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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031225/cube-shaped-theranostic-paclitaxel-prodrug-nanocrystals-with-surface-functionalization-of-spc-and-mpeg-dspe-for-imaging-and-chemotherapy
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Fuqiang Guo, Jiajia Shang, Hai Zhao, Kangrong Lai, Yang Li, Zhongxiong Fan, Zhenqing Hou, Guanghao Su
As one of nanomedicine delivery systems (NDSs), drug nanocrystals exhibited an excellent anticancer effect. Recently, differences of internalization mechanisms and subcellular localization of both drug nanocrystals and small molecular free drug have drawn much attention. In this paper, paclitaxel (PTX) as a model anticancer drug was directly labeled with 4-chloro-7-nitro-1, 2, 3-benzoxadiazole (NBD-Cl) (a drug-fluorophore conjugate Ma et al. (2016) and Wang et al. (2016) [1,2] (PTX-NBD)). PTX-NBD was synthesized by nucleophilic substitution reaction of PTX with NBD-Cl in high yield and characterized by fluorescence, XRD, ESI-MS, and FT-IR analysis...
October 5, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029290/nmda-receptor-mediated-ca2-influx-in-the-absence-of-mg2-block-disrupts-rest-activity-rhythms-in-drosophila
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Qian Song, Ge Feng, Jiaxing Zhang, Xuechun Xia, Min Ji, Lei Lv, Yong Ping
Introduction: The correlated activation of pre- and postsynaptic neurons is essential for the NMDA receptor-mediated Ca2+ influx by removing Mg2+ from block site and NMDA receptors have been implicated in phase resetting of circadian clocks. So we assessed rest:activity rhythms in Mg2+ block defective animals. Methods: Using Drosophila locomotor monitoring system, we checked circadian rest:activity rhythms of different mutants under constant darkness (DD) and light:dark (LD) conditions...
October 3, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029119/the-end-of-the-unique-myocardial-band-part-ii-clinical-and-functional-considerations
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David H MacIver, John B Partridge, Peter Agger, Robert S Stephenson, Bastiaan J D Boukens, Camilla Omann, Jonathan C Jarvis, Henggui Zhang
Two of the leading concepts of mural ventricular architecture are the unique myocardial band and the myocardial mesh model. We have described, in an accompanying article published in this journal, how the anatomical, histological and high-resolution computed tomographic studies strongly favour the latter concept. We now extend the argument to describe the linkage between mural architecture and ventricular function in both health and disease. We show that clinical imaging by echocardiography and magnetic resonance imaging, and electrophysiological studies, all support the myocardial mesh model...
September 25, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029074/multimodality-imaging-evaluation-of-chagas-disease-an-expert-consensus-of-brazilian-cardiovascular-imaging-department-dic-and-the-european-association-of-cardiovascular-imaging-eacvi
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Maria Carmo P Nunes, Luigi Paolo Badano, J Antonio Marin-Neto, Thor Edvardsen, Covadonga Fernández-Golfín, Chiara Bucciarelli-Ducci, Bogdan A Popescu, Richard Underwood, Gilbert Habib, Jose Luis Zamorano, Roberto Magalhães Saraiva, Ester Cerdeira Sabino, Fernando A Botoni, Márcia Melo Barbosa, Marcio Vinicius L Barros, Eduardo Falqueto, Marcus Vinicius Simões, André Schmidt, Carlos Eduardo Rochitte, Manoel Otávio Costa Rocha, Antonio Luiz Pinho Ribeiro, Patrizio Lancellotti
Aims: To develop a document by Brazilian Cardiovascular Imaging Department (DIC) and the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) to review and summarize the most recent evidences about the non-invasive assessment of patients with Chagas disease, with the intent to set up a framework for standardized cardiovascular imaging to assess cardiovascular morphologic and functional disturbances, as well as to guide the subsequent process of clinical decision-making. Methods and results: Chagas disease remains one of the most prevalent infectious diseases in Latin America, and has become a health problem in non-endemic countries...
