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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938737/complex-catsper-dependent-and-independent-ca2-i-signalling-in-human-spermatozoa-induced-by-follicular-fluid
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Sean G Brown, Sarah Costello, Mark C Kelly, Mythili Ramalingam, Ellen Drew, Stephen J Publicover, Christopher L R Barratt, Sarah Martins Da Silva
STUDY QUESTION: Does progesterone in human follicular fluid (hFF) activate CatSper and do other components of hFF modulate this effect and/or contribute separately to hFF-induced Ca2+ signaling? SUMMARY ANSWER: hFF potently stimulates CatSper and increases [Ca2+]i, primarily due to high concentrations of progesterone, however, other components of hFF also contribute to [Ca2+]i signaling, including modulation of CatSper channel activity and inhibition of [Ca2+]i oscillations...
October 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937270/feasibility-of-free-breathing-lung-mri-for-radiotherapy-using-non-cartesian-k-space-acquisition-schemes
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Shivani Kumar, Robba Rai, Alto Stemmer, Sonal Josan, Lois Holloway, Shalini Vinod, Daniel Moses, Gary Liney
OBJECTIVES: To test a free breathing MRI protocol for anatomical and functional assessment during lung cancer radiotherapy by assessing two non-cartesian acquisition schemes based on a T1W 3D gradient recall echo sequence: (i) stack-of stars (StarVIBE) and (ii) spiral (SpiralVIBE) trajectories Methods: MR images on five healthy volunteers were acquired on a wide bore 3T scanner (Skyra, Siemens Healthcare). Anatomical image quality was assessed on: (1) free breathing (StarVIBE), (2) the standard clinical sequence (VIBE) acquired in a 20 second compliant breath-hold and (3) 20 second non-complaint breath-hold...
September 13, 2017: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937040/surgical-outcomes-of-anomalous-origin-of-the-left-coronary-artery-from-the-pulmonary-artery-in-children-an-echocardiography-follow-up
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Yan Gao, Jing Zhang, Guo-Ying Huang, Xue-Cun Liang, Bing Jia, Xiao-Jing Ma
BACKGROUND: Anomalous origin of the left coronary artery from the pulmonary artery (ALCAPA) is a rare but potentially life-threatening congenital heart defect. A retrospective analysis was carried out to elucidate the surgical outcomes of ALCAPA in infants and children using follow-up echocardiography. METHODS: From September 2008 to March 2017, 26 children diagnosed with ALCAPA underwent left coronary re-implantation. All surviving patients received echocardiography during follow-up...
October 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934527/proton-mr-spectroscopy-in-patients-with-sleep-related-hypermotor-epilepsy-she-evidence-of-altered-cingulate-cortex-metabolism
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Ilaria Naldi, Francesca Bisulli, Claudia Testa, Giovanni Rizzo, Lorenzo Ferri, Laura L Gramegna, Laura Licchetta, Raffaele Lodi, Caterina Tonon, Paolo Tinuper
Study Objectives: To identify structural and/or metabolic alterations in patients with sleep-related hypermotor epilepsy (SHE) using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and proton MR spectroscopy (1H-MRS). Methods: Nineteen SHE patients (seven males; 34.7 ± 9.7 years, mean age ± standard deviation) and 17 matched healthy volunteers (seven males; 34.0 ± 8.9 years) were included in the study. In all patients, the diagnosis of SHE was confirmed by video-polysomnographic recording of seizures...
September 1, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932698/quantitative-magnetic-resonance-mr-neurography-for-evaluation-of-peripheral-nerves-and-plexus-injuries
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REVIEW
Teodoro Martín Noguerol, Rafael Barousse, Mariano Socolovsky, Antonio Luna
Traumatic conditions of peripheral nerves and plexus have been classically evaluated by morphological imaging techniques and electrophysiological tests. New magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies based on 3D fat-suppressed techniques are providing high accuracy for peripheral nerve injury evaluation from a qualitative point of view. However, these techniques do not provide quantitative information. Diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) are functional MRI techniques that are able to evaluate and quantify the movement of water molecules within different biological structures...
