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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813643/multi-connection-pattern-analysis-decoding-the-representational-content-of-neural-communication
#1
Yuanning Li, R Mark Richardson, Avniel Singh Ghuman
The lack of multivariate methods for decoding the representational content of interregional neural communication has left it difficult to know what information is represented in distributed brain circuit interactions. Here we present Multi-Connection Pattern Analysis (MCPA), which works by learning mappings between the activity patterns of the populations as a factor of the information being processed. These maps are used to predict the activity from one neural population based on the activity from the other population...
August 13, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813247/switch-like-arp2-3-activation-upon-wasp-and-wip-recruitment-to-an-apparent-threshold-level-by-multivalent-linker-proteins-in-vivo
#2
Yidi Sun, Nicole T Leong, Tommy Jiang, Astou Tangara, Xavier Darzacq, David G Drubin
Actin-related protein 2/3 (Arp2/3) complex activation by nucleation promoting factors (NPFs) such as WASP, plays an important role in many actin-mediated cellular processes. In yeast, Arp2/3-mediated actin filament assembly drives endocytic membrane invagination and vesicle scission. Here we used genetics and quantitative live-cell imaging to probe the mechanisms that concentrate NPFs at endocytic sites, and to investigate how NPFs regulate actin assembly onset. Our results demonstrate that SH3 (Src homology 3) domain-PRM (proline-rich motif) interactions involving multivalent linker proteins play central roles in concentrating NPFs at endocytic sites...
August 16, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813144/stimulated-raman-imaging-reveals-aberrant-lipogenesis-as-a-meta-bolic-marker-for-azole-resistant-candida-albicans
#3
Caroline W Karanja, Weili Hong, Waleed Younis, Hassan E Eldesouky, Mohamed N Seleem, Ji-Xin Cheng
Candida albicans (C. albicans) is the single most prevalent cause of fungal bloodstream infections worldwide causing significant mortality as high as fifty percent. This high mortality rate is, in part, due to the inability to initiate an effective antifungal therapy early in the disease process. Mortality rates significantly increase after twelve hours of delay in initiating the appropriate antifungal therapy following a positive blood culture. Early administration of appropriate antifungal therapy is hampered by the slow turnovers of the conventional antimicrobial testing techniques, which require days of incubation...
August 16, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813085/curcumin-decreases-astrocytic-reaction-after-gliotoxic-injury-in-the-rat-brainstem
#4
Eduardo Bondan, Carolina Cardoso, Maria de Fátima Martins
Recent studies have demonstrated that curcumin (Cur) has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic effects. Ethidium bromide (EB) injections into the central nervous system (CNS) are known to induce local oligodendroglial and astrocytic loss, resulting in primary demyelination and neuroinflammation. Peripheral astrogliosis is seen around the injury site with increased immunoreactivity to glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP). This investigation aimed to evaluate the effect of Cur administration on astrocytic response following gliotoxic injury...
August 2017: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813079/diffusion-tensor-imaging-of-brain-white-matter-in-huntington-gene-mutation-individuals
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Roberta Arb Saba, James H Yared, Thomas M Doring, Med Phys, Vanderci Borges, Henrique Ballalai Ferraz
Objective: To evaluate the role of the involvement of white matter tracts in huntingtin gene mutation patients as a potential biomarker of the progression of the disease. Methods: We evaluated 34 participants (11 symptomatic huntingtin gene mutation, 12 presymptomatic huntingtin gene mutation, and 11 controls). We performed brain magnetic resonance imaging to assess white matter integrity using diffusion tensor imaging, with measurement of fractional anisotropy...
August 2017: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812983/a-microfluidic-platform-for-modeling-metastatic-cancer-cell-matrix-invasion
#6
Laura Blaha, Chentian Zhang, Mario Cabodi, Joyce Y Wong
Invasion of the extracellular matrix is a critical step in the colonization of metastatic tumors. The invasion process is thought to be driven by both chemokine signaling and interactions between invading cancer cells and physical components of the metastatic niche, including endothelial cells that line capillary walls and serve as a barrier to both diffusion and invasion of the underlying tissue. Transwell chambers, a tool for generating artificial chemokine gradients to induce cell migration, have facilitated recent work to investigate the chemokine contributions to matrix invasion...
