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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438012/smartphone-based-dual-modality-imaging-system-for-quantitative-detection-of-color-or-fluorescent-lateral-flow-immunochromatographic-strips
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Yafei Hou, Kan Wang, Kun Xiao, Weijian Qin, Wenting Lu, Wei Tao, Daxiang Cui
Nowadays, lateral flow immunochromatographic assays are increasingly popular as a diagnostic tool for point-of-care (POC) test based on their simplicity, specificity, and sensitivity. Hence, quantitative detection and pluralistic popular application are urgently needed in medical examination. In this study, a smartphone-based dual-modality imaging system was developed for quantitative detection of color or fluorescent lateral flow test strips, which can be operated anywhere at any time. In this system, the white and ultra-violet (UV) light of optical device was designed, which was tunable with different strips, and the Sobel operator algorithm was used in the software, which could enhance the identification ability to recognize the test area from the background boundary information...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438000/development-of-limited-view-and-three-dimensional-reconstruction-method-for-analysis-of-electrohydrodynamic-jetting-behavior
#2
Yeonghyeon Gim, Dong Ho Shin, Do Yoon Moh, Han Seo Ko
For an electrohydrodynamic (EHD) jet, variables such as the direction of the meniscus and the ejection stability need to be analyzed. Thus, the EHD jet should be observed three-dimensionally (3D) because the variables can only be obtained in the 3D field, especially in unstable modes. However, if the 3D field is reconstructed from multi-directional binary images, eliminating reconstruction errors caused by invisible areas is almost impossible, even when using a tomographic technique. To solve this problem, a new 3D reconstruction method including an ellipse estimation was developed in this study...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437684/fibrillar-disruption-by-ac-electric-field-induced-oscillation-a-case-study-with-human-serum-albumin
#3
Shubhatam Sen, Monojit Chakraborty, Snigdha Goley, Swagata Dasgupta, Sunando DasGupta
The effect of oscillation induced by a frequency-dependent alternating current (AC) electric field to dissociate preformed amyloid fibrils has been investigated. An electrowetting-on-dielectric type setup has been used to apply the AC field of varying frequencies on preformed fibrils of human serum albumin (HSA). The disintegration potency has been monitored by a combination of spectroscopic and microscopic techniques. The experimental results suggest that the frequency of the applied AC field plays a crucial role in the disruption of preformed HSA fibrils...
April 13, 2017: Biophysical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437625/imaging-guided-synergetic-therapy-of-orthotopic-transplantation-tumor-by-superselectively-arterial-administration-of-microwave-induced-microcapsules
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Shunsong Tang, Changhui Fu, Longfei Tan, Tianlong Liu, Jingsong Mao, Xiangling Ren, Hongying Su, Dan Long, Qianqian Chai, Zhongbing Huang, Xudong Chen, Jingzhuo Wang, Jun Ren, Xianwei Meng
It is an ambitious target to improve overall Hepatocellular Carcinoma therapeutic effects. Recently, MW ablation has emerged as a powerful thermal ablation technique, affording favorable survival with excellent local tumor control. To achieve better therapeutic effects of MW ablation, MW sensitizers are prepared for enhanced MW ablation to preferentially heat tumor territory. However, it is still not practicable for treatment of the orthotopic transplantation tumor. Herein, biocompatible and degradable methoxy poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (mPEG-PLGA) microcapsules with hierarchical structure have been designed for microwave-induced tumor therapy...
April 14, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437601/maternal-hemodynamics-in-normal-pregnancies-reference-ranges-and-the-role-of-maternal-characteristics
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Dimuthu Vinayagam, Baskaran Thilaganathan, Oliver Stirrup, Elena Mantovani, Asma Khalil
OBJECTIVES: The main aim of this study was to construct reference ranges of the maternal central hemodynamic parameters during pregnancy. The second aim was to determine the maternal and pregnancy characteristics, which influence these hemodynamic parameters. METHODS: This was a prospective cohort study of low-risk pregnant women attending for routine antenatal care at St George's Hospital, London. The exclusion criteria included any medical disorder present at the time of study recruitment, or development of hypertension or intrauterine fetal growth restriction following study recruitment...
