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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140977/low-cost-and-open-source-multi-fluorescence-imaging-system-for-teaching-and-research-in-biology-and-bioengineering
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Isaac Nuñez, Tamara Matute, Roberto Herrera, Juan Keymer, Timothy Marzullo, Timothy Rudge, Fernán Federici
The advent of easy-to-use open source microcontrollers, off-the-shelf electronics and customizable manufacturing technologies has facilitated the development of inexpensive scientific devices and laboratory equipment. In this study, we describe an imaging system that integrates low-cost and open-source hardware, software and genetic resources. The multi-fluorescence imaging system consists of readily available 470 nm LEDs, a Raspberry Pi camera and a set of filters made with low cost acrylics. This device allows imaging in scales ranging from single colonies to entire plates...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140113/prediction-of-pancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumor-grade-based-on-ct-features-and-texture-analysis
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Rodrigo Canellas, Kristine S Burk, Anushri Parakh, Dushyant V Sahani
OBJECTIVE: The purposes of this study were to assess whether CT texture analysis and CT features are predictive of pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor (PNET) grade based on the World Health Organization (WHO) classification and to identify features related to disease progression after surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Preoperative contrast-enhanced CT images of 101 patients with PNETs were assessed. The images were evaluated for tumor location, tumor size, tumor pattern, predominantly solid or cystic composition, presence of calcification, presence of heterogeneous enhancement on contrast-enhanced images, presence of pancreatic duct dilatation, presence of pancreatic atrophy, presence of vascular involvement by the tumor, and presence of lymphadenopathy...
November 15, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139261/-study-on-suitable-distribution-areas-of-sichuan-safflower-in-sichuan-province-based-on-3s-technologies
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Wu-Xue Cheng, Guang Dong, Ming-Yan Wu, Lan He, Jia-Li Chen
Sichuan safflower (Carthamus tinctorius) is a traditional Chinese medicine for promoting blood circulation and removing blood stasis. In this paper, taking Sichuan province as an example, based on TM image, digital elevation model (DEM), meteorology, soil and other data, and using remote sensing and GIS technology to extract grassland, elevation, temperature and precipitation, soil and other influencing factors, the spatial distribution of the suitability of safflower was studied, and the field investigation was carried out...
August 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138563/squarticles-as-the-nanoantidotes-to-sequester-the-overdosed-antidepressant-for-detoxification
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Chun-Han Chen, Tse-Hung Huang, Ahmed O Elzoghby, Pei-Wen Wang, Chia-Wen Chang, Jia-You Fang
The increasing death rate caused by drug overdose points to an urgent demand for the development of novel detoxification therapy. In an attempt to detoxify tricyclic antidepressant overdose, we prepared a lipid nanoemulsion, called squarticles, as the nanoantidote. Squalene was the major lipid matrix of the squarticles. Here, we present the animal study to investigate both the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic effects of squarticles on amitriptyline intoxication. The anionic and cationic squarticles had average diameters of 97 and 122 nm, respectively...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138357/tadalafil-a-long-acting-phosphodiesterase-inhibitor-promotes-bone-marrow-stem-cell-survival-and-their-homing-into-ischemic-myocardium-for-cardiac-repair
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Ibrahim Elmadbouh, Muhammad Ashraf
The aim was to evaluate the tadalafil-mediated effects at molecular level on bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) survival and their homing into the infarcted hearts to promote cardiac repair and improve function. MSCs were pretreated in vitro with inhibitors of PKG, MAPK, FasL, nitric oxide synthase (NOS) (L-NAME), CXCR4 (AMD3100), or miR-21 inhibitors (+/-luciferase construction +/-Fas) prior to tadalafil treatment for 2 h. These MSCs were then subjected to H2O2 stress to assess their injury...
November 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137758/droplets-banding-characteristics-of-water-in-oil-emulsion-under-ultrasonic-standing-waves
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Xiaoming Luo, Juhang Cao, Haoran Yin, Haipeng Yan, Limin He
Droplets banding is critical to emulsion separation under ultrasonic irradiation as it can greatly improve the separation efficiency. In this paper, the formation process of droplets banding under ultrasonic standing waves was precisely captured by high-speed microscopic photography; by processing the images, the droplets banding characteristics, including the banding formation time and banding interval, were extracted. Then the effects of acoustic intensity, frequency, droplet size, and physical properties of oil and water on the droplets banding characteristics were discussed in details...
March 2018: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137732/ultrasound-assisted-biosynthesis-of-cuo-nps-using-brown-alga-cystoseira-trinodis-characterization-photocatalytic-aop-dpph-scavenging-and-antibacterial-investigations
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Haidong Gu, Xiao Chen, Feng Chen, Xing Zhou, Zohreh Parsaee
This contribution reports the biosynthesis of CuO NPs via ultrasound method using the Cystoseira trinodis extracts as an eco friendly and time saving process. The characterization of cupric oxide NPs was performed using XRD, FE-SEM, EDX, TEM, AFM, photoluminescence, UV-Vis, Raman and FT-IR spectroscopy investigations. SEM images show the spherical structure with the average crystallite size 6nm to 7.8nm of CuO. XRD analysis approved the formation of pure monoclinic crystallite structures of CuO NPs. These observations were confirmed by TEM analysis...
