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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646705/identification-and-in-vitro-characterization-of-novel-nanobodies-against-human-granulocyte-colony-stimulating-factor-receptor-to-provide-inhibition-of-g-csf-function
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Hamid Bakherad, Seyed Latif Mousavi Gargari, Zargham Sepehrizadeh, Hossein Aghamollaei, Ramezan Ali Taheri, Maryam Torshabi, Mojtaba Tabatabaei Yazdi, Walead Ebrahimizadeh, Neda Setayesh
It has been shown that Granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) has a higher expression in malignant tumors, and anti-G-CSF therapy considerably decreases tumor growth, tumor vascularization and metastasis. Thus, blocking the signaling pathway of G-CSF could be beneficial in cancer therapy. This study is aimed at designing and producing a monoclonal nanobody that could act as an antagonist of G-CSF receptor. Nanobodies are the antigen binding fragments of camelid single-chain antibodies, also known as VHH...
June 21, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646692/specific-subcortical-structures-are-activated-during-seizure-induced-death-in-a-model-of-sudden-unexpected-death-in-epilepsy-sudep-a-manganese-enhanced-magnetic-resonance-imaging-study
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Srinivasa P Kommajosyula, Marcus E Randall, Thomas J Brozoski, Boris M Odintsov, Carl L Faingold
Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is a major concern for patients with epilepsy. In most witnessed cases of SUDEP generalized seizures and respiratory failure preceded death, and pre-mortem neuroimaging studies in SUDEP patients observed changes in specific subcortical structures. Our study examined the role of subcortical structures in the DBA/1 mouse model of SUDEP using manganese-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MEMRI). These mice exhibit acoustically-evoked generalized seizures leading to seizure-induced respiratory arrest (S-IRA) that results in sudden death unless resuscitation is rapidly instituted...
May 25, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646350/abnormal-rich-club-organization-associated-with-compromised-cognitive-function-in-patients-with-schizophrenia-and-their-unaffected-parents
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Xin Zhao, Lin Tian, Jun Yan, Weihua Yue, Hao Yan, Dai Zhang
Schizophrenia is considered to be a disorder of brain connectivity, which might result from a disproportionally impaired rich-club organization. The rich-club is composed of highly interconnected hub regions that play crucial roles in integrating information between different brain regions. Few studies have yet investigated whether the structural rich-club organization is impaired in patients and their first-degree relatives. In this study, we established a weighted network model of white matter connections using diffusion tensor imaging of 19 patients and 39 unaffected parents, 22 young healthy controls for the patients, and 25 old healthy controls for the parents...
June 23, 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646316/identifying-major-events-in-two-sturgeons-life-using-pectoral-fin-spine-ring-structure-exploring-the-use-of-a-non-destructive-method
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Shima Bakhshalizadeh, Ali Bani, Shahram Abdolmalaki, Natalie Moltschaniwskyj
Maturation is one of the most important life history traits that influences on many ecological characteristics of animals. This study aimed to describe the indirect distinguish of first reproduction and habitat shift (transition from the pelagic to benthic environment), using the width of translucent and annuluses of the pectoral fin spine of two sturgeon species, Persian sturgeon, Acipenser persicus, and starry sturgeon, Acipenser stellatus. Interpretation of growth bands in pectoral fin sections was done objectively using direct reading of thin sections and image analysis...
June 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646272/rhesus-cochlear-and-vestibular-functions-are-preserved-after-inner-ear-injection-of-saline-volume-sufficient-for-gene-therapy-delivery
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Chenkai Dai, Mohamed Lehar, Daniel Q Sun, Lani Swarthout Rvt, John P Carey, Tim MacLachlan, Doug Brough, Hinrich Staecker, Alexandra M Della Santina, Timothy E Hullar, Charles C Della Santina
Sensorineural losses of hearing and vestibular sensation due to hair cell dysfunction are among the most common disabilities. Recent preclinical research demonstrates that treatment of the inner ear with a variety of compounds, including gene therapy agents, may elicit regeneration and/or repair of hair cells in animals exposed to ototoxic medications or other insults to the inner ear. Delivery of gene therapy may also offer a means for treatment of hereditary hearing loss. However, injection of a fluid volume sufficient to deliver an adequate dose of a pharmacologic agent could, in theory, cause inner ear trauma that compromises functional outcome...
