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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324927/estimation-of-arterio-venous-access-blood-flow-in-hemodialysis-patients-using-video-image-processing-technique
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Fansan Zhu, Schantel Williams, Hannah Putnam, Israel Campos, Jie Ma, Camille Johnson, Franz Kappel, Peter Kotanko
Assessment of arterio-venous fistula (AVF) blood flow (ABF) is vital in hemodialysis (HD) patients. Currently, no non-invasive and contact-free technique is available to accurately measure ABF in routine clinical practice. In this study, we developed a novel approach using video image processing (VIP) to measure the change in optic flow in the skin. We the tested the hypothesis that the change in optical flow, expressed as the change in pixels between consecutive frames, is related to ABF. We recorded AVF videos in 40 HD patients using a digital camera and processed them by VIP technique...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324777/a-feasibility-study-of-a-novel-spectral-method-using-radiofrequency-ultrasound-data-for-monitoring-laser-tissue-ablation
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Enrico Vannacci, Simona Granchi, Luca Breschi, Elena Biagi
This paper presents preliminary results of a new non-invasive ultrasound monitoring method called TUV (Thermotherapy Ultrasonic View) able to investigate structural tissue modifications caused by minimally invasive percutaneous laser ablation. The method, based on the spectral analysis of the raw ultrasound radiofrequency signal, develops spectral parameters in a multidimensional space and its N dimensions are represented by the central frequencies of the sub bands the signal spectrum is decomposed into. Signal processing has been performed on the data related to 7 laser treatments performed on 4 samples of removed prostatic glands which underwent laser ablation at power of 3W, 4W and 5W and energy of 1800J...
March 6, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324769/factors-associated-with-latent-fingerprint-exclusion-determinations
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Bradford T Ulery, R Austin Hicklin, Maria Antonia Roberts, JoAnn Buscaglia
Exclusion is the determination by a latent print examiner that two friction ridge impressions did not originate from the same source. The concept and terminology of exclusion vary among agencies. Much of the literature on latent print examination focuses on individualization, and much less attention has been paid to exclusion. This experimental study assesses the associations between a variety of factors and exclusion determinations. Although erroneous exclusions are more likely to occur on some images and for some examiners, they were widely distributed among images and examiners...
February 22, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324757/perceptual-category-learning-and-visual-processing-an-exercise-in-computational-cognitive-neuroscience
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George Cantwell, Maximilian Riesenhuber, Jessica L Roeder, F Gregory Ashby
The field of computational cognitive neuroscience (CCN) builds and tests neurobiologically detailed computational models that account for both behavioral and neuroscience data. This article leverages a key advantage of CCN-namely, that it should be possible to interface different CCN models in a plug-and-play fashion-to produce a new and biologically detailed model of perceptual category learning. The new model was created from two existing CCN models: the HMAX model of visual object processing and the COVIS model of category learning...
March 6, 2017: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324703/arousal-amplifies-biased-competition-between-high-and-low-priority-memories-more-in-women-than-in-men-the-role-of-elevated-noradrenergic-activity
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David Clewett, Michiko Sakaki, Ringo Huang, Shawn E Nielsen, Mara Mather
Recent findings indicate that emotional arousal can enhance memory consolidation of goal-relevant stimuli while impairing it for irrelevant stimuli. According to one recent model, these goal-dependent memory tradeoffs are driven by arousal-induced release of norepinephrine (NE), which amplifies neural gain in target sensory and memory processing brain regions. Past work also shows that ovarian hormones modulate activity in the same regions thought to support NE's effects on memory, such as the amygdala, suggesting that men and women may be differentially susceptible to arousal's dual effects on episodic memory...
February 24, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324684/tea-is-a-key-virulence-factor-for-alternaria-alternata-fr-keissler-infection-of-its-host
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Ye Kang, Hongwei Feng, Jingxu Zhang, Shiguo Chen, Bernal E Valverde, Sheng Qiang
A toxin-deficient mutant strain, HP001 mutant of Alternaria alternata, whose mycelium is unable to infect its host, produces little tenuazonic acid (TeA) toxin. How TeA plays a role in initiating host infection by A. alternata remains unclear. In this research we use Imaging-PAM based on chlorophyll fluorescence parameters and transmission electron microscopy to explore the role of TeA toxin during the infection process of A. alternata. Photosystem II damage began even before wild type mycelium infected the leaves of its host, croftonweed (Ageratina adenophora)...
