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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550152/er-plasma-membrane-contact-sites-contribute-to-autophagosome-biogenesis-by-regulation-of-local-pi3p-synthesis
#1
Anna Chiara Nascimbeni, Francesca Giordano, Nicolas Dupont, Daniel Grasso, Maria I Vaccaro, Patrice Codogno, Etienne Morel
The double-membrane-bound autophagosome is formed by the closure of a structure called the phagophore, origin of which is still unclear. The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is clearly implicated in autophagosome biogenesis due to the presence of the omegasome subdomain positive for DFCP1, a phosphatidyl-inositol-3-phosphate (PI3P) binding protein. Contribution of other membrane sources, like the plasma membrane (PM), is still difficult to integrate in a global picture. Here we show that ER-plasma membrane contact sites are mobilized for autophagosome biogenesis, by direct implication of the tethering extended synaptotagmins (E-Syts) proteins...
May 26, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548048/reliable-passivation-of-black-phosphorus-by-thin-hybrid-coating
#2
Sampath Gamage, Alireza Fali, Neda Aghamiri, Lingming Yang, Pei-De Ye, Yohannes Abate
Black phosphorus (BP) possesses several extraordinary physical properties, which include in-plane anisotropy, thickness dependent direct bandgap and high carrier mobility. These physical properties make BP highly desirable from the point of view of fundamental science and modern optoelectronics applications. The excitement about this material has always been accompanied by unreserved skepticism due to its extraordinary degradation under ambient conditions. Here we show ambient degradation of exfoliated BP can be effectively suppressed using thin layer of hybrid MOCVD coating of BN followed by ALD coating of Al2O3...
May 26, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546138/mental-health-mobile-apps-for-preadolescents-and-adolescents-a-systematic-review
#3
REVIEW
Rebecca Grist, Joanna Porter, Paul Stallard
BACKGROUND: There are an increasing number of mobile apps available for adolescents with mental health problems and an increasing interest in assimilating mobile health (mHealth) into mental health services. Despite the growing number of apps available, the evidence base for their efficacy is unclear. OBJECTIVE: This review aimed to systematically appraise the available research evidence on the efficacy and acceptability of mobile apps for mental health in children and adolescents younger than 18 years...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544844/image-of-the-month-concomitant-tricuspid-and-mitral-native-valve-infective-endocarditis
#4
Su-Jin Jeong, Sang-Hoon Seol, Pil Sang Song
A 33-year-old immunocompetent man was admitted to the authors' hospital with a one-month duration of fevers, chills, and non-productive coughs, and suddenonset weakness and ischemic pain of both lower extremities. Physical examination revealed crepitating rales heard over bilateral lung fields. On auscultation, a grade 2~3/6 systolic murmur was heard over the leftlower sternal border and apical area. Transthoracic echocardiography revealed a mobile mass on the tricuspid valve compatible with vegetation, in addition to concomitant mitral valve vegetation (Video 1)...
January 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544679/sima-a-simplified-migration-assay-for-analyzing-neutrophil-migration
#5
Markus Weckmann, Tim Becker, Gyde Nissen, Martin Pech, Matthias V Kopp
In lung inflammation, neutrophils are the first leukocytes migrating to an inflammatory site, eliminating pathogens by multiple mechanisms. The term "migration" describes several stages of neutrophil movement to reach the site of inflammation, of which the passage of the interstitium and basal membrane of the airway are necessary to reach the site of bronchial inflammation. Currently, several methods exist (e.g., Boyden Chamber, under-agarose assay, or microfluidic systems) to assess neutrophil mobility. However, these methods do not allow for parameterization on single cell level, that is, the individual neutrophil pathway analysis is still considered challenging...
