-local-models
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Adora M DSouza, Anas Z Abidin, Udaysankar Chockanathan, Giovanni Schifitto, Axel Wismüller
Functional connectivity analysis of functional MRI (fMRI) can represent brain networks and reveal insights into interactions amongst different brain regions. However, most connectivity analysis approaches adopted in practice are linear and non-directional. In this paper, we demonstrate the advantage of a data-driven, directed connectivity analysis approach called Mutual Connectivity Analysis using Local Models (MCA-LM) that approximates connectivity by modeling nonlinear dependencies of signal interaction, over more conventionally used approaches, such as Pearson's and partial correlation, Patel's conditional dependence measures, etcetera...
May 16, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777506/an-extended-kalman-filter-for-mouse-tracking
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Hongjun Choi, Mingi Kim, Onseok Lee
Animal tracking is an important tool for observing behavior, which is useful in various research areas. Animal specimens can be tracked using dynamic models and observation models that require several types of data. Tracking mouse has several barriers due to the physical characteristics of the mouse, their unpredictable movement, and cluttered environments. Therefore, we propose a reliable method that uses a detection stage and a tracking stage to successfully track mouse. The detection stage detects the surface area of the mouse skin, and the tracking stage implements an extended Kalman filter to estimate the state variables of a nonlinear model...
May 19, 2018: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776969/identifying-genetic-players-in-cell-sheet-morphogenesis-using-a-drosophila-deficiency-screen-for-genes-on-chromosome-2r-involved-in-dorsal-closure
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Richard D Mortensen, Regan P Moore, Stephanie M Fogerson, Hellen Y Chiou, Chimdindu V Obinero, Neel K Prabhu, Angela H Wei, Janice M Crawford, Daniel P Kiehart
Cell sheet morphogenesis characterizes key developmental transitions and homeostasis, in vertebrates and throughout phylogeny, including gastrulation, neural tube formation and wound healing. Dorsal closure, a process during Drosophila embryogenesis, has emerged as a model for cell sheet morphogenesis. ∼140 genes are currently known to affect dorsal closure and new genes are identified each year. Many of these genes were identified in screens that resulted in arrested development. Dorsal closure is remarkably robust and many questions regarding the molecular mechanisms involved in this complex biological process remain...
May 18, 2018: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776438/uninterrupted-monitoring-of-drug-effects-in-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes-with-bioluminescence-ca-2-microscopy
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Kazushi Suzuki, Takahito Onishi, Chieko Nakada, Shunsuke Takei, Matthew J Daniels, Masahiro Nakano, Tomoki Matsuda, Takeharu Nagai
OBJECTIVE: Cardiomyocytes derived from human-induced pluripotent stem cells are a powerful platform for high-throughput drug screening in vitro. However, current modalities for drug testing, such as electrophysiology and fluorescence imaging have inherent drawbacks. To circumvent these problems, we report the development of a bioluminescent Ca2+ indicator GmNL(Ca2+ ), and its application in a customized microscope for high-throughput drug screening. RESULTS: GmNL(Ca2+ ) gives a 140% signal change with Ca2+ , and can image drug-induced changes of Ca2+ dynamics in cultured cells...
May 18, 2018: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775815/simultaneous-magnetic-resonance-and-optical-elastography-acquisitions-comparison-of-displacement-images-and-shear-modulus-estimations-using-a-single-vibration-source
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Spencer T Brinker, Steven P Kearney, Thomas J Royston, Dieter Klatt
The mechanical properties of tissue are sensitive to pathological changes, which is the basis for using dynamic elastography as a diagnostic tool. The purpose of this study is a concurrent cross-modality comparison of two dynamic elastography methods, Magnetic Resonance Elastography (MRE) and Scanning Laser Doppler Vibrometry (SLDV) using a single vibration source method. Cylindrical soft tissue mimicking specimens of Plastisol and Ecoflex are stimulated with 60, 100, 150, and 250 Hz sinusoidal vibration during imaging...
