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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922717/magnetic-nanoparticle-loaded-alginate-beads-for-local-micro-actuation-of-in-vitro-tissue-constructs
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Awatef M Alshehri, Otto C Wilson, Bishnu Dahal, John Philip, Xiaolong Luo, Christopher B Raub
Magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) self-align and transduce magnetic force, two properties which lead to promising applications in cell and tissue engineering. However, the toxicity of MNPs to cells which uptake them is a major impediment to applications in engineered tissue constructs. To address this problem, MNPs were embedded in millimeter-scale alginate beads, coated with glutaraldehyde cross-linked chitosan, and loaded in acellular and MDA-MB-231 cancer cell-seeded collagen hydrogels, providing local micro-actuation under an external magnetic field...
September 4, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921580/integrating-prior-information-into-microwave-tomography-part-1-impact-of-detail-on-image-quality
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Douglas Kurrant, Anastasia Baran, Joe LoVetri, Elise Fear
PURPOSE: The authors investigate the impact that incremental increases in the level of detail of patient-specific prior information have on image quality and the convergence behavior of an inversion algorithm in the context of near-field microwave breast imaging. A methodology is presented that uses image quality measures to characterize the ability of the algorithm to reconstruct both internal structures and lesions embedded in fibroglandular tissue. The approach permits key aspects that impact the quality of reconstruction of these structures to be identified and quantified...
September 17, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920077/mimicking-the-bioactivity-of-fibroblast-growth-factor-2-using-supramolecular-nanoribbons
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Charles M Rubert Pérez, Zaida Álvarez, Feng Chen, Taner Aytun, Samuel I Stupp
Fibroblast growth factor (FGF-2) is a multifunctional growth factor that has pleiotropic effects in different tissues and organs. In particular, FGF-2 has a special role in angiogenesis, an important process in development, wound healing, cell survival, and differentiation. Therefore, incorporating biological agents like FGF-2 within therapeutic biomaterials is a potential strategy to create angiogenic bioactivity for the repair of damaged tissue caused by trauma or complications that arise from age and/or disease...
September 11, 2017: ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919206/pluripotency-surveillance-by-myc-driven-competitive-elimination-of-differentiating-cells
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Covadonga Díaz-Díaz, Laura Fernandez de Manuel, Daniel Jimenez-Carretero, María Concepción Montoya, Cristina Clavería, Miguel Torres
The mammalian epiblast is formed by pluripotent cells able to differentiate into all tissues of the new individual. In their progression to differentiation, epiblast cells and their in vitro counterparts, embryonic stem cells (ESCs), transit from naive pluripotency through a differentiation-primed pluripotent state. During these events, epiblast cells and ESCs are prone to death, driven by competition between Myc-high cells (winners) and Myc-low cells (losers). Using live tracking of Myc levels, we show that Myc-high ESCs approach the naive pluripotency state, whereas Myc-low ESCs are closer to the differentiation-primed state...
September 9, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918264/past-matrix-stiffness-primes-epithelial-cells-and-regulates-their-future-collective-migration-through-a-mechanical-memory
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Samila Nasrollahi, Christopher Walter, Andrew J Loza, Gregory V Schimizzi, Gregory D Longmore, Amit Pathak
During morphogenesis and cancer metastasis, grouped cells migrate through tissues of dissimilar stiffness. Although the influence of matrix stiffness on cellular mechanosensitivity and motility are well-recognized, it remains unknown whether these matrix-dependent cellular features persist after cells move to a new microenvironment. Here, we interrogate whether priming of epithelial cells by a given matrix stiffness influences their future collective migration on a different matrix - a property we refer to as the 'mechanical memory' of migratory cells...
