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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222356/extinction-of-avoidance-behavior-by-safety-learning-depends-on-endocannabinoid-signaling-in-the-hippocampus
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Vincenzo Micale, Jens Stepan, Angela Jurik, Fabricio A Pamplona, Rudolph Marsch, Filippo Drago, Matthias Eder, Carsten T Wotjak
The development of exaggerated avoidance behavior is largely responsible for the decreased quality of life in patients suffering from anxiety disorders. Studies using animal models have contributed to the understanding of the neural mechanisms underlying the acquisition of avoidance responses. However, much less is known about its extinction. Here we provide evidence in mice that learning about the safety of an environment (i.e., safety learning) rather than repeated execution of the avoided response in absence of negative consequences (i...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222355/neuroimaging-of-major-depression-in-parkinson-s-disease-cortical-thickness-cortical-and-subcortical-volume-and-spectroscopy-findings
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Marcos Hortes N Chagas, Vitor Tumas, Márcio A Pena-Pereira, João Paulo Machado-de-Sousa, Antonio Carlos Dos Santos, Rafael Faria Sanches, Jaime E C Hallak, José Alexandre S Crippa
Depression is the most common psychiatric disorder in Parkinson's disease (PD). The aim of this study was to compare PD patients with current Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), lifetime MDD, and no MDD using three neuroimaging techniques. A total of 43 PD patients were selected and divided into three groups: (i) current MDD (n = 15), (ii) previous MDD without current MDD (n = 10); and (iii) control group (no current or lifetime MDD; n = 18). All participants underwent magnetic resonance imaging to evaluate cortical thickness, cortical and subcortical volume, and spectroscopy in the bilateral putamen and cingulate cortex...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222197/generalized-min-max-bound-based-mri-pulse-sequence-design-framework-for-wide-range-t1-relaxometry-a-case-study-on-the-tissue-specific-imaging-sequence
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Yang Liu, John R Buck, Vasiliki N Ikonomidou
This paper proposes a new design strategy for optimizing MRI pulse sequences for T1 relaxometry. The design strategy optimizes the pulse sequence parameters to minimize the maximum variance of unbiased T1 estimates over a range of T1 values using the Cramér-Rao bound. In contrast to prior sequences optimized for a single nominal T1 value, the optimized sequence using our bound-based strategy achieves improved precision and accuracy for a broad range of T1 estimates within a clinically feasible scan time. The optimization combines the downhill simplex method with a simulated annealing process...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221991/detecting-clinically-meaningful-shape-clusters-in-medical-image-data-metrics-analysis-for-hierarchical-clustering-applied-to-healthy-and-pathological-aortic-arches
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Jan L Bruse, Maria A Zuluaga, Abbas Khushnood, Kristin McLeod, Hopewell N Ntsinjana, Tain-Yen Hsia, Maxime Sermesant, Xavier Pennec, Andrew M Taylor, Silvia Schievano
OBJECTIVE: Today's growing medical image databases call for novel processing tools to structure the bulk of data and extract clinically relevant information. Unsupervised hierarchical clustering may reveal clusters within anatomical shape data of patient populations as required for modern Precision Medicine strategies. Few studies have applied hierarchical clustering techniques to three-dimensional patient shape data and results depend heavily on the chosen clustering distance metrics and linkage functions...
February 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221720/imaging-cell-matrix-interactions-in-3d-collagen-hydrogel-culture-systems
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Aaron R Short, Catherine Czeisler, Benjamin Stocker, Sara Cole, José Javier Otero, Jessica O Winter
3D hydrogels better replicate in vivo conditions, and yield different results from 2D substrates. However, imaging interactions between cells and the hydrogel microenvironment is challenging because of light diffraction and poor focal depth. Here, cryosectioning and vibrating microtomy methods and fixation protocols are compared. Collagen I/III hydrogel sections (20-100 µm) are fixed with paraformaldehyde (2%-4%) and structurally evaluated. Cryosectioning damaged hydrogels, and vibrating microtomy (100 µm, 2%) yielded the best preservation of microstructure and cell integrity...
