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  1. Philips 3T Intera Magnetic Resonance Imaging System and Upgrade of existing MRI equipment

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    Evanochko, William T

    2004-05-14

    The objective of this proposal was twofold. First, upgrade existing MRI equipment, specifically a research 4.1T whole-body system. Second, purchase a clinical, state-of-the-art 3T MRI system tailored specifically to cardiovascular and neurological applications. This project was within the guidelines of ''Medical Applications and Measurement Science''. The goals were: [1] to develop beneficial applications of magnetic resonance imaging; [2] discover new applications of MR strategies for medical research; and [2] apply them for clinical diagnosis. Much of this proposal searched for breakthroughs in this noninvasive and nondestructive imaging technology. Finally, this proposal's activities focused on research in the basic science of chemistry, biochemistry, physics, and engineering as applied to bioengineering. The centerpiece of this grant was our 4.1T ultra-high field whole-body nuclear magnetic resonance system and the newly acquired state-of-the-art, heart and head dedicated 3T clinical MRI system. We have successfully upgraded the equipment for the 4.1T system so that it is now state-of-the-art with new gradient and radio frequency amplifiers. We also purchase a unique In Vivo EKG monitoring unit that will permit tracking clinical quality EKG signals while the patient is in a high field MR scanner. Important upgrades of a peripheral vascular coil and a state-of-the-art clinical workstation for processing complex heart images were implemented. The most recent acquisition was the purchase of a state-of-the-art Philips 3T Intera clinical MRI system. This system is unique in that the magnet is only 5 1/2 feet long compare to over 12 feet long magnet of our 4.1T MRI system. The 3T MRI system is fully functional and its use and applications are already greatly benefiting the UAB with 200-300 micron resolution brain images and diagnostic quality MR angiography of coronary arteries in less than 5 minutes.

  2. A 3 T magnet system for MAGNUM-PSI

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    Eck, van H.J.N.; Ouden, den A.; Rooij, van G.J.; Goedheer, W.J.; Groot, de B.; Lopes Cardozo, N.J.; Kleyn, A.W.

    2005-01-01

    The FOM-Institute for Plasma Physics is preparing the construction of Magnum-psi, a magnetized (3 T), steady-state, large area (100 cm2), high-flux (up to 1024 H+ ions m-2s-1) plasma generator. Magnum-psi will be used to study plasma-surface interaction in conditions similar to those in the divertor

  3. Malformations of cortical development:3T magnetic resonance imaging features

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    Bilal; Battal; Selami; Ince; Veysel; Akgun; Murat; Kocaoglu; Emrah; Ozcan; Mustafa; Tasar

    2015-01-01

    Malformation of cortical development(MCD) is a term representing an inhomogeneous group of central nervous system abnormalities, referring particularly to embriyological aspect as a consequence of any of the three developmental stages, i.e., cell proliferation, cell migration and cortical organization. These include cotical dysgenesis, microcephaly, polymicrogyria, schizencephaly, lissencephaly, hemimegalencephaly, heterotopia and focal cortical dysplasia. Since magnetic resonance imaging is the modality of choice that best identifies the structural anomalies of the brain cortex, we aimed to provide a mini review of MCD by using 3T magnetic resonance scanner images.

  4. Malformations of cortical development: 3T magnetic resonance imaging features

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    Battal, Bilal; Ince, Selami; Akgun, Veysel; Kocaoglu, Murat; Ozcan, Emrah; Tasar, Mustafa

    2015-01-01

    Malformation of cortical development (MCD) is a term representing an inhomogeneous group of central nervous system abnormalities, referring particularly to embriyological aspect as a consequence of any of the three developmental stages, i.e., cell proliferation, cell migration and cortical organization. These include cotical dysgenesis, microcephaly, polymicrogyria, schizencephaly, lissencephaly, hemimegalencephaly, heterotopia and focal cortical dysplasia. Since magnetic resonance imaging is the modality of choice that best identifies the structural anomalies of the brain cortex, we aimed to provide a mini review of MCD by using 3T magnetic resonance scanner images. PMID:26516429

  5. 3 T magnetic resonance imaging of the musculoskeletal system.