May 8, 2018: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775610/monocarboxylate-transporters-in-breast-cancer-and-adipose-tissue-are-novel-biomarkers-and-potential-therapeutic-targets
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Zhiyu Li, Qi Wu, Si Sun, Juan Wu, Juanjuan Li, Yimin Zhang, Changhua Wang, Jingping Yuan, Shengrong Sun
Monocarboxylate transporters (MCTs) are transmembrane proteins that control the lactate metabolism and associated with poor prognosis in solid tumors including breast cancer (BC). This study aimed to evaluate the clinical and prognostic value of MCTs used by immunohistochemistry and quantum dots-based fluorescent imaging technique in BC and surrounding stroma with emphasis on the interaction between tumour and stroma. Moreover, the data from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) was analyzed to evaluate the association between MCTs mRNA expression and prognosis of breast cancer patients...
May 15, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775334/observation-of-polarization-vortices-in-momentum-space
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Yiwen Zhang, Ang Chen, Wenzhe Liu, Chia Wei Hsu, Bo Wang, Fang Guan, Xiaohan Liu, Lei Shi, Ling Lu, Jian Zi
The vortex, a fundamental topological excitation featuring the in-plane winding of a vector field, is important in various areas such as fluid dynamics, liquid crystals, and superconductors. Although commonly existing in nature, vortices were observed exclusively in real space. Here, we experimentally observed momentum-space vortices as the winding of far-field polarization vectors in the first Brillouin zone of periodic plasmonic structures. Using homemade polarization-resolved momentum-space imaging spectroscopy, we mapped out the dispersion, lifetime, and polarization of all radiative states at the visible wavelengths...
May 4, 2018: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774594/in-vivo-characterization-of-3d-skull-and-brain-motion-during-dynamic-head-vibration-using-magnetic-resonance-elastography
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Ziying Yin, Yi Sui, Joshua D Trzasko, Phillip J Rossman, Armando Manduca, Richard L Ehman, John Huston
PURPOSE: To introduce newly developed MR elastography (MRE)-based dual-saturation imaging and dual-sensitivity motion encoding schemes to directly measure in vivo skull-brain motion, and to study the skull-brain coupling in volunteers with these approaches. METHODS: Six volunteers were scanned with a high-performance compact 3T-MRI scanner. The skull-brain MRE images were obtained with a dual-saturation imaging where the skull and brain motion were acquired with fat- and water-suppression scans, respectively...
May 17, 2018: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774398/improved-detection-of-a-tumorous-involvement-of-the-mesorectal-fascia-and-locoregional-lymph-nodes-in-locally-advanced-rectal-cancer-using-dce-mri
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Marco Armbruster, Melvin D'Anastasi, Veronika Holzner, Martin E Kreis, Olaf Dietrich, Bernhard Brandlhuber, Anno Graser, Martina Brandlhuber
PURPOSE: The prediction of an infiltration of the mesorectal fascia (MRF) and malignant lymph nodes is essential for treatment planning and prognosis of patients with rectal cancer. The aim of this study was to assess the additional diagnostic value of dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) for the detection of a malignant involvement of the MRF and of mesorectal lymph nodes in patients with locally advanced rectal cancer. METHODS: In this prospective study, 22 patients with locally advanced rectal cancer were examined with 1...
May 17, 2018: International Journal of Colorectal Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774372/-optical-coherence-tomography-for-skin-pathologies
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REVIEW
J Welzel, S Schuh
Optical coherence tomography (OCT) has become established in routine diagnosis in dermatology only in the last few years. The reason is that the skin is a challenge for OCT as a strong scattering medium, because only a very small proportion of photons is reflected and can be used for imaging. In addition, in most cases a visual assessment or a biopsy is sufficient. Nevertheless, the main field of application in dermatology is the diagnostics of epithelial skin tumors. The OCT is suitable for the early recognition of small, clinically and light microscopically unspecific basal cell carcinomas as well as for the differential diagnosis of other tumors and precancerous lesions...
May 17, 2018: Der Ophthalmologe: Zeitschrift der Deutschen Ophthalmologischen Gesellschaft
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774323/encapsulated-papillary-carcinoma-in-a-man-with-gynecomastia-ultrasonography-mammography-and-magnetic-resonance-imaging-features-with-pathologic-correlation
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Ravza Yılmaz, Rana Günöz Cömert, Samil Aliyev, Yücel Toktaş, Semen Önder, Selman Emirikçi, Vahit Özmen
Male breast cancer is an uncommon disease that constitutes 1% of all breast cancers and encapsulated papillary carcinoma (EPC) is a rare subtype of malignant male diseases. Gynecomastia is the most common disease of the male breast. We report a 63-year-old male patient with EPC accompanied by gynecomastia that was diagnosed and treated at our breast center. Mammography showed an oval-shaped dense mass with circumscribed margins on the ground of nodular gynecomastia. On ultrasonographic exam, we saw a well-circumscribed complex mass with a solid component which was vascular on Doppler ultrasonography...