March 2018: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137438/prognostic-value-of-bone-scan-index-as-an-imaging-biomarker-in-metastatic-prostate-cancer-a-meta-analysis
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Dongyang Li, Hang Lv, Xuanyu Hao, Yudi Dong, Huixu Dai, Yongsheng Song
Background: The prognostic value of the bone scan index (BSI) in metastatic prostate cancer (mPCa) remained controversial. Therefore, we performed a meta-analysis to determine the predictive value of BSI and survival in patients with mPCa. Materials and Methods: A literature search was performed in PubMed, Embase, Web of Science and Cochrane library databases. Hazard ratios (HRs), concordance indices (C-indices) were extracted to estimate the relationship between BSI and survival in patients with mPCa...
October 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137063/gallstone-ileus-displaying-the-typical-rigler-triad-and-an-occult-second-ectopic-stone-a-case-report
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Li Wang, Ping Dong, Yi Zhang, Bole Tian
RATIONALE: Gallstone ileus is a rare complication of cholecystolithiasis. It has a female predominance and can result in high mortality rates. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 71-year-old woman complaining of recurrent vomiting and vague epigastralgia for > 2 weeks presented to our department. DIAGNOSIS: Based on her physical examination, laboratory test results and radiographic findings (the typical Rigler's triad), she was diagnosed with gallstone ileus caused by multiple ectopic stones...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136860/scattering-measurement-of-single-particle-for-highly-sensitive-homogeneous-detection-of-dna-in-serum
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Liang Zhu, Guohua Li, Yonghong He, Hui Tan, Shuqing Sun
A highly sensitive homogeneous method for DNA detection has been developed. The system relies on two kinds of gold nanorod (AuNR) probes with complementary DNA sequences to the target DNA. In the presence of the target DNA, two kinds of AuNR probes are assembling into dimers or small aggregates. The target-induced AuNR aggregate has higher scattering intensity than that of a single AuNR because of the plasmonic coupling effect. Dark field microscopy was utilized to image the single particle and measure its scattering intensity...
February 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136820/fluorescent-ligand-fishing-combination-with-in-situ-imaging-and-characterizing-to-screen-hsp-90-inhibitors-from-curcuma-longa-l-based-on-inp-zns-quantum-dots-embedded-mesoporous-nanoparticles
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Yue Hu, Anchen Fu, Zhaoyi Miao, Xiaojing Zhang, Tianlin Wang, An Kang, Jinjun Shan, Dong Zhu, Wei Li
Although ligand fishing has been shown to be an efficient technique for the identification of bioactive components from complex mixtures such as natural products, it cannot be applied to biomedical image processing. Herein, a specific fluorescent ligand fishing combined with in situ imaging approach is presented for the identification of heat shock protein 90 (Hsp 90) inhibitors from complex matrixes, Curcuma longa L., using N-terminus immobilized Hsp 90α functionalized InP/ZnS quantum dots embedded mesoporous nanoparticles (i...
February 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136757/muscone-exerts-protective-roles-on-alcohol-induced-osteonecrosis-of-the-femoral-head
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Yan-Jie Guo, Shi-Hua Luo, Ming-Jie Tang, Zu-Bin Zhou, Jun-Hui Yin, You-Shui Gao, Xiao-Qian Dang
Long-term alcohol abuse causes musculoskeletal disorders, among of which, alcohol-induced osteonecrosis of the femoral head (ONFH) is of concern due to its significant and severe complications. A variety of methods have been attempted to prevent alcohol-induced ONFH, and monomers extracted from Chinese herbs might benefit the disease profoundly. In the current study, muscone, the main ingredient of musk, was used to prevent alcohol-induced ONFH. In vitro, ethanol was used to affect the potential of osteogenesis and proliferation of human bone mesenchymal stem cells (hBMSCs), and beneficial role of muscone was investigated on hBMSCs...
November 6, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136282/principal-component-reconstruction-pcr-for-cine-cbct-with-motion-learning-from-2d-fluoroscopy
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Hao Gao, Yawei Zhang, Lei Ren, Fang-Fang Yin
PURPOSE: This work aims to generate cine CT images (i.e., 4D images with high temporal resolution) based on a novel principal component reconstruction (PCR) technique with motion learning from 2D fluoroscopic training images. METHODS: In the proposed PCR method, the matrix factorization is utilized as an explicit low-rank regularization of 4D images that are represented as a product of spatial principal components and temporal motion coefficients. The key hypothesis of PCR is that temporal coefficients from 4D images can be reasonably approximated by temporal coefficients learned from 2D fluoroscopic training projections...