April 24, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437526/prominin-1-is-a-novel-regulator-of-autophagy-in-the-human-retinal-pigment-epithelium
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Sujoy Bhattacharya, Jinggang Yin, Christina S Winborn, Qiuhua Zhang, Junming Yue, Edward Chaum
Purpose: Prominin-1 (Prom1) is a transmembrane glycoprotein, which is expressed in stem cell lineages, and has recently been implicated in cancer stem cell survival. Mutations in the Prom1 gene have been shown to disrupt photoreceptor disk morphogenesis and cause an autosomal dominant form of Stargardt-like macular dystrophy (STGD4). Despite the apparent structural role of Prom1 in photoreceptors, its role in other cells of the retina is unknown. The purpose of this study is to investigate the role of Prom1 in the highly metabolically active cells of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE)...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437441/fluorescence-imaging-topography-scanning-system-for-intraoperative-multimodal-imaging
#7
Tri T Quang, Hye-Yeong Kim, Forrest Sheng Bao, Francis A Papay, W Barry Edwards, Yang Liu
Fluorescence imaging is a powerful technique with diverse applications in intraoperative settings. Visualization of three dimensional (3D) structures and depth assessment of lesions, however, are oftentimes limited in planar fluorescence imaging systems. In this study, a novel Fluorescence Imaging Topography Scanning (FITS) system has been developed, which offers color reflectance imaging, fluorescence imaging and surface topography scanning capabilities. The system is compact and portable, and thus suitable for deployment in the operating room without disturbing the surgical flow...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436859/in-vivo-intracardiac-vector-velocity-imaging-using-phased-array-transducers-for-pediatric-cardiology
#8
Solveig Fadnes, Morten Wigen, Siri Ann Nyrnes, Lasse Lovstakken
Two-dimensional blood speckle tracking has shown promise for measuring complex flow patterns in neonatal hearts using linear arrays and high-frame-rate plane wave imaging. For general pediatric applications, however, the need for phased array probes emerges due to the limited intercostal acoustic window available. In this work, a clinically approved real-time duplex imaging setup with phased array probes was used to investigate the potential of blood speckle tracking for 2-D vector velocity imaging of children with congenital heart disease...
April 24, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436842/a-hybrid-image-registration-and-matching-framework-for-real-time-motion-tracking-in-mri-guided-radiotherapy
#9
Matteo Seregni, Chiara Paganelli, Paul Summers, Massimo Bellomi, Guido Baroni, Marco Riboldi
OBJECTIVE: MRI-guided radiotherapy (MRIgRT) is an emerging treatment technique where anatomical and pathological structures are imaged through integrated MR-radiotherapy units. This work aims (i) at assessing the accuracy of optical-flow based motion tracking in liver cine-MRI sequences and (ii) at testing a MRIgRT workflow combining similarity-based image matching with image registration. METHODS: After an initialization stage, a set of template images is collected and registered to the first frame of the cine-MRI sequence...
April 24, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436295/treatment-response-to-dimethyl-fumarate-is-characterized-by-disproportionate-cd8-t-cell-reduction-in-ms
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Vinzenz Fleischer, Michaela Friedrich, Ayman Rezk, Ulrike Bühler, Esther Witsch, Timo Uphaus, Stefan Bittner, Sergiu Groppa, Björn Tackenberg, Amit Bar-Or, Frauke Zipp, Felix Luessi
BACKGROUND: The effect of dimethyl fumarate (DMF) on circulating lymphocyte subsets and their contribution as predictors of clinical efficacy have not yet been investigated in multiple sclerosis (MS). OBJECTIVE: To evaluate lymphocytes and lymphocyte subsets (analyzed 6 months after DMF start) in MS patients with and without disease activity after 1 year of treatment in a retrospective study. METHODS: Peripheral blood lymphocyte subsets were analyzed by flow cytometry...
