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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441468/histological-study-of-white-rhinoceros-integument
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Jeffrey H Plochocki, Saul Ruiz, José R Rodriguez-Sosa, Margaret I Hall
In this study, we report findings from a microscopic analysis of the white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) integumentary ultrastructure. Skin samples from the cheek, shoulder, flank and rump were taken from a 46-year-old female southern white rhinoceros and examined using H&E and elastic histological stains. The epidermis was thickest in the flank (1.003 mm) followed by the rump, cheek and shoulder. The stratum corneum comprised more than half the epidermal thickness. Numerous melanin granules were found in the basal and spinosum layers...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441012/rgb-switchable-porous-electrospun-nanofiber-chemoprobe-filter-prepared-from-multifunctional-copolymers-for-versatile-sensing-of-ph-and-heavy-metals
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Fang-Cheng Liang, Chi Ching Kuo, Bo-Yu Chen, Chia-Jung Cho, Chih-Chien Hung, Wen-Chang Chen, Redouane Borsali
Novel red-green-blue (RGB) switchable probes based on fluorescent porous electrospun (ES) nanofibers exhibiting high sensitivity to pH and mercury ions (Hg2+) were prepared with one type of copolymer (poly(methyl methacrylatete-co-1, 8-naphthalimide derivatives-co-rhodamine derivative); poly(MMA-co-BNPTU-co-RhBAM)) by using a single-capillary spinneret. The MMA, BNPTU, and RhBAM moieties were designed to (i) permit formation of porous fibers, (ii) fluoresce for Hg2+ detection, and (iii) fluoresce for pH, respectively...
April 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438712/empirical-consideration-of-the-effects-of-acquisition-parameters-and-analysis-model-on-clinically-feasible-q-ball-imaging
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Kurt Schilling, Vishwesh Nath, Justin A Blaber, Prasanna Parvathaneni, Adam W Anderson, Bennett A Landman
Q-ball imaging (QBI) is a popular high angular resolution diffusion imaging (HARDI) technique used to study brain architecture in vivo. Simulation and phantom-based studies suggest that QBI results are affected by the b-value, the number of diffusion weighting directions, and the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). However, optimal acquisition schemes for QBI in clinical settings are largely undetermined given empirical (observed) imaging considerations. In this study, we acquire a HARDI dataset at five b-values with 11 repetitions on a single subject to investigate the effects of acquisition scheme and subsequent analysis models on the accuracy and precision of measures of tissue composition and fiber orientation derived from clinically feasible QBI at 3T...
April 21, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437143/motivations-for-botanical-use-by-socioeconomically-diverse-urban-adults-does-evidence-support-motivation
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Grace F Duffy, Emily Stave Shupe, Marie Fanelli Kuczmarski, Alan B Zonderman, Michele K Evans
OBJECTIVE: The study objectives were to characterize botanical dietary supplement (BDS) use and to compare the motivations for botanical supplement (BS) use to the efficacy of the botanical in a socioeconomically and racially diverse urban adult population. METHODS: Subjects were from the Healthy Aging in Neighborhoods of Diversity across the Life Span (HANDLS) study, a 20-year prospective health disparities study with African American and white adults from Baltimore, Maryland...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433390/a-computational-study-of-invariant-i5-in-a-nearly-incompressible-transversely-isotropic-model-for-white-matter
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Yuan Feng, Suhao Qiu, Xiaolong Xia, Songbai Ji, Chung-Hao Lee
The aligned axonal fiber bundles in white matter make it suitable to be modeled as a transversely isotropic material. Recent experimental studies have shown that a minimal form, nearly incompressible transversely isotropic (MITI) material model, is capable of describing mechanical anisotropy of white matter. Here, we used a finite element (FE) computational approach to demonstrate the significance of the fifth invariant (I5) when modeling the anisotropic behavior of white matter in the large-strain regime. We first implemented and validated the MITI model in an FE simulation framework for large deformations...
