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Fatemeh Nooshabadi, Hee-Jeong Yang, Yunfeng Cheng, Madeleine S Durkee, Hexin Xie, Jianghong Rao, Jeffrey D Cirillo, Kristen C Maitland
Tuberculosis is a pulmonary disease with an especially high mortality rate in immuno-compromised populations, specifically children and HIV positive individuals. The causative agent, Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), is a very slow growing and difficult organism to work with, making both diagnosis and development of effective treatments cumbersome. We utilize a fiber-optic fluorescence microendoscope integrated with a whole-body imaging system for in vivo Mtb detection. The system exploits an endogenous enzyme of Mtb (β-lactamase, or BlaC) using a BlaC-specific NIR fluorogenic substrate...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Biophotonics
Lin Li, Mary Cazzell, Olajide Babawale, Hanli Liu
Atlas-guided diffuse optical tomography (atlas-DOT) is a computational means to image changes in cortical hemodynamic signals during human brain activities. Graph theory analysis (GTA) is a network analysis tool commonly used in functional neuroimaging to study brain networks. Atlas-DOT has not been analyzed with GTA to derive large-scale brain connectivity/networks based on near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) measurements. We introduced an automated voxel classification (AVC) method that facilitated the use of GTA with atlas-DOT images by grouping unequal-sized finite element voxels into anatomically meaningful regions of interest within the human brain...
October 2016: Neurophotonics
Michael R Hamblin
Photobiomodulation (PBM) describes the use of red or near-infrared light to stimulate, heal, regenerate, and protect tissue that has either been injured, is degenerating, or else is at risk of dying. One of the organ systems of the human body that is most necessary to life, and whose optimum functioning is most worried about by humankind in general, is the brain. The brain suffers from many different disorders that can be classified into three broad groupings: traumatic events (stroke, traumatic brain injury, and global ischemia), degenerative diseases (dementia, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's), and psychiatric disorders (depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder)...
December 2016: BBA Clinical
Yuguang Wang, Ying-Ying Huang, Yong Wang, Peijun Lyu, Michael R Hamblin
Photobiomodulation (PBM) using red or near-infrared (NIR) light has been used to stimulate the proliferation and differentiation of adipose-derived stem cells. The use of NIR wavelengths such as 810nm is reasonably well accepted to stimulate mitochondrial activity and ATP production via absorption of photons by cytochrome c oxidase. However, the mechanism of action of 980nm is less well understood. Here we study the effects of both wavelengths (810nm and 980nm) on adipose-derived stem cells in vitro. Both wavelengths showed a biphasic dose response, but 810nm had a peak dose response at 3J/cm(2) for stimulation of proliferation at 24h, while the peak dose for 980nm was 10-100 times lower at 0...
October 14, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Anabela Rocha, Ana Maria Domínguez, Fabrice Lécuru, Nicolas Bourdel
OBJECTIVE: Sentinel lymph node (SLN) mapping for endometrial (EC) and cervical cancers (CC) is a current technique that could provide benefits over traditional lymphadenectomy. Near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence imaging is a promising technique to perform this procedure. We conducted a systematic review of the evidence regarding the technique and the effectiveness of indocyanine green (ICG) during SLN biopsy, using robotic and laparoscopic assisted surgery and laparotomy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a computer literature search for published English language studies in humans using PubMed since January 2010 up to May 2015...
September 30, 2016: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Nayan Patel, Paula Pera, Penny Joshi, Mykhaylo Dukh, Walter A Tabaczynski, Kevin E Siters, Mark Kryman, Ravindra R Cheruku, Farukh Durrani, Joseph R Missert, Ramona Watson, Tymish Y Ohulchanskyy, Erin Tracy, Heinz Baumann, Ravindra K Pandey
We report herein, the synthesis and biological efficacy of near-infrared (NIR), bacteriochlorin analogs: 3-(1'-butyloxy)ethyl-3-deacetyl-bacteriopurpurin-18-N-butylimide methyl ester (3) and the corresponding carboxylic acid 10. In in vitro assays, compared to its methyl ester analog 3, the corresponding carboxylic acid derivative 10 showed higher photosensitizing efficacy. However, due to drastically different pharmacokinetics in vivo, the PS 3 (HPLC purity > 99%) showed higher tumor uptake and long-term tumor cure than 10 (HPLC purity > 96...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Henit Yanai, Nir Salomon, Adi Lahat
Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) often take a chronic debilitating course. Given the chronicity of IBD, the limitations of the available medications, their potential side effects, and the impact of the disease on patients' quality of life, it is not surprising IBD patients are ranked among the highest users of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Since CAM has become very popular in real-life practice of Western Communities, caregivers must gain more knowledge about these therapies, their mechanism of action, benefits, and risks...