August 16, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812769/multiplex-coaxial-flow-focusing-for-producing-multicompartment-janus-microcapsules-with-tunable-material-compositions-and-structural-characteristics
#7
Qiang Wu, Chaoyu Yang, Guangli Liu, Wanghuai Xu, Zhiqiang Zhu, Ting Si, Ronald X Xu
We propose a simple but efficient multiplex coaxial flow focusing (MCFF) process for single-step fabrication of multicompartment Janus microcapsules (MJMs) in a wide range of operating parameters. The produced MJMs consist of a multicompartmental core-shell structure with material compositions tunable in individual shell and core compartments. Potential applications of such a MJM agent are demonstrated in both benchtop and in vitro experiments. For the benchtop experiment, magnetic nanoparticles are loaded into one of the shell compartments and photopolymerized under ultraviolet light for controlled alignment and rotation of the microcapsules in a magnetic field...
August 16, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812221/multimodal-neuroimaging-in-schizophrenia-description-and-dissemination
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C J Aine, H J Bockholt, J R Bustillo, J M Cañive, A Caprihan, C Gasparovic, F M Hanlon, J M Houck, R E Jung, J Lauriello, J Liu, A R Mayer, N I Perrone-Bizzozero, S Posse, J M Stephen, J A Turner, V P Clark, Vince D Calhoun
In this paper we describe an open-access collection of multimodal neuroimaging data in schizophrenia for release to the community. Data were acquired from approximately 100 patients with schizophrenia and 100 age-matched controls during rest as well as several task activation paradigms targeting a hierarchy of cognitive constructs. Neuroimaging data include structural MRI, functional MRI, diffusion MRI, MR spectroscopic imaging, and magnetoencephalography. For three of the hypothesis-driven projects, task activation paradigms were acquired on subsets of ~200 volunteers which examined a range of sensory and cognitive processes (e...
August 15, 2017: Neuroinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812218/neural-correlates-of-emotional-valence-processing-in-parkinson-s-disease-dysfunction-in-the-subcortex
#9
Peter T Bell, Moran Gilat, James M Shine, Katie L McMahon, Simon J G Lewis, David A Copland
Parkinson's disease (PD) is frequently accompanied by cognitive and neuropsychiatric symptoms including impairments in affective processing. Despite this, mechanisms underlying vulnerability to deficits in affective processing remain unclear. In this study, we utilized functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and an Affective Go-NoGo paradigm, to examine the neural correlates of emotional valence processing in PD. Results suggest that PD is associated with aberrant processing of emotional valence in subcortical limbic structures...
August 15, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812067/nonlinear-imaging-microscopy-for-assessing-structural-and-photochemical-modifications-upon-laser-removal-of-dammar-varnish-on-photosensitive-substrates
#10
M Oujja, S Psilodimitrakopoulos, E Carrasco, M Sanz, A Philippidis, A Selimis, P Pouli, G Filippidis, M Castillejo
The nonlinear optical microscopy (NLM) modalities of Multi-Photon Excited Fluorescence (MPEF) and Third Harmonic Generation (THG) have been combined in this work to characterize as a function of depth with micrometric resolution the type and extent of morphological and photochemical modifications that take place upon ultraviolet (UV) pulsed laser removal of a dammar varnish layer applied on a photosensitive substrate. The latter consists on a layer of the synthetic polymer poly-methyl methacrylate doped with a photosensitizer, the aromatic compound 1,4-di[2-(5-phenyloxazolyl)] benzene, that strongly fluoresces upon UV light illumination...
