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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346758/size-dependent-axonal-bouton-dynamics-following-visual-deprivation-in%C3%A2-vivo
#1
Rosanna P Sammons, Claudia Clopath, Samuel J Barnes
Persistent synapses are thought to underpin the storage of sensory experience, yet little is known about their structural plasticity in vivo. We investigated how persistent presynaptic structures respond to the loss of primary sensory input. Using in vivo two-photon (2P) imaging, we measured fluctuations in the size of excitatory axonal boutons in L2/3 of adult mouse visual cortex after monocular enucleation. The average size of boutons did not change after deprivation, but the range of bouton sizes was reduced...
January 16, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346720/nanoscale-control-of-molecular-self-assembly-induced-by-plasmonic-hot-electron-dynamics
#2
Sabrina Simoncelli, Yi Li, Emiliano Cortes, Stefan A Maier
Self-assembly processes allow designing and creating complex nanostructures using molecules as building blocks and surfaces as scaffolds. This autonomous driven construction is possible due to a complex thermodynamic balance of molecule-surface interactions. As such, nanoscale guidance and control over this process is hard to achieve. Here we use the highly localized light-to-chemical-energy conversion of plasmonic materials to spatially cleave Au-S bonds on pre-determined locations within a single nanoparticle, enabling a high degree of control over this archetypal system for molecular self-assembly...
January 18, 2018: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346507/activity-and-safety-of-afatinib-in-a-window-pre-operative-eortc-study-in-patients-with-squamous-cell-carcinoma-of-the-head-and-neck-scchn
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J P Machiels, P Bossi, J Menis, M Lia, C Fortpied, Y Liu, R Lhommel, M Lemort, S Schmitz, S Canevari, L De Cecco, M Guzzo, R Bianchi, P Quattrone, F Crippa, T Duprez, Y Lalami, M Quiriny, N de Saint Aubain, P M Clement, R Coropciuc, E Hauben, L F Licitra
Background: To investigate the activity and safety of afatinib in the pre-operative treatment of squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN). Patients and methods: This study was an open-label, randomized, multicenter, phase II window of opportunity trial. Treatment-naïve SCCHN patients selected for primary curative surgery were randomized (5:1 ratio) to receive afatinib during 14 days (day -15 until day -1) before surgery (day 0) or no treatment. Tumor biopsies, 2-[fluorine-18]-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) were performed at diagnosis and just before surgery...
January 15, 2018: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346327/enhanced-isotopic-ratio-outlier-analysis-iroa-peak-detection-and-identification-with-ultra-high-resolution-gc-orbitrap-ms-potential-application-for-investigation-of-model-organism-metabolomes
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Yunping Qiu, Robyn D Moir, Ian M Willis, Suresh Seethapathy, Robert C Biniakewitz, Irwin J Kurland
Identifying non-annotated peaks may have a significant impact on the understanding of biological systems. In silico methodologies have focused on ESI LC/MS/MS for identifying non-annotated MS peaks. In this study, we employed in silico methodology to develop an Isotopic Ratio Outlier Analysis (IROA) workflow using enhanced mass spectrometric data acquired with the ultra-high resolution GC-Orbitrap/MS to determine the identity of non-annotated metabolites. The higher resolution of the GC-Orbitrap/MS, together with its wide dynamic range, resulted in more IROA peak pairs detected, and increased reliability of chemical formulae generation (CFG)...
January 18, 2018: Metabolites
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346289/himawari-8-satellite-based-dynamic-monitoring-of-grassland-fire-in-china-mongolia-border-regions
#5
Li Na, Jiquan Zhang, Yulong Bao, Yongbin Bao, Risu Na, Siqin Tong, Alu Si
In this study, we used bands 7, 4, and 3 of the Advance Himawari Imager (AHI) data, combined with a Threshold Algorithm and a visual interpretation method to monitor the entire process of grassland fires that occurred on the China-Mongolia border regions, between 05:40 (UTC) on April 19th to 13:50 (UTC) on April 21st 2016. The results of the AHI data monitoring are evaluated by the fire point product data, the wind field data, and the environmental information data of the area in which the fire took place. The monitoring result shows that, the grassland fire burned for two days and eight hours with a total burned area of about 2708...
