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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823105/understanding-peripartum-depression-through-neuroimaging-a-review-of-structural-and-functional-connectivity-and-molecular-imaging-research
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REVIEW
Christy Duan, Jessica Cosgrove, Kristina M Deligiannidis
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Imaging research has sought to uncover brain structure, function, and metabolism in women with postpartum depression (PPD) as little is known about its underlying pathophysiology. This review discusses the imaging modalities used to date to evaluate postpartum depression and highlights recent findings. RECENT FINDINGS: Altered functional connectivity and activity changes in brain areas implicated in executive functioning and emotion and reward processing have been identified in PPD...
August 19, 2017: Current Psychiatry Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823099/evidence-of-dysexecutive-syndrome-in-patients-with-acromegaly
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Shaobo Shan, Lingling Fang, Jia Huang, Raymond C K Chan, Guijun Jia, Weiqing Wan
PURPOSE: This study aimed to explore different aspects of executive function in patients with acromegaly and investigate the cause of dysexecutive syndrome in these patients. METHODS: We conducted five typical executive function tests (Stroop test, verbal fluency [VF] test, Hayling Sentence Completion Test [HSCT], N-back test, and Sustained Attention to Response Task [SART]) on 42 acromegalic patients and 42 strictly matched healthy controls. Comparative analyses were conducted for five major executive function domains...
August 19, 2017: Pituitary
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823084/effects-of-a-novel-tungsten-impregnated-rubber-neck-shield-on-the-quality-of-cerebral-images-acquired-using-15-o-labeled-gas
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Kei Wagatsuma, Keiichi Oda, Kenta Miwa, Motoki Inaji, Muneyuki Sakata, Jun Toyohara, Kiichi Ishiwata, Masayuki Sasaki, Kenji Ishii
The present study aimed to validate the effects of a novel tungsten-impregnated rubber neck shield on the quality of phantom and clinical (15)O-labeled gas positron emission tomography (PET) images. Images were acquired in the presence or absence of a neck shield from a cylindrical phantom containing [(15)O]H2O (phantom study) and from three individuals using [(15)O]CO2, [(15)O]O2 and [(15)O]CO gas (clinical study). Data were acquired in three-dimensional (3D) mode using a Discovery PET/CT 710. Values for cerebral blood flow, cerebral blood volume, oxygen extraction fraction, and cerebral metabolic rate of oxygen with and without the neck shield were calculated from (15)O-labeled gas images...
August 19, 2017: Radiological Physics and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823023/posttraumatic-stress-disorder-symptoms-and-white-matter-abnormalities-among-combat-exposed-veterans
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Kirstin Aschbacher, Synthia H Mellon, Owen M Wolkowitz, Clare Henn-Haase, Rachel Yehuda, Janine D Flory, Linda M Bierer, Duna Abu-Amara, Charles R Marmar, Susanne G Mueller
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is associated with abnormalities in functional connectivity of a specific cortico-limbic network; however, less is known about white matter abnormalities providing structural connections for this network. This study investigated whether the diagnosis and symptoms of PTSD are associated with alterations in fractional anisotropy (FA), an index reflecting white matter organization, across six, a priori-defined tracts. White matter FA was quantified by diffusion tensor imaging using 3 T-MRI among 57 male, combat-exposed veterans with no history of moderate to severe head injuries or current alcohol dependence: 31 met criteria for PTSD and 26 were demographically comparable, combat-exposed controls without PTSD...
August 19, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822792/imaging-assessment-of-fibrodysplasia-ossificans-progressiva-qualitative-quantitative-and-questionable
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Mona Al Mukaddam, Chamith S Rajapakse, Robert J Pignolo, Frederick S Kaplan, Stacy E Smith
Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP) is an ultra-rare autosomal dominant genetic disorder of heterotopic ossification (HO) characterized by skeletal anomalies and episodic soft tissue swelling (flare-ups) that can transform into heterotopic bone. The progressive development of heterotopic bone and progressive arthropathy leads to significant limitation of mobility. This paper will review various imaging modalities used in evaluating episodic soft tissue swelling (flare-ups), heterotopic bone and skeletal anomalies...