August 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812017/valve-calcification-in-aortic-stenosis-etiology-and-diagnostic-imaging-techniques
#11
REVIEW
María Manuela Izquierdo-Gómez, Iván Hernández-Betancor, Javier García-Niebla, Belén Marí-López, Ignacio Laynez-Cerdeña, Juan Lacalzada-Almeida
Aortic stenosis is the most common valvulopathy in the Western world. Its prevalence has increased significantly in recent years due to population aging; hence, up to 8% of westerners above the age of 84 now have severe aortic stenosis (Lindroos et al., 1993). This causes increased morbidity and mortality and therein lies the importance of adequate diagnosis and stratification of the degree of severity which allows planning the best therapeutic option in each case. Long understood as a passive age-related degenerative process, it is now considered a rather more complex entity involving mechanisms and factors similar to those of atherosclerosis (Stewart et al...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812000/diagnostic-imaging-features-of-necrotizing-enterocolitis-a-narrative-review
#12
REVIEW
Francesco Esposito, Rosanna Mamone, Marco Di Serafino, Carmela Mercogliano, Valerio Vitale, Gianfranco Vallone, Patrizia Oresta
Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is an inflammatory process, characterized by intestinal necrosis of variable extension, leading to perforation, generalized peritonitis and death. The classical pathogenetic theory focuses on mucosal damage related to a stress induced intestinal ischemia leading to mucosal injury and bacterial colonization of the wall. A more recent hypothesis emphasizes the role of immaturity of gastrointestinal and immune system, particularly of the premature, responsible of bowel wall vulnerability and suffering...
June 2017: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811971/preclinical-immunopet-ct-imaging-using-zr-89-labeled-anti-pd-l1-monoclonal-antibody-for-assessing-radiation-induced-pd-l1-upregulation-in-head-and-neck-cancer-and-melanoma
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Masahiro Kikuchi, David A Clump, Raghvendra M Srivastava, Lingyi Sun, Dexing Zeng, Julio A Diaz-Perez, Carolyn J Anderson, W Barry Edwards, Robert L Ferris
Radiation therapy (RT) can induce upregulation of programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1) on tumor cells or myeloid cells, which may affect response to PD-1-based immunotherapy. PD-L1 upregulation during RT is a dynamic process that has been difficult to monitor during treatment. The aim of this study was to evaluate the RT-induced PD-L1 upregulation in the tumor and its microenvironment using immunoPET/CT imaging of two syngeneic murine tumor models (HPV+ head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) or B16F10 melanoma)...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811930/improved-ct-detection-of-acute-bowel-ischemia-using-frequency-selective-non-linear-image-blending
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Sven Schneeweiss, Michael Esser, Wolfgang Thaiss, Hans Boesmueller, Hendrik Ditt, Konstantin Nikolau, Marius Horger
BACKGROUND: Computed tomography (CT) as a fast and reliable diagnostic technique is the imaging modality of choice for acute bowel ischemia. However, diagnostic is often difficult mainly due to low attenuation differences between ischemic and perfused segments. PURPOSE: To compare the diagnostic efficacy of a new post-processing tool based on frequency selective non-linear blending with that of conventional linear contrast-enhanced CT (CECT) image blending for the detection of bowel ischemia...
July 2017: Acta Radiologica Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811848/skull-base-tumors-and-tumor-like-lesions-a-pictorial-review
#15
REVIEW
Akira Kunimatsu, Natsuko Kunimatsu
A number of tumors and tumor-like non-neoplastic lesions with different cell types on histology occur in the skull base. A wide variety in disease and lesion appearance often complicates the process of radiological diagnosis. The main role of radiographic imaging is the detection and characterization of skull base lesions, with evaluation of the extent of invasion or preservation of adjacent critical organs. Evaluation of the skull base anatomy and surgical planning by using image guidance are also important for surgeons...
