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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222324/graph-based-segmentation-of-abnormal-nuclei-in-cervical-cytology
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Ling Zhang, Hui Kong, Shaoxiong Liu, Tianfu Wang, Siping Chen, Milan Sonka
A general method is reported for improving the segmentation of abnormal cell nuclei in cervical cytology images. In automation-assisted reading of cervical cytology, one of the essential steps is the segmentation of nuclei. Despite some progress, there is a need to improve the sensitivity, particularly the segmentation of abnormal nuclei. Our method starts with pre-segmenting the nucleus to define the coarse center and size of nucleus, which is used to construct a graph by image unfolding that maps ellipse-like border in the Cartesian coordinate system to lines in the polar coordinate system...
January 31, 2017: Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics: the Official Journal of the Computerized Medical Imaging Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221345/rational-design-of-reversible-fluorescent-probes-for-live-cell-imaging-and-quantification-of-fast-glutathione-dynamics
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Keitaro Umezawa, Masafumi Yoshida, Mako Kamiya, Tatsuya Yamasoba, Yasuteru Urano
Alterations in glutathione (GSH) homeostasis are associated with a variety of diseases and cellular functions, and therefore, real-time live-cell imaging and quantification of GSH dynamics are important for understanding pathophysiological processes. However, existing fluorescent probes are unsuitable for these purposes due to their irreversible fluorogenic mechanisms or slow reaction rates. In this work, we have successfully overcome these problems by establishing a design strategy inspired by Mayr's work on nucleophilic reaction kinetics...
March 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221194/multiple-time-point-68-ga-psma-i-t-pet-ct-for-characterization-of-primary-prostate-cancer-value-of-early-dynamic-and-delayed-imaging
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Sebastian Schmuck, Martin Mamach, Florian Wilke, Christoph A von Klot, Christoph Henkenberens, James T Thackeray, Jan M Sohns, Lilli Geworski, Tobias L Ross, Hans-Juergen Wester, Hans Christiansen, Frank M Bengel, Thorsten Derlin
PURPOSE: The aims of this study were to gain mechanistic insights into prostate cancer biology using dynamic imaging and to evaluate the usefulness of multiple time-point Ga-prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) I&T PET/CT for the assessment of primary prostate cancer before prostatectomy. METHODS: Twenty patients with prostate cancer underwent Ga-PSMA I&T PET/CT before prostatectomy. The PET protocol consisted of early dynamic pelvic imaging, followed by static scans at 60 and 180 minutes postinjection (p...
February 17, 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221003/trends-in-high-throughput-and-functional-neuroimaging-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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REVIEW
Yongmin Cho, Charles L Zhao, Hang Lu
The nervous system of Caenorhabditis elegans is an important model system for understanding the development and function of larger, more complex nervous systems. It is prized for its ease of handling, rapid life cycle, and stereotyped, well-cataloged development, with the development of all 302 neurons mapped all the way from zygote to adult. The combination of easy genetic manipulation and optical transparency of the worm allows for the direct imaging of its interior with fluorescent microscopy, without physically compromising the normal physiology of the animal itself...
February 21, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Systems Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220362/the-role-of-impedance-planimetry-in-the-evaluation-of-esophageal-disorders
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REVIEW
Nitin K Ahuja, John O Clarke
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Impedance planimetry measures tissue wall distensibility as a function of pressure and cross-sectional area. Recent interest in this technique's relevance to the gastrointestinal tract has been accelerated by the availability of the functional lumen imaging probe, a catheter-based system that dynamically quantitates these biomechanical properties. Herein, we review the device's particular utility in the setting of esophageal pathology, including processes affecting the esophageal body as well as the upper and lower esophageal sphincters...