February 21, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221351/imaging-quantum-stereodynamics-through-fraunhofer-scattering-of-no-radicals-with-rare-gas-atoms
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Jolijn Onvlee, Sean D S Gordon, Sjoerd N Vogels, Thomas Auth, Tijs Karman, Bethan Nichols, Ad van der Avoird, Gerrit C Groenenboom, Mark Brouard, Sebastiaan Y T van de Meerakker
Stereodynamics describes how the vector properties of molecules, such as the directions in which they move and the axes about which they rotate, affect the probabilities (or cross-sections) of specific processes or transitions that occur on collision. The main aspects of stereodynamics in inelastic atom-molecule collisions can often be understood from classical considerations, in which the particles are represented by billiard-ball-like hard objects. In a quantum picture, however, the collision is described in terms of matter waves, which can also scatter into the region of the geometrical shadow of the object and reveal detailed information on the pure quantum-mechanical contribution to the stereodynamics...
March 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221345/rational-design-of-reversible-fluorescent-probes-for-live-cell-imaging-and-quantification-of-fast-glutathione-dynamics
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Keitaro Umezawa, Masafumi Yoshida, Mako Kamiya, Tatsuya Yamasoba, Yasuteru Urano
Alterations in glutathione (GSH) homeostasis are associated with a variety of diseases and cellular functions, and therefore, real-time live-cell imaging and quantification of GSH dynamics are important for understanding pathophysiological processes. However, existing fluorescent probes are unsuitable for these purposes due to their irreversible fluorogenic mechanisms or slow reaction rates. In this work, we have successfully overcome these problems by establishing a design strategy inspired by Mayr's work on nucleophilic reaction kinetics...
March 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221262/recent-advances-in-computed-tomographic-technology-cardiopulmonary-imaging-applications
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Azadeh Tabari, Roberto Lo Gullo, Venkatesh Murugan, Alexi Otrakji, Subba Digumarthy, Mannudeep Kalra
Cardiothoracic diseases result in substantial morbidity and mortality. Chest computed tomography (CT) has been an imaging modality of choice for assessing a host of chest diseases, and technologic advances have enabled the emergence of coronary CT angiography as a robust noninvasive test for cardiac imaging. Technologic developments in CT have also enabled the application of dual-energy CT scanning for assessing pulmonary vascular and neoplastic processes. Concerns over increasing radiation dose from CT scanning are being addressed with introduction of more dose-efficient wide-area detector arrays and iterative reconstruction techniques...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221141/-etiopathogenic-factors-of-the-different-types-of-urinary-litiasis
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Miguel Arrabal-Martín, María Carmen Cano-García, Miguel Ángel Arrabal-Polo, Alejandro Domínguez-Amillo, Nelson Canales-Casco, Javier de la Torre-Trillo, José Manuel Cózar-Olmo
In this review, we analyze the etiopathogenic principles of urinary lithiasis formation. In the kidney, calcifications that may cause renal lithiasis are produced as a consequence of processes that injury the urothelium at the papilla and Bellini's ducts. With the improvement of imaging techniques, mainly micro CT scan, it is possible to detect them and we may be able to anticipate to the formation of lithiasis. As we well know, there are different factors that influence the formation of the calculi depending on their composition...
January 2017: Archivos Españoles de Urología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221021/probing-cellular-molecules-with-polya-based-engineered-aptamer-nanobeacon
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Lizhen Chen, Jie Chao, Xiangmeng Qu, Hongbo Zhang, Dan Zhu, Shao Su, Ali Aldalbahi, Lianhui Wang, Hao Pei
Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is a central metabolite that is of critical importance in many cellular processes. The development of sensitive and selective methods for the detection of ATP level in vivo is crucial in diagnostic and theranostic applications. In this work, we have developed a polyA-based aptamer nanobeacon (PAaptNB) with improved efficiency and speed of ATP analysis. We found that the dissociation constants and competitive binding kinetics of the PAaptNB could be programmably regulated by adjusting the polyA length...