March 4, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324645/three-dimensional-analysis-of-somatic-mitochondrial-dynamics-in-fission-deficient-injured-motor-neurons-using-fib-sem
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Hiromi Tamada, Sumiko Kiryu-Seo, Hiroki Hosokawa, Keisuke Ohta, Naotada Ishihara, Masatoshi Nomura, Katsuyoshi Mihara, Kei-Ichiro Nakamura, Hiroshi Kiyama
Mitochondria undergo morphological changes through fusion and fission for their quality control, which are vital for neuronal function. In this study, we examined three-dimensional morphologies of mitochondria in motor neurons under normal, nerve injured, and nerve injured plus fission-impaired conditions using the focused ion beam/scanning electron microscopy (FIB/SEM), because the FIB/SEM technology is a powerful tool to demonstrate both 3D images of whole organelle and the intra-organellar structure simultaneously...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324630/morphological-and-neurochemical-differences-in-peptidergic-nerve-fibres-of-the-mouse-vagina
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Christine Barry, Esther Ji, Harman Sharma, Lara Beukes, Pat Vilimas, Yvette DeGraaf, Dusan Matusica, Rainer V Haberberger
The vagina is innervated by a complex arrangement of sensory, sympathetic and parasympathetic nerve fibres that contain classical transmitters plus an array of neuropeptides and enzymes known to regulate diverse processes including blood flow and nociception. The neurochemical characteristics and distributions of peptide-containing nerves in the mouse vagina are unknown. This study used multiple labelling immunohistochemistry, confocal imaging and analysis to investigate the presence and colocalization of the peptides vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP), calcitonin-gene related peptide (CGRP), substance P (SP), neuropeptide tyrosine (NPY) and the nitric oxide synthesizing enzyme neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) in nerve fibres of the murine vaginal wall...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324612/quantitative-image-analysis-of-single-molecule-mrna-dynamics-in-living-cells
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José Rino, Ana C de Jesus, Maria Carmo-Fonseca
Single mRNA molecules can be imaged in living cells by a method that consists in genetically inserting binding sites for a bacteriophage protein in the gene of interest. The resulting reporter transgene is then integrated in the genome of cells that express the phage protein fused to a fluorescent tag. Upon transcription, binding of the fluorescent protein to its target sequence makes the RNA visible. With this approach it is possible to track, in real time, the life cycle of a precursor mRNA at the site of transcription in the nucleus and transport of mature mRNA to the cytoplasm...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324611/automated-analysis-of-intracellular-dynamic-processes
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Yao Yao, Ihor Smal, Ilya Grigoriev, Maud Martin, Anna Akhmanova, Erik Meijering
The study of intracellular dynamic processes is of fundamental importance for understanding a wide variety of diseases and developing effective drugs and therapies. Advanced fluorescence microscopy imaging systems nowadays allow the recording of virtually any type of process in space and time with super-resolved detail and with high sensitivity and specificity. The large volume and high information content of the resulting image data, and the desire to obtain objective, quantitative descriptions and biophysical models of the processes of interest, require a high level of automation in data analysis...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324610/designing-image-analysis-pipelines-in-light-microscopy-a-rational-approach
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Ignacio Arganda-Carreras, Philippe Andrey
With the progress of microscopy techniques and the rapidly growing amounts of acquired imaging data, there is an increased need for automated image processing and analysis solutions in biological studies. Each new application requires the design of a specific image analysis pipeline, by assembling a series of image processing operations. Many commercial or free bioimage analysis software are now available and several textbooks and reviews have presented the mathematical and computational fundamentals of image processing and analysis...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324601/two-photon-intravital-microscopy-animal-preparation-protocol-to-study-cellular-dynamics-in-pathogenesis
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Erinke van Grinsven, Chloé Prunier, Nienke Vrisekoop, Laila Ritsma
Two-photon intravital microscopy (2P-IVM) is an advanced imaging platform that allows the visualization of dynamic processes at subcellular resolution in vivo. Dynamic processes like cell migration, cell proliferation, cell-cell interactions, and cell signaling have an interactive character and occur in complex environments. Hence, it is of pivotal importance to study these processes in living animals, using for example 2P-IVM. 2P-IVM can be performed on a variety of tissues, from the skin of the animal to internal organs, and a variety of methods can be utilized to perform 2P-IVM on these tissues...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324599/three-dimensional-live-imaging-of-filamentous-fungi-with-light-sheet-based-fluorescence-microscopy-lsfm
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Francesco Pampaloni, Laura Knuppertz, Andrea Hamann, Heinz D Osiewacz, Ernst H K Stelzer
We describe a method for the three-dimensional live imaging of filamentous fungi with light sheet-based fluorescence microscopy (LSFM). LSFM provides completely new opportunities to investigate the biology of fungal cells and other microorganisms with high spatial and temporal resolution. As an example, we study the established aging model Podospora anserina. The protocol explains the mounting of the live fungi for the light sheet imaging, the imaging procedure and illustrates basic image processing of data...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324301/neuroimaging-in-epilepsy
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Erik H Middlebrooks, Lawrence Ver Hoef, Jerzy P Szaflarski
In recent years, the field of neuroimaging has undergone dramatic development. Specifically, of importance for clinicians and researchers managing patients with epilepsies, new methods of brain imaging in search of the seizure-producing abnormalities have been implemented, and older methods have undergone additional refinement. Methodology to predict seizure freedom and cognitive outcome has also rapidly progressed. In general, the image data processing methods are very different and more complicated than even a decade ago...
