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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644892/r-modafinil-exerts-weak-effects-on-spatial-memory-acquisition-and-dentate-gyrus-synaptic-plasticity
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Bharanidharan Shanmugasundaram, Yogesh D Aher, Jana Aradska, Marija Ilic, Daniel Daba Feyissa, Predrag Kalaba, Nilima Y Aher, Vladimir Dragacevic, Babak Saber Marouf, Thierry Langer, Harald H Sitte, Harald Hoeger, Gert Lubec, Volker Korz
Modafinil is a wake promoting drug approved for clinical use and also has cognitive enhancing properties. Its enantiomer R-Modafinil (R-MO) is not well studied in regard to cognitive enhancing properties. Hence we studied its effect in a spatial memory paradigm and its possible effects on dentate gyrus long-term potentiation (DG-LTP). Clinically relevant doses of R-MO, vehicle dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) or saline were administered for three days during the hole-board test and in in vivo DG-LTP. Synaptic levels of dopamine receptors D1R, D2R, dopamine transporter (DAT), and its phosphorylated form (ph-DAT) in DG tissue 4 h after LTP induction were quantified by western blot analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644801/magnetic-particle-imaging-for-quantification-of-vascular-stenoses-a-phantom-study
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S Herz, P Vogel, T Kampf, M A Ruckert, S Veldhoen, V C Behr, T A Bley
Magnetic particle imaging (MPI) is a promising new tomographic imaging method to detect the spatial distribution of superparamagnetic iron-oxide nanoparticles (SPIOs). The aim of this study was to investigate the potential of MPI to quantify artificial stenoses in vessel phantoms. Custom-made stenosis phantoms (length 40 mm; inner diameter 8 mm) with different degrees of stenosis (0 %, 25 %, 50 %, 75 % and 100 %) were scanned in a custom-built MPI scanner (in-plane resolution: ~ 1-1.5 mm, field of view: 65 × 29 × 29 mm3)...
June 21, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644800/online-combination-of-epid-cherenkov-imaging-for-3d-dosimetry-in-a-liquid-phantom
#3
Petr Bruza, Jacqueline M Andreozzi, David J Gladstone, Lesley A Jarvis, Joerg Rottmann, Brian W Pogue
Online acquisition of Cherenkov and portal imaging data was combined with a reconstruction scheme called EC3D, providing a full 3D dosimetry of megavoltage X-ray beams in a water tank. The methodology was demonstrated and quantified in a single static beam. Furthermore, the dynamics and visualization of the 3D dose reconstruction were demonstrated with a volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) plan for TG-119 C-Shape geometry. The developed algorithm combines depth dose information, provided by Cherenkov images, with the lateral dose distribution, provided by the electronic portal imaging device (EPID)...
June 20, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644490/potentiating-role-of-copper-on-spatial-memory-deficit-induced-by-beta-amyloid-and-evaluation-of-mitochondrial-function-markers-in-the-hippocampus-of-rats
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Ladan Behzadfar, Mohammad Abdollahi, Omid Sabzevari, Rohollah Hosseini, Ahmad Salimi, Parvaneh Naserzadeh, Mohammad Sharifzadeh, Jalal Pourahmad
Mounting evidence suggests that copper, a crucial element in normal brain function, plays an important role in the etiology of Alzheimer's disease, which is known as a neurodegenerative mitochondrial disorder. However, the precise mechanisms of its effects on cognitive and mitochondrial functions through the CNS have not been thoroughly recognized yet. In this study, we aimed to investigate the long-term (3-week) effects of copper sulfate (50, 100 and 200 mg kg(-1) day(-1)) exposure on learning and memory as well as on mitochondrial function in the hippocampus of rats in the presence and absence of beta amyloid (1 μg μl(-1) per side) intrahippocampally (IH)...
June 23, 2017: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644138/comparative-analysis-of-primary-versus-relapse-refractory-dlbcl-identifies-shifts-in-mutation-spectrum
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Danielle M Greenawalt, Winnie S Liang, Sakina Saif, Justin Johnson, Petar Todorov, Austin Dulak, Daniel Enriquez, Rebecca Halperin, Ambar Ahmed, Vladislav Saveliev, John Carpten, David Craig, J Carl Barrett, Brian Dougherty, Michael Zinda, Stephen Fawell, Jonathan R Dry, Kate Byth
Current understanding of the mutation spectrum of relapsed/refractory (RR) tumors is limited. We performed whole exome sequencing (WES) on 47 diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL) tumors that persisted after R-CHOP treatment, 8 matched to primary biopsies. We compared genomic alterations from the RR cohort against two treatment-naïve DLBCL cohorts (n=112). While the overall number and types of mutations did not differ significantly, we identified frequency changes in DLBCL driver genes. The overall frequency of MYD88 mutant samples increased (12% to 19%), but we noted a decrease in p...