April 9, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432679/potential-use-of-cowpea-vigna-unguiculata-l-walp-stover-treated-with-white-rot-fungi-as-rabbit-feed
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Ederson Andrade, Victor Pinheiro, Alexandre Gonçalves, John W Cone, Guilhermina Marques, Valéria Silva, Luis Ferreira, Miguel Rodrigues
BACKGROUND: Lignin inhibitory effects within the cell wall structure constitute a serious drawback in maximizing the utilization of fibrous feedstuffs in animal feeding. In this way, treatments that promote efficient delignification of these materials must be applied. This study evaluated the potential of white-rot fungi to upgrade the nutritive value of cowpea stover for rabbits feeding. RESULTS: There was an increase in the crude protein content of all substrates as a result of fungi treatments reaching a net gain of 13% for Pleurotus citrinopileatus incubation...
April 22, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432452/fluorescent-angioscopic-imaging-of-calcium-phosphate-tribasic-precursor-of-hydroxyapatite-the-major-calcium-deposit-in-human-coronary-plaques
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Takanobu Kobayashi, Osamu Nakagawa, Seiichiro Shirai, Ei Shimoyama, Nobuyuki Hiruta, Yasumi Uchida
Coronary calcification is a risk factor for ischemic heart disease. Hydroxyapatite that is formed by polymerization from calcium phosphate tribasic (CPT) is the major constituent of coronary calcium deposits. If CPT could be visualized, coronary calcification could be predicted and prevented. We discovered that when CPT and collagen I, the main constituent of collagen fibers, are mixed with lac dye (LD) and then exposed to fluorescent light excited at 345 ± 15 nm and emitted at 420 nm, a purple fluorescence that is characteristic of CPT only is elicited...
April 21, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431559/effects-of-whole-grain-rye-with-and-without-resistant-starch-type-2-supplementation-on-glucose-tolerance-gut-hormones-inflammation-and-appetite-regulation-in-an-11-14-5%C3%A2-hour-perspective-a-randomized-controlled-study-in-healthy-subjects
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Jonna C Sandberg, Inger M E Björck, Anne C Nilsson
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of obesity is increasing worldwide and prevention is needed. Whole grain has shown potential to lower the risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. One possible mechanism behind the benefits of whole grain is the gut fermentation of dietary fiber (DF), e.g. non-starch polysaccharides and resistant starch (RS), in whole grain. The purpose of the study is to investigate the effect of whole grain rye-based products on glucose- and appetite regulation...
April 21, 2017: Nutrition Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425348/integration-of-functional-mri-and-white-matter-tractography-in-cyberknife-radiosurgery
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Lu Sun, Baolin Qu, Jinyuan Wang, Zhongjian Ju, Zizhong Zhang, Zhiqiang Cui, Yang Jack, Zhipei Ling, Xinguang Yu, Longsheng Pan
PURPOSE: To investigate the efficacy of the integration of functional magnetic resonance imaging and diffusion-tensor imaging tractography data into CyberKnife radiosurgery for intracranial tumor management. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Functional neuroimaging, anatomical magnetic resonance imaging, and computed tomography images of patients with brain lesions in critical areas were acquired before radiosurgery. The acquired data sets were coregistered using the MIM image fusion software module and then were imported into the CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System (Multiplan 4...
