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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434115/interaction-of-selected-phenylpropenes-with-dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine-membrane-and-their-relevance-to-antibacterial-activity
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Riham Gharib, Amal Najjar, Lizette Auezova, Catherine Charcosset, Hélène Greige-Gerges
The effect of structurally closely related phenylpropenes (PPs), estragole, anethole, eugenol, and isoeugenol, on the fluidity of dipalmitoyl phosphatidyl choline (DPPC) liposome membrane was investigated by DSC, Raman, and fluorescence anisotropy of 1,6-diphenyl-1,3,5-hexatriene (DPH). Liposomes were prepared by thin-film hydration method at various DPPC:PP molar ratios. The DPH anisotropy measurements of blank and PP-loaded liposomes were performed at 28, 41, and 50 °C, which correspond, respectively, to gel phase, main transition temperature of DPPC, and liquid phase...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Membrane Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433503/mr-fingerprinting-reconstruction-with-kalman-filter
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Xiaodi Zhang, Zechen Zhou, Shiyang Chen, Shuo Chen, Rui Li, Xiaoping Hu
Magnetic resonance fingerprinting (MR fingerprinting or MRF) is a newly introduced quantitative magnetic resonance imaging technique, which enables simultaneous multi-parameter mapping in a single acquisition with improved time efficiency. The current MRF reconstruction method is based on dictionary matching, which may be limited by the discrete and finite nature of the dictionary and the computational cost associated with dictionary construction, storage and matching. In this paper, we describe a reconstruction method based on Kalman filter for MRF, which avoids the use of dictionary to obtain continuous MR parameter measurements...
April 19, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429741/the-risk-of-translaminar-screw-fixation-to-the-transverse-foramen-of-the-lower-cervical-spine-a-computed-tomography-study
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Ganggang Kong, Wei Ji, Zucheng Huang, Junhao Liu, Jianting Chen, Qingan Zhu
Translaminar screw fixation (TSF) of the axis is considered as an efficient, safe and simple surgical procedure, however the study of the potential risk of TSF to the transverse foramen in lower cervical spine is lacked. Head-neck CT images of 60 patients were included in this study. Maximum screw length, laminar thickness, the screw angle and the laminar height were measured. The feasibility of 3.5-mm diameter screw fixation and the potential risk of transverse foramen injury was analyzed. The TSF was safe at C3 and C4, but risky to the transverse foraman at a rate of 8...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428829/semivariogram-analysis-of-bone-images-implemented-on-fpga-architectures
#4
Mukul Shirvaikar, Yamuna Lagadapati, Xuanliang Dong
Osteoporotic fractures are a major concern for the healthcare of elderly and female populations. Early diagnosis of patients with a high risk of osteoporotic fractures can be enhanced by introducing second-order statistical analysis of bone image data using techniques such as variogram analysis. Such analysis is computationally intensive thereby creating an impediment for introduction into imaging machines found in common clinical settings. This paper investigates the fast implementation of the semivariogram algorithm, which has been proven to be effective in modeling bone strength, and should be of interest to readers in the areas of computer-aided diagnosis and quantitative image analysis...
March 2017: J Real Time Image Process
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426437/supersonic-transient-magnetic-resonance-elastography-for-quantitative-assessment-of-tissue-elasticity
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Yu Liu, Jingfei Liu, Brett Z Fite, Josquin Foiret, Asaf Ilovitsh, J Kent Leach, Erik Dumont, Charles F Caskey, Katherine W Ferrara
Non-invasive, quantitative methods to assess the properties of biological tissues are needed for many therapeutic and tissue engineering applications. Magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) has historically relied on external vibration to generate periodic shear waves. In order to focally assess a biomaterial or to monitor the response to ablative therapy, the interrogation of a specific region of interest by a focused beam is desirable and transient MRE (t-MRE) techniques have previously been developed to accomplish this goal...