February 2017: Current Gastroenterology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220179/polarity-and-growth-directions-in-sn-seeded-gasb-nanowires
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Reza R Zamani, Sepideh Gorji Ghalamestani, Jie Niu, Niklas Sköld, Kimberly A Dick
We here investigate the growth mechanism of Sn-seeded GaSb nanowires and demonstrate how the seed particle and its dynamics at the growth interface of the nanowire determine the polarity, as well as the formation of structural defects. We use aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy imaging methodologies to study the interrelationship between the structural properties, i.e. polarity, growth mechanism, and formation of inclined twin boundaries in pairs. Moreover, the optical properties of the Sn-seeded GaSb nanowires are examined...
February 21, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219946/distinct-intracellular-ca-2-dynamics-regulate-apical-constriction-and-differentially-contribute-to-neural-tube-closure
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Makoto Suzuki, Masanao Sato, Hiroshi Koyama, Yusuke Hara, Kentaro Hayashi, Naoko Yasue, Hiromi Imamura, Toshihiko Fujimori, Takeharu Nagai, Robert E Campbell, Naoto Ueno
Early in the development of the central nervous system, progenitor cells undergo a shape change, called apical constriction, that triggers the neural plate to form a tubular structure. How apical constriction in the neural plate is controlled, and contributes to tissue morphogenesis, are not fully understood. In this study, we show that intracellular calcium ions (Ca(2+)) are required for Xenopus neural tube formation, and that there are two types of Ca(2+)-concentration changes, a single-cell and a multicellular wave-like fluctuation, in the developing neural plate...
February 20, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219776/deactivation-in-the-posterior-mid-cingulate-cortex-reflects-perceptual-transitions-during-binocular-rivalry-evidence-from-simultaneous-eeg-fmri
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Abhrajeet Roy, Keith Jamison, Sheng He, Steve Engel, Bin He
Binocular rivalry is a phenomenon in which perception spontaneously shifts between two different images that are dichoptically presented to the viewer. By elucidating the cortical networks responsible for these stochastic fluctuations in perception, we can potentially learn much about the neural correlates of visual awareness. We obtained concurrent EEG-fMRI data for a group of 20 healthy human subjects during the continuous presentation of dichoptic visual stimuli. The two eyes' images were tagged with different temporal frequencies so that eye specific steady-state visual evoked potential (SSVEP) signals could be extracted from the EEG data for direct comparison with changes in fMRI BOLD activity associated with binocular rivalry...
February 17, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219725/planar-implantable-sensor-for-in-vivo-measurement-of-cellular-oxygen-metabolism-in-brain-tissue
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Vassiliy Tsytsarev, Fatih Akkenti, Elena Pumbo, Qinggong Tang, Yu Chen, Reha S Erzurumlu, Dmitri B Papkovsky
BACKGROUND: Brain imaging methods are continually improving. Imaging of the cerebral cortex is widely used in both animal experiments and charting human brain function in health and disease. Among the animal models, the rodent cerebral cortex has been widely used because of patterned neural representation of the whiskers on the snout and relative ease of activating cortical tissue with whisker stimulation. NEW METHOD: We tested a new planar solid-state oxygen sensor comprising a polymeric film with a phosphorescent oxygen-sensitive coating on the working side, to monitor dynamics of oxygen metabolism in the cerebral cortex following sensory stimulation...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218346/usefulness-of-clearance-parametric-images-in-detection-of-regional-renal-parenchyma-dysfunction
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Jacek Kuśmierek, Małgorzata Bieńkiewicz, Tomasz Konecki, Marian Surma, Marek Sosnowski, Anna Płachcińska
BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to examine whether parametric clearance images (PAR) enhance diagnostic potential of a dynamic renal scintigraphy with detection of local dysfunction of kidneys, on a model of kidneys after treatment with extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL), MATERIAL AND METHODS: Kidneys after ESWL were accepted as a proper model for the implementation of this objective because of the previously proven damaging effect of a shock wave on renal parenchyma and known region of ESWL application...