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    Guglielmi, G; Biccari, N; Mangano, F; Toffanin, R

    2010-06-01

    The increasing distribution of high-field (3 T) magnetic resonance (MR) systems for clinical use has been accompanied by the need to fully understand the advantages and disadvantages that the increase in signal quality confers. Continuous development of the coils is required to fully express the potential of these systems, especially given the synergy between parallel imaging and the recent multichannel phased-array coils, which are able to improve image quality, spatial resolution and diagnostic accuracy in musculoskeletal imaging. The increase in signal offered by the high field makes possible improved visualisation of bone, cartilage, tendons and ligaments. This advantage, together with increased spatial resolution, is particularly useful when studying joints or some of their components, the evaluation of which has produced suboptimal results in non arthrographic examinations such as the glenoid labrum of the shoulder and the articular cartilage of the knee. Thanks to the greater signal-to-noise ratio and improved spatial resolution, MR imaging at 3 T is able to notably increase diagnostic performance in the musculoskeletal setting, with a consequent improvement in patient treatment and management. PMID:20177987

  6. Hepatic Iron Quantification on 3 Tesla (3 T) Magnetic Resonance (MR): Technical Challenges and Solutions

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    MR has become a reliable and noninvasive method of hepatic iron quantification. Currently, most of the hepatic iron quantification is performed on 1.5 T MR, and the biopsy measurements have been paired with R2 and R2* values for 1.5 T MR. As the use of 3 T MR scanners is steadily increasing in clinical practice, it has become important to evaluate the practicality of calculating iron burden at 3 T MR. Hepatic iron quantification on 3 T MR requires a better understanding of the process and more stringent technical considerations. The purpose of this work is to focus on the technical challenges in establishing a relationship between T2* values at 1.5 T MR and 3 T MR for hepatic iron concentration (HIC) and to develop an appropriately optimized MR protocol for the evaluation of T2* values in the liver at 3 T magnetic field strength. We studied 22 sickle cell patients using multiecho fast gradient-echo sequence (MFGRE) 3 T MR and compared the results with serum ferritin and liver biopsy results. Our study showed that the quantification of hepatic iron on 3 T MRI in sickle cell disease patients correlates well with clinical blood test results and biopsy results. 3 T MR liver iron quantification based on MFGRE can be used for hepatic iron quantification in transfused patients

  7. Development of eddy-current-free MR imaging system with 0.3-T permanent magnet

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    This paper reports on the eddy current induced by the magnetic gradient field which causes various problems associated with a permanent magnet, the permanent magnetic circuit with new pole pieces has been studied. The magnetic circuit was composed of a permanent magnet, a yoke, and pole pieces. The pole pieces were magnetically connected to the Nd-Fe-B permanent magnet. To study for eddy current, read-size magnetic circuits with pole pieces of various material, such as (a) steel, (b) divided steel, (c) toroidal-shaped silicon steel, and (d) composite material were assembled. The whole 0.3-T MR imaging system consists of only three units, Gantry with coach, MR unit, and operational console with image processor. We have evaluated the frequency characteristics, rise time, spatial homogeneity of magnetic field, and image quality with respect to real-size magnetic circuits with various pole pieces. We have obtained following order for frequency characteristics: (d), (c), (b), (a). We have also made an effort to adjust uniformity of magnetic field for magnetic circuits with toroidal-shaped silicon steel. We have obtained crisp and accurate images with use of the new pole pieces, without causing an eddy current. Especially, MR angio imaging, which is sensitive for eddy current, can be obtained with remarkable improvement

  8. Magnetic resonance imaging of congenital heart disease at 0.3 T

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    Malmgren, N.

    1995-11-01

    The aim of this study was to systematically evaluate the potential of static MR imaging in congenital heart disease. The diagnosis of vascular rings, causing significant respiratory morbidity, previously required invasive methods for diagnosis. In aberrant left pulmonary artery, an uncommon anomaly, MR imaging at 0.3 T provided complete anatomic information. Complex congenital heart malformation is a diagnostic challenge. MR imaging at 0.3 T was efficient in defining most of the components of complex disease. It is especially valuable for imaging of extracardiac structures, which can be difficult to evaluate using echocardiography. MR imaging is an important complement to echocardiography. Improved equipment with sophisticated dynamic applications using high magnetic field strength is now available. The anatomical evaluation of congenital heart anomalies is however still based on static images, and low field magnets will certainly be used even in the future. 141 refs, 11 figs, 8 tabs.

