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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213852/-imaging-of-the-lumbosacral-plexus-diagnostics-and-treatment-planning-with-high-resolution-procedures
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S Jengojan, C Schellen, G Bodner, G Kasprian
BACKGROUND: Technical advances in magnetic resonance (MR) and ultrasound-based neurography nowadays facilitate the radiological assessment of the lumbosacral plexus. OBJECTIVE: Anatomy and imaging of the lumbosacral plexus and diagnostics of the most common pathologies. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Description of the clinically feasible combination of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound diagnostics, case-based illustration of imaging techniques and individual advantages of MRI and ultrasound-based diagnostics for various pathologies of the lumbosacral plexus and its peripheral nerves...
February 17, 2017: Der Radiologe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213207/epimetabolites-discovering-metabolism-beyond-building-and-burning
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REVIEW
Megan R Showalter, Tomas Cajka, Oliver Fiehn
Enzymatic transformations of primary, canonical metabolites generate active biomolecules that regulate important cellular and physiological processes. Roles include regulation of histone demethylation in epigenetics, inflammation in tissue injury, insulin sensitivity, cancer cell invasion, stem cell pluripotency status, inhibition of nitric oxide signaling and others. Such modified compounds, defined as epimetabolites, have functions distinct from classic hormones as well as removed from generic anabolism and catabolism...
February 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213112/laminar-imaging-of-positive-and-negative-bold-in-human-visual-cortex-at-7t
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Alessio Fracasso, Peter R Luijten, Serge O Dumoulin, Natalia Petridou
Deciphering the direction of information flow is critical to understand the brain. Data from non-human primate histology shows that connections between lower to higher areas (e.g. retina→V1), and between higher to lower areas (e.g. V1←V2) can be dissociated based upon the distribution of afferent synapses at the laminar level. Ultra-high field scanners opened up the possibility to image brain structure and function at an unprecedented level of detail. Taking advantage of the increased spatial resolution available, it could theoretically be possible to disentangle activity from different cortical depths from human cerebral cortex, separately studying different compartments across depth...
February 14, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212810/chromosomal-instability-analysis-and-regional-tumor-heterogeneity-in-colon-cancer
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Vincenza Barresi, Sergio Castorina, Nicolò Musso, Carmela Capizzi, Tonia Luca, Giovanna Privitera, Daniele Filippo Condorelli
Chromosomal instability (CIN) is classically defined as an increase in the rate at which numerical or structural chromosomal aberrations are acquired in a cancer cell. The number of somatic copy number abnormalities (CNAs) revealed by high resolution genomic array can be considered as a surrogate marker for CIN, but several points, related to sample processing and data analysis, need to be standardized. In this work we analyzed 51 CRC samples and matched normal mucosae by whole genome SNP arrays and compared different bioinformatics tools in order to identify broad (>25% of a chromosomal arm) and focal somatic copy number abnormalities (BCNAs and FCNAs respectively)...
January 2017: Cancer Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212178/the-long-journey-through-renal-filtration-new-pieces-in-the-puzzle-of-slit-diaphragm-architecture
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Sara Conti, Luca Perico, Florian Grahammer, Tobias B Huber
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The podocyte slit diaphragm is probably the least understood component of the kidney filtration barrier. In this review, we aim to integrate the most recent findings on the molecular make-up and structural architecture of this specialized cell-cell junction into a current concept of glomerular filtration. RECENT FINDINGS: Analysis of cryopreserved mammalian tissue revealed a bipartite composition of the slit diaphragm. Single NEPH1 molecules span the lower part of the slit close to the glomerular basement membrane whereas NEPHRIN molecules are positioned in the apical part toward Bowman's space...