January 18, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346239/factors-associated-with-development-of-dissociated-optic-nerve-fiber-layer-appearance-in-the-pioneer-intraoperative-optical-coherence-tomography-study
#6
Anne P Runkle, Sunil K Srivastava, Alex Yuan, Peter K Kaiser, Rishi P Singh, Jamie L Reese, Justis P Ehlers
PURPOSE: To assess the relationship of dissociated optic nerve fiber layer (DONFL) and intraoperative membrane-peeling dynamics as visualized using intraoperative optical coherence tomography (OCT), and to evaluate the functional implications of DONFL. METHODS: This was a post hoc analysis of eyes undergoing membrane peeling for vitreomacular interface disorders in the prospective PIONEER intraoperative OCT study. Retinal layer measurements in preincision and postpeel intraoperative OCT images were obtained...
January 16, 2018: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346099/cell-membrane-tracking-in-living-brain-tissue-using-differential-interference-contrast-microscopy
#7
John Lee, Ilya Kolb, Craig R Forest, Christopher J Rozell
Differential interference contrast (DIC) microscopy is widely used for observing unstained biological samples that are otherwise optically transparent. Combining this optical technique with machine vision could enable the automation of many life science experiments; however, identifying relevant features under DIC is challenging. In particular, precise tracking of cell boundaries in a thick ( ) slice of tissue has not previously been accomplished. We present a novel deconvolution algorithm that achieves the state-of-the-art performance at identifying and tracking these membrane locations...
April 2018: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346095/feature-map-quality-score-estimation-through-regression
#8
Ibrahim M H Rahman, Christopher Hollitt, Mengjie Zhang
Understanding the visual quality of a feature map plays a significant role in many active vision applications. Previous works mostly rely on object-level features, such as compactness, to estimate the quality score of a feature map. However, the compactness is leveraged on feature maps produced by salient object detection techniques where the maps tend to be compact. As a result, the compactness feature fails when the feature maps are blurry (e.g., fixation maps). In this paper, we regard the process of estimating the quality score of feature maps, specifically fixation maps, as a regression problem...
April 2018: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345335/heat-shock-protein-70-modulates-neural-progenitor-cells-dynamics-in-human-neuroblastoma-sh-sy5y-cells-exposed-to-high-glucose-content
#9
Leila Salimi, Reza Rahbarghazi, Vahab Jafarian, Çıgır Biray Avci, Bakiye Goker Bagca, Neslihan Pinar Ozates, Majid Khaksar, Alireza Nourazarian
BACKGROUND: In the current experiment, detrimental effects of high glucose condition were investigated on human neuroblastoma cells. METHODS: Human neuroblastoma cell line SH-SY5Y were exposed to 5, 40 and 70 mM glucose over a period of 72 h. Survival rate and the proliferation of cells were analyzed by MTT and BrdU incorporation assays. Apoptosis was studied by the assays of flow cytometry and PCR array. In order to investigate the trans-differentiation capacity of the cell into mature neurons, we used immunofluorescence imaging to follow NeuN protein level...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345317/an-orientation-independent-dic-microscope-allows-high-resolution-imaging-of-epithelial-cell-migration-and-wound-healing-in-a-cnidarian-model
#10
J E Malamy, M Shribak
Epithelial cell dynamics can be difficult to study in intact animals or tissues. Here we use the medusa form of the hydrozoan Clytia hemisphaerica, which is covered with a monolayer of epithelial cells, to test the efficacy of an orientation-independent differential interference contrast microscope for in vivo imaging of wound healing. Orientation-independent differential interference contrast provides an unprecedented resolution phase image of epithelial cells closing a wound in a live, nontransgenic animal model...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345271/flocculation-on-a-chip-a-novel-screening-approach-to-determine-floc-growth-rates-and-select-flocculating-agents
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Anand N P Radhakrishnan, Marco P C Marques, Matthew J Davies, Brian O'Sullivan, Daniel G Bracewell, Nicolas Szita
Flocculation is a key purification step in cell-based processes for the food and pharmaceutical industry where the removal of cells and cellular debris is aided by adding flocculating agents. However, finding the best suited flocculating agent and optimal conditions to achieve rapid and effective flocculation is a non-trivial task. In conventional analytical systems, turbulent mixing creates a dynamic equilibrium between floc growth and breakage, constraining the determination of floc formation rates. Furthermore, these systems typically rely on end-point measurements only...
