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Núria Rovira-Graells, Sara Aguilera-Simón, Elisabet Tintó-Font, Alfred Cortés
The growth phenotype of asexual blood stage malaria parasites can influence their virulence and also their ability to survive and achieve transmission to the next host, but there are few methods available to characterise parasite growth parameters in detail. We developed a new assay to measure growth rates at different starting parasitaemias in a 96-well format and applied it to characterise the growth of Plasmodium falciparum lines 3D7-A and 3D7-B, previously shown to have different invasion rates and to use different invasion pathways...
2016: PloS One
Lydia M Le Page, Daniel R Ball, Vicky Ball, Michael S Dodd, Jack J Miller, Lisa C Heather, Damian J Tyler
Understanding and assessing diabetic metabolism is vital for monitoring disease progression and improving treatment of patients. In vivo assessments, using MRI and MRS, provide non-invasive and accurate measurements, and the development of hyperpolarized (13) C spectroscopy in particular has been demonstrated to provide valuable metabolic data in real time. Until now, studies have focussed on individual organs. However, diabetes is a systemic disease affecting multiple tissues in the body. Therefore, we have developed a technique to simultaneously measure metabolism in both the heart and liver during a single acquisition...
October 25, 2016: NMR in Biomedicine
Fang Zheng, Harris Perlman, Patrick Matthys, Yurong Wen, Tony Lahoutte, Serge Muyldermans, Shemin Lu, Patrick De Baetselier, Steve Schoonooghe, Nick Devoogdt, Geert Raes
Single-photon emission computed tomography combined with micro-CT (SPECT/μCT) imaging using Nanobodies against complement receptor of the Ig superfamily (CRIg), found on tissue macrophages such as synovial macrophages, has promising potential to visualize joint inflammation in experimental arthritis. Here, we further addressed the specificity and assessed the potential for arthritis monitoring. Signals obtained with (99m)Tc-labelled NbV4m119 Nanobody were compared in joints of wild type (WT) versus CRIg(-/-) mice with collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) or K/BxN serum transfer-induced arthritis (STIA)...
October 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
K Ravi, D M Geno, M F Vela, M D Crowell, D A Katzka
BACKGROUND: Baseline impedance measured with ambulatory impedance pH monitoring (MII-pH) and a mucosal impedance catheter detects gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). However, these tools are limited by cost or patient tolerance. We investigated whether baseline impedance measured during high-resolution impedance manometry (HRIM) distinguishes GERD patients from controls. METHODS: Consecutive patients with clinical HRIM and MII-pH testing were identified. Gastroesophageal reflux disease was defined by esophageal pH <4 for ≥5% of both the supine and total study time, whereas controls had an esophageal pH <4 for ≤3% of the study performed off PPI...
October 24, 2016: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
W M Thaiss, S Kaufmann, C Kloth, K Nikolaou, H Bösmüller, M Horger
PURPOSE: To evaluate whether VEGFR-2-expression in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), dysplastic (DLN) and regenerative liver nodules (RLN) correlates with pre-histology, in vivo Dynamic Contrast Enhanced-Computed Tomography (DCE-CT) data as VEGFR-2-expression affects prognosis and therapeutic options. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 34 patients (63.6±8.9years, 7 females) underwent liver biopsy or surgery due to suspected HCC or dysplastic nodules after DCE-CT between 2009 and 2015 with no previous chemo- or interventional therapy...
November 2016: European Journal of Radiology
Daniel P Brink, Celina Borgström, Felipe G Tueros, Marie F Gorwa-Grauslund
BACKGROUND: The sugar sensing and carbon catabolite repression in Baker's yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae is governed by three major signaling pathways that connect carbon source recognition with transcriptional regulation. Here we present a screening method based on a non-invasive in vivo reporter system for real-time, single-cell screening of the sugar signaling state in S. cerevisiae in response to changing carbon conditions, with a main focus on the response to glucose and xylose. RESULTS: The artificial reporter system was constructed by coupling a green fluorescent protein gene (yEGFP3) downstream of endogenous yeast promoters from the Snf3p/Rgt2p, SNF1/Mig1p and cAMP/PKA signaling pathways: HXT1p/2p/4p; SUC2p, CAT8p; TPS1p/2p and TEF4p respectively...
