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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449168/mri-sequences-in-head-neck-radiology-state-of-the-art
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Gerlig Widmann, Benjamin Henninger, Christian Kremser, Werner Jaschke
Background Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has become an essential imaging modality for the evaluation of head & neck pathologies. However, the diagnostic power of MRI is strongly related to the appropriate selection and interpretation of imaging protocols and sequences. The aim of this article is to review state-of-the-art sequences for the clinical routine in head & neck MRI and to describe the evidence for which medical question these sequences and techniques are useful. Method Literature review of state-of-the-art sequences in head & neck MRI...
May 2017: RöFo: Fortschritte Auf Dem Gebiete der Röntgenstrahlen und der Nuklearmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448880/rapid-green-synthesis-of-gold-nanocatalyst-for-high-efficiency-degradation-of-quinclorac
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Guorong Shi, Yulu Li, Gaihong Xi, Qinqin Xu, Zijun He, Yating Liu, Jianhui Zhang, Jun Cai
Porous chemical pretreated Saccharomyces cerevisiae was used as support, stabilizer, and reducing agent for the rapid green synthesis of gold nanocatalyst. Au nanoparticles (Au NPs) were generated through in-situ reduction of the absorbed Au(III) by the reductive functional groups of mannoproteins in yeast cell wall. The obtained spherical mono-dispersed Au NPs have an average particle diameter of 9.99±1.63nm as evidenced by TEM image, and exhibits excellent catalytic activity for the dechlorination of quinclorac to 8-quinoline-carboxylic acid by sodium borohydride...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448411/image-quality-and-radiation-exposure-comparison-of-a-double-high-pitch-acquisition-for-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-versus-standard-retrospective-spiral-acquisition-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Carlos Eduardo Elias Dos Prazeres, Tiago Augusto Magalhães, Adriano Camargo de Castro Carneiro, Roberto Caldeira Cury, Valéria de Melo Moreira, Juliana Hiromi Silva Matsumoto Bello, Carlos Eduardo Rochitte
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare image quality and radiation dose of coronary computed tomography (CT) angiography performed with dual-source CT scanner using 2 different protocols in patients with atrial fibrillation. METHODS: Forty-seven patients with AF underwent 2 different acquisition protocols: double high-pitch (DHP) spiral acquisition and retrospective spiral acquisition. The image quality was ranked according to a qualitative score by 2 experts: 1, no evident motion; 2, minimal motion not influencing coronary artery luminal evaluation; and 3, motion with impaired luminal evaluation...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448057/mixed-primary-cultures-of-murine-small-intestine-intended-for-the-study-of-gut-hormone-secretion-and-live-cell-imaging-of-enteroendocrine-cells
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Arianna Psichas, Gwen Tolhurst, Cheryl A Brighton, Fiona M Gribble, Frank Reimann
The gut is the largest endocrine organ of the body, with hormone-secreting enteroendocrine cells located along the length of the gastrointestinal epithelium. Despite their physiological importance, enteroendocrine cells represent only a small fraction of the epithelial cell population and in the past, their characterization has presented a considerable challenge resulting in a reliance on cell line models. Here, we provide a detailed protocol for the isolation and culture of mixed murine small intestinal cells...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448055/transient-expression-and-cellular-localization-of-recombinant-proteins-in-cultured-insect-cells
#5
Jeffrey A Fabrick, J Joe Hull
Heterologous protein expression systems are used for the production of recombinant proteins, the interpretation of cellular trafficking/localization, and the determination of the biochemical function of proteins at the sub-organismal level. Although baculovirus expression systems are increasingly used for protein production in numerous biotechnological, pharmaceutical, and industrial applications, nonlytic systems that do not involve viral infection have clear benefits but are often overlooked and underutilized...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448040/determination-of-high-affinity-antibody-antigen-binding-kinetics-using-four-biosensor-platforms
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Danlin Yang, Ajit Singh, Helen Wu, Rachel Kroe-Barrett
Label-free optical biosensors are powerful tools in drug discovery for the characterization of biomolecular interactions. In this study, we describe the use of four routinely used biosensor platforms in our laboratory to evaluate the binding affinity and kinetics of ten high-affinity monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) against human proprotein convertase subtilisin kexin type 9 (PCSK9). While both Biacore T100 and ProteOn XPR36 are derived from the well-established Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) technology, the former has four flow cells connected by serial flow configuration, whereas the latter presents 36 reaction spots in parallel through an improvised 6 x 6 crisscross microfluidic channel configuration...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448021/detection-of-ligand-activated-g-protein-coupled-receptor-internalization-by-confocal-microscopy
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Jingwen Yang, Yunjun Yan, Xiaowei Xiang, Yuchao Xu, Naiming Zhou, Tianming Wang
Confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) is an optical imaging technique for high-contrast imaging. It is a powerful approach to visualize fluorescent fusion proteins, such as green fluorescent protein (GFP), to determine their expression, localization, and function. The subcellular localization of target proteins is important for identification, characterization, and functional analyses. Internalization is one of the predominant mechanisms controlling G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) signaling to ensure the appropriate cellular responses to stimuli...