January 18, 2018: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344699/feasibility-study-of-mr-guided-transgluteal-targeted-in-bore-biopsy-for-suspicious-lesions-of-the-prostate-at-3-tesla-using-a-freehand-approach
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Frank Fischbach, Lukas Wien, Sascha Krueger, Bernhard Schnackenburg, Daniel Baumunk, Björn Friebe, Martin Schostak, Jens Ricke, Katharina Fischbach
OBJECTIVE: The aim of our study was (1) to establish an in-bore targeted biopsy of suspicious prostate lesions, avoiding bowel penetration using a transgluteal approach and (2) to assess operator setup, patient comfort and safety aspects in the clinical setting for freehand real-time MR-guidance established for percutaneous procedures in an open MR-scanner. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 30 patients with suspect prostate lesions were biopsied in a cylindrical 3T-MRI system using a transgluteal approach in freehand technique...
January 17, 2018: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344595/quantitative-characterization-of-the-ionic-mobility-and-concentration-in-li-battery-cathodes-via-low-frequency-electrochemical-strain-microscopy
#13
D O Alikin, K N Romanyuk, B N Slautin, D Rosato, V Ya Shur, A L Kholkin
Electrochemical strain microscopy (ESM) can provide useful information on the ionic processes in materials at the local scale. This is especially important for ever growing applications of Li-batteries whose performance is limited by the intrinsic and extrinsic degradation. However, the ESM method used so far has been only qualitative due to multiple contributions to the apparent ESM signal. In this work, we provide a viable approach for the local probing of ionic concentration and diffusion coefficients based on the frequency dependence of the ESM signal...
January 18, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344519/icg-clearance-test-and-99mtc-gsa-spect-ct-fusion-images
#14
REVIEW
Yuji Iimuro
Preoperative estimation of future remnant liver function is critical for major hepatic surgery to avoid postoperative morbidity and mortality. Among several liver function tests, the indocyanine green (ICG) clearance test is still the most popular dynamic method. The usefulness of ICG clearance test parameters, such as ICGR15, KICG, or PDRICG, has been reported by many investigators. The transcutaneous non-invasive pulse dye densitometry system has made the ICG clearance test more convenient and attractive, even in Western countries...
December 2017: Visceral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344518/current-modalities-for-the-assessment-of-future-remnant-liver-function
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REVIEW
Fadi Rassam, Pim B Olthof, Roelof J Bennink, Thomas M van Gulik
While imaging studies such as computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging allow the volumetric assessment of the liver segments, only indirect information is provided concerning the quality of the liver parenchyma and its actual functional capacity. Assessment of liver function is therefore crucial in the preoperative workup of patients who require extensive liver resection and in whom portal vein embolization is considered. This review deals with the modalities currently available for the measurement of liver function...