August 2017: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932122/gadobutrol-in-india-a-comprehensive-review-of-safety-and-efficacy
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REVIEW
Jan Endrikat, Nicoletta Anzalone
Gadobutrol is a gadolinium (Gd)-based contrast agent for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In India, gadobutrol is approved for MRI of the central nervous system (CNS), liver, kidneys, breast and for MR angiography for patients 2 years and older. The standard dose for all age groups is 0.1 mmol/kg body weight. The safety profile has been demonstrated in 42 clinical phase 2 to 4 studies (>6800 patients), 7 observational studies, and by assessing pharmacovigilance data of 29 million applications. Furthermore, studies in children, adults, and elderly and in patients with impaired liver or kidney function did not show any increased adverse event rate...
2017: Magnetic Resonance Insights
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932016/transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-tdcs-combined-with-blindsight-rehabilitation-for-the-treatment-of-homonymous-hemianopia-a-report-of-two-cases
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Barbara Maria Matteo, Barbara Viganò, Cesare Giuseppe Cerri, Roberto Meroni, Cesare Maria Cornaggia, Cecilia Perin
[Purpose] Homonymous hemianopia is one of the most common symptoms following neurologic damage leading to impairments of functional abilities and activities of daily living. There are two main types of restorative rehabilitation in hemianopia: "border training" which involves exercising vision at the edge of the damaged visual field, and "blindsight training," which is based on exercising the unconscious perceptual functions deep inside the blind hemifield. Only border effects have been shown to be facilitated by transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)...
September 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929364/anthropomorphic-liver-phantom-with-flow-for-multimodal-image-guided-liver-therapy-research-and-training
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Anna Rethy, Jørn Ove Sæternes, Jostein Halgunset, Ronald Mårvik, Erlend F Hofstad, Juan A Sánchez-Margallo, Thomas Langø
PURPOSE: The objective of this study was to develop a multimodal, permanent liver phantom displaying functional vasculature and common pathologies, for teaching, training and equipment development in laparoscopic ultrasound and navigation. METHODS: Molten wax was injected simultaneously into the portal and hepatic veins of a human liver. Upon solidification of the wax, the surrounding liver tissue was dissolved, leaving a cast of the vessels. A connection was established between the two vascular trees by manually manipulating the wax...
September 19, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926607/the-novel-mineralocorticoid-receptor-antagonist-finerenone-attenuates-neointima-formation-after-vascular-injury
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Jochen Dutzmann, Robert-Jonathan Musmann, Marco Haertlé, Jan-Marcus Daniel, Kristina Sonnenschein, Andreas Schäfer, Peter Kolkhof, Johann Bauersachs, Daniel G Sedding
BACKGROUND: The novel nonsteroidal mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) antagonist finerenone holds promise to be safe and efficient in the treatment of patients with heart failure and/or chronic kidney disease. However, its effects on vascular function remain elusive. PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to determine the functional effect of selective MR antagonism by finerenone in vascular cells in vitro and the effect on vascular remodeling following acute vascular injury in vivo...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926154/brain-functional-connectome-abnormalities-in-als-are-associated-with-disability-and-cortical-hyperexcitability
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Nimeshan Geevasinga, Mayuresh S Korgaonkar, Parvathi Menon, Mehdi Van den Bos, Lavier Gomes, Sheryl Foster, Matthew C Kiernan, Steve Vucic
OBJECTIVE: The present study utilized a multimodality approach encompassing connectome network combined with brain volume analysis, and assessment of cortical excitability to provide novel insights into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) pathogenesis. METHODS: Magnetic resonance images (MRI) were acquired using a 3.0 Tesla GE Signa HDx scanner, using an 8-channel head coil. MR images for the resting state scan were acquired using echo planar imaging MR sequence, acquiring 40 contiguous axial/oblique slices...