September 8, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916508/development-of-a-whole-slide-imaging-system-on-smartphones-and-evaluation-with-frozen-section-samples
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Hong Yu, Feng Gao, Liren Jiang, Shuoxin Ma
BACKGROUND: The aim was to develop scalable Whole Slide Imaging (sWSI), a WSI system based on mainstream smartphones coupled with regular optical microscopes. This ultra-low-cost solution should offer diagnostic-ready imaging quality on par with standalone scanners, supporting both oil and dry objective lenses of different magnifications, and reasonably high throughput. These performance metrics should be evaluated by expert pathologists and match those of high-end scanners. OBJECTIVE: The aim was to develop scalable Whole Slide Imaging (sWSI), a whole slide imaging system based on smartphones coupled with optical microscopes...
September 15, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915311/can-increased-spatial-resolution-solve-the-crossing-fiber-problem-for-diffusion-mri
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Kurt Schilling, Yurui Gao, Vaibhav Janve, Iwona Stepniewska, Bennett A Landman, Adam W Anderson
It is now widely recognized that voxels with crossing fibers or complex geometrical configurations present a challenge for diffusion MRI (dMRI) reconstruction and fiber tracking, as well as microstructural modeling of brain tissues. This "crossing fiber" problem has been estimated to affect anywhere from 30% to as many as 90% of white matter voxels, and it is often assumed that increasing spatial resolution will decrease the prevalence of voxels containing multiple fiber populations. The aim of this study is to estimate the extent of the crossing fiber problem as we progressively increase the spatial resolution, with the goal of determining whether it is possible to mitigate this problem with higher resolution spatial sampling...
September 15, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915216/protection-by-inhaled-hydrogen-therapy-in-a-rat-model-of-acute-lung-injury-can-be-tracked-in-vivo-using-molecular-imaging
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Said H Audi, Elizabeth R Jacobs, Xiao Zhang, Amadou K S Camara, Ming Zhao, Meetha M Medhora, Benjamin Rizzo, Anne V Clough
Inhaled hydrogen gas (H2) provides protection in rat models of human acute lung injury (ALI). We previously reported that biomarker imaging can detect oxidative stress and endothelial cell death in vivo in a rat model of ALI. Our objective was to evaluate the ability of Tc-hexamethylpropyleneamineoxime (HMPAO) and Tc-duramycin to track the effectiveness of H2 therapy in vivo in the hyperoxia rat model of ALI. Rats were exposed to room air (normoxia), 98% O2 + 2% N2 (hyperoxia) or 98% O2 + 2% H2 (hyperoxia+H2) for up to 60 h...
October 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914500/comprehensive-proteomics-analysis-of-exosomes-derived-from-human-seminal-plasma
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C Yang, W-B Guo, W-S Zhang, J Bian, J-K Yang, Q-Z Zhou, M-K Chen, W Peng, T Qi, C-Y Wang, C-D Liu
Exosomes are membranous nanovesicles of endocytic origin that carry and transfer regulatory bioactive molecules and mediate intercellular communication between cells and tissues. Although seminal exosomes have been identified in human seminal plasma, their exact composition and possible physiologic function remain unknown. The objective of this study was to perform a comprehensive proteomics analysis of exosomes derived from human seminal plasma. Seminal exosomes were isolated and purified from 12 healthy donors using a 30% sucrose cushion-based exosome-isolation protocol, followed by characterization by western blot, transmission electron microscopy, and nanoparticle tracking analysis before performing extensive liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry proteomics analysis...
September 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910761/phantomless-auto-calibration-and-online-calibration-assessment-for-a-tracked-freehand-2d-ultrasound-probe
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Matthew Toews, William M Wells
This paper presents a method for automatically calibrating and assessing the calibration quality of an externally tracked 2D ultrasound (US) probe by scanning arbitrary, natural tissues, as opposed a specialized calibration phantom as is the typical practice. A generative topic model quantifies the posterior probability of calibration parameters conditioned on local 2D image features arising from a generic underlying substrate. Autocalibration is achieved by identifying the maximum a-posteriori (MAP) image-to-probe transform, and calibration quality is assessed online in terms of the posterior probability of the current image-to-probe transform...