December 2017: Visceral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344307/dual-turn-on-fluorescence-signal-based-controlled-release-system-for-real-time-monitoring-of-drug-release-dynamics-in-living-cells-and-tumor-tissues
#16
Xiuqi Kong, Baoli Dong, Xuezhen Song, Chao Wang, Nan Zhang, Weiying Lin
Controlled release systems with capabilities for direct and real-time monitoring of the release and dynamics of drugs in living systems are of great value for cancer chemotherapy. Herein, we describe a novel dual turn-on fluorescence signal-based controlled release system (CDox), in which the chemotherapy drug doxorubicin (Dox) and the fluorescent dye (CH) are conjugated by a hydrazone moiety, a pH-responsive cleavable linker. CDox itself shows nearly no fluorescence as the fluorescence of CH and Dox is essentially quenched by the C=N isomerization and N-N free rotation...
2018: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344301/wst11-vascular-targeted-photodynamic-therapy-effect-monitoring-by-multispectral-optoacoustic-tomography-msot-in-mice
#17
Volker Neuschmelting, Kwanghee Kim, Jaber Malekzadeh-Najafabadi, Sylvia Jebiwott, Jaya Prakash, Avigdor Scherz, Jonathan A Coleman, Moritz F Kircher, Vasilis Ntziachristos
Objective: Monitoring emerging vascular-targeted photodynamic therapy (VTP) and understanding the time-dynamics of treatment effects remains challenging. We interrogated whether handheld multispectral optoacoustic tomography (MSOT) could noninvasively monitor the effect of VTP using WST11, a vascular-acting photosensitizer, on tumor tissues over time using a renal cell cancer mouse model. We also investigated whether MSOT illumination can induce VTP, to implement a single-modality theranostic approach. Materials and Methods: Eight BalB/c mice were subcutaneously implanted with murine renal adenocarcinoma cells (RENCA) on the flank...
2018: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344138/clinical-and-genetic-analysis-of-tuberous-sclerosis-complex-associated-renal-angiomyolipoma-in-chinese-pedigrees
#18
Shuqiang Li, Yushi Zhang, Jinxing Wei, Xuepei Zhang
Tuberous sclerosis complex-associated renal angiomyolipoma (TSC-RAML) confers a high risk of bleeding and even mortality. However, data on TSC-RAML in Chinese pedigrees is extremely lacking. The present study aimed to investigate its clinical and genetic characteristics by obtaining a detailed medical history from 6 probands and their family members, and reassessing blood tests, computed tomography and renal dynamic imaging examinations that were conducted in the TSC-RAML patients. The TSC1/TSC2 mutation was detected in 2 families...
December 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343869/spatiotemporal-allele-organization-by-allele-specific-crispr-live-cell-imaging-snp-cling
#19
Philipp G Maass, A Rasim Barutcu, David M Shechner, Catherine L Weiner, Marta Melé, John L Rinn
Imaging and chromatin capture techniques have provided important insights into our understanding of nuclear organization. A limitation of these techniques is the inability to resolve allele-specific spatiotemporal properties of genomic loci in living cells. Here, we describe an allele-specific CRISPR live-cell DNA imaging technique (SNP-CLING) to provide the first comprehensive insights into allelic positioning across space and time in mouse embryonic stem cells and fibroblasts. With 3D imaging, we studied alleles on different chromosomes in relation to one another and relative to nuclear substructures such as the nucleolus...
January 8, 2018: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343762/mercury-sodium-exospheric-emission-as-a-proxy-for-solar-perturbations-transit
#20
Stefano Orsini, Valeria Mangano, Anna Milillo, Christina Plainaki, Alessandro Mura, Jim M Raines, Elisabetta De Angelis, Rosanna Rispoli, Francesco Lazzarotto, Alessandro Aronica
The first evidence at Mercury of direct relation between ICME transit and Na exosphere dynamics is presented, suggesting that Na emission, observed from ground, could be a proxy of planetary space weather at Mercury. The link existing between the dayside exosphere Na patterns and the solar wind-magnetosphere-surface interactions is investigated. This goal is pursued by analyzing the Na intensity hourly images, as observed by the ground-based THEMIS solar telescope during 10 selected periods between 2012 and 2013 (with seeing, σ < = 2″), when also MESSENGER data were available...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
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