December 2016: Current Gastroenterology Reports
Dmitri V Konarev, Salavat S Khasanov, Aleksey V Kuzmin, Alexander F Shestakov, Akihiro Otsuka, Hideki Yamochi, Gunzi Saito, Rimma N Lyubovskaya
The interaction of decamethylchromocene (Cp*2Cr) with indigo in the presence of a Cl(-) source yields the coordination complex (indigo-O,O)(Cp*Cr(II)Cl) (1) in which one Cp* ligand at chromium is substituted by indigo. Indigo adopts an unusual cis-conformation in 1, allowing the coordination of both indigo carbonyl groups to one Cr(II) center. Complex 1 contains Cr(II) with an S = 1 spin state and indigo(0). At the same time, calculations show that an excited ionic state is positioned close to the neutral ground state, providing the appearance of intense low-energy NIR bands in the spectrum of 1 at 820 and 1002 nm attributed to metal-to-ligand charge transfer...
October 17, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Tomohiro Shiraki, Hisashi Onitsuka, Tomonari Shiraishi, Naotoshi Nakashima
We present a concept to modulate near infrared photoluminescence (NIR-PL) from locally-functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes (local-f-SWNTs) based on a molecular recognition approach using newly synthesized phenylboronic acid (PB)-functionalized local-f-SWNTs (PB-SWNTs) and saccharides, in which a selective PL spectral shift is observed by addition of the saccharides.
October 17, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Zhi Wang, Ravithree Senanayake, Christine M Aikens, Wen-Miao Chen, Chen-Ho Tung, Di Sun
Here we report the single-crystal structure, experimental and theoretical characterization of a 41-metal atom Au-Ag alloy nanocluster [Au3Ag38(SCH2Ph)24X5](2-) (1, X = Cl or Br). The nanocluster 1 is co-protected by thiolate and halogen atoms and features an all-metallic face-fused biicosahedral Au2@AuAg20 rod-like kernel enwrapped by the outermost Ag18(SCH2Ph)24X3 shell. Two sites on the surface of the biicosahedral kernel are partially occupied by Au and Ag atoms. The outer Ag18(SCH2Ph)24X3 shell is composed of two Ag6S6 cycles at the two poles and one Ag6S2X3 arc at the equator with both 2- and 3-coordinated Ag atoms, which has not been observed in gold or silver nanoclusters ever before...
October 17, 2016: Nanoscale
Jonathan D Rich, Igor Gosev, Chetan B Patel, Susan Joseph, Jason N Katz, Peter M Eckman, Sangjin Lee, Kartik Sundareswaran, Ahmet Kilic, Brian Bethea, Behzad Soleimani, Brian Lima, Nir Uriel, Michael Kiernan
BACKGROUND: Early right-sided heart failure (RHF) after left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation is associated with increased mortality, but little is known about patients who develop late RHF (LRHF). We evaluated the incidence, risk factors, and clinical impact of LRHF in patients supported by axial-flow LVADs. METHODS: Data were analyzed from 537 patients enrolled in the HeartMate II (HM II; Thoratec/St. Jude) destination therapy clinical trial. LRHF was defined as the development of clinical RHF accompanied by the need for inotropic support occurring more than 30 days after discharge from the index LVAD implant hospitalization...
August 20, 2016: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Leland Perice, Nir Barzilai, Joe Verghese, Erica F Weiss, Roee Holtzer, Pinchas Cohen, Sofiya Milman
Mutations that reduce somatotropic signaling result in improved lifespan and health-span in model organisms and humans. However, whether reduced circulating insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) level is detrimental to cognitive and muscle function in older adults remains understudied. A cross-sectional analysis was performed in Ashkenazi Jews with exceptional longevity (age ≥95 years). Cognition was assessed using the Mini-Mental State Examination and muscle function with the chair rise test, grip-strength, and gait speed...
October 14, 2016: Aging
Yun-Feng Duan, Xian-Wang Kong, Andreas Schramm, Rodrigo Labouriau, Jørgen Eriksen, Søren O Petersen
: Grassland cultivation can mobilize large pools of N in the soil, with a potential for N leaching and N2O emissions. Spraying with the nitrification inhibitor 3,4-dimethylpyrazole phosphate (DMPP) before cultivation was simulated with soil columns where residue distribution corresponded to ploughing or rotovation, to study effects of soil-residue contact on N transformations. DMPP was sprayed on above-ground parts of ryegrass and white clover before incorporation. During a 42-day incubation, soil mineral N dynamics, potential ammonia oxidation (PAO) and denitrifying enzyme activity (DEA), nitrifier and denitrifier populations, and N2O emissions were investigated...