April 9, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448018/live-imaging-of-antifungal-activity-by-human-primary-neutrophils-and-monocytes-in-response-to-a-fumigatus
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Shan F Brunel, Jude M Bain, Jill King, Lena J Heung, Shinji Kasahara, Tobias M Hohl, Adilia Warris
Aspergillus fumigatus is an opportunistic fungal pathogen causing invasive infections in immunocompromised hosts with a high case-fatality rate. Research investigating immunological responses against A. fumigatus has been limited by the lack of consistent and reliable assays for measuring the antifungal activity of specific immune cells in vitro. A new method is described to assess the antifungal activity of primary monocytes and neutrophils from human donors against A. fumigatus using FLuorescent Aspergillus REporter (FLARE) conidia...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448017/low-density-primary-hippocampal-neuron-culture
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Reiko T Roppongi, Kevin P Champagne-Jorgensen, Tabrez J Siddiqui
The ability to probe the structure and physiology of individual nerve cells in culture is crucial to the study of neurobiology, and allows for flexibility in genetic and chemical manipulation of individual cells or defined networks. Such ease of manipulation is simpler in the reduced culture system when compared to the intact brain tissue. While many methods for the isolation and growth of these primary neurons exist, each has its own limitations. This protocol describes a method for culturing low-density and high-purity rodent embryonic hippocampal neurons on glass coverslips, which are then suspended over a monolayer of glial cells...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448015/quantification-of-strain-in-a-porcine-model-of-skin-expansion-using-multi-view-stereo-and-isogeometric-kinematics
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Adrian Buganza Tepole, Elbert E Vaca, Chad A Purnell, Michael Gart, Jennifer McGrath, Ellen Kuhl, Arun K Gosain
Tissue expansion is a popular technique in plastic and reconstructive surgery that grows skin in vivo for correction of large defects such as burns and giant congenital nevi. Despite its widespread use, planning and executing an expansion protocol is challenging due to the difficulty in measuring the deformation imposed at each inflation step and over the length of the procedure. Quantifying the deformation fields is crucial, as the distribution of stretch over time determines the rate and amount of skin grown at the end of the treatment...
April 16, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448008/a-protocol-for-using-f%C3%A3-rster-resonance-energy-transfer-fret-force-biosensors-to-measure-mechanical-forces-across-the-nuclear-linc-complex
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Paul T Arsenovic, Kranthidhar Bathula, Daniel E Conway
The LINC complex has been hypothesized to be the critical structure that mediates the transfer of mechanical forces from the cytoskeleton to the nucleus. Nesprin-2G is a key component of the LINC complex that connects the actin cytoskeleton to membrane proteins (SUN domain proteins) in the perinuclear space. These membrane proteins connect to lamins inside the nucleus. Recently, a Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET)-force probe was cloned into mini-Nesprin-2G (Nesprin-TS (tension sensor)) and used to measure tension across Nesprin-2G in live NIH3T3 fibroblasts...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448005/open-source-single-particle-analysis-for-super-resolution-microscopy-with-virusmapper
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Robert D M Gray, Jason Mercer, Ricardo Henriques
Super-resolution fluorescence microscopy is currently revolutionizing cell biology research. Its capacity to break the resolution limit of around 300 nm allows for the routine imaging of nanoscale biological complexes and processes. This increase in resolution also means that methods popular in electron microscopy, such as single-particle analysis, can readily be applied to super-resolution fluorescence microscopy. By combining this analytical approach with super-resolution optical imaging, it becomes possible to take advantage of the molecule-specific labeling capacity of fluorescence microscopy to generate structural maps of molecular elements within a metastable structure...