October 24, 2016: Microbial Cell Factories
Lesley S de Souza, James C Godwin, Mark A Renshaw, Eric Larson
Environmental DNA (eDNA) holds great promise for conservation applications like the monitoring of invasive or imperiled species, yet this emerging technique requires ongoing testing in order to determine the contexts over which it is effective. For example, little research to date has evaluated how seasonality of organism behavior or activity may influence detection probability of eDNA. We applied eDNA to survey for two highly imperiled species endemic to the upper Black Warrior River basin in Alabama, US: the Black Warrior Waterdog (Necturus alabamensis) and the Flattened Musk Turtle (Sternotherus depressus)...
2016: PloS One
Hidenori Kamiguchi, Mika Murabayashi, Ikuo Mori, Akira Horinouchi, Kazutaka Higaki
CONTEXT: Drug-induced phospholipidosis is one of the significant concerns in drug development, especially in safety assessment, and non-invasive diagnostic tool is highly desirable. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to explored novel biomarkers for phospholipidosis using a metabolomic approach. METHOD: NMR spectrometry and LC/MS/MS analyses were applied to urine and plasma of rats administrated cationic amphiphilic drugs. RESULTS: The phenylacetylglycine to hippuric acid ratio in plasma was increased in time and dose dependent manners; and it was well correlated with histopathological observation...
October 24, 2016: Biomarkers: Biochemical Indicators of Exposure, Response, and Susceptibility to Chemicals
S Castañeda, I Molina, P Jaimes, J Beltrán, J Valero, F Fierro
INTRODUCTION: The aim of the present study was to evaluate clinical presentation and management of sigmoid volvulus in children. Sigmoid volvulus is one of the three leading causes of acute obstruction of the colon and is between 50 and 90% of all large bowel volvulus. In the pediatric population only 3 to 5% of bowel obstructions are caused by volvulus and there are less than 100 cases reported in the literature. The presence of a redundant sigmoid with a narrow mesentery (dolicosigmoide) is a prerequisite for the volvulus formation...
January 15, 2016: Cirugía Pediátrica: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Cirugía Pediátrica
Matthew M Dougherty, Eric R Larson, Mark A Renshaw, Crysta A Gantz, Scott P Egan, Daniel M Erickson, David M Lodge
Early detection is invaluable for the cost-effective control and eradication of invasive species, yet many traditional sampling techniques are ineffective at the low population abundances found at the onset of the invasion process. Environmental DNA (eDNA) is a promising and sensitive tool for early detection of some invasive species, but its efficacy has not yet been evaluated for many taxonomic groups and habitat types.We evaluated the ability of eDNA to detect the invasive rusty crayfish Orconectes rusticus and to reflect patterns of its relative abundance, in upper Midwest, USA, inland lakes...
June 2016: Journal of Applied Ecology
R M Bruno, K D Reesink, L Ghiadoni
AIM: The present paper is a selective review on the methodology and clinical significance of techniques to assess specifically endothelial function, carotid mechanics and renal vascular function, particularly in the light of vascular dysfunction in metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. DATA SYNTHESIS: Endothelial dysfunction appears to be earlier detectable in the microcirculation of patients with altered glucose metabolism, while it attains significance in the macrocirculation at more advanced disease stages...
September 15, 2016: Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases: NMCD
Miguel N Centelles, Michael Wright, Wladyslaw Gedroyc, Maya Thanou
Image guided drug delivery has gained significant attention during the last few years. Labelling nanoparticles or macromolecules and monitoring their fate in the body provides information that can be used to modulate their biodistribution and improve their pharmacokinetics. In this study we label antibodies and monitor their distribution in the tumours post intravenous injection. Using Focused Ultrasound (FUS, a non-invasive method of hyperthermia) we increase the tumour temperature to 42°C for a short period of time (3-5min) and we observe an increased accumulation of labelled antibody...
October 19, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Qiulun Lu, Xiuxin Jiang, Cheng Zhang, Wei Zhang, Wencheng Zhang
BACKGROUND: Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) affects more than 5% of the population in developed countries. To study the formation and progression of AAA, we developed a non-invasive method to analyse regional aortic stiffness to monitor the formation and progression of AAA. METHODS: Saline or Angiotensin II (AngII) was subcutaneously infused in apolipoprotein E knockout (ApoE(-/-)) mice for 28 days; a high-resolution imaging system was used to identify changes in arterial stiffness measured by pulse-wave velocity (PWV) and aortic lumen diameter in the suprarenal aorta...