  9. Magnetic resonance imaging of congenital heart disease at 0.3 T

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    The aim of this study was to systematically evaluate the potential of static MR imaging in congenital heart disease. The diagnosis of vascular rings, causing significant respiratory morbidity, previously required invasive methods for diagnosis. In aberrant left pulmonary artery, an uncommon anomaly, MR imaging at 0.3 T provided complete anatomic information. Complex congenital heart malformation is a diagnostic challenge. MR imaging at 0.3 T was efficient in defining most of the components of complex disease. It is especially valuable for imaging of extracardiac structures, which can be difficult to evaluate using echocardiography. MR imaging is an important complement to echocardiography. Improved equipment with sophisticated dynamic applications using high magnetic field strength is now available. The anatomical evaluation of congenital heart anomalies is however still based on static images, and low field magnets will certainly be used even in the future. 141 refs, 11 figs, 8 tabs

  10. Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging at 3T as a Clinical Tool in Patients with Intracranial Tumors

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    Westen, D. van; Skagerberg, G.; Olsrud, J.; Fransson, P.; Larsson, E.M. [Univ. Hospital, Lund (Sweden). Depts. of Diagnostic Radiology and Neurosurgery

    2005-10-01

    Purpose: To investigate the potential of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) at 3T as a clinical tool in the preoperative evaluation of patients with intracranial tumors. High magnetic field strength such as 3T is of benefit for fMRI because signal-to-noise ratio and sensitivity to susceptibility changes are field-strength-dependent. Material and Methods: Twenty patients with tumors close to eloquent sensorimotor or language areas were studied. Motor, sensory, and two language paradigms (word generation, rhyming) were used; their effectiveness was determined as the percentage of patients in whom the functional area of interest was activated. Activation maps were calculated and their quality rated as high, adequate, or insufficient. The influence of fMRI on the neurosurgical decision regarding operability, surgical approach, and extent of the resection, was assessed. Results: Paradigm effectiveness was 90% for motor and 95% for sensory stimulation, and varied from 79% to 95% for word generation and rhyming in combination. Ninety percent of the activation maps held high or adequate quality. fMRI proved useful: in the decision to operate (9 patients), in the surgical approach (13 patients), and in extent of the resection (12 patients). Conclusion: fMRI at 3T is a clinically applicable tool in the work-up of patients with intracranial tumors.

  11. Magnetic Levitation of MC3T3 Osteoblast Cells as a Ground-Based Simulation of Microgravity

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    Hammer, Bruce E.; Kidder, Louis S; Williams, Philip C.; Xu, Wayne Wenzhong

    2009-01-01

    Diamagnetic samples placed in a strong magnetic field and a magnetic field gradient experience a magnetic force. Stable magnetic levitation occurs when the magnetic force exactly counter balances the gravitational force. Under this condition, a diamagnetic sample is in a simulated microgravity environment. The purpose of this study is to explore if MC3T3-E1 osteoblastic cells can be grown in magnetically simulated hypo-g and hyper-g environments and determine if gene expression is differentia...

  12. Successful serial imaging of the mouse cerebral arteries using conventional 3-T magnetic resonance imaging

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    Makino, Hiroshi; Hokamura, Kazuya; Natsume, Takahiro; Kimura, Tetsuro; Kamio, Yoshinobu; Magata, Yasuhiro; Namba, Hiroki; Katoh, Takasumi; Sato, Shigehito; Hashimoto, Tomoki; Umemura, Kazuo

    2015-01-01

    Serial imaging studies can be useful in characterizing the pathologic and physiologic remodeling of cerebral arteries in various mouse models. We tested the feasibility of using a readily available, conventional 3-T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to serially image cerebrovascular remodeling in mice. We utilized a mouse model of intracranial aneurysm as a mouse model of the dynamic, pathologic remodeling of cerebral arteries. Aneurysms were induced by hypertension and a single elastase injection into the cerebrospinal fluid. For the mouse cerebrovascular imaging, we used a conventional 3-T MRI system and a 40-mm saddle coil. We used non-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) to detect intracranial aneurysm formation and T2-weighted imaging to detect aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. A serial MRI was conducted every 2 to 3 days. MRI detection of aneurysm formation and subarachnoid hemorrhage was compared against the postmortem inspection of the brain that was perfused with dye. The imaging times for the MRA and T2-weighted imaging were 3.7±0.5 minutes and 4.8±0.0 minutes, respectively. All aneurysms and subarachnoid hemorrhages were correctly identified by two masked observers on MRI. This MRI-based serial imaging technique was useful in detecting intracranial aneurysm formation and subarachnoid hemorrhage in mice. PMID:25920958