June 23, 2017: Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology: JARO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645796/preclinical-testing-of-frequency-tunable-capacitive-micromachined-ultrasonic-transducer-probe-prototypes
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Martin Pekař, Alexander F Kolen, Harm Belt, Frank van Heesch, Nenad Mihajlović, Imo E Hoefer, Tamas Szili-Török, Hendrik J Vos, Johan G Bosch, Gijs van Soest, Antonius F W van der Steen
In intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) it may be beneficial to generate ultrasound images acquired at multiple frequencies, having the possibility of high penetration or high-resolution imaging in a single device. The objective of the presented work is to test two frequency-tunable probe prototypes in a preclinical setting: a rigid probe having a diameter of 11 mm and a new flexible and steerable 12-Fr ICE catheter. Both probes feature a forward-looking 32-element capacitive micromachined ultrasonic transducer array (aperture of 2 × 2 mm(2)) operated in collapse mode, which allows for frequency tuning in the 6-MHz-18-MHz range...
June 20, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645698/radiological-studies-of-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorders-in-humans-and-animal-models-an-updated-comprehensive-review
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Van T Nguyen, Suyinn Chong, Quang M Tieng, Karine Mardon, Graham J Galloway, Nyoman D Kurniawan
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders encompass a wide range of birth defects in children born to mothers who consumed alcohol during pregnancy. Typical mental impairments in FASD include difficulties in life adaptation and learning and memory, deficits in attention, visuospatial skills, language and speech disabilities, mood disorders and motor disabilities. Multimodal imaging methods have enabled in vivo studies of the teratogenic effects of alcohol on the central nervous system, giving more insight into the FASD phenotype...
June 20, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645290/establishment-of-an-orthotopic-patient-derived-xenograft-mouse-model-using-uveal-melanoma-hepatic-metastasis
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Ken Kageyama, Masahiro Ohara, Kengo Saito, Shinji Ozaki, Mizue Terai, Michael J Mastrangelo, Paolo Fortina, Andrew E Aplin, Takami Sato
BACKGROUND: Metastatic uveal melanoma is a highly fatal disease; most patients die from their hepatic metastasis within 1 year. A major drawback in the development of new treatments for metastatic uveal melanoma is the difficulty in obtaining appropriate cell lines and the lack of appropriate animal models. Patient-derived xenograft (PDX) tumor models, bearing ectopically implanted tumors at a subcutaneous site, have been developed. However, these ectopically implanted PDX models have obstacles to translational research, including a low engraftment rate, slow tumor growth, and biological changes after multiple passages due to the different microenvironment...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645267/a-rapid-and-quantitative-method-to-detect-human-circulating-tumor-cells-in-a-preclinical-animal-model
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Shih-Hsin Tu, Yi-Chen Hsieh, Li-Chi Huang, Chun-Yu Lin, Kai-Wen Hsu, Wen-Shyang Hsieh, Wei-Ming Chi, Chia-Hwa Lee
BACKGROUND: As cancer metastasis is the deadliest aspect of cancer, causing 90% of human deaths, evaluating the molecular mechanisms underlying this process is the major interest to those in the drug development field. Both therapeutic target identification and proof-of-concept experimentation in anti-cancer drug development require appropriate animal models, such as xenograft tumor transplantation in transgenic and knockout mice. In the progression of cancer metastasis, circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are the most critical factor in determining the prognosis of cancer patients...
June 23, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644482/one-thousand-fold-enhancement-of-high-field-liquid-nuclear-magnetic-resonance-signals-at-room-temperature
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Guoquan Liu, Marcel Levien, Niels Karschin, Giacomo Parigi, Claudio Luchinat, Marina Bennati
Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) is a fundamental spectroscopic technique for the study of biological systems and materials, molecular imaging and the analysis of small molecules. It detects interactions at very low energies and is thus non-invasive and applicable to a variety of targets, including animals and humans. However, one of its most severe limitations is its low sensitivity, which stems from the small interaction energies involved. Here, we report that dynamic nuclear polarization in liquid solution and at room temperature can enhance the NMR signal of (13)C nuclei by up to three orders of magnitude at magnetic fields of ∼3 T...