February 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211907/identification-of-extracellular-segments-by-mass-spectrometry-improves-topology-prediction-of-transmembrane-proteins
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Tamás Langó, Gergely Róna, Éva Hunyadi-Gulyás, Lilla Turiák, Julia Varga, László Dobson, György Várady, László Drahos, Beáta G Vértessy, Katalin F Medzihradszky, Gergely Szakács, Gábor E Tusnády
Transmembrane proteins play crucial role in signaling, ion transport, nutrient uptake, as well as in maintaining the dynamic equilibrium between the internal and external environment of cells. Despite their important biological functions and abundance, less than 2% of all determined structures are transmembrane proteins. Given the persisting technical difficulties associated with high resolution structure determination of transmembrane proteins, additional methods, including computational and experimental techniques remain vital in promoting our understanding of their topologies, 3D structures, functions and interactions...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211896/profound-seasonal-shrinking-and-regrowth-of-the-ossified-braincase-in-phylogenetically-distant-mammals-with-similar-life-histories
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Dina K N Dechmann, Scott LaPoint, Christian Dullin, Moritz Hertel, Jan R E Taylor, Karol Zub, Martin Wikelski
Ontogenetic changes in skull shape and size are ubiquitous in altricial vertebrates, but typically unidirectional and minimal in full-grown animals. Red-toothed shrews exhibit a rare exception, where the shape, mass and size of the skull, brain, and several major organs, show significant bidirectional seasonal changes. We now show a similar but male-biased shrinking (16%) and regrowth (8%) in the standardized braincase depth of least weasels (Mustela nivalis). Juvenile weasels also exhibit a growth overshoot, followed by a shrinkage period lasting until the end of their first winter...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211724/experimental-evidence-for-static-charge-density-waves-in-iron-oxypnictides
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A Martinelli, P Manfrinetti, A Provino, A Genovese, F Caglieris, G Lamura, C Ritter, M Putti
In this Letter we report high-resolution synchrotron x-ray powder diffraction and transmission electron microscope analysis of Mn-substituted LaFeAsO samples, demonstrating that a static incommensurate modulated structure develops across the low-temperature orthorhombic phase, whose modulation wave vector depends on the Mn content. The incommensurate structural distortion is likely originating from a charge-density-wave instability, a periodic modulation of the density of conduction electrons associated with a modulation of the atomic positions...
February 3, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211708/direct-observation-of-spatiotemporal-dynamics-of-short-electron-bunches-in-storage-rings
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C Evain, E Roussel, M Le Parquier, C Szwaj, M-A Tordeux, J-B Brubach, L Manceron, P Roy, S Bielawski
In recent synchrotron radiation facilities, the use of short (picosecond) electron bunches is a powerful method for producing giant pulses of terahertz coherent synchrotron radiation. Here we report on the first direct observation of these pulse shapes with a few picoseconds resolution, and of their dynamics over a long time. We thus confirm in a very direct way the theories predicting an interplay between two physical processes. Below a critical bunch charge, we observe a train of identical THz pulses (a broadband Terahertz comb) stemming from the shortness of the electron bunches...
February 3, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211677/super-resolution-microscopy-shedding-light-on-the-cellular-plasma-membrane
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Matthew B Stone, Sarah A Shelby, Sarah L Veatch
Lipids and the membranes they form are fundamental building blocks of cellular life, and their geometry and chemical properties distinguish membranes from other cellular environments. Collective processes occurring within membranes strongly impact cellular behavior and biochemistry, and understanding these processes presents unique challenges due to the often complex and myriad interactions between membrane components. Super-resolution microscopy offers a significant gain in resolution over traditional optical microscopy, enabling the localization of individual molecules even in densely labeled samples and in cellular and tissue environments...