May 19, 2017: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543921/correlations-of-low-field-nmr-and-variable-field-nmr-parameters-with-osteoarthritis-in-human-articular-cartilage-under-load
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Erik Rössler, Carlos Mattea, Simo Saarakkala, Petri Lehenkari, Mikko Finnilä, Lassi Rieppo, Sakari Karhula, Miika T Nieminen, Siegfried Stapf
NMR experiments carried out at magnetic fields below 1 T provide new relaxation parameters unavailable with conventional clinical scanners. Contrast of T1 generally becomes larger towards low fields, as slow molecular reorientation processes dominate relaxation at the corresponding Larmor frequencies. This advantage has to be considered in the context of lower sensitivity and frequently reduced spatial resolution. The layered structure of cartilage is one example where a particularly strong variation of T1 across the tissue occurs, being affected by degenerative diseases such as osteoarthritis (OA)...
May 24, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543840/imaging-of-nuclear-overhauser-enhancement-at-7-and-3%C3%A2-t
#7
Yuanyu Shen, Gang Xiao, Zhiwei Shen, Xiaolei Zhang, Xiangyong Tang, Wei Hu, Zhiyan Zhang, Jitian Guan, Renhua Wu
Nuclear Overhauser enhancement (NOE) is a type of magnetization transfer using cross-relaxation. It originates from mobile macromolecules, which may have relevance to the evaluation of tumor features. We studied the value of NOE imaging at 7 and 3 T and suggest a utility for diagnosing human brain tumors. Two types of protein solution at different concentrations and pH values, and six normal Sprague Dawley (SD) rats, were used to detect NOE signal with a 7 T scanner. Then, six healthy volunteers and 11 patients with brain tumors (six gliomas and five meningiomas) were included at 3 T...
May 24, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540078/use-of-multidetector-row-computed-tomography-scan-to-detect-pannus-formation-in-prosthetic-mechanical-aortic-valves
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REVIEW
Mohamed A Aladmawi, Claudio Pragliola, Olga Vriz, Domenico Galzerano
Obstruction of a mechanical aortic valve by pannus formation at the subvalvular level is a major long-term complication of aortic valve replacement (AVR). In fact, pannus is sometime difficult to differentiate from patient-prosthesis mismatch or valve thrombosis. In most cases cine-angiography and echocardiography, either transthoracic or transesophageal, cannot correctly visualize the complication when the leaflets show a normal mobility. Recent technological refinements made this difficult diagnosis possible by ECG-gated computed tomography (CT) scan which shows adequate images in 90% of the cases and can differentiate pannus from fresh and organized thrombus...
April 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538247/the-positive-predictive-value-of-an-ambulance-prealert-for-stroke-and-transient-ischaemic-attack
#9
Craig W Brown, Mary J Macleod
OBJECTIVE: Therapeutic options for ischaemic stroke, such as thrombolysis or thrombectomy, are time sensitive. Multiple innovations have been established to reduce the symptom-to-needle time. One such innovation is the prealerting of emergency department (ED) or stroke unit staff by prehospital personnel of suspected stroke patients. The diagnosis of stroke can sometimes be difficult, with stroke mimics being a recognized issue. The prealert mobilizes ED, stroke and imaging personnel, which, for a true-positive, improves door-to-needle times...
May 19, 2017: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535032/applying-thienyl-side-chains-and-different-%C3%AF-bridge-to-aromatic-side-chain-substituted-indacenodithiophene-based-small-molecule-donors-for-high-performance-organic-solar-cells
#10
Jin-Liang Wang, Kai-Kai Liu, Sha Liu, Feng Liu, Hongbin Wu, Yong Cao, Thomas P Russell
A pair of linear tetrafluorinated small molecular donors, named as ThIDTTh4F and ThIDTSe4F, which are with tetrathienyl-substituted IDT as electron-rich central core, electron-deficient difluorobenzothiadiazole as acceptor units, and donor end-capping groups, but having differences in the π-bridge (thiophene and selenophene), were successfully synthesized and evaluated as donor materials in organic solar cells. Such π-bridge and core units in these small molecules play a decisive role in the formation of the nanoscale separation of the blend films, which were systematically investigated through absorption spectra, grazing incidence X-ray diffraction pattern, transmission electron microscopy images, resonant soft X-ray scattering profiles, and charge mobility measurement...