September 11, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904957/echocardiographic-techniques-of-deformation-imaging-in-the-evaluation-of-maternal-cardiovascular-system-in-patients-with-complicated-pregnancies
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REVIEW
Silvia Visentin, Chiara Palermo, Martina Camerin, Luciano Daliento, Denisa Muraru, Erich Cosmi, Luigi P Badano
Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) represent the leading cause of maternal mortality and morbidity. Knowledge of CVD in women is constantly evolving and data are emerging that female-specific risk factors as complications of pregnancy are conditions associated with an increased risk for the long-term development of CVD. Echocardiography is a safe and effective imaging technique indicated in symptomatic or asymptomatic pregnant women with congenital heart diseases who require close monitoring of cardiac function...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904887/biology-and-clinical-significance-of-circulating-tumor-cell-subpopulations-in-lung-cancer
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REVIEW
Linda O'Flaherty, Harriet Wikman, Klaus Pantel
By identifying and tracking genetic changes in primary tumors and metastases, patients can be stratified for the most efficient therapeutic regimen by screening for known biomarkers. However, retrieving tissues biopsies is not always feasible due to tumor location or risk to patient. Therefore, a liquid biopsies approach offers an appealing solution to an otherwise invasive procedure. The rapid growth of the liquid biopsy field has been aided by improvements in the sensitivity and specificity of enrichment assays for isolating circulating tumor cells (CTCs) from normal surrounding blood cells...
August 2017: Translational Lung Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901951/real-time-non-rigid-target-tracking-for-ultrasound-guided-clinical-interventions
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Cornel Zachiu, Mario G Ries, Pascal Ramaekers, Jean-Luc Guey, Chrit T W Moonen, Baudouin Denis de Senneville
Biological motion is a problem for non- or mini-invasive interventions when conducted in mobile/deformable organs due to the targeted pathology moving/deforming with the organ. This may lead to high miss rates and/or incomplete treatment of the pathology. Therefore, real-time tracking of the target anatomy during the intervention would be beneficial for such applications. Since the aforementioned interventions are often conducted under B-mode ultrasound (US) guidance, target tracking can be achieved via image registration, by comparing the acquired US images to a separate image established as positional reference...
September 13, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901615/model-based-dose-reconstruction-for-ct-dose-estimation
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Mingye Wu, Zhye Yin, Bruno De Man
PURPOSE: Our goal is to develop a model-based approach for CT dose estimation. We previously presented a CT dose estimation method that offered good accuracy in soft tissue regions but lower accuracy in bone regions. In this work, we propose an improved physic-based approach to achieve high accuracy for any materials and realistic clinical anatomies. METHODS: Like Monte Carlo techniques, we start from a model or image of the patient and we model all relevant x-ray interaction processes...
September 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899862/challenges-and-opportunity-in-the-era-of-quantitative-echocardiography
#15
EDITORIAL
Cheuk-Man Yu
The advancement of echocardiography in the past two decades is more than downsizing of the machines and improvement of image quality, but introduction of new imaging modalities leading to the ability of performing quantitative analysis. This function is greatly facilitated by the integration of echo machines with high performance computers, software programming and establishment of workstation for offline analysis. Today, echo examination is more than estimation of ejection fraction (EF) and patterns of left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction...
September 12, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899569/on-the-influence-of-wall-calcification-and-intraluminal-thrombus-on-prediction-of-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-rupture
#16
Hilary E Barrett, Eoghan M Cunnane, Hena Hidayat, Julie M O'Brien, Michael A Moloney, Eamon G Kavanagh, Michael T Walsh
OBJECTIVE: Parameters other than maximum diameter that predict rupture of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) may be helpful for risk-benefit analysis in individual patients. The aim of this study was to characterize the biomechanical-structural characteristics associated with AAA walls to better identify the related mechanistic variables required for an accurate prediction of rupture risk. METHODS: Anterior AAA wall (n = 40) and intraluminal thrombus (ILT; n = 114) samples were acquired from 18 patients undergoing open surgical repair...
