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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817694/a-new-holistic-3d-non-invasive-analysis-of-cellular-distribution-and-motility-on-fibroin-alginate-microcarriers-using-light-sheet-fluorescent-microscopy
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Serena Duchi, Filippo Piccinini, Michela Pierini, Alessandro Bevilacqua, Maria Luisa Torre, Enrico Lucarelli, Spartaco Santi
Cell interaction with biomaterials is one of the keystones to developing medical devices for tissue engineering applications. Biomaterials are the scaffolds that give three-dimensional support to the cells, and are vectors that deliver the cells to the injured tissue requiring repair. Features of biomaterials can influence the behaviour of the cells and consequently the efficacy of the tissue-engineered product. The adhesion, distribution and motility of the seeded cells onto the scaffold represent key aspects, and must be evaluated in vitro during the product development, especially when the efficacy of a specific tissue-engineered product depends on viable and functional cell loading...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817381/advanced-radiation-dosimetry-phantom-ardos-a-versatile-breathing-phantom-for-4d-radiation-therapy-and-medical-imaging
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Natalia Kostiukhina, Dietmar Georg, Sofia Rollet, Peter Kuess, Andrej Sipaj, Piotr Andrzejewski, Hugo Furtado, Ivo Rausch, Wolfgang Lechner, Elisabeth Steiner, Hunor Kertesz, Barbara Knaeusl
A novel breathing phantom was designed for being used in conventional and ion-beam radiotherapy as well as for medical imaging. Accurate dose delivery and patient safety are aimed to be verified for four-dimensional (4D) treatment techniques compensating for breathing-induced tumor motion. The phantom includes anthropomorphic components representing an average human thorax. It consists of real tissue equivalent materials to fulfill the requirements for dosimetric experiments and imaging purposes. The different parts of the torso (lungs, chest wall, and ribs) and the tumor can move independently...
August 17, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817244/key-developments-that-impacted-the-field-of-mechanobiology-and-mechanotransduction
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Michelle Wall, David Butler, Alicia El Haj, Josephine C Bodle, Elizabeth G Loboa, Albert J Banes
Advances in mechanobiology have evolved through insights from multiple disciplines including structural engineering, biomechanics, vascular biology, and orthopaedics. In this paper, we reviewed the impact of key reports related to the study of applied loads on tissues and cells and the resulting signal transduction pathways. We addressed how technology has helped advance the burgeoning field of mechanobiology (over 33,600 publications from 1970-2016). We analyzed the impact of critical ideas and then determined how these concepts influenced the mechanobiology field by looking at the citation frequency of these reports as well as tracking how the overall number of citations within the field changed over time...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813843/addition-of-forelimb-training-reduces-gains-from-robotic-gait-training-in-a-rat-model-of-spinal-cord-injury
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Nathan D Neckel, Haining Dai, Olga C Rodriguez
To restore locomotor function following spinal cord injury the disrupted descending supraspinal drive needs to be re-connected to regions caudal to the injury. Robotic gait training aims to facilitate recovery by stimulating the proprioceptive networks of the legs in a coordinated walking pattern while the descending supraspinal connections are re-established. In incomplete injuries, it is believed that the interneuronal networks near the injury site form relay circuits to reroute the supraspinal signals through the spared tissue...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809704/kilohertz-electrical-stimulation-nerve-conduction-block-effects-of-electrode-material
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Yogi A Patel, Brian S Kim, Robert J Butera
Kilohertz electrical stimulation (KES) has enabled a novel new paradigm for spinal cord and peripheral nerve stimulation to treat a variety of neurological diseases. KES can excite or inhibit nerve activity and is used in many clinical devices today. However, the impact of different electrode materials on the efficacy of KES is unknown. We investigated the effect of different electrode materials and their respective charge injection mechanisms on KES nerve block thresholds using 20 and 40 kHz current-controlled sinusoidal KES waveforms...
August 10, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808900/varying-ultrasound-power-level-to-distinguish-surgical-instruments-and-tissue
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Hongliang Ren, Banani Anuraj, Pierre E Dupont
We investigate a new framework of surgical instrument detection based on power-varying ultrasound images with simple and efficient pixel-wise intensity processing. Without using complicated feature extraction methods, we identified the instrument with an estimated optimal power level and by comparing pixel values of varying transducer power level images. The proposed framework exploits the physics of ultrasound imaging system by varying the transducer power level to effectively distinguish metallic surgical instruments from tissue...