April 20, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425493/characterization-of-different-microbubbles-in-assisting-focused-ultrasound-induced-blood-brain-barrier-opening
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Sheng-Kai Wu, Po-Chun Chu, Wen-Yen Chai, Shih-Tsung Kang, Chih-Hung Tsai, Ching-Hsiang Fan, Chih-Kuang Yeh, Hao-Li Liu
Microbubbles (MBs) serve as a critical catalyst to amplify local cavitation in CNS capillary lumen to facilitate focused ultrasound (FUS) to transiently open the blood-brain barrier (BBB). However, limited understanding is available regarding the effect of different microbubbles to induce BBB opening. The aim of this study is to characterize different MBs on their effect in FUS-induced BBB opening. Three MBs, SonoVue, Definity, and USphere, were tested, with 0.4-MHz FUS exposure at 0.62-1.38 of mechanical index (MI) on rats...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423041/modeling-the-shape-and-composition-of-the-human-body-using-dual-energy-x-ray-absorptiometry-images
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John A Shepherd, Bennett K Ng, Bo Fan, Ann V Schwartz, Peggy Cawthon, Steven R Cummings, Stephen Kritchevsky, Michael Nevitt, Adam Santanasto, Timothy F Cootes
There is growing evidence that body shape and regional body composition are strong indicators of metabolic health. The purpose of this study was to develop statistical models that accurately describe holistic body shape, thickness, and leanness. We hypothesized that there are unique body shape features that are predictive of mortality beyond standard clinical measures. We developed algorithms to process whole-body dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scans into body thickness and leanness images. We performed statistical appearance modeling (SAM) and principal component analysis (PCA) to efficiently encode the variance of body shape, leanness, and thickness across sample of 400 older Americans from the Health ABC study...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422117/ultrahigh-responsivity-and-detectivity-graphene-perovskite-hybrid-phototransistors-by-sequential-vapor-deposition
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Po-Han Chang, Shang-Yi Liu, Yu-Bing Lan, Yi-Chen Tsai, Xue-Qian You, Chia-Shuo Li, Kuo-You Huang, Ang-Sheng Chou, Tsung-Chin Cheng, Juen-Kai Wang, Chih-I Wu
In this work, graphene-methylammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3) perovskite hybrid phototransistors fabricated by sequential vapor deposition are demonstrated. Ultrahigh responsivity of 1.73 × 10(7) A W(-1) and detectivity of 2 × 10(15) Jones are achieved, with extremely high effective quantum efficiencies of about 10(8)% in the visible range (450-700 nm). This excellent performance is attributed to the ultra-flat perovskite films grown by vapor deposition on the graphene sheets. The hybrid structure of graphene covered with uniform perovskite has high exciton separation ability under light exposure, and thus efficiently generates photocurrents...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421101/hyperspectral-technologies-for-assessing-seed-germination-and-trifloxysulfuron-methyl-response-in-amaranthus-palmeri-palmer-amaranth
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Maor Matzrafi, Ittai Herrmann, Christian Nansen, Tom Kliper, Yotam Zait, Timea Ignat, Dana Siso, Baruch Rubin, Arnon Karnieli, Hanan Eizenberg
Weed infestations in agricultural systems constitute a serious challenge to agricultural sustainability and food security worldwide. Amaranthus palmeri S. Watson (Palmer amaranth) is one of the most noxious weeds causing significant yield reductions in various crops. The ability to estimate seed viability and herbicide susceptibility is a key factor in the development of a long-term management strategy, particularly since the misuse of herbicides is driving the evolution of herbicide response in various weed species...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420187/device-free-localization-via-an-extreme-learning-machine-with-parameterized-geometrical-feature-extraction
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Jie Zhang, Wendong Xiao, Sen Zhang, Shoudong Huang
Device-free localization (DFL) is becoming one of the new technologies in wireless localization field, due to its advantage that the target to be localized does not need to be attached to any electronic device. In the radio-frequency (RF) DFL system, radio transmitters (RTs) and radio receivers (RXs) are used to sense the target collaboratively, and the location of the target can be estimated by fusing the changes of the received signal strength (RSS) measurements associated with the wireless links. In this paper, we will propose an extreme learning machine (ELM) approach for DFL, to improve the efficiency and the accuracy of the localization algorithm...