May 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534848/development-and-design-of-next-generation-head-mounted-ambulatory-microdose-positron-emission-tomography-am-pet-system
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Samantha Melroy, Christopher Bauer, Matthew McHugh, Garret Carden, Alexander Stolin, Stan Majewski, Julie Brefczynski-Lewis, Thorsten Wuest
Several applications exist for a whole brain positron-emission tomography (PET) brain imager designed as a portable unit that can be worn on a patient's head. Enabled by improvements in detector technology, a lightweight, high performance device would allow PET brain imaging in different environments and during behavioral tasks. Such a wearable system that allows the subjects to move their heads and walk-the Ambulatory Microdose PET (AM-PET)-is currently under development. This imager will be helpful for testing subjects performing selected activities such as gestures, virtual reality activities and walking...
May 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534023/sexting-prevalence-predictors-and-associated-sexual-risk-behaviors-among-postsecondary-school-young-people-in-ibadan-nigeria
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Oluwatoyin Olatunde, Folusho Balogun
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Sending and receiving sexually suggestive or explicit images or texts (sexting) have been shown to be associated with health risk behaviors but literature about this phenomenon is scarce in Nigeria. This study looked at the prevalence, predictors, and associated sexual risk behaviors of sexting among postsecondary school young persons in Ibadan, Nigeria. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study using a self-administered questionnaire. Data were obtained for sociodemographic characteristics and sexual orientation, sexting behavior, personality assessment (using the International Personality Item Pool Big-Five factor markers), indicators for problematic phone use (using Mobile Phone Problem Use Scale), and sexual behavior...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533140/3d-interactive-surgical-visualization-system-using-mobile-spatial-information-acquisition-and-autostereoscopic-display
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Zhencheng Fan, Yitong Weng, Guowen Chen, Hongen Liao
Three-dimensional (3D) visualization of preoperative and intraoperative medical information becomes more and more important in minimally invasive surgery. We develop a 3D interactive surgical visualization system using mobile spatial information acquisition and autostereoscopic display for surgeons to observe surgical target intuitively. The spatial information of regions of interest (ROIs) is captured by the mobile device and transferred to a server for further image processing. Triangular patches of intraoperative data with texture are calculated with a dimension-reduced triangulation algorithm and a projection-weighted mapping algorithm...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532853/long-term-test-retest-reliability-of-event-related-potential-erp-recordings-during-treadmill-walking-using-the-mobile-brain-body-imaging-mobi-approach
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Brenda R Malcolm, John J Foxe, John S Butler, Wenzhu B Mowrey, Sophie Molholm, Pierfilippo De Sanctis
Advancements in acquisition technology and signal-processing techniques have spurred numerous recent investigations on the electro-cortical signals generated during whole-body motion. This approach, termed Mobile Brain/Body Imaging (MoBI), has the potential to elucidate the neural correlates of perceptual and cognitive processes during real-life activities, such as locomotion. However, as of yet, no one has assessed the long-term stability of event-related potentials (ERPs) recorded under these conditions. Therefore, the objective of the current study was to evaluate the test-retest reliability of cognitive ERPs recorded while walking...
May 19, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530794/intrinsically-stretchable-electrochromic-display-by-a-composite-film-of-poly-3-4-ethylenedioxythiophene-and-polyurethane
#15
Hiroyuki Kai, Wataru Suda, Yudai Ogawa, Kuniaki Nagamine, Matsuhiko Nishizawa
A stretchable, electrochromic film of a uniform composite of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):p-toluene sulfonic acid (PEDOT:PTS) and polyurethane (PU) (PEDOT/PU) was fabricated, and its integration with a hydrogel as a free-standing, stretchable electrochromic (EC) display was demonstrated. The PEDOT/PU composite film was prepared by the spin coating of a solution containing an EDOT monomer and PU, followed by oxidative polymerization using iron(III) tosylate at elevated temperature. The fabricated film showed reversible electrochromism without an external conductive support...