June 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644126/extensive-horizontal-gene-transfer-in-cheese-associated-bacteria
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Kevin S Bonham, Benjamin E Wolfe, Rachel J Dutton
Acquisition of genes through horizontal gene transfer (HGT) allows microbes to rapidly gain new capabilities and adapt to new or changing environments. Identifying widespread HGT regions within multispecies microbiomes can pinpoint the molecular mechanisms that play key roles in microbiome assembly. We sought to identify horizontally transferred genes within a model microbiome, the cheese rind. Comparing 31 newly-sequenced and 134 previously sequenced bacterial isolates from cheese rinds, we identified over 200 putative horizontally transferred genomic regions containing 4,844 protein coding genes...
June 23, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644039/parkinson-s-disease-biomarkers-perspective-from-the-ninds-parkinson-s-disease-biomarkers-program
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Katrina Gwinn, Karen K David, Christine Swanson-Fischer, Roger Albin, Coryse St Hillaire-Clarke, Beth-Anne Sieber, Codrin Lungu, F DuBois Bowman, Roy N Alcalay, Debra Babcock, Ted M Dawson, Richard B Dewey, Tatiana Foroud, Dwight German, Xuemei Huang, Vlad Petyuk, Judith A Potashkin, Rachel Saunders-Pullman, Margaret Sutherland, David R Walt, Andrew B West, Jing Zhang, Alice Chen-Plotkin, Clemens R Scherzer, David E Vaillancourt, Liana S Rosenthal
Biomarkers for Parkinson's disease (PD) diagnosis, prognostication and clinical trial cohort selection are an urgent need. While many promising markers have been discovered through the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Parkinson's Disease Biomarker Program (PDBP) and other mechanisms, no single PD marker or set of markers are ready for clinical use. Here we discuss the current state of biomarker discovery for platforms relevant to PDBP. We discuss the role of the PDBP in PD biomarker identification and present guidelines to facilitate their development...
June 23, 2017: Biomarkers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644027/speckle-visibility-spectroscopy-of-depolarized-dynamic-light-scattering
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David Bossert, Jens Christoph Natterodt, Dominic Andreas Urban, Christoph Weder, Alke Petri-Fink, Sandor Balog
We show that the statistical analysis of the photon counts in depolarized dynamic light scattering experiments allows for the accurate characterization of the rotational Brownian dynamics of particles. Unlike photon correlation spectroscopy, the technique is accurate even at low temporal resolution and enables discontinuous data acquisition, which offers several advantages. To demonstrate the usefulness of the method, we present a case study in which we analyze aqueous suspensions of tunicate cellulose nanocrystals and silica particles, and discuss aspects that are specific to particle sizing...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644009/multi-harmonic-imaging-in-the-second-near-infrared-window-of-nanoparticle-labeled-stem-cells-as-monitoring-tool-in-tissue-depth
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Laurence Dubreil, Isabelle Leroux, Mireille Ledevin, Cindy Schleder, Lydie Lagalice, Claire Lovo, Romain Fleurisson, Solène Passemard, Vasyl Kilin, Sandrine Gerber-Lemaire, Marie-Anne Colle, Luigi Bonacina, Karl Rouger
In order to assess the therapeutic potential of cell-based strategies, it is of paramount importance to elaborate and validate tools for monitoring the behavior of injected cells in terms of tissue dissemination and engraftment properties. Here, we apply Bismuth Ferrite harmonic nanoparticles (BFO HNPs) to \textit{in vitro} expanded human skeletal muscle-derived stem cells (hMuStem cells), an attractive therapeutic avenue for patients suffering from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). We demonstrate the possibility of stem cell labeling with HNPs...