  13. Vacuum phenomenon: prevalence and appearance in the knee with 3 T magnetic resonance imaging

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    To determine the prevalence of vacuum phenomenon (VP) in the knee on magnetic resonance (MR) images, describe the imaging features that characterize VP, and assess how often VP mimics pathological knee lesions. Consecutive knee MR studies performed on a 3 T MR system over a 9-month period were retrospectively reviewed by one radiologist who then selected studies with findings potentially indicating VP. Three experienced musculoskeletal radiologists reviewed these cases in consensus to confirm the presence of VP and to assess the shape, size, and signal of VP; the presence of magnetic susceptibility artifacts; and the ability of MR sequences to show VP. A total of 914 consecutive exams from 875 patients (524 men; mean age, 35 years) were reviewed. Vacuum phenomenon was found in 12 patients (prevalence 1.3%). In six (50%) patients, VP mimicked a meniscal tear, with four cases simulating a torn medial discoid meniscus. The VP signal was not easily differentiated from meniscal signal on most sequences in most cases (9/12). Gradient-recalled echo (GRE) localizer images proved most definitive, with 3D SPACE images the next most effective. Fast spin echo (FSE) images were only occasionally able to differentiate VP from meniscus. Rarely recognized on MR, VP can mimic meniscal pathology, potentially leading to inappropriate surgery. Because differentiation of VP from the meniscus is challenging on FSE at 3 T, radiologists should become familiar with the appearance of VP and review GRE localizer or 3D images carefully to avoid misinterpretation. (orig.)

  14. Contributed Review: Nuclear magnetic resonance core analysis at 0.3 T

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    Mitchell, Jonathan, E-mail: JMitchell16@slb.com; Fordham, Edmund J. [Schlumberger Gould Research, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0EL (United Kingdom)

    2014-11-15

    Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) provides a powerful toolbox for petrophysical characterization of reservoir core plugs and fluids in the laboratory. Previously, there has been considerable focus on low field magnet technology for well log calibration. Now there is renewed interest in the study of reservoir samples using stronger magnets to complement these standard NMR measurements. Here, the capabilities of an imaging magnet with a field strength of 0.3 T (corresponding to 12.9 MHz for proton) are reviewed in the context of reservoir core analysis. Quantitative estimates of porosity (saturation) and pore size distributions are obtained under favorable conditions (e.g., in carbonates), with the added advantage of multidimensional imaging, detection of lower gyromagnetic ratio nuclei, and short probe recovery times that make the system suitable for shale studies. Intermediate field instruments provide quantitative porosity maps of rock plugs that cannot be obtained using high field medical scanners due to the field-dependent susceptibility contrast in the porous medium. Example data are presented that highlight the potential applications of an intermediate field imaging instrument as a complement to low field instruments in core analysis and for materials science studies in general.

  15. Study on hippocampal volume with quantitative 3T magnetic resonance imaging in Chinese patients with epilepsy

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    GAO Mei-chun; LU Qin-chi; LI Yan-sheng; SHEN Jia-lin