January 1, 2017: Technology in Cancer Research & Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424656/empirical-comparison-of-diffusion-kurtosis-imaging-and-diffusion-basis-spectrum-imaging-using-the-same-acquisition-in-healthy-young-adults
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Sijia Wang, Daniel J Peterson, Yong Wang, Qing Wang, Thomas J Grabowski, Wenbin Li, Tara M Madhyastha
As diffusion tensor imaging gains widespread use, many researchers have been motivated to go beyond the tensor model and fit more complex diffusion models, to gain a more complete description of white matter microstructure and associated pathology. Two such models are diffusion kurtosis imaging (DKI) and diffusion basis spectrum imaging (DBSI). It is not clear which DKI parameters are most closely related to DBSI parameters, so in the interest of enabling comparisons between DKI and DBSI studies, we conducted an empirical survey of the interrelation of these models in 12 healthy volunteers using the same diffusion acquisition...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424605/white-matter-integrity-and-treatment-based-change-in-speech-performance-in-minimally-verbal-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Karen Chenausky, Julius Kernbach, Andrea Norton, Gottfried Schlaug
We investigated the relationship between imaging variables for two language/speech-motor tracts and speech fluency variables in 10 minimally verbal (MV) children with autism. Specifically, we tested whether measures of white matter integrity-fractional anisotropy (FA) of the arcuate fasciculus (AF) and frontal aslant tract (FAT)-were related to change in percent syllable-initial consonants correct, percent items responded to, and percent syllable insertion errors (from best baseline to post 25 treatment sessions)...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420955/hemispheric-differences-in-white-matter-microstructure-between-two-profiles-of-children-with-high-intelligence-quotient-vs-controls-a-tract-based-spatial-statistics-study
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Fanny Nusbaum, Salem Hannoun, Gabriel Kocevar, Claudio Stamile, Pierre Fourneret, Olivier Revol, Dominique Sappey-Marinier
Objectives: The main goal of this study was to investigate and compare the neural substrate of two children's profiles of high intelligence quotient (HIQ). Methods: Two groups of HIQ children were included with either a homogeneous (Hom-HIQ: n = 20) or a heterogeneous IQ profile (Het-HIQ: n = 24) as defined by a significant difference between verbal comprehension index and perceptual reasoning index. Diffusion tensor imaging was used to assess white matter (WM) microstructure while tract-based spatial statistics (TBSS) analysis was performed to detect and localize WM regional differences in fractional anisotropy (FA), mean diffusivity, axial (AD), and radial diffusivities...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420082/can-early-rehabilitation-prevent-posttraumatic-osteoarthritis-in-the-patellofemoral-joint-after-anterior-cruciate-ligament-rupture-understanding-the-pathological-features
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Nai-Jen Chang, Ming-You Shie, Kuan-Wei Lee, Pei-Hsi Chou, Chih-Chan Lin, Chih-Jou Chu
Knee instability resulting from anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture is a high-risk factor for posttraumatic osteoarthritis (PTOA) in the patellofemoral joint (PFJ). However, whether non-weight-bearing and weight-bearing treatments have chondroprotective effects remains unclear. Twenty-four adult New Zealand White male rabbits were employed in this study. All animals received ACL transection in the right knee and sham surgery in the left knee. The rabbits were randomly assigned to the following groups: (I) In the sedentary (SED) group, the rabbits (n = 6) were simply kept in their cage; (II) In the continuous passive motion (CPM) group, the rabbits (n = 6) performed CPM exercise for 7 days, starting from the first postoperative day; (III) In the active treadmill exercise (TRE) group, the rabbits (n = 6) performed TRE for 2 weeks; (IV) In the CPM + TRE group, the rabbits (n = 6) executed CPM exercise, followed by TRE...
April 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419058/a-method-for-u-fiber-quantification-from-7%C3%A2-t-diffusion-weighted-mri-data-tested-in-patients-with-nonlesional-focal-epilepsy
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Rafael O'Halloran, Rebecca Feldman, Lara Marcuse, Madeline Fields, Bradley Delman, Sophia Frangou, Priti Balchandani
In this methods development, we present an ultra-high-field, diffusion-weighted MRI method to quantitatively assess u-fibers and use it to compare u-fiber counts in nonlesional epilepsy patients with controls. Emerging evidence implicates white matter abnormalities in nonlesional epilepsy, including the short-range, cortical-cortical connections, or u-fibers. Eight patients with nonlesional epilepsy and eight demographically matched controls underwent 7 T MRI consisting of a T1-weighted sequence (0.7 mm isotropic resolution) and high-angular-resolved diffusion-weighted MRI (1...
May 24, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418197/body-mass-index-associates-with-white-matter-microstructure-in-bipolar-depression
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Elena Mazza, Sara Poletti, Irene Bollettini, Clara Locatelli, Andrea Falini, Cristina Colombo, Francesco Benedetti
OBJECTIVES: Obesity has been reported in over 60% of bipolar disorder (BD) patients. It worsens the severity of illness, and influences cognition and functional outcomes. White matter (WM) abnormalities are one of the most consistently reported findings in neuroimaging studies of BD. We hypothesized that body mass index (BMI) could correlate with WM integrity in bipolar patients. METHODS: We evaluated BMI in a sample of 164 depressed patients affected by BD. We performed whole-brain tract-based spatial statistics with threshold-free cluster enhancement for the diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) measures of WM integrity: fractional anisotropy; axial, radial, and mean diffusivity...