February 17, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211591/magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-the-knee-an-overview-and-update-of-conventional-and-state-of-the-art-imaging
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Nicholas C Nacey, Matthew G Geeslin, Grady Wilson Miller, Jennifer L Pierce
: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has become the preferred modality for imaging the knee to show pathology and guide patient management and treatment. The knee is one of the most frequently injured joints, and knee pain is a pervasive difficulty that can affect all age groups. Due to the diverse pathology, complex anatomy, and a myriad of injury mechanisms of the knee, the MRI knee protocol and sequences should ensure detection of both soft tissue and osseous structures in detail and with accuracy...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211532/structure-of-a-lov-protein-in-apo-state-and-implications-for-construction-of-lov-based-optical-tools
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Vladimir Arinkin, Joachim Granzin, Katrin Röllen, Ulrich Krauss, Karl-Erich Jaeger, Dieter Willbold, Renu Batra-Safferling
Unique features of Light-Oxygen-Voltage (LOV) proteins like relatively small size (~12-19 kDa), inherent modularity, highly-tunable photocycle and oxygen-independent fluorescence have lately been exploited for the generation of optical tools. Structures of LOV domains reported so far contain a flavin chromophore per protein molecule. Here we report two new findings on the short LOV protein W619_1-LOV from Pseudomonas putida. First, the apo-state crystal structure of W619_1-LOV at 2.5 Å resolution reveals conformational rearrangements in the secondary structure elements lining the chromophore pocket including elongation of the Fα helix, shortening of the Eα-Fα loop and partial unfolding of the Eα helix...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211510/broadband-gradient-impedance-matching-using-an-acoustic-metamaterial-for-ultrasonic-transducers
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Zheng Li, Dan-Qing Yang, Shi-Lei Liu, Si-Yuan Yu, Ming-Hui Lu, Jie Zhu, Shan-Tao Zhang, Ming-Wei Zhu, Xia-Sheng Guo, Hao-Dong Wu, Xin-Long Wang, Yan-Feng Chen
High-quality broadband ultrasound transducers yield superior imaging performance in biomedical ultrasonography. However, proper design to perfectly bridge the energy between the active piezoelectric material and the target medium over the operating spectrum is still lacking. Here, we demonstrate a new anisotropic cone-structured acoustic metamaterial matching layer that acts as an inhomogeneous material with gradient acoustic impedance along the ultrasound propagation direction. When sandwiched between the piezoelectric material unit and the target medium, the acoustic metamaterial matching layer provides a broadband window to support extraordinary transmission of ultrasound over a wide frequency range...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211322/incubation-of-solid-state-c60-fullerene-under-uv-irradiation-mimicking-environmentally-relevant-conditions
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Andrea Carboni, Rick Helmus, John R Parsons, Karsten Kalbitz, Pim de Voogt
Carbon-based nanomaterials, such as C60 fullerenes, are expected to accumulate in soil due to direct release and deposition from the atmosphere. However, little is known about the environmental fate of these nanoparticles which may be susceptible to photochemical and microbial degradation. In the present work, C60 was incubated for a period of 28 days and irradiated with UVA light. Three experiments were carried out where the fullerenes were either spiked onto a glass surface or added to quartz sand or sandy soil samples...
February 2, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211206/variable-familial-exudative-vitreoretinopathy-in-a-family-harbouring-variants-in-both-fzd4-and-tspan12
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Patrik Schatz, Arif O Khan
PURPOSE: To report a family affected by familial exudative vitreoretinopathy (FEVR) in which more severe disease phenotypes segregated with digenic rather than monogenic variants in FEVR-related genes. METHODS: Phenotype was documented with high-resolution imaging of retinal structure and wide-field fundus photography. Next-generation sequencing (NGS) of known genes involved in FEVR was performed. RESULTS: Three affected individuals within a family with FEVR presented with variable disease severity...
