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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353036/nmr-based-serum-metabolomics-study-reveals-a-innovative-diagnostic-model-for-missed-abortion
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Zhenghong Wu, Lei Jin, Wenyi Zheng, Chenxi Zhang, Liwen Zhang, Yaping Chen, Junhua Guan, He Fei
A missed abortion (MA) is an in-utero death of the embryo or fetus before the 20th week of gestation with retained products of conception. In order to discover novel biomarkers for MA, a 1H NMR spectroscopy-based metabolomics approach was applied to detect human MA serum metabolic profiles. Serum samples were obtained from patients with MA (n = 15) and healthy controls (n = 9) for study. The NOESYPR1D spectrum combined with multi-variate pattern recognition analysis was used to cluster the groups and establish a disease-specific metabolites phenotype...
January 15, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352433/development-and-clinical-application-of-vertebral-metrics-using-a-stereo-vision-system-to-assess-the-spine
#2
Ana Teresa Gabriel, Cláudia Quaresma, Mário Forjaz Secca, Pedro Vieira
The biomechanical changes in the spinal column are considered to be the main responsible for rachialgia. Although radiological techniques use ionizing radiation, they are the most applied tools to assess the biomechanics of the spine. To face this problem, non-invasive techniques must be developed. Vertebral Metrics is an ionizing radiation-free instrument designed to detect the 3D position of each vertebrae in a standing position. Using a stereo vision system combined with low intensity UV light, recognition is achieved with software capable of distinguishing fluorescent marks...
January 20, 2018: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351815/ready-to-use-protein-g-conjugated-gold-nanorods-for-biosensing-and-biomedical-applications
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S Centi, F Ratto, F Tatini, S Lai, R Pini
BACKGROUND: Gold nanorods (GNRs) display unique capacity to absorb and scatter near infrared light, which arises from their peculiar composition of surface plasmon resonances. For this reason, GNRs have become an innovative material of great hope in nanomedicine, in particular for imaging and therapy of cancer, as well as in photonic sensing of biological agents and toxic compounds for e.g. biomedical diagnostics, forensic analysis and environmental monitoring. As the use of GNRs is becoming more and more popular, in all these contexts, there is emerging a latent need for simple and versatile protocols for their modification with targeting units that may convey high specificity for any analyte of interest of an end-user...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351433/%C3%AE-nitrostyrene-derivatives-attenuate-lps-mediated-acute-lung-injury-via-the-inhibition-of-neutrophil-platelet-interactions-and-net-release
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Yao-Wen Chang, Ching-Ping Tseng, Chih-Hsun Lee, Tsong-Long Hwang, Yu-Li Chen, Mei-Tzu Su, Kowit-Yu Chong, Ying-Wei Lan, Chin-Chung Wu, Kung-Ju Chen, Fen-Hua Lu, Hsiang-Ruei Liao, Chuen Hsueh, Pei-Wen Hsieh
Acute lung injury (ALI) and the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) are high-mortality and life-threatening diseases that are associated with neutrophil activation and accumulation within lung tissue. Emerging evidence indicates that neutrophil-platelet aggregates (NPAs) at sites of injury increases acute inflammation and contributes to the development of ALI. Even though numerous studies have increased our understanding of the pathophysiology of ALI, there is still a lack of innovative and useful treatments that reduce mortality, emphasizing that there is an urgent need for novel treatment strategies...
January 11, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344430/an-improved-humanized-mouse-model-for-excisional-wound-healing-using-double-transgenic-mice
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Michael S Hu, Justin Cheng, Mimi R Borrelli, Tripp Leavitt, Graham G Walmsley, Elizabeth R Zielins, Wan Xing Hong, Alexander T M Cheung, Dominik Duscher, Zeshaan N Maan, Dre M Irizarry, Brad Stephan, Fereydoun Don Parsa, Derrick C Wan, Geoffrey C Gurtner, Hermann Peter Lorenz, Michael T Longaker
Objective: Splinting full-thickness cutaneous wounds in mice has allowed for a humanized model of wound healing. Delineating the epithelial edge and assessing time to closure of these healing wounds via macroscopic visualization have remained a challenge. Approach: Double transgenic mice were created by crossbreeding K14-Cre and ROSAmT/mG reporter mice. Full-thickness excisional wounds were created in K14-Cre/ROSAmT/mG mice (n = 5) and imaged using both normal and fluorescent light on the day of surgery, and every other postoperative day (POD) until wound healing was complete...