September 9, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899404/extracellular-vesicle-packaged-mirna-release-after-short-term-exposure-to-particulate-matter-is-associated-with-increased-coagulation
#17
Laura Pergoli, Laura Cantone, Chiara Favero, Laura Angelici, Simona Iodice, Eva Pinatel, Mirjam Hoxha, Laura Dioni, Marilena Letizia, Benedetta Albetti, Letizia Tarantini, Federica Rota, Pier Alberto Bertazzi, Amedea Silvia Tirelli, Vincenza Dolo, Andrea Cattaneo, Luisella Vigna, Cristina Battaglia, Michele Carugno, Matteo Bonzini, Angela Cecilia Pesatori, Valentina Bollati
BACKGROUND: Exposure to particulate matter (PM) is associated with increased incidence of cardiovascular disease and increased coagulation, but the molecular mechanisms underlying these associations remain unknown. Obesity may increase susceptibility to the adverse effects of PM exposure, exacerbating the effects on cardiovascular diseases. Extracellular vesicles (EVs), which travel in body fluids and transfer microRNAs (miRNAs) between tissues, might play an important role in PM-induced cardiovascular risk...
August 24, 2017: Particle and Fibre Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895552/measurement-of-track-structure-parameters-of-low-and-medium-energy-helium-and-carbon-ions-in-nanometric-volumes
#18
G Hilgers, M U Bug, H Rabus
Ionization cluster size distributions produced in the sensitive volume of an ion-counting wall-less nanodosimeter by monoenergetic carbon ions with energies between 45 MeV and 150 MeV were measured at the TANDEM-ALPI ion accelerator facility complex of the LNL-INFN in Legnaro. Those produced by monoenergetic helium ions with energies between 2 MeV and 20 MeV were measured at the accelerator facilities of PTB and with a (241)Am alpha particle source. C3H8 was used as the target gas. The ionization cluster size distributions were measured in narrow beam geometry with the primary beam passing the target volume at specified distances from its centre, and in broad beam geometry with a fan-like primary beam...
September 12, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894763/adaptive-anatomical-preservation-optimal-denoising-for-radiation-therapy-daily-mri
#19
Rapeepan Maitree, Gloria J Guzman Perez-Carrillo, Joshua S Shimony, H Michael Gach, Anupama Chundury, Michael Roach, H Harold Li, Deshan Yang
Low-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has recently been integrated with radiation therapy systems to provide image guidance for daily cancer radiation treatments. The main benefit of the low-field strength is minimal electron return effects. The main disadvantage of low-field strength is increased image noise compared to diagnostic MRIs conducted at 1.5 T or higher. The increased image noise affects both the discernibility of soft tissues and the accuracy of further image processing tasks for both clinical and research applications, such as tumor tracking, feature analysis, image segmentation, and image registration...
July 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894165/evolution-analysis-of-heterogeneous-non-small-cell-lung-carcinoma-by-ultra-deep-sequencing-of-the-mitochondrial-genome
#20
Wafa Amer, Csaba Toth, Erik Vassella, Jeannine Meinrath, Ulrike Koitzsch, Anne Arens, Jia Huang, Hannah Eischeid, Alexander Adam, Reinhard Buettner, Andreas Scheel, Stephan C Schaefer, Margarete Odenthal
Accurate assessment of tumour heterogeneity is an important issue that influences prognosis and therapeutic decision in molecular pathology. Due to the shortage of protective histones and a limited DNA repair capacity, the mitochondrial (mt)-genome undergoes high variability during tumour development. Therefore, screening of mt-genome represents a useful molecular tool for assessing precise cell lineages and tracking tumour history. Here, we describe a highly specific and robust multiplex PCR-based ultra-deep sequencing technology for analysis of the whole mt-genome (wmt-seq) on low quality-DNA from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissues...
September 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
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