July 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644080/determination-of-gastrointestinal-transit-times-in-barred-owls-strix-varia-by-contrast-fluoroscopy
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Grayson A Doss, Jackie M Williams, Christoph Mans
Contrast imaging studies are routinely performed in avian patients when an underlying abnormality of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract is suspected. Fluoroscopy offers several advantages over traditional radiography and can be performed in conscious animals with minimal stress and restraint. Although birds of prey are commonly encountered as patients, little is known about GI transit times and contrast imaging studies in these species, especially owls. Owls are commonly encountered in zoological, educational, and wildlife settings...
June 2017: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643930/moving-towards-precision-orthodontics-an-evolving-paradigm-shift-in-the-planning-and-delivery-of-customized-orthodontic-therapy
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REVIEW
A H Jheon, S Oberoi, R C Solem, S Kapila
Advances in precision medicine portend similar progress in orthodontics and will be increasingly harnessed to achieve customized treatment approaches and enhance treatment efficiencies. Our goal is to provide a background on emerging advances in computer technologies and biomedicine and highlight their current and likely future applications to precision orthodontics. A review of orthodontically relevant technologies and advances in pertinent biological research was undertaken. Innovations in computer hardware and software, and 3D imaging technologies offer the ability for customized treatment and biomechanical planning that will be more fully realized within the next few decades...
June 2017: Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643076/scintigraphic-peritoneography-reveals-a-non-uniform-99m-tc-pertechnetat-aerosol-distribution-pattern-for-pressurized-intra-peritoneal-aerosol-chemotherapy-pipac-in-a-swine-model
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Alexander Bellendorf, Veria Khosrawipour, Tanja Khosrawipour, Simon Siebigteroth, Joseph Cohnen, David Diaz-Carballo, Andreas Bockisch, Jürgen Zieren, Urs Giger-Pabst
BACKGROUND: Although recent data are contradictory, it is still claimed that Pressurized Intra-Peritoneal Aerosol Chemotherapy (PIPAC) would deliver an aerosol which distributes homogeneously throughout the entire abdominal cavity. METHODS: (99m)Tc-Pertechnetat was administered in four postmortem swine using either PIPAC or liquid intra-peritoneal chemotherapy (IPC). The animals were examined by planar scintigraphy and SPECT/CT. Planar distribution images were divided into four regions of interest (ROIs: right/left upper and lower abdominal quadrant)...
June 22, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641121/is-inhibitory-control-involved-in-discriminating-pseudowords-that-contain-the-reversible-letters-b-and-d
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Lorie-Marlène Brault Foisy, Emmanuel Ahr, Steve Masson, Olivier Houdé, Grégoire Borst
Children tend to confuse reversible letters such as b and d when they start learning to read. According to some authors, mirror errors are a consequence of the mirror generalization (MG) process that allows one to recognize objects independently of their left-right orientation. Although MG is advantageous for the visual recognition of objects, it is detrimental for the visual recognition of reversible letters. Previous studies comparing novice and expert readers demonstrated that MG must be inhibited to discriminate reversible single letters...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641108/high-speed-and-scalable-whole-brain-imaging-in-rodents-and-primates
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Kaoru Seiriki, Atsushi Kasai, Takeshi Hashimoto, Wiebke Schulze, Misaki Niu, Shun Yamaguchi, Takanobu Nakazawa, Ken-Ichi Inoue, Shiori Uezono, Masahiko Takada, Yuichiro Naka, Hisato Igarashi, Masato Tanuma, James A Waschek, Yukio Ago, Kenji F Tanaka, Atsuko Hayata-Takano, Kazuki Nagayasu, Norihito Shintani, Ryota Hashimoto, Yasuto Kunii, Mizuki Hino, Junya Matsumoto, Hirooki Yabe, Takeharu Nagai, Katsumasa Fujita, Toshio Matsuda, Kazuhiro Takuma, Akemichi Baba, Hitoshi Hashimoto
Subcellular resolution imaging of the whole brain and subsequent image analysis are prerequisites for understanding anatomical and functional brain networks. Here, we have developed a very high-speed serial-sectioning imaging system named FAST (block-face serial microscopy tomography), which acquires high-resolution images of a whole mouse brain in a speed range comparable to that of light-sheet fluorescence microscopy. FAST enables complete visualization of the brain at a resolution sufficient to resolve all cells and their subcellular structures...