January 1, 2018: Advances in Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341341/prediction-of-activation-patterns-preceding-hallucinations-in-patients-with-schizophrenia-using-machine-learning-with-structured-sparsity
#6
Amicie de Pierrefeu, Thomas Fovet, Fouad Hadj-Selem, Tommy Löfstedt, Philippe Ciuciu, Stephanie Lefebvre, Pierre Thomas, Renaud Lopes, Renaud Jardri, Edouard Duchesnay
Despite significant progress in the field, the detection of fMRI signal changes during hallucinatory events remains difficult and time-consuming. This article first proposes a machine-learning algorithm to automatically identify resting-state fMRI periods that precede hallucinations versus periods that do not. When applied to whole-brain fMRI data, state-of-the-art classification methods, such as support vector machines (SVM), yield dense solutions that are difficult to interpret. We proposed to extend the existing sparse classification methods by taking the spatial structure of brain images into account with structured sparsity using the total variation penalty...
January 16, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336353/perovskite-nanocrystals-across-dimensional-attachment-film-scale-assembly-on-flexible-substrate-and-their-fluorescence-properties
#7
Wenyi Huang, Jiajia Liu, Bing Bai, Liu Huang, Meng Xu, Jia Liu, Hongpan Rong, Jiatao Zhang
Perovskite nanocrystals (NCs), a good fluorescent candidate for excellent photoelectric properties, have opened new avenues in the fabrication of highly efficient solar cells, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), and other optoelectronic devices. Further advances will rely on the multitude of compositional, structural variants that enable the formation of lower-dimensionality layered and three-dimensional (3D) perovskites with architectural innovations. In this work, the perovskite film was fabricated on the flexible substrate by simple dip-coating technology and 3D assemblies of perovskite NCs were obtained through an attachment process...
January 16, 2018: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336135/a-randomized-placebo-controlled-double-blind-parallel-groups-study-evaluating-the-performance-and-safety-of-a-steady-state-coherent-biomodulator-patch-in-the-treatment-of-subjective-tinnitus
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Peter Ahnblad, Anders Nordkvist
OBJECTIVE: The objectives of this study were to evaluate the performance and safety of an innovative passive light photon driven microscopic biomodulator patch as an alternative medical device for tinnitus relief. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eighty-two (82) patients were randomized to receive either an active (biomodulator) patch or a placebo patch, for a 3-week treatment period. Patch performance (evaluated with questionnaires related to tinnitus and quality-of-life) and safety were assessed after 3 weeks of treatment (Week 3) and at a follow-up visit 4-weeks after end of treatment (Week 7)...
December 1, 2017: International Tinnitus Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334090/supramolecular-photosensitizers-rejuvenate-photodynamic-therapy
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Xingshu Li, Songyi Lee, Juyoung Yoon
Owing to its spatiotemporal selectivity and noninvasive nature, photodynamic therapy (PDT) has become a clinically promising approach for the treatment of a wide range of cancers and other diseases. However, the full potential of PDT has not been achieved thus far as a consequence of the lack of optimal photosensitizers (PSs) and/or smart transport/activation strategies. These problems, which unfortunately lie at the core of the PDT paradigm, include the oxygen reliance limits, the effect of PDT on hypoxic tumors, limitations of light penetration, and undesired skin photosensitization induced by "always on" PSs...