2017: Nuclear Medicine Review. Central & Eastern Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217990/telomerase-activity-detection-with-amplification-free-single-molecule-stochastic-binding-assay
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Xin Su, Zehao Li, Xinzhong Yan, Lei Wang, Xu Zhou, Lin Wei, Lehui Xiao, Changyuan Yu
Since the elongation of telomeres is associated with tumorigenesis, it is of great interest to develop rapid and high-confidence telomerase activity detection methods for disease diagnosis. Currently, amplification based strategies have been extensively explored for telomerase detection in vitro and in vivo. However, amplification typically associated with poor reproducibility and high background which hamper their further applications particularly for real sample assay. Here, we demonstrated a new amplification-free single molecule imaging method for telomerase activity detection in vitro based on nucleic acid stochastic binding with total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy (TIRFM)...
February 20, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217712/imaging-extracellular-potassium-dynamics-in-brain-tissue-using-a-potassium-sensitive-nanosensor
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Joel Wellbourne-Wood, Theresa S Rimmele, Jean-Yves Chatton
Neuronal activity results in the release of [Formula: see text] into the extracellular space (ECS). Classically, measurements of extracellular [Formula: see text] ([Formula: see text]) are carried out using [Formula: see text]-sensitive microelectrodes, which provide a single point measurement with undefined spatial resolution. An imaging approach would enable the spatiotemporal mapping of [Formula: see text]. Here, we report on the design and characterization of a fluorescence imaging-based [Formula: see text]-sensitive nanosensor for the ECS based on dendrimer nanotechnology...
January 2017: Neurophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217414/dance-balance-and-core-muscle-performance-measures-are-improved-following-a-9-week-core-stabilization-training-program-among-competitive-collegiate-dancers
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Todd Watson, Jessica Graning, Sue McPherson, Elizabeth Carter, Joshuah Edwards, Isaac Melcher, Taylor Burgess
BACKGROUND: Dance performance requires not only lower extremity muscle strength and endurance, but also sufficient core stabilization during dynamic dance movements. While previous studies have identified a link between core muscle performance and lower extremity injury risk, what has not been determined is if an extended core stabilization training program will improve specific measures of dance performance. HYPOTHESIS/PURPOSE: This study examined the impact of a nine-week core stabilization program on indices of dance performance, balance measures, and core muscle performance in competitive collegiate dancers...
February 2017: International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217239/diagnostic-accuracy-of-gd-eob-dtpa-for-detection-hepatocellular-carcinoma-hcc-a-comparative-study-with-dynamic-contrast-enhanced-magnetic-resonance-imaging-mri-and-dynamic-contrast-enhanced-computed-tomography-ct
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Massimo Imbriaco, Serena De Luca, Milena Coppola, Mario Fusari, Michele Klain, Marta Puglia, Pierpaolo Mainenti, Raffaele Liuzzi, Simone Maurea
BACKGROUND: To compare the diagnostic accuracy of hepato-biliary (HB) phase with gadolinium-ethoxybenzyl-diethylenetriamine-pentaacetic acid (Gd-EOB-DTPA) with dynamic contrast-enhanced MR imaging (DCEMRI) and contrast-enhanced CT (DCECT) for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) detection. MATERIAL/METHODS: 73 patients underwent DCECT and Gd-EOB-DTPA-3T-MR. Lesions were classified using a five-point confidence scale. Reference standard was a combination of pathological evidence and tumor growth at follow-up CT/MR at 12 months...
2017: Polish Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216792/effect-of-monomer-solubility-on-the-evolution-of-copolymer-morphology-during-polymerization-induced-self-assembly-in-aqueous-solution
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Amy A Cockram, Thomas J Neal, Matthew J Derry, Oleksandr O Mykhaylyk, Neal S J Williams, Martin W Murray, Simon N Emmett, Steven P Armes
Polymerization-induced self-assembly (PISA) has become a widely used technique for the rational design of diblock copolymer nano-objects in concentrated aqueous solution. Depending on the specific PISA formulation, reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) aqueous dispersion polymerization typically provides straightforward access to either spheres, worms, or vesicles. In contrast, RAFT aqueous emulsion polymerization formulations often lead to just kinetically-trapped spheres. This limitation is currently not understood, and only a few empirical exceptions have been reported in the literature...