February 16, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209973/structural-basis-for-fragmenting-the-exopolysaccharide-of-acinetobacter-baumannii-by-bacteriophage-%C3%AE-ab6-tailspike-protein
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I-Ming Lee, I-Fan Tu, Feng-Ling Yang, Tzu-Ping Ko, Jiahn-Haur Liao, Nien-Tsung Lin, Chung-Yi Wu, Chien-Tai Ren, Andrew H-J Wang, Ching-Ming Chang, Kai-Fa Huang, Shih-Hsiung Wu
With an increase in antibiotic-resistant strains, the nosocomial pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii has become a serious threat to global health. Glycoconjugate vaccines containing fragments of bacterial exopolysaccharide (EPS) are an emerging therapeutic to combat bacterial infection. Herein, we characterize the bacteriophage ΦAB6 tailspike protein (TSP), which specifically hydrolyzed the EPS of A. baumannii strain 54149 (Ab-54149). Ab-54149 EPS exhibited the same chemical structure as two antibiotic-resistant A...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209381/an-easy-fast-and-low-tech-equipment-requiring-alternative-method-to-optimize-immunolabelling-conditions-for-pre-embedding-immunogold-electron-microscopy-and-to-correlate-light-and-electron-microscopical-immunogold-labelling-results
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Shweta Suiwal, Gabriele Kiefer, Frank Schmitz, Karin Schwarz
Correlating light microscopic immunolabelling results with electron microscopic data is of great interest in many fields of biomedical research but typically requires very specialized, expensive equipment and complex procedures which are not available in most labs. In this technical study, we describe an easy and "low-tech"-equipment-requiring pre-embedding immunolabelling approach that allows correlation of light microscopical immunolabelling results with electron microscopic (EM) data as demonstrated by the example of immunolabelled synaptic ribbons from retinal rod photoreceptor synapses...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209350/n-decyl-s-trityl-r-cysteine-a-new-chiral-selector-for-green-ligand-exchange-chromatography-applications
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Andrea Carotti, Federica Ianni, Emidio Camaioni, Lucia Pucciarini, Maura Marinozzi, Roccaldo Sardella, Benedetto Natalini
In search for new enantioselectivity profiles, the N-decyl-S-trityl-(R)-cysteine [C10-(R)-STC] was synthesized through a one-step procedure and then hydrophobically adsorbed onto an octadecylsilica surface to generate a stable chiral stationary phase for ligand-exchange chromatography (CLEC-CSP) applications. The CLEC analysis was carried out on underivatized amino acids, by using a Cu(II) sulphate (1.0mM) containing aqueous eluent system. Most of the analysed compounds (34 out of 45) were enantiodiscriminated by the C10-(R)-STC-based CSP, with resolution factor (RS) values up to 8...
February 5, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208624/an-optoelectronic-equivalent-narrowband-filter-for-high-resolution-optical-spectrum-analysis
#19
Kunpeng Feng, Jiwen Cui, Hong Dang, Weidong Wu, Xun Sun, Xuelin Jiang, Jiubin Tan
To achieve a narrow bandwidth optical filter with a wide swept range for new generation optical spectrum analysis (OSA) of high performance optical sensors, an optoelectronic equivalent narrowband filter (OENF) was investigated and a swept optical filter with bandwidth of several MHz and sweep range of several tens of nanometers was built using electric filters and a sweep laser as local oscillator (LO). The principle of OENF is introduced and analysis of the OENF system is presented. Two electric filters are optimized to be RBW filters for high and medium spectral resolution applications...
February 10, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208606/ustiloxin-g-a-new-cyclopeptide-mycotoxin-from-rice-false-smut-balls
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Xiaohan Wang, Jian Wang, Daowan Lai, Weixuan Wang, Jungui Dai, Ligang Zhou, Yang Liu
Ustiloxins were cyclopeptide mycotoxins from rice false smut balls (FSBs) that formed in rice spikelets infected by the fungal pathogen Ustilaginoidea virens. To investigate the chemical diversity of these metabolites and their bioactivities, one new cyclopeptide, ustiloxin G (1), together with four known congeners-ustiloxins A (2), B (3), D (4), and F (5)-were isolated from water extract of rice FSBs. Their structures were elucidated by analyses of their physical and spectroscopic data, including ultraviolet spectrometry (UV), infrared spectroscopy (IR), 1D and 2D nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), and high-resolution electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry (HR-ESI-MS)...
February 10, 2017: Toxins
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