    2012-01-01

    Background It was still rare for the quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) research of regional changes in hippocampus sclerosis (HS) in Chinese patients with epilepsy.This study aimed to study the hippocampal volumes (HVs)with quantitative MRI measurement in Chinese patients with epilepsy.Methods Forty-six Chinese patients with epilepsy (intractable epilepsy (IE),n=21; non-intractable epilepsy (NIE),n=25)and 25 normal controls were collected between July 2007 and March 2008.All of the subjects underwent a 3T high-resolution MRI with oblique coronal thin sections oriented perpendicular to the hippocampal long axis.Hippocampal structures were assessed by visual detection,and HVs were quantitatively studied with a Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS).Results Our study suggested that there was no significant difference in gender (P >0.05) while the right hippocampal head volume (HHV),hippocampal body volume (HBV),and the whole hippocampal volume (HCV) were greater than the left one (P <0.05),but no significant difference was found in bilateral hippocampal tail volume (HTV) (P >0.05) in normal controls.That unilateral/diffuse (64%/21%) and bilateral/focal (86%/20%) hippocampal atrophy (HA)were significant in IE and NIE patients,respectively.Anterior hippocampus,especially HHV (26% in IE and 20% in NIE) and HBV (29% in IE and 12% in NIE),had more significant atrophy than the HTV (5% in IE and 0% in NIE) in patients with epilepsy.Conclusion By assessing the volumes of the regional hippocampus with 3T MRI,we could better define the range and distribution of HS,since regional or subtle changes in HVs could be detected earlier with 3T MRI.

  16. Magnetic Levitation of MC3T3 Osteoblast Cells as a Ground-Based Simulation of Microgravity.

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    Hammer, Bruce E; Kidder, Louis S; Williams, Philip C; Xu, Wayne Wenzhong

    2009-11-01

    Diamagnetic samples placed in a strong magnetic field and a magnetic field gradient experience a magnetic force. Stable magnetic levitation occurs when the magnetic force exactly counter balances the gravitational force. Under this condition, a diamagnetic sample is in a simulated microgravity environment. The purpose of this study is to explore if MC3T3-E1 osteoblastic cells can be grown in magnetically simulated hypo-g and hyper-g environments and determine if gene expression is differentially expressed under these conditions. The murine calvarial osteoblastic cell line, MC3T3-E1, grown on Cytodex-3 beads, were subjected to a net gravitational force of 0, 1 and 2 g in a 17 T superconducting magnet for 2 days. Microarray analysis of these cells indicated that gravitational stress leads to up and down regulation of hundreds of genes. The methodology of sustaining long-term magnetic levitation of biological systems are discussed.

  17. Numerical study of remote detection outside the magnet with travelling wave Magnetic Resonance Imaging at 3T

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    The use of the travelling wave approach for high magnetic field magnetic resonance imaging has been used recently with very promising results. This approach offer images one with greater field-of-view and a reasonable signal-to-noise ratio using a circular waveguide. This scheme has been proved to be successful at 7 T and 9.4 T with whole-body imager. Images have also been acquired with clinical magnetic resonance imaging systems whose resonant frequencies were 64 MHz and 128 MHz. These results motivated the use of remote detection of the magnetic resonance signal using a parallel-plate waveguide together with 3 T clinical scanners, to acquired human leg images. The cut-off frequency of this waveguide is zero for the principal mode, allowing us to overcome the barrier of transmitting waves at lower frequency than 300 MHz or 7 T for protons. These motivated the study of remote detection outside the actual magnet. We performed electromagnetic field simulations of a parallel-plate waveguide and a phantom. The signal transmission was done at 128 MHz and using a circular surface coil located almost 200 cm away for the magnet isocentre. Numerical simulations demonstrated that the magnetic field of the principal mode propagate inside a waveguide outside the magnet. Numerical results were compared with previous experimental-acquired image data under similar conditions

  18. [Experimental evaluation of the occupational exposure to static magnetic fields on a 3 T magnetic resonance scanner].

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    Moro, Luca; Alabiso, Francesco; Parisoli, Francesco; Frigerio, Francesco