August 16, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822749/dominance-of-layer-specific-microvessel-dilation-in-contrast-enhanced-high-resolution-fmri-comparison-between-hemodynamic-spread-and-vascular-architecture-with-clarity
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REVIEW
Alexander John Poplawsky, Mitsuhiro Fukuda, Bok-Man Kang, Jae Hwan Kim, Minah Suh, Seong-Gi Kim
Contrast-enhanced cerebral blood volume-weighted (CBVw) fMRI response peaks are specific to the layer of evoked synaptic activity (Poplawsky et al., 2015), but the spatial resolution limit of CBVw fMRI is unknown. In this study, we measured the laminar spread of the CBVw fMRI evoked response in the external plexiform layer (EPL, 265 ± 65 μm anatomical thickness, mean ± SD, n = 30 locations from 5 rats) of the rat olfactory bulb during electrical stimulation of the lateral olfactory tract and examined its potential vascular source...
August 16, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822689/cholesterol-lowering-gene-therapy-counteracts-the-development-of-non-ischemic-cardiomyopathy-in-mice
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Ilayaraja Muthuramu, Ruhul Amin, Andrey Postnov, Mudit Mishra, Joseph Pierre Aboumsallem, Tom Dresselaers, Uwe Himmelreich, Paul P Van Veldhoven, Olivier Gheysens, Frank Jacobs, Bart De Geest
A causal role of hypercholesterolemia in non-ischemic heart failure has never been demonstrated. Adeno-associated viral serotype 8 (AAV8)-low-density lipoprotein receptor (AAV8-LDLr) gene transfer was performed in LDLr-deficient mice without and with pressure overload induced by transverse aortic constriction (TAC). AAV8-LDLr gene therapy resulted in an 82.8% (p < 0.0001) reduction of plasma cholesterol compared with controls. Mortality rate was lower (p < 0.05) in AAV8-LDLr TAC mice compared with control TAC mice (hazard ratio for mortality 0...
August 1, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822657/a-systematic-review-of-muscle-morphology-and-function-in-intermittent-claudication
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REVIEW
Amy E Harwood, Stephanie King, Joshua Totty, George E Smith, Natalie Vanicek, Ian C Chetter
OBJECTIVE: Intermittent claudication (IC) is frequently associated with deterioration in walking capacity and physical function, and it can often result in an impairment in balance. Whereas supervised exercise is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence as the first-line treatment, the mechanism behind walking improvement is poorly understood. The existing literature suggests that there may be some physiologic change to the skeletal muscle contributing to the functional impairment, but these data are conflicting...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822637/porcine-dermis-patch-augmentation-of-supraspinatus-tendon-repairs-a-pilot-study-assessing-tendon-integrity-and-shoulder-function-2%C3%A2-years-after-arthroscopic-repair-in-patients-aged-60%C3%A2-years-or%C3%A2-older
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Matthias Flury, Dominik Rickenbacher, Christian Jung, Marco M Schneider, David Endell, Laurent Audigé
PURPOSE: To investigate the 2-year postoperative clinical and subjective outcomes after arthroscopic rotator cuff repair (ARCR) with xenologous porcine dermal patch augmentation compared with ARCR alone. METHODS: Patients aged 60 years or older with a complete supraspinatus (SSP) tendon tear underwent primary ARCR with a transosseous-equivalent technique. By use of a matched-pair comparative trial design, a consecutive series of 20 patients receiving additional xenologous porcine dermal patch augmentation (patch group) was matched by tear location with 20 patients who received ARCR only (control group)...
August 16, 2017: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822316/improved-middle-ear-soft-tissue-visualization-using-synchrotron-radiation-phase-contrast-imaging
#10
Mai Elfarnawany, Seyed Alireza Rohani, Soroush Ghomashchi, Daniel G Allen, Ning Zhu, Sumit K Agrawal, Hanif M Ladak
High resolution images are used as a basis for finite-element modeling of the middle-ear structures to study their biomechanical function. Commonly used imaging techniques such as micro-computed tomography (CT) and optical microscopy require extensive sample preparation, processing or staining using contrast agents to achieve sufficient soft-tissue contrast. We compare imaging of middle-ear structures in unstained, non-decalcified human temporal bones using conventional absorption-contrast micro-CT and using synchrotron radiation phase-contrast imaging (SR-PCI)...