October 14, 2016: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Eva Mariasole Angelin, Mauro Bacci, Giovanni Bartolozzi, Emma Cantisani, Marcello Picollo
The identification of artistic materials represents a fundamental step in supporting the conservation of cultural heritage objects. The importance of their appropriate characterization is particularly relevant in modern-contemporary art, since they could be affected by the occurrence of rapid changes in chemical formulation over time. This paper focuses on an investigation of a series of contemporary blue-green commercial acrylic paints constituted of spinel pigments, using non-invasive spectroscopic techniques...
October 5, 2016: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
John Y-K Lee, Jayesh P Thawani, John Pierce, Ryan Zeh, Maria Martinez-Lage, Michelle Chanin, Ollin Venegas, Sarah Nims, Kim Learned, Jane Keating, Sunil Singhal
BACKGROUND: Although real-time localization of gliomas has improved with intraoperative image guidance systems, these tools are limited by brain shift, surgical cavity deformation, and expense. OBJECTIVE: To propose a novel method to perform near-infrared (NIR) imaging during glioma resections based on preclinical and clinical investigations, in order to localize tumors and to potentially identify residual disease. METHODS: Fifteen patients were identified and administered a Food and Drug Administration-approved, NIR contrast agent (Second Window indocyanine green [ICG], 5 mg/kg) before surgical resection...
October 11, 2016: Neurosurgery
Nir Melamed, Alex Pittini, Jon Barrett, Jyotsna Shah, Eugene W Yoon, Brigitte Lemyre, Shoo K Lee, Kellie E Murphy, Prakesh S Shah
OBJECTIVE: To assess the association of antenatal corticosteroids and neonatal outcomes of preterm small-for-gestational-age (SGA) neonates and estimate whether the association is similar to that observed in appropriate-for-gestational-age (AGA) neonates. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study using data collected on singleton neonates born between 24 0/7 and 33 6/7 weeks of gestation and admitted to tertiary neonatal units in Canada between 2010 and 2014...
October 6, 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Nir Sorkin, Amir Rosenblatt, Irina S Barequet
PURPOSE: To compare measurements of axial length (AL), anterior chamber depth (ACD), keratometry (K), and the refractive predictability of the Aladdin and IOLMaster biometry devices in cataract surgery patients. METHODS: A retrospective observational study of eyes undergoing cataract surgery. Data were retrieved on AL, ACD, and K measurements obtained by the Aladdin and the IOLMaster. Furthermore, the postoperative refractive prediction errors were compared between the devices...
October 12, 2016: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
Luke McKenzie, Igor Sazanovich, Elizabeth Baggaley, Mickaële Bonneau, Véronique Guerchais, Gareth Williams, Julia Weinstein, Helen E Bryant
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) uses photosensitizers (PS) which only become cytotoxic upon light-irradiation. Transition metal complexes are highly promising PS due to long excited state lifetimes, and photostability. However, these complexes usually absorb higher-energy UV/Visible light, whilst the optimal tissue transparency is in the lower-energy NIR region. Two-photon excitation (TPE) can overcome this dichotomy, with simultaneous absorption of two lower-energy NIR-photons populating the same PS-active excited state as one higher-energy photon...
October 14, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Wenwen Kong, Fei Liu, Chu Zhang, Jianfeng Zhang, Hailin Feng
The feasibility of hyperspectral imaging with 400-1000 nm was investigated to detect malondialdehyde (MDA) content in oilseed rape leaves under herbicide stress. After comparing the performance of different preprocessing methods, linear and nonlinear calibration models, the optimal prediction performance was achieved by extreme learning machine (ELM) model with only 23 wavelengths selected by competitive adaptive reweighted sampling (CARS), and the result was RP = 0.929 and RMSEP = 2.951. Furthermore, MDA distribution map was successfully achieved by partial least squares (PLS) model with CARS...
October 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
Maja Turinek, Martina Bavec, Milan Repič, Matjaž Turinek, Andreja Urbanek Krajnc, Christian Moellers, Alba Tres, Franc Bavec
BACKGROUND: Organic production is widely assumed to affect quality and nutritional parameters of arable crops. A field experiment was started in 2009 following integrated (INT), organic (ORG) and biodynamic (BD) production standards for wheat, maize and rapeseed production. With resort to standard analytical procedures and chemometrics compositional parameters of Brassica napus L. 'Siska' seed (water, protein, oil and glucosinolate content) by non-destructive near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), and fatty acid composition determined by gas chromatography, were assessed...
October 14, 2016: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
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