June 23, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643910/evaluation-of-the-3dmdface-system-as-a-tool-for-soft-tissue-analysis
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C Hong, K Choi, Y Kachroo, T Kwon, A Nguyen, R McComb, W Moon
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the accuracy of three-dimensional stereophotogrammetry by comparing values obtained from direct anthropometry and the 3dMDface system. To achieve a more comprehensive evaluation of the reliability of 3dMD, both linear and surface measurements were examined. SETTING AND SAMPLE POPULATION: UCLA Section of Orthodontics. Mannequin head as model for anthropometric measurements. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Image acquisition and analysis were carried out on a mannequin head using 16 anthropometric landmarks and 21 measured parameters for linear and surface distances...
June 2017: Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643848/the-impact-of-alternative-trait-scaling-hypotheses-for-the-maximum-photosynthetic-carboxylation-rate-vcmax-on-global-gross-primary-production
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Anthony P Walker, Tristan Quaife, Peter M van Bodegom, Martin G De Kauwe, Trevor F Keenan, Joanna Joiner, Mark R Lomas, Natasha MacBean, Chongang Xu, Xiaojuan Yang, F Ian Woodward
The maximum photosynthetic carboxylation rate (Vcmax ) is an influential plant trait that has multiple scaling hypotheses, which is a source of uncertainty in predictive understanding of global gross primary production (GPP). Four trait-scaling hypotheses (plant functional type, nutrient limitation, environmental filtering, and plant plasticity) with nine specific implementations were used to predict global Vcmax distributions and their impact on global GPP in the Sheffield Dynamic Global Vegetation Model (SDGVM)...
June 23, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643545/application-of-intravoxel-incoherent-motion-ivim-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-the-evaluation-of-primitive-brain-tumours
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A Catanese, F Malacario, L Cirillo, F Toni, C Zenesini, D Casolino, A Bacci, R Agati
Intravoxel incoherent motion is a potential non-invasive diagnostic tool in brain tumours, without any clear guidelines for its evaluation yet. In our study, we compare intravoxel incoherent motion with dynamic susceptibility contrast magnetic resonance imaging in the quantification of tumour tissue blood perfusion in 28 patients affected by brain tumours, highlighting the issues encountered during the acquisition set-up and post-processing steps. Intravoxel incoherent motion is a new imaging tool and an alternative technique to dynamic susceptibility contrast-magnetic resonance imaging which is of considerable interest at present...
January 1, 2017: Neuroradiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643447/simultaneous-mapping-of-metabolites-and-individual-macromolecular-components-via-ultra-short-acquisition-delay-1-h-mrsi-in-the-brain-at-7t
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Michal Považan, Bernhard Strasser, Gilbert Hangel, Eva Heckova, Stephan Gruber, Siegfried Trattnig, Wolfgang Bogner
PURPOSE: Short-echo-time proton MR spectra at 7T feature nine to 10 distinct macromolecule (MM) resonances that overlap with the signals of metabolites. Typically, a metabolite-nulled in vivo MM spectrum is included in the quantification`s prior knowledge to provide unbiased metabolite quantification. However, this MM model may fail if MMs are pathologically altered. In addition, information about the individual MM peaks is lost. In this study, we aimed to create an improved MM model by parameterization of the in vivo MM spectrum into individual components, and to use this new model to quantify free induction decay MR spectroscopic imaging (FID-MRSI) data...
June 22, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643408/the-effect-of-concomitant-fields-in-fast-spin-echo-acquisition-on-asymmetric-mri-gradient-systems
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Shengzhen Tao, Paul T Weavers, Joshua D Trzasko, John Huston, Yunhong Shu, Erin M Gray, Thomas K F Foo, Matt A Bernstein
PURPOSE: To investigate the effect of the asymmetric gradient concomitant fields (CF) with zeroth and first-order spatial dependence on fast/turbo spin-echo acquisitions, and to demonstrate the effectiveness of their real-time compensation. METHODS: After briefly reviewing the CF produced by asymmetric gradients, the effects of the additional zeroth and first-order CFs on these systems are investigated using extended-phase graph simulations. Phantom and in vivo experiments are performed to corroborate the simulation...