April 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324111/arap1-deficiency-causes-photoreceptor-degeneration-in-mice
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Ala Moshiri, Devin Humpal, Brian C Leonard, Denise M Imai, Addy Tham, Lynette Bower, Dave Clary, Thomas M Glaser, K C Kent Lloyd, Christopher J Murphy
Purpose: Small guanosine triphosphatase (GTPase) ADP-ribosylation factors (Arfs) regulate membrane traffic and actin reorganization under the control of GTPase-activating proteins (GAPs). Arap1 is an Arf-directed GAP that inhibits the trafficking of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) to the early endosome, but the diversity of its functions is incompletely understood. The aim of this study was to determine the role of Arap1 in the mammalian retina. Methods: Genetically engineered Arap1 knockout mice were screened for ocular abnormalities in the National Institutes of Health Knockout Mouse Production and Phenotyping (KOMP2) Project...
March 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323838/bupropion-for-the-treatment-of-apathy-in-huntington-s-disease-a-multicenter-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-prospective-crossover-trial
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Harald Gelderblom, Torsten Wüstenberg, Tim McLean, Lisanne Mütze, Wilhelm Fischer, Carsten Saft, Rainer Hoffmann, Sigurd Süssmuth, Peter Schlattmann, Erik van Duijn, Bernhard Landwehrmeyer, Josef Priller
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of bupropion in the treatment of apathy in Huntington's disease (HD). METHODS: In this phase 2b multicentre, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover trial, individuals with HD and clinical signs of apathy according to the Structured Clinical Interview for Apathy-Dementia (SCIA-D), but not depression (n = 40) were randomized to receive either bupropion 150/300mg or placebo daily for 10 weeks. The primary outcome parameter was a significant change of the Apathy Evaluation Scale (AES) score after ten weeks of treatment as judged by an informant (AES-I) living in close proximity with the study participant...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323824/local-structure-preserving-sparse-coding-for-infrared-target-recognition
#17
Jing Han, Jiang Yue, Yi Zhang, Lianfa Bai
Sparse coding performs well in image classification. However, robust target recognition requires a lot of comprehensive template images and the sparse learning process is complex. We incorporate sparsity into a template matching concept to construct a local sparse structure matching (LSSM) model for general infrared target recognition. A local structure preserving sparse coding (LSPSc) formulation is proposed to simultaneously preserve the local sparse and structural information of objects. By adding a spatial local structure constraint into the classical sparse coding algorithm, LSPSc can improve the stability of sparse representation for targets and inhibit background interference in infrared images...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323698/hypertrophy-and-fibrosis-of-the-ligamentum-flavum-in-lumbar-spinal-stenosis-is-associated-with-increased-expression-of-lpa-and-lpar1
#18
Kai Zhang, Wei Sun, Xin-Yu Liu, Chang-Qing Zhao, Hua Li, Xiao-Jiang Sun, Xie You-Zhuan, Wei Ding, Jie Zhao
STUDY DESIGN: Histologic, immunohistochemical (IHC), and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay analysis of the human ligamentum flavum (LF). OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine the level of expression of lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) in the LF from lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) patients and to analyze the relationship among LPA, LPA receptors (LPARs), and LF hypertrophy. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: LF hypertrophy and fibrosis are important causes of LSS...
April 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323694/assessment-of-paraspinal-muscle-cross-sectional-area-after-lumbar-decompression-minimally-invasive-versus-open-approaches
#19
Lacey E Bresnahan, Justin S Smith, Alfred T Ogden, Steven Quinn, George R Cybulski, Narina Simonian, Raghu N Natarajan, Richard D Fessler, Richard G Fessler
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective, blinded analysis of imaging studies. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: To evaluate changes in paraspinal muscle cross-sectional area (CSA) after surgical treatment for lumbar stenosis and to compare these changes between minimally invasive and standard open approaches. The open approach to lumbar stenosis is effective, but it involves retraction and resection of muscle from the spinous process, which can result in ischemia and denervation of paraspinal musculature and may lead to muscle atrophy and pain...
April 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323572/bilateral-changes-in-deep-tissue-environment-after-manual-lymphatic-drainage-in-patients-with-breast-cancer-treatment-related-lymphedema
#20
Paula M C Donahue, Rachelle Crescenzi, Allison O Scott, Vaughn Braxton, Aditi Desai, Seth A Smith, John Jordi, Ingrid M Meszoely, Ana M Grau, Rondi M Kauffmann, Raeshell S Sweeting, Kandace Spotanski, Sheila H Ridner, Manus J Donahue
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer treatment-related lymphedema (BCRL) arises from a mechanical insufficiency following cancer therapies. Early BCRL detection and personalized intervention require an improved understanding of the physiological processes that initiate lymphatic impairment. Here, internal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) measures of the tissue microenvironment were paired with clinical measures of tissue structure to test fundamental hypotheses regarding structural tissue and muscle changes after the commonly used therapeutic intervention of manual lymphatic drainage (MLD)...
March 2017: Lymphatic Research and Biology
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