February 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220842/image-processing-in-digital-pathology-an-opportunity-to-solve-inter-batch-variability-of-immunohistochemical-staining
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Yves-Rémi Van Eycke, Justine Allard, Isabelle Salmon, Olivier Debeir, Christine Decaestecker
Immunohistochemistry (IHC) is a widely used technique in pathology to evidence protein expression in tissue samples. However, this staining technique is known for presenting inter-batch variations. Whole slide imaging in digital pathology offers a possibility to overcome this problem by means of image normalisation techniques. In the present paper we propose a methodology to objectively evaluate the need of image normalisation and to identify the best way to perform it. This methodology uses tissue microarray (TMA) materials and statistical analyses to evidence the possible variations occurring at colour and intensity levels as well as to evaluate the efficiency of image normalisation methods in correcting them...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220476/response-of-trabecular-bone-thyroid-c-and-follicular-cells-to-synthetic-salmon-calcitonin-in-middle-aged-orchidectomized-male-rats
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Branko Filipović, Branka Šošić-Jurjević, Vladimir Ajdžanović, Jasmina Živanović, Nataša Ristić, Svetlana Trifunović, Verica Milošević
In contrast to studies in women, male osteoporosis is poorly understood and strictly related to advancing age. Among the first antiresorptive substances used in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis is calcitonin (CT), a hypocalcemic hormone that potently inhibits osteoclastic bone resorption. Natural CT is produced and secreted by thyroid C-cells. The other endocrine population of thyroid cells produces thyroid hormones (TH), which also affect bone turnover. The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of salmon CT on trabecular bone microarchitecture with special reference to effects on the structure and function of both CT- and TH-producing thyroid cells in orchidectomized (Orx) middle-aged rats...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220369/severe-head-injury-in-very-old-patients-to-treat-or-not-to-treat-results-of-an-online-questionnaire-for-neurosurgeons
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Claudia Unterhofer, Sebastian Hartmann, Christian F Freyschlag, Claudius Thomé, Martin Ortler
Due to the aging population, neurosurgeons are confronted with an increasing number of very old patients suffering from traumatic brain injury. Many of these patients present with an acute subdural hematoma. There is a lack of data on neurosurgical decision-making in elderly people. We investigated the importance of imaging criteria, patients' wishes, their surrogates' wishes, and patient demographics on treatment decisions chosen by neurosurgeons. An online questionnaire was sent to all German neurosurgical units via the German Society of Neurosurgery (DGNC)...
February 20, 2017: Neurosurgical Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220362/the-role-of-impedance-planimetry-in-the-evaluation-of-esophageal-disorders
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REVIEW
Nitin K Ahuja, John O Clarke
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Impedance planimetry measures tissue wall distensibility as a function of pressure and cross-sectional area. Recent interest in this technique's relevance to the gastrointestinal tract has been accelerated by the availability of the functional lumen imaging probe, a catheter-based system that dynamically quantitates these biomechanical properties. Herein, we review the device's particular utility in the setting of esophageal pathology, including processes affecting the esophageal body as well as the upper and lower esophageal sphincters...
February 2017: Current Gastroenterology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220275/open-source-vendor-independent-automated-multi-beat-tissue-doppler-echocardiography-analysis
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Niti M Dhutia, Massoud Zolgharni, Michael Mielewczik, Madalina Negoita, Stefania Sacchi, Karikaran Manoharan, Darrel P Francis, Graham D Cole
Current guidelines for measuring cardiac function by tissue Doppler recommend using multiple beats, but this has a time cost for human operators. We present an open-source, vendor-independent, drag-and-drop software capable of automating the measurement process. A database of ~8000 tissue Doppler beats (48 patients) from the septal and lateral annuli were analyzed by three expert echocardiographers. We developed an intensity- and gradient-based automated algorithm to measure tissue Doppler velocities. We tested its performance against manual measurements from the expert human operators...