April 17, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419607/subjective-and-objective-sleep-quality-modulate-emotion-regulatory-brain-function-in-anxiety-and-depression
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Heide Klumpp, Julia Roberts, Mary C Kapella, Amy E Kennedy, Anand Kumar, K Luan Phan
BACKGROUND: Disturbances in emotion regulation and sleep are shared across anxiety and mood disorders. Poor sleep has been shown to impair cognitive processes which may undermine cognitive regulatory function. However, it remains unknown if sleep quality impacts regulatory mechanisms in clinical anxiety and depression. METHODS: During fMRI, 78 patients with social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and/or major depressive disorder completed a validated emotion regulation task, which involved reappraisal (i...
April 18, 2017: Depression and Anxiety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414349/second-harmonic-generation-of-a-dual-frequency-laser-in-a-mgo-ppln-crystal
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Ying Kang, Suhui Yang, Marc Brunel, Lijun Cheng, Changming Zhao, Haiyang Zhang
A dual-frequency CW laser at a wavelength of 1.064 μm is frequency doubled in a MgO:PPLN nonlinear crystal. The fundamental dual-frequency laser has a tunable beat note from 125 MHz to 175 MHz. A laser-diode pumped fiber amplifier is used to amplify the dual-frequency fundamental output to a maximum power of 50 W before frequency doubling. The maximum output power of the green light is 1.75 W when the input fundamental power is 12 W, corresponding to a frequency doubling efficiency of 14.6%. After frequency doubling, green light with modulation frequencies in two bands from 125 MHz to 175 MHz and from 250 MHz to 350 MHz is achieved simultaneously...
April 10, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414024/novel-high-throughput-cell-based-hybridoma-screening-methodology-using-the-celigo-image-cytometer
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Haohai Zhang, Leo Li-Ying Chan, William Rice, Nasim Kassam, Maria Serena Longhi, Haitao Zhao, Simon C Robson, Wenda Gao, Yan Wu
Hybridoma screening is a critical step for antibody discovery, which necessitates prompt identification of potential clones from hundreds to thousands of hybridoma cultures against the desired immunogen. Technical issues associated with ELISA- and flow cytometry-based screening limit accuracy and diminish high-throughput capability, increasing time and cost. Conventional ELISA screening with coated antigen is also impractical for difficult-to-express hydrophobic membrane antigens or multi-chain protein complexes...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412436/noninvasive-ffr-derived-from-coronary-ct-angiography-management-and-outcomes-in-the-promise-trial
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Michael T Lu, Maros Ferencik, Rhonda S Roberts, Kerry L Lee, Alexander Ivanov, Elizabeth Adami, Daniel B Mark, Farouc A Jaffer, Jonathon A Leipsic, Pamela S Douglas, Udo Hoffmann
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to determine whether noninvasive fractional flow reserve derived from computed tomography (FFRCT) predicts coronary revascularization and outcomes and whether its addition improves efficiency of referral to invasive coronary angiography (ICA) after coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA). BACKGROUND: FFRCT may improve the efficiency of an anatomic CTA strategy for stable chest pain. METHODS: This observational cohort study included patients with stable chest pain in the PROMISE trial (PROspective Multicenter Imaging Study for Evaluation of Chest Pain) referred to ICA within 90 days after CTA...
April 7, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410460/anisotropic-diffusion-phantoms-based-on-microcapillaries
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Sebastian Vellmer, Daniel Edelhoff, Dieter Suter, Ivan I Maximov
Diffusion MRI is an efficient and widely used technique for the investigation of tissue structure and organisation in vivo. Multiple phenomenological and biophysical diffusion models are intensively exploited for the analysis of the diffusion experiments. However, the verification of the applied diffusion models remains challenging. In order to provide a "gold standard" and to assess the accuracy of the derived parameters and the limitations of the diffusion models, anisotropic diffusion phantoms with well known architecture are demanded...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410100/estimation-of-strain-elastography-from-ultrasound-radio-frequency-data-by-utilizing-analytic-gradient-of-the-similarity-metric
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Mona Omidyeganeh, Yiming Xiao, M Omair Ahmad, Hassan Rivaz
Most strain imaging techniques follow a pipeline strategy: in the first step tissue displacement is estimated from radio-frequency (RF) frames, and in the second step, a spatial derivative operation is applied. There are two main issues that arise from this framework. First, the gradient operation amplifies noise, and therefore, smoothing techniques have to be adopted. Second, strain estimation does not exploit the original RF data. It rather relies solely on the noisy displacement field. In this paper, a novel technique is proposed that utilizes both the displacement field and the RF frames to accurately obtain the strain estimates...