    2013-01-01

    The recent postponement until 31 October 2013 of the deadline for transposition of the EU Directive 2004/40/EC, concerning the minimum health requirementsfor the exposure of workers to the risks arising from electromagnetic fields between 0 and 300 GHz, keeps on suspending the Italian law which was aimed to implement the EU regulations on the occupational exposure to electromagnetic fields, including those generated by Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) units. Waiting for the revision of the exposure limits proposed by the EU Directive taking into account results from new studies and evolution of knowledge, the time-weighted values of static magnetic field proposed by the Italian Ministry of Health (D.M 02/08/91) still survive as limits for worker's exposure. The comparison between the proposed thresholds and the time required to position patients allows to calculate how long the MRI staff can stay at different values of static magnetic field, i.e. the maximum workload of each worker. In order to evaluate more accurately how many time the members of MRI staff are near the magnet bore and the real value of worker's exposure to the static magnetic field during the handling of patients, a teslameter Metrolab THM1176-PDA was used. Personal exposure measurements on the radiologists and the radiographers who worked on a 3 T GE Healthcare Discovery 750 MR were carried out during the positioning of self-sufficient and collaborative patients. The sensor was worn at the chest level on the side that was nearest to the magnet bore. Results show wide variations occurring between individual working procedures concerning the handling of patients, especially during the initial position phase. The mean values of the time spent by radiographers inside the magnet room (B > 0.5 mT) to place the patient and to take him outside at the end of the exam were respectively 220 and 127 seconds. The mean value of the time spent by radiologists was 162 seconds when they had to insert a peripheral

  19. Orthodontic springs and auxiliary appliances: assessment of magnetic field interactions associated with 1.5 T and 3 T magnetic resonance systems

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    The objective of this paper is to evaluate magnetic field interactions at 1.5 and 3 T for 20 orthodontic devices used for fixed orthodontic therapy. Twenty springs and auxiliary parts made from varying ferromagnetic alloys were tested for magnetic field interactions in the static magnetic field at 1.5 and 3 T. Magnetic translational force Fz (in millinewtons) was evaluated by determining the deflection angle β [American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM standard test method)]. Magnetic-field-induced rotational force Frot was qualitatively determined using a five-point scale. β was found to be >45 in 13(15) devices at 1.5(3) T and translational force Fz exceeded gravitational force Fg on the particular object [Fz 10.17-261.4 mN (10.72-566.4 mN) at 1.5(3) T]. Fz was found to be up to 24.1(47.5)-fold higher than Fg at 1.5(3) T. Corresponding to this, Frot on the objects was shown to be high at both field strengths (≥ +3). Three objects (at 1.5 T) and one object (at 3 T) showed deflection angles rot was found to be ≥ +3 at both field strengths. For the remaining objects, β was below 45 and torque measurements ranged from 0 to +2. Of 20 objects investigated for magnetic field interactions at 1.5(3) T, 13(15) were unsafe in magnetic resonance (MR), based on the ASTM criteria of Fz. The implications of these results for orthodontic patients undergoing MRI are discussed. (orig.)

  20. Orthodontic springs and auxiliary appliances: assessment of magnetic field interactions associated with 1.5 T and 3 T magnetic resonance systems

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    Kemper, J.; Priest, A.N.; Adam, G. [University Medical Center of Hamburg-Eppendorf, Clinic of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Hamburg (Germany); Schulze, D. [University Hospital of Freiburg, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Freiburg (Germany); Kahl-Nieke, B.; Klocke, A. [University Medical Center of Hamburg-Eppendorf, Department of Orthodontics, Hamburg (Germany)

    2007-02-15

    The objective of this paper is to evaluate magnetic field interactions at 1.5 and 3 T for 20 orthodontic devices used for fixed orthodontic therapy. Twenty springs and auxiliary parts made from varying ferromagnetic alloys were tested for magnetic field interactions in the static magnetic field at 1.5 and 3 T. Magnetic translational force F{sub z} (in millinewtons) was evaluated by determining the deflection angle {beta} [American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM standard test method)]. Magnetic-field-induced rotational force F{sub rot} was qualitatively determined using a five-point scale. {beta} was found to be >45 in 13(15) devices at 1.5(3) T and translational force F{sub z} exceeded gravitational force F{sub g} on the particular object [F{sub z} 10.17-261.4 mN (10.72-566.4 mN) at 1.5(3) T]. F{sub z} was found to be up to 24.1(47.5)-fold higher than F{sub g} at 1.5(3) T. Corresponding to this, F{sub rot} on the objects was shown to be high at both field strengths ({>=} +3). Three objects (at 1.5 T) and one object (at 3 T) showed deflection angles <45 , but F{sub rot} was found to be {>=} +3 at both field strengths. For the remaining objects, {beta} was below 45 and torque measurements ranged from 0 to +2. Of 20 objects investigated for magnetic field interactions at 1.5(3) T, 13(15) were unsafe in magnetic resonance (MR), based on the ASTM criteria of F{sub z}. The implications of these results for orthodontic patients undergoing MRI are discussed. (orig.)