February 20, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220266/interpretation-of-cardiac-wall-motion-from-cine-mri-combined-with-parametric-imaging-based-on-the-hilbert-transform
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Narjes Benameur, Enrico Gianluca Caiani, Younes Arous, Nejmeddine Ben Abdallah, Tarek Kraiem
OBJECT: The aim of this study was to test and validate the clinical impact of parametric amplitude images obtained using the Hilbert transform on the regional interpretation of cardiac wall motion abnormalities from cine-MR images by non-expert radiologists compared with expert consensus. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Cine-MRI short-axis images obtained in 20 patients (10 with myocardial infarction, 5 with myocarditis and 5 with normal function) were processed to compute a parametric amplitude image for each using the Hilbert transform...
February 20, 2017: Magma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220075/visual-equivalence-and-amodal-completion-in-cuttlefish
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I-Rong Lin, Chuan-Chin Chiao
Modern cephalopods are notably the most intelligent invertebrates and this is accompanied by keen vision. Despite extensive studies investigating the visual systems of cephalopods, little is known about their visual perception and object recognition. In the present study, we investigated the visual processing of the cuttlefish Sepia pharaonis, including visual equivalence and amodal completion. Cuttlefish were trained to discriminate images of shrimp and fish using the operant conditioning paradigm. After cuttlefish reached the learning criteria, a series of discrimination tasks were conducted...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219945/novel-fixed-z-dimension-fizd-kidney-primordia-and-an-organoid-culture-system-for-time-lapse-confocal-imaging
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Ulla Saarela, Saad Ullah Akram, Audrey Desgrange, Aleksandra Rak-Raszewska, Jingdong Shan, Silvia Cereghini, Veli-Pekka Ronkainen, Janne Heikkilä, Ilya Skovorodkin, Seppo J Vainio
Tissue, organ and organoid cultures provide suitable models for developmental studies, but our understanding of how the organs are assembled at the single cell level still remains unclear. We describe here a novel Fixed Z-Dimension (FiZD) culture setup that permits high-resolution confocal imaging of organoids and embryonic tissues. In a FiZD culture a permeable membrane compresses the tissues onto a glass coverslip and the spacers adjust the thickness, enabling the tissue to grow for up to 12 days. Thus the kidney rudiment and the organoids can adjust to the limited Z-dimensional space and yet advance the process of kidney morphogenesis, enabling long-term time-lapse and high-resolution confocal imaging...
February 20, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219833/statistical-appearance-models-based-on-probabilistic-correspondences
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Julia Krüger, Jan Ehrhardt, Heinz Handels
Model-based image analysis is indispensable in medical image processing. One key aspect of building statistical shape and appearance models is the determination of one-to-one correspondences in the training data set. At the same time, the identification of these correspondences is the most challenging part of such methods. In our earlier work, we developed an alternative method using correspondence probabilities instead of exact one-to-one correspondences for a statistical shape model (Hufnagel et al., 2008)...
February 7, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219803/maintaining-unperturbed-cerebral-blood-flow-is-key-in-the-study-of-brain-metastasis-and-its-interactions-with-stress-and-inflammatory-responses
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Benbenishty Amit, Segev-Amzaleg Niva, Shaashua Lee, Melamed Rivka, Ben-Eliyahu Shamgar, Blinder Pablo
Blood-borne brain metastases are associated with poor prognosis, but little is known about the interplay between cerebral blood flow, surgical stress responses, and the metastatic process. The intra-carotid inoculation approach, traditionally used in animal studies, involves permanent occlusion of the common carotid artery (CCA). Herein we introduce a novel intra-carotid inoculation approach that avoids CCA ligation, namely - assisted external carotid artery inoculation (aECAi) - and compared it to the traditional approach in C57/BL6 mice, assessing cerebral blood flow; particle distribution; blood-brain barrier (BBB) integrity; stress, inflammatory and immune responses; and tumor brain retention and growth...
February 17, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
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