August 17, 2016: Heart, Lung & Circulation
W Zbiba, A Baba, E Bouayed, A Daldoul
PURPOSE: Analyze the characteristics of fundus autofluorescence of diabetic macular edema and study the association between these characteristics and visual function. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Our study included 18 patients (28 eyes) with clinically significant diabetic macular edema. All patients had a complete eye examination with a fundus autofluorescence imaging and optical coherence tomography. The central macular thickness and central macular volume were measured...
October 18, 2016: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
Panagiotis Tsakanikas, Dimitris Pavlidis, Efstathios Panagou, George-John Nychas
Recently, imaging and machine vision are gaining attention to food stakeholders since these are considered to be the emerging tools for food safety and quality assessment throughout the whole food chain. Herein, multispectral imaging, a surface chemistry sensor type, has been evaluated in terms of monitoring aerobically packaged beef filet spoilage at different storage temperatures (2, 8, and 15°C) and storage time. Spectral data acquired from the surface of meat samples (with/without background flora; +BF/-BF respectively) along with microbiological analysis...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Ingrid Broodman, Jan Lindemans, Jenny van Sten, Rainer Bischoff, Theo M Luider
Lung cancer has the highest mortality rate among cancer patients in the world, in particular because most patients are only diagnosed at an advanced and non-curable stage. Computed tomography (CT) screening on high-risk individuals has shown that early detection could reduce the mortality rate. However, the still high false-positive rate of CT screening may harm healthy individuals because of unnecessary follow-up scans and invasive follow-up procedures. Alternatively, false-negative and indeterminate results may harm patients due to the delayed diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Proteome Research
Miguel Couselo, Vicente Ibáñez, Javier Lluna, Juan José Vila
Introduction Low values of esophageal impedance baseline (EIB) have been related to esophagitis. The aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic performance of EIB for erosive esophagitis (ErE) and histological esophagitis (HiE) in children studied for gastroesophageal reflux. Material and Methods Children who underwent esophageal multichannel intraluminal impedance-pH monitoring (MII-pH) and upper-endoscopy with esophageal biopsies were studied retrospectively. EIB values were obtained by MII-pH. ErE was assessed by endoscopy following the Hetzel-Dent classification; HiE was defined by basal zone hyperplasia, papillary lengthening, or inflammatory infiltration...
October 21, 2016: European Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Seul-Gi Oh, Xian Li, Ho Won Lee, Thoudam Debraj Singh, Sang Bong Lee, Hyun Dong Ji, GhilSuk Yoon, Sung Jin Cho, In-Kyu Lee, Shin Young Jeong, Byeong-Cheol Ahn, Jaetae Lee, Hyeun Wook Chang, Sang-Woo Lee, Yong Hyun Jeon
The inability to monitor the in vivo dynamics of mast cells (MCs) limits the better understanding of its role in cancer progression. Here, we report on noninvasive imaging of MC migration to tumor lesions in mice and evaluation of the effects of migrated MCs on tumor progression through reporter gene-based in vivo optical imaging and glucose metabolism monitoring in cancer with (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose ((18)F-FDG) in vitro and in vivo. Murine MCs (MC-9) and Lewis lung cancer cells (LLC) expressing an enhanced firefly luciferase (effluc) gene were established, termed MC-9/effluc and LLC/effluc, respectively...
October 13, 2016: Biomaterials
Swarupa Kancherla, William J Kohler, Yolandi van der Merwe, Kevin C Chan
Visual function has been shown to deteriorate prior to the onset of retinopathy in some diabetic patients and experimental animal models. This suggests the involvement of the brain's visual system in the early stages of diabetes. In this study, we tested this hypothesis by examining the integrity of the visual pathway in a diabetic rat model using in vivo multi-modal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Ten-week-old Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into an experimental diabetic group by intraperitoneal injection of 65 mg/kg streptozotocin in 0...
2016: PloS One
Paolo Gabrieli, Francesca Scolari
The Mediterranean fruit fly (medfly) Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann) (Diptera: Tephritidae) is a pest species with extremely high agricultural relevance. This is due to its reproductive behavior: females damage the external surface of fruits and vegetables when they lay eggs and the hatched larvae feed on their pulp. Wild C. capitata populations are traditionally controlled through insecticide spraying and/or eco-friendly approaches, the most successful being the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT). The SIT relies on mass-rearing, radiation-based sterilization and field release of males that retain their capacity to mate but are not able to generate fertile progeny...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
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