  1. 3-T breast magnetic resonance imaging in patients with suspicious microcalcifications on mammography

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    Stehouwer, B.L.; Merckel, L.G.; Verkooijen, H.M.; Peters, N.H.G.M.; Mann, R.M.; Duvivier, K.M.; Mali, W.P.Th.; Peeters, P.H.M.; Veldhuis, W.B.; Bosch, M.A. van den

    2014-01-01

    To investigate the diagnostic value of 3-Tesla (T) breast MRI in patients presenting with microcalcifications on mammography.Between January 2006 and May 2009, 123 patients with mammographically detected BI-RADS 3–5 microcalcifications underwent 3-T breast MRI before undergoing breast biopsy. All MR

  2. Structural and magnetic properties of UCo1/3T2/3Al solid solutions (T = Ru, Pt, Rh)

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    We report on neutron diffraction studies of UCo1/3T2/3Al (T = Ru, Pt, Rh). All three solid solutions form in the hexagonal ZrNiAl structure. The Ru-containing compound is found to be chemically ordered, while the Pt-containing compound is nearly disordered and the Rh-containing compound is purely disordered. All three compounds exhibit long-range magnetic order with rather small U moments

  3. 3-T breast magnetic resonance imaging in patients with suspicious microcalcifications on mammography

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    Stehouwer, B.L.; Merckel, L.G.; Verkooijen, H.M.; Peters, N.H.G.M.; Mali, W.P.T.M.; Veldhuis, W.B.; Bosch, M.A.A.J. van den [University Medical Center Utrecht, Department of Radiology, Utrecht (Netherlands); Mann, R.M. [University Medical Center St Radboud, Departement of Radiology, Nijmegen (Netherlands); Duvivier, K.M. [University Medical Center Utrecht, Department of Radiology, Utrecht (Netherlands); VU University Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Peeters, P.H.M. [University Medical Center Utrecht, Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, Utrecht (Netherlands)

    2014-03-15

    To investigate the diagnostic value of 3-Tesla (T) breast MRI in patients presenting with microcalcifications on mammography. Between January 2006 and May 2009, 123 patients with mammographically detected BI-RADS 3-5 microcalcifications underwent 3-T breast MRI before undergoing breast biopsy. All MRIs of the histopathologically confirmed index lesions were reviewed by two breast radiologists. The detection rate of invasive carcinoma and ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) was evaluated, as well as the added diagnostic value of MRI over mammography and breast ultrasound. At pathology, 40/123 (33 %) lesions proved malignant; 28 (70 %) DCIS and 12 (30 %) invasive carcinoma. Both observers detected all invasive malignancies at MRI, as well as 79 % (observer 1) and 86 % (observer 2) of in situ lesions. MRI in addition to conventional imaging led to a significant increase in area under the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve from 0.67 (95 % CI 0.56-0.79) to 0.79 (95 % CI 0.70-0.88, observer 1) and to 0.80 (95 % CI 0.71-0.89, observer 2), respectively. 3-T breast MRI was shown to add significant value to conventional imaging in patients presenting with suspicious microcalcifications on mammography. (orig.)