January 15, 2018: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328168/simultaneous-determination-of-the-size-and-concentration-of-fine-bubbles-in-water-by-laser-light-scattering
#10
Kayori Takahashi, Seika Ohuchi, Keizo Saito, Makoto Hirasawa, Hiromu Sakurai
The preparation of nanoscale fine bubbles in water is an innovative technology, but no precise method for simultaneously measuring the size and concentration of such bubbles had previously been developed. We have developed a method for simultaneously determining the size and concentration of fine bubbles in water by a light-scattering technique. Dynamic light scattering gives the diffusion constant and particle size of fine bubbles, whereas static light scattering provides their concentration or molar mass...
January 10, 2018: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328119/standoff-ultracompact-micro-raman-sensor-for-planetary-surface-explorations
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M Nurul Abedin, Arthur T Bradley, Anupam K Misra, Yingxin Bai, Glenn D Hines, Shiv K Sharma
We report the development of an innovative standoff ultracompact micro-Raman instrument that would solve some of the limitations of traditional micro-Raman systems to provide a superior instrument for future NASA missions. This active remote sensor system, based on a 532 nm laser and a miniature spectrometer, is capable of inspection and identification of minerals, organics, and biogenic materials within several centimeters (2-20 cm) at a high 10 μm resolution. The sensor system is based on inelastic (Raman) light scattering and laser-induced fluorescence...
January 1, 2018: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327206/brain-photobiomodulation-therapy-a-narrative-review
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REVIEW
Farzad Salehpour, Javad Mahmoudi, Farzin Kamari, Saeed Sadigh-Eteghad, Seyed Hossein Rasta, Michael R Hamblin
Brain photobiomodulation (PBM) therapy using red to near-infrared (NIR) light is an innovative treatment for a wide range of neurological and psychological conditions. Red/NIR light is able to stimulate complex IV of the mitochondrial respiratory chain (cytochrome c oxidase) and increase ATP synthesis. Moreover, light absorption by ion channels results in release of Ca2+ and leads to activation of transcription factors and gene expression. Brain PBM therapy enhances the metabolic capacity of neurons and stimulates anti-inflammatory, anti-apoptotic, and antioxidant responses, as well as neurogenesis and synaptogenesis...
January 11, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326993/turning-double-hydrophilic-into-amphiphilic-ir825-conjugated-polymeric-nanomicelles-for-near-infrared-fluorescence-imaging-guided-photothermal-cancer-therapy
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Guang-Yu Pan, Hao-Ran Jia, Ya-Xuan Zhu, Fu-Gen Wu
Developing biocompatible and photodegradable photothermal agents (PTAs) holds great promise for potential clinical applications in photothermal cancer therapy. Herein, a new PTA was innovatively constructed by conjugating the hydrophobic near-infrared (NIR) heptamethine cyanine molecule IR825-NH2 with a double hydrophilic block copolymer methoxypoly(ethylene glycol)5k-block-poly(l-aspartic acid sodium salt)10 (abbreviated as PEG-PLD) via amine-carboxyl reaction. The as-designed PEG-PLD(IR825) was amphiphilic and could self-assemble into polymeric nanomicelles in aqueous solutions...
January 12, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315850/inductor-free-wireless-energy-delivery-via-maxwell-s-displacement-current-from-an-electrodeless-triboelectric-nanogenerator
#14
Xia Cao, Meng Zhang, Jinrong Huang, Tao Jiang, Jingdian Zou, Ning Wang, Zhong Lin Wang
Wireless power delivery has been a dream technology for applications in medical science, security, radio frequency identification (RFID), and the internet of things, and is usually based on induction coils and/or antenna. Here, a new approach is demonstrated for wireless power delivery by using the Maxwell's displacement current generated by an electrodeless triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG) that directly harvests ambient mechanical energy. A rotary electrodeless TENG is fabricated using the contact and sliding mode with a segmented structure...
January 5, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313601/incubation-under-fluid-dynamic-conditions-markedly-improves-the-structural-preservation-in-vitro-of-explanted-skeletal-muscles
#15
Flavia Carton, Laura Calderan, Manuela Malatesta
Explanted organs and tissues represent suitable experimental systems mimicking the functional and structural complexity of the living organism, with positive ethical and economic impact on research activities. However, their preservation in culture is generally limited, thus hindering their application as experimental models for biomedical research. In the present study, we investigated the potential of an innovative fluid dynamic culture system to improve the structural preservation in vitro of explanted mouse skeletal muscles (soleus)...