2017: Polish Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811631/development-of-a-primary-human-co-culture-model-of-inflamed-airway-mucosa
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Lael M Yonker, Hongmei Mou, Kengyeh K Chu, Michael A Pazos, Huimin Leung, Dongyao Cui, Jinhyeob Ryu, Rhianna M Hibbler, Alexander D Eaton, Tim N Ford, J R Falck, T Bernard Kinane, Guillermo J Tearney, Jayaraj Rajagopal, Bryan P Hurley
Neutrophil breach of the mucosal surface is a common pathological consequence of infection. We present an advanced co-culture model to explore neutrophil transepithelial migration utilizing airway mucosal barriers differentiated from primary human airway basal cells and examined by advanced imaging. Human airway basal cells were differentiated and cultured at air-liquid interface (ALI) on the underside of 3 µm pore-sized transwells, compatible with the study of transmigrating neutrophils. Inverted ALIs exhibit beating cilia and mucus production, consistent with conventional ALIs, as visualized by micro-optical coherence tomography (µOCT)...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811496/genome-wide-expression-differences-in-anti-vegf-and-dexamethasone-treatment-of-inflammatory-angiogenesis-in-the-rat-cornea
#17
Pierfrancesco Mirabelli, Anthony Mukwaya, Anton Lennikov, Maria Xeroudaki, Beatrice Peebo, Mira Schaupper, Neil Lagali
Angiogenesis as a pathological process in the eye can lead to blindness. In the cornea, suppression of angiogenesis by anti-VEGF treatment is only partially effective while steroids, although effective in treating inflammation and angiogenesis, have broad activity leading to undesirable side effects. In this study, genome-wide expression was investigated in a suture-induced corneal neovascularization model in rats, to investigate factors differentially targeted by dexamethasone and anti-Vegf. Topical treatment with either rat-specific anti-Vegf, dexamethasone, or normal goat IgG (sham) was given to sutured corneas for 48 hours, after which in vivo imaging, tissue processing for RNA microarray, and immunofluorescence were performed...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811355/evidence-for-updating-the-core-domain-set-of-outcome-measures-for-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis-report-from-a-special-interest-group-at-omeract-2016
#18
Esi M Morgan, Meredith P Riebschleger, Jennifer Horonjeff, Alessandro Consolaro, Jane E Munro, Susan Thornhill, Timothy Beukelman, Hermine I Brunner, Emily L Creek, Julia G Harris, Daniel B Horton, Daniel J Lovell, Melissa L Mannion, Judyann C Olson, Homaira Rahimi, Maria Chiara Gallo, Serena Calandra, Angelo Ravelli, Sarah Ringold, Susan Shenoi, Jennifer Stinson, Karine Toupin-April, Vibeke Strand, Clifton O Bingham
OBJECTIVE: The current Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) Core Set was developed in 1997 to identify the outcome measures to be used in JIA clinical trials using statistical and consensus-based techniques, but without patient involvement. The importance of patient/parent input into the research process has increasingly been recognized over the years. An Outcome Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT) JIA Core Set Working Group was formed to determine whether the outcome domains of the current core set are relevant to those involved or whether the core set domains should be revised...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811262/probe-microscopy-methods-and-applications-in-imaging-of-biological-materials
#19
REVIEW
Alper D Ozkan, Ahmet E Topal, Fatma B Dikecoglu, Mustafa O Guler, Aykutlu Dana, Ayse B Tekinay
Atomic force microscopy is an emerging tool for investigating the biomolecular aspects of cellular interactions; however, cell and tissue analyses must frequently be performed in aqueous environment, over rough surfaces, and on complex adhesive samples that complicate the imaging process and readily facilitate the blunting or fouling of the AFM probe. In addition, the shape and surface chemistry of the probe determine the quality and types of data that can be acquired from biological materials, with certain information becoming available only within a specific range of tip lengths or diameters, or through the assistance of specific chemical or biological functionalization procedures...
August 12, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811064/evaluation-of-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-using-acoustic-radiation-force-impulse-imaging-elastography-in-rat-models
#20
Yanrong Guo, Changfeng Dong, Haoming Lin, Xinyu Zhang, Huiying Wen, Yuanyuan Shen, Tianfu Wang, Siping Chen, Yingxia Liu, Xin Chen
The aim of this study is to evaluate the utility of acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) elastography for assessing hepatic fibrosis stage and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) severity, as well as the relationship among hepatic histologic changes using shear wave velocity (SWV). Animal models with various degrees of NAFLD were established in 110 rats. The right liver lobe was processed and embedded in a fabricated gelatin solution (porcine skin). Liver mechanics were measured using SWV induced by acoustic radiation force...
August 12, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
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