September 25, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029029/a-manifesto-for-cardiovascular-imaging-addressing-the-human-factor
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Alan G Fraser
Our use of modern cardiovascular imaging tools has not kept pace with their technological development. Diagnostic errors are common but seldom investigated systematically. Rather than more impressive pictures, our main goal should be more precise tests of function which we select because their appropriate use has therapeutic implications which in turn have a beneficial impact on morbidity or mortality. We should practise analytical thinking, use checklists to avoid diagnostic pitfalls, and apply strategies that will reduce biases and avoid overdiagnosis...
September 28, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029007/presence-of-micro-and-macroalbuminuria-and-the-association-with-cardiac-mechanics-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
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Peter Godsk Jørgensen, Tor Biering-Sørensen, Rasmus Mogelvang, Thomas Fritz-Hansen, Tina Vilsbøll, Peter Rossing, Jan Skov Jensen
Aims: Albuminuria-a marker of generalized vascular dysfunction-is a strong predictor of heart failure in patients with type 2 diabetes which may be caused by concomitant myocardial dysfunction reflecting the same underlying pathogenesis. Methods and results: We included 915 patients with type 2 diabetes from two secondary care centres and stratified according to albuminuria status in normo-, micro-, and macroalbuminuria. We performed comprehensive echocardiography including conventional imaging, tissue Doppler imaging, and 2D speckle tracking...
October 3, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028956/age-differences-in-the-neural-mechanisms-of-intertemporal-choice-under-subjective-decision-conflict
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Ben Eppinger, Hauke R Heekeren, Shu-Chen Li
Older decision-makers may capitalize on their greater experiences in financial decisions and by this offset decline in cognitive abilities. However, this pattern of results should reverse in situations that place high demands on cognitive control functions. In this study, we investigated how decision conflict affects the neural mechanisms of intertemporal decision-making in younger and older adults. To individually adjust the level of decision conflict we determined the indifference point (IDP) in intertemporal decision-making for each participant...
September 25, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028905/quality-of-biological-images-reconstructed-using-localization-microscopy-data
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Blazej Ruszczycki, Tytus Bernas
Motivation: Fluorescence localization microscopy is extensively used to study the details of spatial architecture of subcellular compartments. This modality relies on determination of spatial positions of fluorophores, labeling an extended biological structure, with precision exceeding the diffraction limit. Several established models describe influence of pixel size, signal-to-noise ratio and optical resolution on the localization precision. The labeling density has been also recognized as important factor affecting reconstruction fidelity of the imaged biological structure...
September 25, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028694/individualized-biventricular-epicardial-augmentation-technology-in-a-drug-induced-porcine-failing-heart-model
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Lasse Jagschies, Marc Hirschvogel, Jose Matallo, Andreas Maier, Karin Mild, Horst Brunner, Rabea Hinkel, Michael W Gee, Peter Radermacher, Stephen M Wildhirt, Sebastian Hafner
For treatment of advanced heart failure, current strategies include cardiac transplantation or blood-contacting pump technology associated with complications, including stroke and bleeding. This study investigated an individualized biventricular epicardial augmentation technology in a drug-induced porcine failing heart model. A total of 11 pigs were used, for the assessment of hemodynamics and cardiac function under various conditions of support pressures and support durations (n = 4), to assess device positioning and function by in vivo computer tomographic imaging (n = 3) and to investigate a minimally invasive implantation on the beating heart (n = 4)...
October 12, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028609/daunorubicin-and-doxorubicin-molecular-interplay-with-2d-membrane-models
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Ana Catarina Alves, Cláudia Nunes, José Lima, Salette Reis
The anthracyclines daunorubicin and doxorubicin are widely used antineoplastic agents due to their therapeutic activity against a broad variety of human cancers. Although, the classical model to explain anthracyclines' cytotoxicity has been based in the direct interference with nucleic acid function, evidence suggests that the plasma membrane is also involved in the drug's mechanism of action. In this work, the interaction of these drugs with two-dimensional membrane models were studied in order to gain further insights at the molecular level regarding anthracyclines membrane interactions...