April 2018: European Journal of Breast Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774078/targeting-intracellular-mmps-efficiently-inhibits-tumor-metastasis-and-angiogenesis
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Yaqi Lv, Xiangmei Zhao, Lidan Zhu, Sijia Li, Qingqing Xiao, Wei He, Lifang Yin
Treatment for metastatic cancer is a great challenge throughout the world. Commonly, directed inhibition of extracellular matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) secreted by cancer cells can reduce metastasis. Here, a novel nanoplatform (HPMC NPs) assembled from hyaluronic acid (HA)-paclitaxel (PTX) prodrug and marimastat (MATT)/β-casein (CN) complexes was established to cure a 4T1 metastatic cancer model via targeting CD44 and intracellular, rather than extracellular, MMPs. Methods: HPMC NPs were prepared by assembling the complexes and prodrug under ultrasonic treatment, which the interaction between them was evaluated by förster resonance energy transfer, circular dichroism and fluorescence spectra...
2018: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774037/plant-sediment-interactions-in-salt-marshes-an-optode-imaging-study-of-o-2-ph-and-co-2-gradients-in-the-rhizosphere
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Ketil Koop-Jakobsen, Peter Mueller, Robert J Meier, Gregor Liebsch, Kai Jensen
In many wetland plants, belowground transport of O2 via aerenchyma tissue and subsequent O2 loss across root surfaces generates small oxic root zones at depth in the rhizosphere with important consequences for carbon and nutrient cycling. This study demonstrates how roots of the intertidal salt-marsh plant Spartina anglica affect not only O2 , but also pH and CO2 dynamics, resulting in distinct gradients of O2 , pH, and CO2 in the rhizosphere. A novel planar optode system (VisiSens TD® , PreSens GmbH) was used for taking high-resolution 2D-images of the O2 , pH, and CO2 distribution around roots during alternating light-dark cycles...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773989/the-cytotoxic-effects-of-betulin-conjugated-gold-nanoparticles-as-stable-formulations-in-normal-and-melanoma-cells
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Marius Mioc, Ioana Zinuca Pavel, Roxana Ghiulai, Dorina E Coricovac, Claudia Farcaş, Ciprian-Valentin Mihali, Camelia Oprean, Vlad Serafim, Ramona A Popovici, Cristina A Dehelean, Michael I Shtilman, Aristidis M Tsatsakis, Codruţa Şoica
Gold nanoparticles are currently investigated as theranostics tools in cancer therapy due to their proper biocompatibility and increased efficacy related to the ease to customize the surface properties and to conjugate other molecules. Betulin, [lup-20(29)-ene-3β, 28-diol], is a pentacyclic triterpene that has raised scientific interest due to its antiproliferative effect on several cancer types. Herein we described the synthesis of surface modified betulin-conjugated gold nanoparticles using a slightly modified Turkevich method...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773363/characterization-of-a-fluorescent-hydrogel-synthesized-using-chitosan-polyvinyl-alcohol-and-9-anthraldehyde-for-the-selective-detection-and-discrimination-of-trace-fe-3-and-fe-2-in-water-for-live-cell-imaging
#20
Santu Maity, Nira Parshi, Chandraday Prodhan, Keya Chaudhuri, Jhuma Ganguly
A three-dimensional fluorescent hydrogel based on chitosan, polyvinyl alcohol and 9-anthraldehyde (ChPA) has been successfully designed and synthesized for the selective detection and discrimination of Fe3+ and Fe2+ in aqueous environment. The unique characteristics of ChPA has been confirmed by the Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), rheological measurement, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), thermogravimetry and differential thermogravimetry (TG-DTG), ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis), fluorescence studies, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDX), x-ray diffraction (XRD) and dynamic light scattering (DLS)...
August 1, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
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