August 15, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808201/thalamic-paramagnetic-iron-by-t2-relaxometry-correlates-with-severity-of-multiple-sclerosis
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Eva Baranovicova, Ema Kantorova, Dagmar Kalenska, Lucia Lichardusova, Michal Bittsan-Sky, Dusan Dobrota
Iron can contribute to the pathogenesis and progression of multiple sclerosis (MS) due to its accumulation in the human brain. We focus on the thalamus as an information transmitter between various subcortical and cortical areas. Thalamic iron seems to follow different rules than iron in other deep gray matter structures and its relation to the clinical outcomes of MS is still indistinct. In our study, we investigated a connection between thalamic iron and patients' disability and course of the disease. The presence of paramagnetic substances in the tissues was tracked by T2* quantification...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806996/improved-passive-catheter-tracking-with-positive-contrast-for-cmr-guided-cardiac-catheterization-using-partial-saturation-psat
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Mari Nieves Velasco Forte, Kuberan Pushparajah, Tobias Schaeffter, Israel Valverde Perez, Kawal Rhode, Bram Ruijsink, Mazen Alhrishy, Nicholas Byrne, Amedeo Chiribiri, Tevfik Ismail, Tarique Hussain, Reza Razavi, Sébastien Roujol
BACKGROUND: Cardiac catheterization is a common procedure in patients with congenital heart disease (CHD). Although cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) represents a promising alternative approach to fluoroscopy guidance, simultaneous high contrast visualization of catheter, soft tissue and the blood pool remains challenging. In this study, a novel passive tracking technique is proposed for enhanced positive contrast visualization of gadolinium-filled balloon catheters using partial saturation (pSAT) magnetization preparation...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806708/predictive-simulation-of-diabetic-gait-individual-contribution-of-ankle-stiffness-and-muscle-weakening
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Gilmar F Santos, Aline A Gomes, Isabel C N Sacco, Marko Ackermann
Diabetic neuropathic individuals present massive muscle strength reduction at the ankle plantar- and dorsiflexors and increased joint stiffness. Our aim is to investigate the adaptation strategies to these musculoskeletal alterations during walking by means of predictive simulations. We used a seven segment planar musculoskeletal model actuated by eight Hill-type muscles in each leg. The effect of all passive tissue in muscles and other joint structures was modeled by net passive joint moment curves. The predictive simulations were generated by solving an optimal control problem that minimized a cost function, including effort and tracking terms, using direct collocation and a commercial optimal control package...
August 1, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802742/the-challenges-of-measuring-in-vivo-knee-collateral-ligament-strains-using-ultrasound
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Laura C Slane, Josh A Slane, Jan D'hooge, Lennart Scheys
Ultrasound-based methods have shown promise in their ability to characterize non-uniform deformations in large energy-storing tendons such as the Achilles and patellar tendons, yet applications to other areas of the body have been largely unexplored. The noninvasive quantification of collateral ligament strain could provide an important clinical metric of knee frontal plane stability, which is relevant in ligament injury and for measuring outcomes following total knee arthroplasty. In this pilot cadaveric experiment, we investigated the possibility of measuring collateral ligament strain with our previously validated speckle-tracking approach, but encountered a number of challenges during both data acquisition and processing...
July 31, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802566/alcohol-use-and-cardiovascular-disease-risk-in-patients-with-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
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Lisa B VanWagner, Hongyan Ning, Norrina B Allen, Veeral Ajmera, Cora E Lewis, John Jeffrey Carr, Donald M Lloyd-Jones, Norah A Terrault, Juned Siddique
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death among patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Moderate drinking (vs abstinence) is associated with lower risk of CVD in the general population. We assessed whether alcohol use is associated with CVD risk in patients with NAFLD. METHODS: We analyzed data from participants in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults longitudinal cohort study of 5115 black and white young adults, 18-30 years old, recruited from 4 cities in the United States from 1985 through 1986...
August 9, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798993/decellularization-and-recellularization-of-cartilage
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Catherine A Bautista, Bahar Bilgen
Decellularization of cartilage enables the use of cartilage allografts or xenografts as natural scaffolds for repair and regeneration of injured cartilage. The preservation of the extracellular matrix ultrastructure of the graft makes this a promising tool for cartilage tissue engineering. We have optimized the decellularization protocol by enzymatically digesting proteoglycans while preserving the native collagen architecture. Here we describe our methods for cartilage decellularization and cell labeling for the tracking of infiltration for recellularization in detail...
August 11, 2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798204/imaging-igf-i-uptake-in-growth-plate-cartilage-using-in-vivo-multiphoton-microscopy
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Maria A Serrat, Gabriela Ion
Bones elongate through endochondral ossification in cartilaginous growth plates located at ends of primary long bones. Linear growth ensues from a cascade of biochemical signals initiated by actions of systemic and local regulators on growth plate chondrocytes. Although cellular processes are well defined, there is a fundamental gap in understanding how growth regulators are physically transported from surrounding blood vessels into and through dense, avascular cartilage matrix. Intravital imaging using in vivo multiphoton microscopy is one promising strategy to overcome this barrier by quantitatively tracking molecular delivery to cartilage from the vasculature in real time...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796645/on-the-use-of-particle-filters-for-electromagnetic-tracking-in-high-dose-rate-brachytherapy
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Theresa Ida Götz, Godehard Lahmer, Tobias Brandt, Karoline Kallis, Vratislav Strnad, Christoph Bert, Bernhard Hensel, Ana Maria Tome, Elmar W Lang
Modern radiotherapy of female breat cancers often employ high dose rate Brachytherapy, where a radioactive source is moved inside catheters, implanted in the female breast, according to a prescribed treatment plan. Source localization relative to the patient's anatomy is determined with solenoid sensors whose spatial positions are measured with an electromagnetic tracking system. Precise sensor dwell position determination is of utmost importance to assure irradiation of the cancerous tissue according to the treatment plan...