April 18, 2017: Bipolar Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415391/biological-activity-evaluation-of-magnesium-fluoride-coated-mg-zn-zr-alloy-in-vivo
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Hongfeng Jiang, Jingbo Wang, Minfang Chen, Debao Liu
AIM: To explore the biodegradable characteristics and biological properties, which could promote new bone formation, of MgF2 coated magnesium alloy (Mg-3wt%Zn-0.5wt%Zr) in rabbits. METHODS: Magnesium alloy with MgF2 coating was made and the MgF2/Mg-Zn-Zr was implanted in the femoral condyle of rabbits. Twelve healthy adult Japanese white rabbits in weight of 2.8-3.2kg were averagely divided into A(Mg-Zn-Zr) group and B(MgF2/MgZn-Zr) group. Indexes such as microstructural evolution, SEM scan, X-ray, Micro-CT and mechanical properties were observed and detected at 1th day, 2th, 4th, 8th, 12th, 24th week after implantation...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414816/fourier-transform-power-spectrum-is-a-potential-measure-of-tissue-alignment-in-standard-mri-a-multiple-sclerosis-study
#17
Shrushrita Sharma, Yunyan Zhang
Loss of tissue coherency in brain white matter is found in many neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS). While several approaches have been proposed to evaluate white matter coherency including fractional anisotropy and fiber tracking in diffusion-weighted imaging, few are available for standard magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Here we present an image post-processing method for this purpose based on Fourier transform (FT) power spectrum. T2-weighted images were collected from 19 patients (10 relapsing-remitting and 9 secondary progressive MS) and 19 age- and gender-matched controls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414186/a-review-on-neuroimaging-based-classification-studies-and-associated-feature-extraction-methods-for-alzheimer-s-disease-and-its-prodromal-stages
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REVIEW
Saima Rathore, Mohamad Habes, Muhammad Aksam Iftikhar, Amanda Shacklett, Christos Davatzikos
Neuroimaging has made it possible to measure pathological brain changes associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD) in vivo. Over the past decade, these measures have been increasingly integrated into imaging signatures of AD by means of classification frameworks, offering promising tools for individualized diagnosis and prognosis. We reviewed neuroimaging-based studies for AD classification and mild cognitive impairment, selected after online database searches in Google Scholar and PubMed (January, 1985 to June, 2016)...
April 13, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413981/default-mode-network-connectivity-and-related-white-matter-disruption-in-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-patients-concurrent-with-amnestic-mild-cognitive-impairment
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Di Qi, Ailin Wang, Yaojing Chen, Kewei Chen, Sisi Zhang, Junying Zhang, Xin Li, Lin Ai, Zhanjun Zhang
BACKGROUND: As a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease (AD), Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) itself causes cognitive impairment and has higher prevalence of mild cognitive impairment (MCI). OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to explore the cognition especially the episodic memory difference, the DMN functional connectivity and DMN-related white matter integrity in patients with both T2DM and amnestic MCI (T2DM-MCI) as compared to patients with T2DM only. METHOD: Focusing especially on T2DM population, we investigated the default mode network (DMN) through resting functional magnetic resonance imaging among 22 elderly T2DM-MCI patients and 24 elderly T2DM patients...
April 17, 2017: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413699/white-matter-connections-of-the-inferior-parietal-lobule-a-study-of-surgical-anatomy
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Joshua D Burks, Lillian B Boettcher, Andrew K Conner, Chad A Glenn, Phillip A Bonney, Cordell M Baker, Robert G Briggs, Nathan A Pittman, Daniel L O'Donoghue, Dee H Wu, Michael E Sughrue
INTRODUCTION: Interest in the function of the inferior parietal lobule (IPL) has resulted in increased understanding of its involvement in visuospatial and cognitive functioning, and its role in semantic networks. A basic understanding of the nuanced white-matter anatomy in this region may be useful in improving outcomes when operating in this region of the brain. We sought to derive the surgical relationship between the IPL and underlying major white-matter bundles by characterizing macroscopic connectivity...
April 2017: Brain and Behavior
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