August 5, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822275/the-functionality-appreciation-scale-fas-development-and-psychometric-evaluation-in-u-s-community-women-and-men
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Jessica M Alleva, Tracy L Tylka, Ashley M Kroon Van Diest
Body functionality has been identified as an important dimension of body image that has the potential to be useful in the prevention and treatment of negative body image and in the enhancement of positive body image. Specifically, cultivating appreciation of body functionality may offset appearance concerns. However, a scale assessing this construct has yet to be developed. Therefore, we developed the Functionality Appreciation Scale (FAS) and examined its psychometric properties among three online community samples totalling 1042 women and men (ns=490 and 552, respectively)...
August 16, 2017: Body Image
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822108/semi-quantitative-metabolic-values-on-fdg-pet-ct-including-extracardiac-sites-of-disease-as-a-predictor-of-treatment-course-in-patients-with-cardiac-sarcoidosis
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Mitsutomi Ishiyama, Laurie A Soine, Hubert J Vesselle
BACKGROUND: Cardiac sarcoidosis is associated with major adverse cardiac events including cardiac arrest, for which anti-inflammatory treatment is indicated. Oral corticosteroid is the mainstay among treatment options; however, adverse effects are a major concern with long-term use. It would be beneficial for providers to predict treatment response and prognosis for proper management strategy of sarcoidosis, though it remains challenging. Fluorine (F)-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG)-positron emission tomography(PET)/computed tomography(CT) has an advantage over anatomical imaging in providing semi-quantitative functional parameters such as standard uptake value (SUV), metabolic volume, and total lesion glycolysis (TLG), which are well-established biomarkers in oncology...
August 18, 2017: EJNMMI Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822095/validation-of-a-calibration-method-using-the-cross-calibration-factor-and-system-planar-sensitivity-in-quantitative-single-photon-emission-computed-tomography-imaging
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Norikazu Matsutomo, Saki Matsumoto, Tomoaki Yamamoto, Eisuke Sato
The present study aimed to validate the absolute quantitative accuracy of a calibration method for single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) using cross-calibration factor (CCF)- and system sensitivity-based calibration methods. The CCF obtained with different reconstruction parameters was evaluated using a cylindrical phantom (diameter 20 cm, height 20 cm). SPECT images were acquired with a positron emission tomography/computed tomography (CT) phantom. Subsequently, they were reconstructed by using ordered subset expectation maximization with resolution recovery, scatter, and CT-based attenuation correction...
August 18, 2017: Radiological Physics and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822075/recycling-endosomes-in-human-cytotoxic-t-lymphocytes-constitute-an-auxiliary-intracellular-trafficking-pathway-for-newly-synthesized-perforin
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Kelsey Lesteberg, Jordan Orange, George Makedonas
Although cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) store perforin within cytoplasmic secretory granules for immediate use, perforin is synthesized anew within hours of TCR stimulation. Previously, we observed new perforin protein at an immunologic synapse independent of secretory lysosomes; herein, we aimed to determine how new perforin transits to the synapse if not via lytic granules. We analyzed antigen-specific human CTLs via imaging flow cytometry and high-resolution confocal microscopy, with attention to intracellular trafficking components and new perforin...
August 18, 2017: Immunologic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822074/general-equations-for-optimal-selection-of-diagnostic-image-acquisition-parameters-in-clinical-x-ray-imaging
#15
Xiaoming Zheng
The purpose of this work was to examine the effects of relationship functions between diagnostic image quality and radiation dose on the governing equations for image acquisition parameter variations in X-ray imaging. Various equations were derived for the optimal selection of peak kilovoltage (kVp) and exposure parameter (milliAmpere second, mAs) in computed tomography (CT), computed radiography (CR), and direct digital radiography. Logistic, logarithmic, and linear functions were employed to establish the relationship between radiation dose and diagnostic image quality...