August 10, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795608/focus-small-to-find-big-the-microbeam-story
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Jinhua Wu, Tom K Hei
PURPOSE: Even though the first ultraviolet microbeam was described by S. Tschachotin back in 1912, the development of sophisticated micro-irradiation facilities only began to flourish in the late 1980s. In this article, we highlight significant microbeam experiments, describe the latest microbeam irradiator configurations and critical discoveries made by using the microbeam apparatus. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Modern radiological microbeams facilities are capable of producing a beam size of a few micrometers, or even tens of nanometers in size, and can deposit radiation with high precision within a cellular target...
August 10, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795588/feasibility-of-peripheral-nerve-mr-neurography-using-diffusion-tensor-imaging-adapted-to-skeletal-muscle-disease
#16
Sarah Keller, Zhiyue J Wang, Amir Golsari, Anne Catherine Kim, Hendrik Kooijman, Gerhard Adam, Jin Yamamura
Background Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) of peripheral nerves may provide additional information about nerve involvement in muscular disorders, but is considered difficult due to different optimal scan parameters tailored to magnetic resonance (MR) signal properties of muscle and neural tissues. Purpose To assess the feasibility of sciatic nerve DTI using two different approaches of region of interest (ROI)-localization in DTI scans with b-values 500 s/mm(2), in participants with muscular disorders and in controls...
January 1, 2017: Acta Radiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792468/real-time-external-respiratory-motion-measuring-technique-using-an-rgb-d-camera-and-principal-component-analysis
#17
Udaya Wijenayake, Soon-Yong Park
Accurate tracking and modeling of internal and external respiratory motion in the thoracic and abdominal regions of a human body is a highly discussed topic in external beam radiotherapy treatment. Errors in target/normal tissue delineation and dose calculation and the increment of the healthy tissues being exposed to high radiation doses are some of the unsolicited problems caused due to inaccurate tracking of the respiratory motion. Many related works have been introduced for respiratory motion modeling, but a majority of them highly depend on radiography/fluoroscopy imaging, wearable markers or surgical node implanting techniques...
August 9, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791344/t-cell-inhibition-by-pogostone-from-pogostemon%C3%A2-cablin-blanco-benth-in%C3%A2-vitro-and-in%C3%A2-vivo-immunosuppressive-analysis
#18
Jiyan Su, Jingjin He, Ziren Su, Lian Zhou, Yaoying Zeng, Xiaoping Lai, Yucui Li
Various plant-derived compounds exhibit immunosuppressive activity in pre‑clinical investigations, suggesting that they may serve as natural alternatives for the prevention of inflammatory disorders and autoimmune diseases. The aim of the current study was to explore the immunosuppressive potential of pogostone (PO) derived from Pogostemon cablin (Blanco) Benth. Carboxyfluorescein diacetate succinimidyl ester‑labeled cell tracking demonstrated that PO (20‑80 µM) inhibited Concanavalin A (ConA)‑stimulated lymphocyte proliferation, which was mediated by G0/G1 phase arrest and accompanied by significant decreases in the expression of CD69 (early‑stage activation marker) and CD25 (mid‑stage activation marker) in T cells, as indicated by flow cytometry analysis...
August 2, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783732/correction-of-aberrant-growth-preserves-tissue-homeostasis
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Samara Brown, Cristiana M Pineda, Tianchi Xin, Jonathan Boucher, Kathleen C Suozzi, Sangbum Park, Catherine Matte-Martone, David G Gonzalez, Julie Rytlewski, Slobodan Beronja, Valentina Greco
Cells in healthy tissues acquire mutations with surprising frequency. Many of these mutations are associated with abnormal cellular behaviours such as differentiation defects and hyperproliferation, yet fail to produce macroscopically detectable phenotypes. It is currently unclear how the tissue remains phenotypically normal, despite the presence of these mutant cells. Here we use intravital imaging to track the fate of mouse skin epithelium burdened with varying numbers of activated Wnt/β-catenin stem cells...
August 2, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783715/fully-automatic-left-ventricular-myocardial-strain-estimation-in-2d-short-axis-tagged-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#20
Pedro Morais, Sandro Queirós, Brecht Heyde, Jan Engvall, Jan D 'hooge, João L Vilaça
Cardiovascular diseases are among the leading causes of death and frequently result in local myocardial dysfunction. Among the numerous imaging modalities available to detect these dysfunctional regions, cardiac deformation imaging through tagged magnetic resonance imaging (t-MRI) has been an attractive approach. Nevertheless, fully automatic analysis of these data sets is still challenging. In this work, we present a fully automatic framework to estimate left ventricular myocardial deformation from t-MRI. This strategy performs automatic myocardial segmentation based on B-spline explicit active surfaces, which are initialized using an annular model...
August 7, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
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