June 22, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643094/accuracy-and-reading-time-for-six-strategies-using-digital-breast-tomosynthesis-in-women-with-mammographically-negative-dense-breasts
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Alberto Stefano Tagliafico, Massimo Calabrese, Bianca Bignotti, Alessio Signori, Erica Fisci, Federica Rossi, Francesca Valdora, Nehmat Houssami
OBJECTIVE: To compare six strategies using digital breast tomosynthesis in women with mammographically negative dense breasts. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a substudy of the 'ASTOUND' trial. 163 women who underwent tomosynthesis with synthetically reconstructed projection images (S-2D) inclusive of 13 (7.9%) cases diagnosed with breast cancer at histopathology after surgery were evaluated. Accuracy measures and screen-reading time of six reading strategies were assessed: (A) Single reading of S-2D alone, (B) single reading of tomosynthesis alone, (C) single reading of joint interpretation of tomosynthesis + S-2D, (D) double-reading of S-2D alone, (E) double reading of tomosynthesis alone, (F) double reading of joint interpretation of tomosynthesis + S-2D...
June 22, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643068/effects-of-barbed-suture-during-robot-assisted-radical-prostatectomy-on-postoperative-tissue-damage-and-longitudinal-changes-in-lower-urinary-tract-outcome
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Nobuhiro Haga, Noriaki Kurita, Tomohiko Yanagida, Soichiro Ogawa, Michihiro Yabe, Hidenori Akaihata, Junya Hata, Yuichi Sato, Kei Ishibashi, Osamu Hasegawa, Yoshiyuki Kojima
OBJECTIVE: To compare the postoperative tissue damage and longitudinal changes in functional and patient-reported outcomes after vesicourethral anastomosis with barbed suture and nonbarbed suture in robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (RARP). MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a prospective cohort study involving 88 consecutive patients who underwent RARP. These patients were categorized into the barbed suture group (n = 50) and the nonbarbed suture group (n = 38)...
June 22, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643052/the-spaced-learning-concept-significantly-improves-training-for-laparoscopic-suturing-a-pilot-randomized-controlled-study
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Michael Boettcher, Johannes Boettcher, Stefan Mietzsch, Thomas Krebs, Robert Bergholz, Konrad Reinshagen
BACKGROUND: Spaced learning has been shown to be effective in various areas like traditional knowledge or motor skill acquisition. To evaluate the impact of implementation of the spaced learning concept in laparoscopic training was the aim of this study. METHODS: To evaluate the effectiveness of spaced learning, subjects were asked to perform four surgeon's square knots on a bowel model prior and post 3 h of hands-on training. All subjects were medical students and novice in laparoscopic suturing...
June 22, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642945/nonribosomal-peptide-synthetase-biosynthetic-clusters-of-eskape-pathogens
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Andrew M Gulick
Covering: up to 2017.Natural products are important secondary metabolites produced by bacterial and fungal species that play important roles in cellular growth and signaling, nutrient acquisition, intra- and interspecies communication, and virulence. A subset of natural products is produced by nonribosomal peptide synthetases (NRPSs), a family of large, modular enzymes that function in an assembly line fashion. Because of the pharmaceutical activity of many NRPS products, much effort has gone into the exploration of their biosynthetic pathways and the diverse products they make...
June 23, 2017: Natural Product Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642846/decreased-fitness-and-virulence-in-st10-escherichia-coli-harboring-blandm-5-and-mcr-1-against-a-st4981-strain-with-blandm-5
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Yawei Zhang, Kang Liao, Hua Gao, Qi Wang, Xiaojuan Wang, Henan Li, Ruobing Wang, Hui Wang
Although coexistence of blaNDM-5 and mcr-1 in Escherichia coli has been reported, little is known about the fitness and virulence of such strains. Three carbapenem-resistant Escherichia coli (GZ1, GZ2, and GZ3) successively isolated from one patient in 2015 were investigated for microbiological fitness and virulence. GZ1 and GZ2 were also resistant to colistin. To verify the association between plasmids and fitness, growth kinetics of the transconjugants were performed. We also analyzed genomic sequences of GZ2 and GZ3 using PacBio sequencing...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642757/the-fungal-pathogen-candida-glabrata-does-not-depend-on-surface-ferric-reductases-for-iron-acquisition
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Franziska Gerwien, Abu Safyan, Stephanie Wisgott, Sascha Brunke, Lydia Kasper, Bernhard Hube
Iron acquisition is a crucial virulence determinant for many bacteria and fungi, including the opportunistic fungal pathogens Candida albicans and C. glabrata. While the diverse strategies used by C. albicans for obtaining iron from the host are well-described, much less is known about the acquisition of this micronutrient from host sources by C. glabrata - a distant relative of C. albicans with closer evolutionary ties to Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which nonetheless causes severe clinical symptoms in humans...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
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