April 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435492/applying-systems-engineering-reduces-radiology-transport-cycle-times-in-the-emergency-department
#11
Benjamin A White, Brian J Yun, Michael H Lev, Ali S Raja
INTRODUCTION: Emergency department (ED) crowding is widespread, and can result in care delays, medical errors, increased costs, and decreased patient satisfaction. Simultaneously, while capacity constraints on EDs are worsening, contributing factors such as patient volume and inpatient bed capacity are often outside the influence of ED administrators. Therefore, systems engineering approaches that improve throughput and reduce waste may hold the most readily available gains. Decreasing radiology turnaround times improves ED patient throughput and decreases patient waiting time...
April 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435471/nucleolin-targeted-extracellular-vesicles-as-a-versatile-platform-for-biologics-delivery-to-breast-cancer
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Yayu Wang, Xiaojia Chen, Baoqing Tian, Jiafan Liu, Li Yang, Lilan Zeng, Tianfen Chen, An Hong, Xiaogang Wang
Small interfering RNAs (siRNA)/microRNAs (miRNA) have promising therapeutic potential, yet their clinical application has been hampered by the lack of appropriate delivery systems. Herein, we employed extracellular vesicles (EVs) as a targeted delivery system for small RNAs. EVs are cell-derived small vesicles that participate in cell-to-cell communication for protein and RNA delivery. We used the aptamer AS1411-modified EVs for targeted delivery of siRNA/microRNA to breast cancer tissues. Tumor targeting was facilitated via AS1411 binding to nucleolin, which is highly expressed on the surface membrane of breast cancer cells...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434821/an-overview-of-geophysical-technologies-appropriate-for-characterization-and-monitoring-at-fractured-rock-sites
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Frederick D Day-Lewis, Lee D Slater, Judy Robinson, Carole D Johnson, Neil Terry, Dale Werkema
Geophysical methods are used increasingly for characterization and monitoring at remediation sites in fractured-rock aquifers. The complex heterogeneity of fractured rock poses enormous challenges to groundwater remediation professionals, and new methods are needed to cost-effectively infer fracture and fracture-zone locations, orientations and properties, and to develop conceptual site models for flow and transport. Despite the potential of geophysical methods to "see" between boreholes, two issues have impeded the adoption of geophysical methods by remediation professionals...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434702/inhibition-or-deletion-of-angiotensin-ii-type-1-receptor-suppresses-elastase-induced-experimental-abdominal-aortic-aneurysms
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Haojun Xuan, Baohui Xu, Wei Wang, Hiroki Tanaka, Naoki Fujimura, Masaaki Miyata, Sara A Michie, Ronald L Dalman
OBJECTIVE: Angiotensin (Ang) II type 1 receptor (AT1) activation is essential for the development of exogenous Ang II-induced abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) in hyperlipidemic animals. Experimental data derived from this modeling system, however, provide limited insight into the role of endogenous Ang II in aneurysm pathogenesis. Consequently, the potential translational value of AT1 inhibition in clinical AAA disease management remains incompletely understood on the basis of the existing literature...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433988/comparison-of-choriocapillaris-flow-measurements-between-two-optical-coherence-tomography-angiography-devices
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Jost L Lauermann, Peter Heiduschka, Pieter Nelis, Maximilian Treder, Maged Alnawaiseh, Christoph R Clemens, Nicole Eter, Florian Alten
PURPOSE: To evaluate choriocapillaris (CC) perfusion in healthy subjects using 2 different optical coherence tomography angiography (OCT-A) devices. PROCEDURES: Macular OCT-A imaging (36 eyes of 36 subjects) was performed using Optovue AngioVue and Zeiss AngioPlex devices. CC decorrelation signal index was assessed, and CC data were analyzed regarding intra-device variability, inter-device correlation, age, signal strength, and fields of view. RESULTS: The intra-device variability of CC measurements in the 3 × 3 mm2 field was 5...