September 19, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926131/region-specific-impairment-of-the-cervical-spinal-cord-sc-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-a-preliminary-study-using-sc-templates-and-quantitative-mri-diffusion-tensor-imaging-inhomogeneous-magnetization-transfer
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Henitsoa Rasoanandrianina, Aude-Marie Grapperon, Manuel Taso, Olivier M Girard, Guillaume Duhamel, Maxime Guye, Jean-Philippe Ranjeva, Shahram Attarian, Annie Verschueren, Virginie Callot
In this preliminary study, our objective was to investigate the potential of high-resolution anatomical imaging, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and conventional/inhomogeneous magnetization transfer imaging [magnetization transfer (MT)/inhomogeneous magnetization transfer (ihMT)] at 3 T, analyzed with template-extracted regions of interest, to measure the atrophy and structural changes of white (WM) and gray (GM) matter spinal cord (SC) occurring in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Ten patients with ALS and 20 age-matched healthy controls were recruited...
September 19, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923785/transcatheter-mitral-valve-replacement-of-navigate-bioprosthesis-in-a-preclinical-model
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Haytham Elgharably, Jose L Navia, Cristian Baeza, Gabriel Maluenda, Samir Kapadia, Jerzy Sadowski, Krzysztof Bartuś, Cesare Beghi, Kalathi Thyagarajan, Ryan Bertwell, Rodolfo C Quijano
AIMS: To test the feasibility of trans-catheter mitral valve implantation of the NaviGate device in acute and chronic preclinical models. METHODS AND RESULTS: We evaluated the NaviGate valved stent implantation in the mitral position in an acute swine model (n=24, ≤ 5 days) through three different approaches: trans-atrial, trans-apical, and trans-septal, and in a chronic swine model (n=12, >10 days) through a trans-atrial approach. The NaviGate implantation procedures were successful in 83% of the acute model studies (n=20) and 83% of the chronic model studies (n=10)...
September 19, 2017: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922960/cognitive-performance-in-transient-global-hypoxic-brain-injury-due-to-moderate-drowning
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Mariana Penteado Nucci, Katerina Lukasova, Gilson Vieira, João Ricardo Sato, Edson Amaro Júnior
INTRODUCTION: Drowning is a serious and frequently neglected public health threat. Primary respiratory impairment after submersion often leads to brain dysfunction. Depending on the period of global hypoxia (respiratory failure), clinical aspects of neurological dysfunction are evident on the first evaluation after the water rescue. Nowadays, many neuropsychological assessments after drowning are inconclusive, with some studies reporting only minor neurological or cognitive impairments...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921669/respiratory-variation-in-left-ventricular-cardiac-function-with-3d-double-golden-angle-whole-heart-cine-imaging
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Karen Holst, Martin Ugander, Andreas Sigfridsson
PURPOSE: To develop a 3-dimensional free-breathing cardiovascular MR technique for quantifying the variation in left ventricular end-diastolic volume (LVEDV) during the respiratory cycle. METHODS: A 3-dimensional radial trajectory with double golden-angle ordering was used for free-running data acquisition during free breathing in healthy volunteers (N = 8). A respiratory self-gating signal was extracted from the center of k-space, and data were retrospectively binned into eight respiratory phases in end-diastole...
September 17, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920862/enhanced-endothelium-epithelial-sodium-channel-signaling-prompts-left-ventricular-diastolic-dysfunction-in-obese-female-mice
#15
Guanghong Jia, Javad Habibi, Annayya R Aroor, Michael A Hill, Vincent G DeMarco, Li E Lee, Lixin Ma, Brady J Barron, Adam Whaley-Connell, James R Sowers
OBJECTIVE: Enhanced activation of cell specific mineralocorticoid receptors (MRs) in obesity plays a key role in the development of cardiovascular disease including cardiac diastolic dysfunction as a critical prognosticator. Our previous investigations demonstrated that selective endothelium MR activation promotes a maladaptive inflammatory response and fibrosis in cardiovascular tissue in female mice fed a western diet (WD), and this was associated with expression and activation of the epithelial sodium channel on the surface of endothelial cells (EnNaC)...