February 14, 2017: Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216791/molecular-processes-leading-to-necking-in-extensional-flow-of-polymer-solutions-using-microfluidics-and-single-dna-imaging
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Shaurya Sachdev, Aswin Muralidharan, Pouyan E Boukany
We study the necking and pinch-off dynamics of liquid droplets that contain a semidilute polymer solution of polyacrylamide close to overlap concentration by combining microfluidics and single DNA observation. Polymeric droplets are stretched by passing them through the stagnation point of a T-shaped microfluidic junction. In contrast with the sudden breakup of Newtonian droplets, a stable neck is formed between the separating ends of the droplet which delays the breakup process. Initially, polymeric filaments experience exponential thinning by forming a stable neck with extensional flow within the filament...
December 27, 2016: Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216496/-clinical-value-of-the-evolution-of-left-ventricular-global-strain-in-anterior-myocardial-infarction-patients-treated-with-emergency-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
#17
Zurong Yang, Qichang Zhou, Zhenfei Fang, Danming Cao, Jiawei Zhou, Xiankui Tan
To investigate the evolution of left ventricular global strain in anterior myocardial infarction patients treated with emergency percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).
 Methods: A total of 54 patients with PCI were enrolled as a PCI group. Forty healthy subjects were enrolled as a control group. Dynamic cardiac images were collected. All of these images were analyzed off-line by velocity vector imaging (VVI) software. N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) was measured with an electrochemiluminescence immunoassay through the Elecsys 1010/2010 system...
January 28, 2017: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215631/posttranscriptional-chemical-labeling-of-rna-by-using-bioorthogonal-chemistry
#18
REVIEW
Jerrin Thomas George, Seergazhi G Srivatsan
Recent developments in RNA labeling technology have provided viable tools to analyze RNA synthesis, processing and function in cell-free and cellular environments. Notably, emerging methodologies based on posttranscriptional chemical labeling by using bioorthogonal chemistry have enabled the visualization and profiling of exogenous and endogenous RNA transcripts. In this review, we first give an overview of different RNA labeling strategies based on chemical as well as genetically encoded systems. Subsequently, we provided a detailed discussion on methodologies that have been developed to introduce various bioorthogonal reactive groups into RNA transcripts, which are compatible for posttranscriptional functionalization...
February 16, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215333/quantitative-methods-to-study-epithelial-morphogenesis-and-polarity
#19
B Aigouy, C Collinet, M Merkel, A Sagner
Morphogenesis of an epithelial tissue emerges from the behavior of its constituent cells, including changes in shape, rearrangements, and divisions. In many instances the directionality of these cellular events is controlled by the polarized distribution of specific molecular components. In recent years, our understanding of morphogenesis and polarity highly benefited from advances in genetics, microscopy, and image analysis. They now make it possible to measure cellular dynamics and polarity with unprecedented precision for entire tissues throughout their development...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214945/characterization-of-tunneling-nanotubes-in-wharton-s-jelly-mesenchymal-stem-cells-an-intercellular-exchange-of-components-between-neighboring-cells
#20
Viviana Sanchez, Nerina Villalba, Luciano Fiore, Carlos Luzzani, Santiago Miriuka, Alberto Boveris, Ricardo J Gelpi, Alicia Brusco, Juan José Poderoso
Intercellular communication is one of the most important events in cell population behavior. In the last decade, tunneling nanotubes (TNTs) have been recognized as a new form of long distance intercellular connection. TNT function is to allow molecular and subcellular structure exchange between neighboring cells via the transfer of molecules and organelles such as calcium ions, prions, viral and bacterial pathogens, small lysosomes and mitochondria. New findings support the concept that mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can affect cell microenvironment by the release of soluble factors or the transfer of cellular components to neighboring cells, in a way which significantly contributes to cell regulation and tissue repair, although the underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood...
February 18, 2017: Stem Cell Reviews
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