April 9, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448004/live-confocal-imaging-of-developing-arabidopsis-flowers
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Nathanaël Prunet
The study of plant growth and development has long relied on experimental techniques using dead, fixed tissues and lacking proper cellular resolution. Recent advances in confocal microscopy, combined with the development of numerous fluorophores, have overcome these issues and opened the possibility to study the expression of several genes simultaneously, with a good cellular resolution, in live samples. Live confocal imaging provides plant biologists with a powerful tool to study development, and has been extensively used to study root growth and the formation of lateral organs on the flanks of the shoot apical meristem...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448000/high-resolution-imaging-and-analysis-of-individual-astral-microtubule-dynamics-in-budding-yeast
#14
Colby P Fees, Cassi Estrem, Jeffrey K Moore
Dynamic microtubules are fundamental to many cellular processes, and accurate measurements of microtubule dynamics can provide insight into how cells regulate these processes and how genetic mutations impact regulation. The quantification of microtubule dynamics in metazoan models has a number of associated challenges, including a high microtubule density and limitations on genetic manipulations. In contrast, the budding yeast model offers advantages that overcome these challenges. This protocol describes a method to measure the dynamics of single microtubules in living yeast cells...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447990/imaging-neurons-within-thick-brain-sections-using-the-golgi-cox-method
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Emma L Louth, Charles D Sutton, Ari L Mendell, Neil J MacLusky, Craig D C Bailey
The Golgi-Cox method of neuron staining has been employed for more than two hundred years to advance our understanding of neuron morphology within histological brain samples. While it is preferable from a practical perspective to prepare brain sections at the greatest thickness possible, in order to increase the probability of identifying stained neurons that are fully contained within single sections, this approach is limited from a technical perspective by the working distance of high-magnification microscope objectives...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447974/3d-whole-heart-myocardial-tissue-analysis
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Hans Thijs Van den Broek, Leon De Jong, Pieter A Doevendans, Steven A J Chamuleau, Frebus J Van Slochteren, René Van Es
Cardiac regenerative therapies aim to protect and repair the injured heart in patients with ischemic heart disease. By injecting stem cells or other biologicals that enhance angio- or vasculogenesis into the infarct border zone (IBZ), tissue perfusion is improved, and the myocardium can be protected from further damage. For maximum therapeutic effect, it is hypothesized that the regenerative substance is best delivered to the IBZ. This requires accurate injections and has led to the development of new injection techniques...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447574/optimized-longitudinal-monitoring-of-stem-cell-grafts-in-mouse-brain-using-a-novel-bioluminescent-near-infrared-fluorescent-fusion-reporter
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Laura Mezzanotte, Juvita Delancy Iljas, Ivo Que, Alan Chan, Eric Kaijzel, Rob Hoeben, Clemens Löwik
<p>Biodistribution and fate of transplanted stem cells via longitudinal monitoring has been successfully achievedin the last decade using optical imaging. However, sensitive longitudinal imaging of transplanted stem cells in deep tissue like the brain remains challenging not only due to low light penetration but because of other factors such as low or inferior expression levels of optical reporters in stem cells and stem cell death after transplantation. Here we describe an optimized imaging protocol for sensitive long term monitoring of human bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) expressing a novel bioluminescent/near infrared fluorescent (NIRF) fusion reporter transplanted in mouse brain cortex...
April 26, 2017: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447241/abbreviated-breast-dynamic-contrast-enhanced-mr-imaging-for-lesion-detection-and-characterization-the-experience-of-an-italian-oncologic-center
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Antonella Petrillo, Roberta Fusco, Mario Sansone, Marilena Cerbone, Salvatore Filice, Annamaria Porto, Maria Rosaria Rubulotta, Massimiliano D'Aiuto, Franca Avino, Maurizio Di Bonito, Gerardo Botti
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the performance of an abbreviated dynamic contrast-enhanced MR imaging (MRI) protocol for breast cancer detection; a comparison with the complete diagnostic protocol has been conducted. METHODS: A retrospective analysis on 508 patients was performed. Abbreviated protocol (AP) included one pre-contrast and the first post-contrast T1-weighted series. Complete protocol (CP) consisted of four post-contrast and one pre-contrast T1-weighted series...
April 26, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447108/split-bolus-intravenous-contrast-material-injection-vs-single-bolus-injection-in-patients-following-endovascular-abdominal-aortic-repair-evar
#19
Johannes Boos, Vassilios Raptopoulos, Alexander Brook, Olga R Brook
PURPOSE: To investigate the feasibility and accuracy of a split-bolus contrast injection CTA (SB-CTA) compared to a single-bolus injection CTA (SI-CTA) protocol of post-EVAR patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this IRB-approved study, patients who underwent SB-CTA and SI-CTA after EVAR were evaluated. Attenuation and contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) of vessels and parenchymal organs were assessed. Subjective enhancement of vessels, quality of 3D reconstructions, and enhancement phase of parenchymal organs were assessed by two independent readers...
April 26, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446971/navigation-bronchoscopy-for-diagnosis-and-small-nodule-location
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REVIEW
Juan A Muñoz-Largacha, Virginia R Litle, Hiran C Fernando
Lung cancer continues to be the most common cause of cancer death. Screening programs for high risk patients with the use of low-dose computed tomography (CT) has led to the identification of small lung lesions that were difficult to identify using previous imaging modalities. Electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy (ENB) is a novel technique that has shown to be of great utility during the evaluation of small, peripheral lesions, that would otherwise be challenging to evaluate with conventional bronchoscopy...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
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