May 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527504/telehealth-in-physical-medicine-and-rehabilitation-a-narrative-review
#16
REVIEW
Adam S Tenforde, Jaye E Hefner, Jodi E Kodish-Wachs, Mary A Iaccarino, Sabrina Paganoni
Telehealth refers to health care interactions that leverage telecommunication devices to provide medical care outside the traditional face-to-face, in-person medical encounter. Technology advances and research have expanded use of telehealth in health care delivery. Physical medicine and rehabilitation providers may use telehealth to deliver care to populations with neurologic and musculoskeletal conditions, commonly treated in both acute care and outpatient settings. Patients with impaired mobility and those living in locations with reduced access to care may particularly benefit...
May 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525823/development-and-validation-of-a-reversed-phase-hplc-method-for-analysis-of-radiochemical-purity-in-123-i-ibzm
#17
Shiou-Shiow Farn, Yuen-Han Yeh, Chang-Chin Li, Ching-Shiuann Yang, Jenn-Tzong Chen, Chung-Shan Yu, Wuu-Jyh Lin
[(123)I]IBZM is used widely for in vivo imaging of D2 receptors in human brain and shows relatively fast kinetics and a greater susceptibility to synaptic dopamine release than other single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) radioligands. A reliable and reversed-phase HPLC method using UV/VIS and radiometric detectors has been developed for qualitative analysis of BZM and IBZM and radiochemical purity in [(123)I]IBZM preparations. The method uses gradient elution on a Zorbax XDB C-18 column with a mobile phase that consists of 10mM 3,3-dimethylglutaric acid (DMGA), pH 7...
April 15, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525662/imaging-technologies-in-the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-acute-pyelonephritis
#18
Dmitry V Enikeev, Petr Glybochko, Yuriy Alyaev, Mikhail Enikeev, Leonid Rapoport
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the possibilities of ultrasound, computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in diagnosing acute pyelonephritis (AP) and renal abscess. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Two hundred and seven patients with AP were followed up from 2010 throughout 2015. All the patients were divided into three groups. Group 1 included 113 (54.6%) patients with acute nonobstructive pyelonephritis; group 2 included 33 (15.9%) patients with acute obstructive pyelonephritis; and group 3 included 61 (29...
May 18, 2017: Urologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522808/plasmonics-enhanced-smartphone-fluorescence-microscopy
#19
Qingshan Wei, Guillermo Acuna, Seungkyeum Kim, Carolin Vietz, Derek Tseng, Jongjae Chae, Daniel Shir, Wei Luo, Philip Tinnefeld, Aydogan Ozcan
Smartphone fluorescence microscopy has various applications in point-of-care (POC) testing and diagnostics, ranging from e.g., quantification of immunoassays, detection of microorganisms, to sensing of viruses. An important need in smartphone-based microscopy and sensing techniques is to improve the detection sensitivity to enable quantification of extremely low concentrations of target molecules. Here, we demonstrate a general strategy to enhance the detection sensitivity of a smartphone-based fluorescence microscope by using surface-enhanced fluorescence (SEF) created by a thin metal-film...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521196/the-prevalence-of-diabetic-foot-disease-in-the-waikato-region
#20
C O'Shea, J McClintock, R Lawrenson
AIM: The aim of this study was to establish the prevalence of diabetic foot disease by utilising the retinal eye screening register in the Waikato region of New Zealand. Understanding both the prevalence and the degree of foot disease across the general diabetes population will help to determine what podiatry services are required for people with diabetes. METHOD: 2192 people aged 15years and over, who attended the Waikato Regional Diabetes Service mobile retinal photo screening service for the six-month period between May and November 2014, consented to a foot screen including testing for sensation and pedal pulses...
May 4, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
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