April 6, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409812/laser-induced-birefringence-measurements-by-quantitative-polarized-phase-microscopy
#17
Thomas Doualle, Alexandre Ollé, Philippe Cormont, Serge Monneret, Laurent Gallais
A technique that provides quantitative and spatially resolved retardance measurement is studied for application to laser-induced modification in transparent materials. The method is based on the measurement of optical path differences between two wavefronts carrying different polarizations, measured by a wavefront sensor placed in the image plane of a microscope. We have applied the technique to the investigation of stress distribution induced by CO<sub>2</sub> laser processing of fused silica samples...
April 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400960/longitudinal-assessment-of-bleomycin-induced-lung-fibrosis-by-micro-ct-correlates-with-histological-evaluation-in-mice
#18
Francesca Ruscitti, Francesca Ravanetti, Jeroen Essers, Yanto Ridwan, Sasha Belenkov, Wim Vos, Francisca Ferreira, Alex KleinJan, Paula van Heijningen, Cedric Van Holsbeke, Antonio Cacchioli, Gino Villetti, Franco Fabio Stellari
BACKGROUND: The intratracheal instillation of bleomycin in mice induces early damage to alveolar epithelial cells and development of inflammation followed by fibrotic tissue changes and represents the most widely used model of pulmonary fibrosis to investigate human IPF. Histopathology is the gold standard for assessing lung fibrosis in rodents, however it precludes repeated and longitudinal measurements of disease progression and does not provide information on spatial and temporal distribution of tissue damage...
2017: Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400314/peg-pe-clay-composite-carriers-for-doxorubicin-effect-of-composite-structure-on-release-cell-interaction-and-cytotoxicity
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Hagay Kohay, Can Sarisozen, Rupa Sawant, Aditi Jhaveri, Vladimir P Torchilin, Yael G Mishael
A novel drug delivery system for doxorubicin (DOX), based on organic-inorganic composites was developed. DOX was incorporated in micelles (M-DOX) of polyethylene glycol-phosphatidylethanolamine (PEG-PE) which in turn were adsorbed by the clay, montmorillonite (MMT). The nano-structures of the PEG-PE/MMT composites of LOW and HIGH polymer loadings were characterized by XRD, TGA, FTIR, size (DLS) and zeta measurements. These measurements suggest that for the LOW composite a single layer of polymer intercalates in the clay platelets and the polymer only partially covers the external surface, while for the HIGH composite two layers of polymer intercalate and a bilayer may form on the external surface...
April 8, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398013/magnetic-resonance-relaxation-induced-by-superparamagnetic-particles-used-as-contrast-agents-in-magnetic-resonance-imaging-a-theoretical-review
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REVIEW
Quoc Lam Vuong, Pierre Gillis, Alain Roch, Yves Gossuin
Superparamagnetic nanoparticles are used as contrast agents in magnetic resonance imaging and allow, for example, the detection of tumors or the tracking of stem cells in vivo. By producing magnetic inhomogeneities, they influence the nuclear magnetic relaxation times, which results in a darkening, on the image, of the region containing these particles. A great number of studies have been devoted to their magnetic properties, to their synthesis and to their influence on nuclear magnetic relaxation. The theoretical and fundamental understanding of the behavior of these particles is a necessary step in predicting their efficiency as contrast agents, or to be able to experimentally obtain some of their properties from a nuclear magnetic resonance measurement...
April 11, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
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