November 14, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136008/automated-tracking-and-quantification-of-angiogenic-vessel-formation-in-3d-microfluidic-devices
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Mengmeng Wang, Lee-Ling Sharon Ong, Justin Dauwels, H Harry Asada
Angiogenesis, the growth of new blood vessels from pre-existing vessels, is a critical step in cancer invasion. Better understanding of the angiogenic mechanisms is required to develop effective antiangiogenic therapies for cancer treatment. We culture angiogenic vessels in 3D microfluidic devices under different Sphingosin-1-phosphate (S1P) conditions and develop an automated vessel formation tracking system (AVFTS) to track the angiogenic vessel formation and extract quantitative vessel information from the experimental time-lapse phase contrast images...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135382/generalization-of-endothelial-modelling-of-tspo-pet-imaging-considerations-on-tracer-affinities
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Gaia Rizzo, Mattia Veronese, Matteo Tonietto, Benedetta Bodini, Bruno Stankoff, Catriona Wimberley, Sonia Lavisse, Michel Bottlaender, Peter S Bloomfield, Oliver Howes, Paolo Zanotti-Fregonara, Federico E Turkheimer, Alessandra Bertoldo
The 18 kDa translocator protein (TSPO) is a marker of microglia activation and the main target of positron emission tomography (PET) ligands for neuroinflammation. Previous works showed that accounting for TSPO endothelial binding improves PET quantification for [(11)C]PBR28, [(18)F]DPA714 and [(11)C]-R-PK11195. It is still unclear, however, whether the vascular signal is tracer-dependent. This work aims to explore the relationship between the TSPO vascular and tissue components for PET tracers with varying affinity, also assessing the impact of affinity towards the differentiability amongst kinetics and the ensuing ligand amenability to cluster analysis for the extraction of a reference region...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134673/modified-dixon-based-renal-dynamic-contrast-enhanced-mri-facilitates-automated-registration-and-perfusion-analysis
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Anneloes de Boer, Tim Leiner, Eva E Vink, Peter J Blankestijn, Cornelis A T van den Berg
PURPOSE: Renal dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE) MRI provides information on renal perfusion and filtration. However, clinical implementation is hampered by challenges in postprocessing as a result of misalignment of the kidneys due to respiration. We propose to perform automated image registration using the fat-only images derived from a modified Dixon reconstruction of a dual-echo acquisition because these provide consistent contrast over the dynamic series. METHODS: DCE data of 10 hypertensive patients was used...
November 13, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134348/machine-learning-based-quantitative-texture-analysis-of-ct-images-of-small-renal-masses-differentiation-of-angiomyolipoma-without-visible-fat-from-renal-cell-carcinoma
#17
Zhichao Feng, Pengfei Rong, Peng Cao, Qingyu Zhou, Wenwei Zhu, Zhimin Yan, Qianyun Liu, Wei Wang
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the diagnostic performance of machine-learning based quantitative texture analysis of CT images to differentiate small (≤ 4 cm) angiomyolipoma without visible fat (AMLwvf) from renal cell carcinoma (RCC). METHODS: This single-institutional retrospective study included 58 patients with pathologically proven small renal mass (17 in AMLwvf and 41 in RCC groups). Texture features were extracted from the largest possible tumorous regions of interest (ROIs) by manual segmentation in preoperative three-phase CT images...
November 13, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134190/locally-adaptive-magnetic-resonance-intensity-models-for-unsupervised-segmentation-of-multiple-sclerosis-lesions
#18
Alfiia Galimzianova, Žiga Lesjak, Daniel L Rubin, Boštjan Likar, Franjo Pernuš, Žiga Špiclin
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disease characterized by focal lesions and morphological changes in the brain captured on magnetic resonance (MR) images. However, extraction of the corresponding imaging markers requires accurate segmentation of normal-appearing brain structures (NABS) and the lesions in MR images. On MR images of healthy brains, the NABS can be accurately captured by MR intensity mixture models, which, in combination with regularization techniques, such as in Markov random field (MRF) models, are known to give reliable NABS segmentation...
January 2018: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133836/a-study-on-image-quality-in-polarization-resolved-second-harmonic-generation-microscopy
#19
Stefan G Stanciu, Francisco J Ávila, Radu Hristu, Juan M Bueno
Second harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy represents a very powerful tool for tissue characterization. Polarization-resolved SHG (PSHG) microscopy extends the potential of SHG, by exploiting the dependence of SHG signals on the polarization state of the excitation beam. Among others, this dependence translates to the fact that SHG images collected under different polarization configurations exhibit distinct characteristics in terms of content and appearance. These characteristics hold deep implications over image quality, as perceived by human observers or by image analysis methods custom designed to automatically extract a quality factor from digital images...
November 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132105/viscoelastic-drops-moving-on-hydrophilic-and-superhydrophobic-surfaces
#20
H Xu, A Clarke, J P Rothstein, R J Poole
So-called "superhydrophobic" surfaces are strongly non-wetting such that fluid droplets very easily roll off when the surface is tilted. Our interest here is in understanding if this is also true, all else held equal, for viscoelastic fluid drops. We study the movement of Newtonian and well-characterised constant-viscosity elastic liquids when various surfaces, including hydrophilic (smooth glass), weakly hydrophobic (embossed polycarbonate) and superhydrophobic surfaces (embossed PTFE), are impulsively tilted...
October 28, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
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