August 18, 2017: Radiological Physics and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822071/imaging-the-etiology-of-apathy-anxiety-and-depression-in-parkinson-s-disease-implication-for-treatment
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REVIEW
Stephane Thobois, Stephane Prange, Véronique Sgambato-Faure, Léon Tremblay, Emmanuel Broussolle
Apathy, depression, and anxiety are among the most important non-motor signs of Parkinson's disease (PD). This may be encountered at early stages of illness and represent a major source of burden. Understanding their pathophysiology is a major prerequisite for efficient therapeutic strategies. Anatomical and metabolic imaging studies have enabled a breakthrough by demonstrating that widespread abnormalities within the limbic circuits notably the orbitofrontal and anterior cingulate cortices, amygdala, thalamus, and ventral striatum are involved in the pathophysiology of depression, anxiety, and apathy in PD...
August 18, 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822016/in-situ-imaging-reveals-properties-of-purinergic-signalling-in-trigeminal-sensory-ganglia-in-vitro
#17
Arletta Nowodworska, Arn M J M van den Maagdenberg, Andrea Nistri, Elsa Fabbretti
Chronic pain is supported by sterile inflammation that induces sensitisation of sensory neurons to ambient stimuli including extracellular ATP acting on purinergic P2X receptors. The development of in vitro methods for drug screening would be useful to investigate cell crosstalk and plasticity mechanisms occurring during neuronal sensitisation and sterile neuroinflammation. Thus, we studied, at single-cell level, membrane pore dilation based on the uptake of a fluorescent probe following sustained ATP-gated P2X receptor function in neurons and non-neuronal cells of trigeminal ganglion cultures from wild-type (WT) and R192Q CaV2...
August 18, 2017: Purinergic Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821983/negative-priming-a-meta-analysis-of-fmri-studies
#18
Zachary Yaple, Marie Arsalidou
A phenomenon termed negative priming is defined as an increase in reaction time and/or decrease in performance during instances in which current target stimuli are employed as distractor stimuli in the previous trial. A recent qualitative review on negative priming reported neural regions of interest underlined by activity within the right middle frontal gyrus and left middle temporal gyrus; however, these areas of interest have not been tested and supported by using coordinate-based, quantitative meta-analysis...
August 18, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821875/convenient-and-effective-icgylation-of-magnetic-nanoparticles-for-biomedical-applications
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Hye Sun Park, Jongwoo Kim, Mi Young Cho, Hyunseung Lee, Sang Hwan Nam, Yung Doug Suh, Kwan Soo Hong
Nanoprobes used for biomedical applications usually require surface modifications with amphiphilic surfactants or inorganic coating materials to enhance their biocompatibility. We proposed a facile synthetic approach for the phase transfer of hydrophobic magnetic nanoparticles by the direct adherence of fluorescent probes, without any chemical modifications, for use as a magnetic resonance (MR)/near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence bimodal imaging contrast agent. Indocyanine green (ICG) was used not only as an optical component for NIR imaging, but also as a surfactant for phase transfer with no superfluous moiety: we therefore called the process "ICGylation"...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821834/ocular-fundus-pulsations-within-the-posterior-rat-eye-chorioscleral-motion-and-response-to-elevated-intraocular-pressure
#20
Marco Augustin, Stanislava Fialová, Corinna Fischak, Leopold Schmetterer, Christoph K Hitzenberger, Bernhard Baumann
A multi-functional optical coherence tomography (OCT) approach is presented to determine ocular fundus pulsations as an axial displacement between the retina and the chorioscleral complex in the albino rat eye. By combining optical coherence elastography and OCT angiography (OCTA), we measure subtle deformations in the nanometer range within the eye and simultaneously map retinal and choroidal perfusion. The conventional OCT reflectivity contrast serves as a backbone to segment the retina and to define several slabs which are subsequently used for quantitative ocular pulsation measurements as well as for a qualitative exploration of the multi-functional OCT image data...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
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