September 8, 2017: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918364/volumetric-changes-in-the-aging-rat-brain-and-its-impact-on-cognitive-and-locomotor-functions
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Hamizah Shahirah Hamezah, Lina Wati Durani, Nor Faeizah Ibrahim, Daijiro Yanagisawa, Tomoko Kato, Akihiko Shiino, Sachiko Tanaka, Hanafi Ahmad Damanhuri, Wan Zurinah Wan Ngah, Ikuo Tooyama
Impairments in cognitive and locomotor functions usually occur with advanced age, as do changes in brain volume. This study was conducted to assess changes in brain volume, cognitive and locomotor functions, and oxidative stress levels in middle- to late-aged rats. Forty-four male Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into four groups: 14, 18, 23, and 27months of age. (1)H magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was performed using a 7.0-Tesla MR scanner system. The volumes of the lateral ventricles, medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), hippocampus, striatum, cerebellum, and whole brain were measured...
September 13, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918316/mr-guided-joint-reconstruction-of-activity-and-attenuation-in-brain-pet-mr
#17
Abolfazl Mehranian, Habib Zaidi, Andrew J Reader
With the advent of time-of-flight (TOF) PET scanners, joint maximum-likelihood reconstruction of activity and attenuation (MLAA) maps has recently regained attention for the estimation of PET attenuation maps from emission data. However, the estimated attenuation and activity maps are scaled by unknown scaling factors. We recently demonstrated that in hybrid PET-MR, the scaling issue of this algorithm can be effectively addressed by imposing MR spatial constraints on the estimation of attenuation maps using a penalized MLAA (P-MLAA(+)) algorithm...
September 13, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915330/impact-of-adrenal-steroids-on-regulation-of-adipose-tissue
#18
Marco Infante, Andrea Armani, Caterina Mammi, Andrea Fabbri, Massimiliano Caprio
Corticosteroids are secreted by the adrenal glands and control the functions of adipose tissue via the activation of mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) and glucocorticoid receptor (GR). In turn, adipocytes release a large variety of adipokines into the bloodstream, regulating the function of several organs and tissues, including the adrenal glands, hereby controlling corticosteroid production. In adipose tissue, the activation of the MR by glucocorticoids (GC) and aldosterone affects important processes such as adipocyte differentiation, oxidative stress, autophagic flux, adipokine expression as well as local production of GC through upregulation of the enzyme 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1 (11β-HSD1)...
September 12, 2017: Comprehensive Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915004/calcium-induced-morphological-transitions-in-peptide-amphiphiles-detected-by-19-f-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#19
Adam T Preslar, Laura M Lilley, Kohei Sato, Shanrong Zhang, Zer Keen Chia, Samuel I Stupp, Thomas J Meade
Misregulation of extracellular Ca(2+) can indicate bone-related pathologies. New, noninvasive tools are required to image Ca(2+) fluxes and fluorine magnetic resonance imaging ((19)F-MRI) is uniquely suited to this challenge. Here, we present three, highly fluorinated peptide amphiphiles that self-assemble into nanoribbons in buffered saline and demonstrate these nanostructures can be programmed to change (19)F-NMR signal intensity as a function of Ca(2+) concentration. We determined these nanostructures show significant reduction in (19)F-NMR signal as nanoribbon width increases in response to Ca(2+), corresponding to (19)F-MR image intensity reduction...
September 15, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914601/left-ventricular-long-axis-function-assessed-with-cardiac-cine-mr-imaging-is-an-independent-predictor-of-all-cause-mortality-in-patients-with-reduced-ejection-fraction-a-multicenter-study
#20
Simone Romano, Robert M Judd, Raymond J Kim, Han W Kim, Igor Klem, John F Heitner, Dipan J Shah, Jennifer Jue, Afshin Farzaneh-Far
Purpose To evaluate the prognostic value of a simple index of left ventricular (LV) long-axis function-lateral mitral annular plane systolic excursion (MAPSE)-in a large multicenter population of patients with reduced ejection fraction (EF) who were undergoing cardiac magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. Materials and Methods This retrospective study included 1040 consecutive patients (mean age, 59.5 years ± 15.8) at four U.S. medical centers who were undergoing cardiac MR imaging for assessment of LV dysfunction with EF less than 50%...
September 14, 2017: Radiology
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