November 28, 2017: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311688/innovative-linear-low-density-polyethylene-nanocomposite-films-reinforced-with-organophilic-layered-double-hydroxides-fabrication-morphology-and-enhanced-multifunctional-properties
#16
Jiazhuo Xie, Haijun Wang, Zhou Wang, Qinghua Zhao, Yuechao Yang, Geoffrey I N Waterhouse, Lei Hao, Zihao Xiao, Jing Xu
Herein, we reported the successful development of novel nanocomposite films based on linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) with enhanced anti-drop, optical, mechanical, thermal and water vapor barrier properties by introducing organophilic layered double hydroxides (OLDHs) nanosheets. OLDHs loadings were varied from 0-6 wt.%. Structural analyses using the Fourier transform infrared spectrum (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) indicated that the OLDHs nanosheets were homogeneously dispersed with an ordered alignment in the LLDPE matrix...
January 8, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305985/mechanistic-studies-of-the-antibiofilm-activity-and-synergy-with-antibiotics-of-isosorbide-mononitrate
#17
Sayeed Hasan, Yassamin N S Albayaty, Benjamin Thierry, Clive A Prestidge, Nicky Thomas
The use of nitric oxide (NO), a naturally occurring antimicrobial agent, as an alternative strategy to combat bacterial biofilms has recently gained considerable momentum in light of the global threat of emerging antibiotic resistance. While previous NO-based anti-biofilm approaches were aimed at killing bacteria cells within biofilms, NO has also been recently identified as a key mediator of biofilm dispersal, causing the release of cells from the biofilm community. This is of great interest towards the design of more effective anti-biofilm strategies but further studies are warranted to validate this concept...
January 3, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305410/evolution-of-tools-and-methods-for-monitoring-autophagic-flux-in-mammalian-cells
#18
REVIEW
Kevin C Yang, Paalini Sathiyaseelan, Cally Ho, Sharon M Gorski
Autophagy is an evolutionarily conserved lysosome-mediated degradation and recycling process, which functions in cellular homeostasis and stress adaptation. The process is highly dynamic and involves autophagosome synthesis, cargo recognition and transport, autophagosome-lysosome fusion, and cargo degradation. The multistep nature of autophagy makes it challenging to quantify, and it is important to consider not only the number of autophagosomes within a cell but also the autophagic degradative activity. The rate at which cargos are recognized, segregated, and degraded through the autophagy pathway is defined as autophagic flux...
January 5, 2018: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305390/blind-alleys-and-dead-ends-researching-innovation-in-late-20th-century-surgery
#19
Harriet Palfreyman, Roger L Kneebone
This article examines the fortunes of one particular surgical innovation in the treatment of gallstones in the late 20th century; the percutaneous cholecystolithotomy (PCCL). This was an experimental procedure which was trialled and developed in the early days of minimally invasive surgery and one which fairly rapidly fell out of favour. Using diverse research methods from textual analysis to oral history to re-enactment, the authors explore the rise and fall of the PCCL demonstrating that such apparent failures are as crucial a part of innovation histories as the triumphs and have much light to shed on the development of surgery more generally...
January 5, 2018: Medical Humanities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29300872/a-generic-individual-based-model-to-simulate-morphogenesis-c-n-acquisition-and-population-dynamics-in-contrasting-forage-legumes
#20
Gaëtan Louarn, Lucas Faverjon
Background and Aims: Individual-based models (IBMs) are promising tools to disentangle plant interactions in multi-species grasslands and foster innovative species mixtures. This study describes an IBM dealing with the morphogenesis, growth and C-N acquisition of forage legumes that integrates plastic responses from functional-structural plant models. Methods: A generic model was developed to account for herbaceous legume species with contrasting above- and below-ground morphogenetic syndromes and to integrate the responses of plants to light, water and N...
December 29, 2017: Annals of Botany
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