October 3, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028316/tailoring-nanocrystalline-metal-organic-frameworks-as-fluorescent-dye-carriers-for-bioimaging
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UnJin Ryu, Jounghyun Yoo, Woosung Kwon, Kyung Min Choi
Challenges exist in taking advantage of dye molecules for reliable and reproducible molecular probes in biomedical applications. In this study, we show how to utilize the dye molecules for bioimaging within protective carriers of nanocrystalline metal-organic frameworks (nMOFs) particles. Specifically, Resorufin and Rhodamine-6G having different molecular sizes were encapsulated within close-fitting pores of nMOF-801 and nUiO-67 particles, respectively. The resulting nanocrystalline particles have high crystallinity, uniform size, and morphology and preserve enhanced photoluminescence properties with exceptional stabilities in biomedical environment...
October 13, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028196/edge-probability-and-pixel-relativity-based-speckle-reducing-anisotropic-diffusion
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Deepak Mishra, Santanu Chaudhury, Mukul Sarkar, Arvinder Singh Soin, Vivek Sharma
Anisotropic diffusion filters are one of the best choices for speckle reduction in the ultrasound images. These filters control the diffusion flux flow using local image statistics and provide the desired speckle suppression. However, inefficient use of edge characteristics results in either oversmooth image or an image containing misinterpreted spurious edges. As a result, the diagnostic quality of the images becomes a concern. To alleviate such problems, a novel anisotropic diffusion based speckle reducing filter is proposed in this paper...
October 12, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028193/landmark-based-shape-encoding-and-sparse-dictionary-learning-in-the-continuous-domain
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Daniel Schmitter, Michael Unser
We provide a generic framework to learn shape dictionaries of landmark-based curves that are defined in the continuous domain. We first present an unbiased alignment method that involves the construction of a mean shape as well as training sets whose elements are subspaces that contain all affine transformations of the training samples. The alignment relies on orthogonal projection operators that have a closed form. We then present algorithms to learn shape dictionaries according to the structure of the data that needs to be encoded: a) projectionbased functional principal-component analysis for homogeneous data and b) continuous-domain sparse shape encoding to learn dictionaries that contain imbalanced data, outliers, or different types of shape structures...
October 12, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028189/non-rigid-event-by-event-continuous-respiratory-motion-compensated-list-mode-reconstruction-for-pet
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Chung Chan, John Onofrey, Yiqiang Jian, Mary Germino, Xenophon Papademetris, Richard E Carson, Chi Liu
Respiratory motion during PET/CT imaging can cause significant image blurring and underestimation of tracer concentration for both static and dynamic studies. In this study, with the aim to eliminate both intra-cycle and inter-cycle motions, and apply to dynamic imaging, we developed a non-rigid event-byevent (NR-EBE) respiratory motion compensated list-mode reconstruction algorithm. The proposed method consists of 2 components, the first component estimates a continuous non-rigid motion field of the internal organs using the internal-external motion correlation (NR-INTEX)...
October 10, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028154/on-surface-synthesis-of-adenine-oligomers-via-ullmann-reaction
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Yanmin Zhang, Yuanqi Ding, Lei Xie, Honghong Ma, Xinyi Yao, Chi Zhang, Chunxue Yuan, Wei Xu
Despite the fact that DNA bases have been well-studied on surface, on-surface synthesis of one-dimensional DNA analog through in-situ reactions is still an interesting topic to be investigated. Herein, from the interplay of high-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) imaging and density functional theory (DFT) calculations, we have delicately designed a halogenated derivative of adenine as precursor to realize the combination of DNA bases and Ullmann reaction, and then successfully synthesized adenine oligomers on Au(111) via Ullmann coupling...