June 21, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640847/heart-rate-lowering-treatment-leads-to-a-reduction-in-vulnerable-plaque-features-in-atherosclerotic-rabbits
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Raf H M van Hoof, Evelien Hermeling, Judith C Sluimer, Julie Salzmann, Arnold P G Hoeks, Jérôme Roussel, Mat J A P Daemen, Harry Struijker-Boudier, Joachim E Wildberger, Sylvia Heeneman, M Eline Kooi
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of a heart rate (HR) lowering agent (Ivabradine) on features of atherosclerotic plaque vulnerability with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound imaging, and histology. APPROACH AND RESULTS: Atherosclerosis was induced in the abdominal aorta of 19 rabbits. Nine rabbits were treated with Ivabradine (17 mg/kg/day) during the entire study period. At week 14, imaging was performed. Plaque size was quantified on contrast-enhanced T1-weighted MR images...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640692/comparison-of-gadolinium-concentrations-within-multiple-rat-organs-after-intravenous-administration-of-linear-versus-macrocyclic-gadolinium-chelates
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Robert J McDonald, Jennifer S McDonald, Daying Dai, Dana Schroeder, Mark E Jentoft, David L Murray, Ramanathan Kadirvel, Laurence J Eckel, David F Kallmes
Purpose To compare gadolinium tissue concentrations of multiple linear and macrocyclic chelates in a rat model to better understand the scope and extent of tissue deposition following multiple intravenous doses of gadolinium-based contrast agent (GBCA). Materials and Methods In this Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee-approved study, healthy rats received 20 intravenous injections of 2.5 mmol gadolinium per kilogram (gadolinium-exposed group) or saline (control group) over a 26-day period. Unenhanced T1 signal intensities of the dentate nucleus were measured from magnetic resonance (MR) images obtained prior to GBCA injection and 3 days after final injection...
June 19, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639470/identifying-computer-generated-portraits-the-importance-of-training-and-incentives
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Brandon Mader, Martin S Banks, Hany Farid
The past two decades have seen remarkable advances in photo-realistic rendering of everything from inanimate objects to landscapes, animals, and humans. We previously showed that despite these tremendous advances, human observers remain fairly good at distinguishing computer-generated from photographic images. Building on these results, we describe a series of follow-up experiments that reveal how to improve observer performance. Of general interest to anyone performing psychophysical studies on Mechanical Turk or similar platforms, we find that observer performance can be significantly improved with the proper incentives...
January 1, 2017: Perception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639146/in-vivo-visualisation-and-quantification-of-bone-resorption-and-bone-formation-from-time-lapse-imaging
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REVIEW
Patrik Christen, Ralph Müller
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Mechanoregulation of bone cells was proposed over a century ago, but only now can we visualise and quantify bone resorption and bone formation and its mechanoregulation. In this review, we show how the newest advances in imaging and computational methods paved the way for this breakthrough. RECENT FINDINGS: Non-invasive in vivo assessment of bone resorption and bone formation was demonstrated by time-lapse micro-computed tomography in animals, and by high-resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography in humans...
June 21, 2017: Current Osteoporosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638486/in-molecular-pursuit-of-bone-metastasis-by-fluciclovine-pet
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EDITORIAL
Liza Lindenberg
Diagnosing bone metastases with traditional anatomic modalities, such as MRI and CT, is limited by sensitivity, and conventional bone radiotracers are only indirect markers of cancer activity. Fortunately, molecular imaging is uniquely capable of providing radiotracers such as fluciclovine and radiolabeled choline, that actually target tumors in the bone. The merits of research in imaging osseous metastases in animal models using these radiotracers and the implications for future clinical translation are discussed...
2017: Theranostics
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