April 22, 2017: Ophthalmologica. Journal International D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433940/a-novel-dual-ratiometric-response-fluorescent-probe-for-so2-clo-detection-in-cells-and-in%C3%A2-vivo-and-its-application-in-exploring-the-dichotomous-role-of-so2-under-the-clo-induced-oxidative-stress
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Kun Dou, Qiang Fu, Guang Chen, Fabiao Yu, Yuxia Liu, Ziping Cao, Guoliang Li, Xianen Zhao, Lian Xia, Lingxin Chen, Hua Wang, Jinmao You
Intracellular reactive sulfur species and reactive oxygen species play vital roles in immunologic mechanism. As an emerging signal transmitter, SO2 can be generated as the anti-oxidant, while SO2 is also a potential oxidative stress-inducer in organism. Aiming to elucidate in-depth the dichotomous role of SO2 under oxidative stress, we designed a dual-response fluorescent probe that enabled the respective or successive detection of SO2 and ClO(-). The probe itself emits the red fluorescence (625 nm) which can largely switch to blue (410 nm) and green fluorescence (500 nm) respectively in response to SO2 and ClO(-), allowing the highly selective and accurate ratiometric quantification for both SO2 and ClO(-) in cells...
April 14, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433850/surgical-resection-and-histopathological-analysis-of-a-thrombosed-giant-fusiform-mca-aneurysm-after-initial-treatment-with-a-flow-diversion-construct
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Jayson Sack, Vincent Cheung, Deirdre Amaro, Arvin R Wali, David R Santiago-Dieppa, J Scott Pannell, Alexander A Khalessi
BACKGROUND: We describe the histopathology of an un-ruptured, giant calcified left MCA fusiform aneurysm initially treated with endovascular flow diversion. The flow diversion construct underwent post-operative in-stent thrombosis, necessitating surgical resection of the aneurysm to eliminate mass effect. METHODS: A 75-year-old woman with a known left MCA aneurysm presented to the Emergency Department with moderate right hemibody weakness. Due to the clinical and radiographic progression of the aneurysm, the patient was offered treatment...
April 19, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433734/prospective-association-of-fetal-liver-blood-flow-at-30-weeks-gestation-with-newborn-adiposity
#18
Satoru Ikenoue, Feizal Waffarn, Masanao Ohashi, Kaeko Sumiyoshi, Chigusa Ikenoue, Claudia Buss, Daniel L Gillen, Hyagriv N Simhan, Sonja Entringer, Pathik D Wadhwa
BACKGROUND: The production of variation in adipose tissue accretion represents a key fetal adaptation to energy substrate availability during gestation. Because umbilical venous blood transports nutrient substrate from the maternal to the fetal compartment, and the fetal liver is the primary organ where nutrient inter-conversion occurs, it has been proposed that variations in the relative distribution of umbilical venous blood flow shunting either through ductus venosus or perfusing the fetal liver represents a mechanism underlying this adaptation...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433356/aortic-sinus-flow-stasis-likely-in-valve-in-valve-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
#19
Hoda Hatoum, Brandon L Moore, Pablo Maureira, Jennifer Dollery, Juan A Crestanello, Lakshmi Prasad Dasi
OBJECTIVE: Valve-in-valve procedures using transcatheter aortic valves are increasingly performed to treat degenerated bioprosthetic surgical aortic valves because they are less invasive than redo aortic valve replacement. The objective of this study is to quantify the changes in aortic sinus blood flow dynamics before and after a valve-in-valve procedure to gain insight into mechanisms for clinical and subclinical thrombosis of leaflets. METHODS: A detailed description of the sinus hemodynamics for valve-in-valve implantation was performed in vitro...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432490/thallium-201-washout-rate-of-stress-myocardial-perfusion-imaging-as-a-predictor-of-mortality-in-diabetic-kidney-disease-patients-initiating-hemodialysis-an-observational-follow-up-study
#20
Toshihide Hayashi, Nobuhiko Joki, Yuri Tanaka, Masaki Iwasaki, Shun Kubo, Ai Matsukane, Yasunori Takahashi, Yoshihiko Imamura, Koichi Hirahata, Hiroki Hase
BACKGROUND: Thallium-201 washout rate of stress myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) has been reported to correlate with coronary flow reserve which is a parameter of myocardial microcirculation. However, the evidence for its use in diabetic kidney disease (DKD) has been lacking, and the association between thallium-201 washout rate and adverse outcomes including death is unknown. Therefore, the present study was conducted to evaluate the predictive ability of thallium-201 washout rate for mortality in DKD patients initiating hemodialysis...
April 21, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
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