October 13, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028135/predicting-episodic-and-spatial-memory-performance-from-hippocampal-resting-state-functional-connectivity-evidence-for-an-anterior-posterior-division-of-function
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Jonas Persson, Eva Stening, Kristin Nordin, Hedvig Söderlund
fMRI studies have identified distinct resting-state functional connectivity (RSFC) networks associated with the anterior and posterior hippocampus. However, the functional relevance of these two networks is still largely unknown. Hippocampal lesion studies and task-related fMRI point to a role for the anterior hippocampus in non-spatial episodic memory and the posterior hippocampus in spatial memory. We used Relevance Vector Regression (RVR), a machine-learning method that enables predictions of continuous outcome measures from multivariate patterns of brain imaging data, to test the hypothesis that patterns of whole-brain RSFC associated with the anterior hippocampus predict episodic memory performance, while patterns of whole-brain RSFC associated with the posterior hippocampus predict spatial memory performance...
October 13, 2017: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027919/shiga-toxins-induce-apoptosis-and-er-stress-in-human-retinal-pigment-epithelial-cells
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Jun-Young Park, Yu-Jin Jeong, Sung-Kyun Park, Sung-Jin Yoon, Song Choi, Dae Gwin Jeong, Su Wol Chung, Byung Joo Lee, Jeong Hun Kim, Vernon L Tesh, Moo-Seung Lee, Young-Jun Park
Shiga toxins (Stxs) produced by Shiga toxin-producing bacteria Shigella dysenteriae serotype 1 and select serotypes of Escherichia coli are the most potent known virulence factors in the pathogenesis of hemorrhagic colitis progressing to potentially fatal systemic complications such as acute renal failure, blindness and neurological abnormalities. Although numerous studies have defined apoptotic responses to Shiga toxin type 1 (Stx1) or Shiga toxin type 2 (Stx2) in a variety of cell types, the potential significance of Stx-induced apoptosis of photoreceptor and pigmented cells of the eye following intoxication is unknown...
October 13, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027895/changes-in-foraminal-area-with-anterior-decompression-versus-keyhole-foraminotomy-in-the-cervical-spine-a-biomechanical-investigation
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Jacqueline Nguyen, Bryant Chu, Calvin C Kuo, Jeremi M Leasure, Christopher Ames, Dimitriy Kondrashov
OBJECTIVE Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) with or without partial uncovertebral joint resection (UVR) and posterior keyhole foraminotomy are established operative procedures to treat cervical disc degeneration and radiculopathy. Studies have demonstrated reliable results with each procedure, but none have compared the change in neuroforaminal area between indirect and direct decompression techniques. The purpose of this study was to determine which cervical decompression method most consistently increases neuroforaminal area and how that area is affected by neck position...
October 13, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027866/magnetic-resonance-imaging-guided-laser-interstitial-thermal-therapy-as-treatment-for-intractable-insular-epilepsy-in-children
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M Scott Perry, David J Donahue, Saleem I Malik, Cynthia G Keator, Angel Hernandez, Rohit K Reddy, Freedom F Perkins, Mark R Lee, Dave F Clarke
OBJECTIVE Seizure onset within the insula is increasingly recognized as a cause of intractable epilepsy. Surgery within the insula is difficult, with considerable risks, given the rich vascular supply and location near critical cortex. MRI-guided laser interstitial thermal therapy (LiTT) provides an attractive treatment option for insular epilepsy, allowing direct ablation of abnormal tissue while sparing nearby normal cortex. Herein, the authors describe their experience using this technique in a large cohort of children undergoing treatment of intractable localization-related epilepsy of insular onset...
October 13, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027841/diffusion-tensor-tractography-in-cerebral-small-vessel-disease-correlation-with-cognitive-function
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Maria M D'Souza, S P Gorthi, Kunal Vadwala, Richa Trivedi, C Vijayakumar, Prabhjot Kaur, Subash Khushu
Background Patients with cerebral small vessel disease may suffer from varying levels of cognitive deficit and may progress on to vascular dementia. The extent of involvement, as seen on conventional magnetic resonance (MR) measures, correlates poorly with the level of cognitive decline. The purpose of this study was to investigate the utility of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) as a marker for white matter damage in small vessel disease and to assess its correlation with cognitive function. Methods Thirty consecutive patients with cerebral small vessel disease underwent conventional MR imaging, DTI, and neuropsychological assessment...
January 1, 2017: Neuroradiology Journal
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