  4. Time-resolved phosphorous magnetization transfer of the human calf muscle at 3 T and 7 T: A feasibility study

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    Valkovič, Ladislav, E-mail: siegfried.trattnig@meduniwien.ac.at [MR Center of Excellence, Department of Radiology, Medical University Vienna, A-1090 Wien, Lazarettgasse 14 (Austria); Institute of Measurement Science, Department of Imaging Methods, Slovak Academy of Sciences, 841 04 Bratislava, Dúbravska cesta 9 (Slovakia); Chmelík, Marek, E-mail: marek.chmelik@meduniwien.ac.at [MR Center of Excellence, Department of Radiology, Medical University Vienna, A-1090 Wien, Lazarettgasse 14 (Austria); Just Kukurova, Ivica, E-mail: ivica.kukurova@meduniwien.ac.at [MR Center of Excellence, Department of Radiology, Medical University Vienna, A-1090 Wien, Lazarettgasse 14 (Austria); Krššák, Martin, E-mail: martin.krssak@meduniwien.ac.at [Department of Internal Medicine III, Medical University Vienna, A-1090 Wien, Lazarettgasse 14 (Austria); Gruber, Stephan, E-mail: stephan@nmr.at [MR Center of Excellence, Department of Radiology, Medical University Vienna, A-1090 Wien, Lazarettgasse 14 (Austria); Frollo, Ivan, E-mail: umerollo@savba.sk [Institute of Measurement Science, Department of Imaging Methods, Slovak Academy of Sciences, 841 04 Bratislava, Dúbravska cesta 9 (Slovakia); Trattnig, Siegfried, E-mail: siegfried.trattnig@meduniwien.ac.at [MR Center of Excellence, Department of Radiology, Medical University Vienna, A-1090 Wien, Lazarettgasse 14 (Austria); Bogner, Wolfgang, E-mail: wolfgang@nmr.at [MR Center of Excellence, Department of Radiology, Medical University Vienna, A-1090 Wien, Lazarettgasse 14 (Austria)

    2013-05-15

    Phosphorous ({sup 31}P) magnetization transfer (MT) experiments enable the non-invasive investigation of human muscle metabolism in various physiological and pathological conditions. The purpose of our study was to investigate the feasibility of time-resolved MT, and to compare the results of MT experiments at 3 T and 7 T. Six healthy volunteers were examined on a 3 T and a 7 T MR scanner using the same setup and identical measurement protocols. In the calf muscle of all volunteers, four separate MT experiments (each ∼10 min duration) were performed in one session. The forward rate constant of the ATP synthesis reaction (k{sub ATP}) and creatine kinase reaction (k{sub CK}), as well as corresponding metabolic fluxes (F{sub ATP}, F{sub CK}), were estimated. A comparison of these exchange parameters, apparent T{sub 1}s, data quality, quantification precision, and reproducibility was performed. The data quality and reproducibility of the same MT experiments at 7 T was significantly higher (i.e., k{sub ATP} 2.7 times higher and k{sub CK} 3.4 times higher) than at 3 T (p < 0.05). The values for k{sub ATP} (p = 0.35) and k{sub CK} (p = 0.09) at both field strengths were indistinguishable. Even a single MT experiment at 7 T provided better data quality than did a 4 times-longer MT experiment at 3 T. The minimal time-resolution to reliably quantify both F{sub ATP} and F{sub CK} at 7 T was ∼6 min. Our results show that MT experiments at 7 T can be at least 4 times faster than 3 T MT experiments and still provide significantly better quantification. This enables time-resolved MT experiments for the observation of slow metabolic changes in the human calf muscle at 7 T.

  5. Time-resolved phosphorous magnetization transfer of the human calf muscle at 3 T and 7 T: A feasibility study

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    Phosphorous (31P) magnetization transfer (MT) experiments enable the non-invasive investigation of human muscle metabolism in various physiological and pathological conditions. The purpose of our study was to investigate the feasibility of time-resolved MT, and to compare the results of MT experiments at 3 T and 7 T. Six healthy volunteers were examined on a 3 T and a 7 T MR scanner using the same setup and identical measurement protocols. In the calf muscle of all volunteers, four separate MT experiments (each ∼10 min duration) were performed in one session. The forward rate constant of the ATP synthesis reaction (kATP) and creatine kinase reaction (kCK), as well as corresponding metabolic fluxes (FATP, FCK), were estimated. A comparison of these exchange parameters, apparent T1s, data quality, quantification precision, and reproducibility was performed. The data quality and reproducibility of the same MT experiments at 7 T was significantly higher (i.e., kATP 2.7 times higher and kCK 3.4 times higher) than at 3 T (p < 0.05). The values for kATP (p = 0.35) and kCK (p = 0.09) at both field strengths were indistinguishable. Even a single MT experiment at 7 T provided better data quality than did a 4 times-longer MT experiment at 3 T. The minimal time-resolution to reliably quantify both FATP and FCK at 7 T was ∼6 min. Our results show that MT experiments at 7 T can be at least 4 times faster than 3 T MT experiments and still provide significantly better quantification. This enables time-resolved MT experiments for the observation of slow metabolic changes in the human calf muscle at 7 T

  6. Cystic adventitial disease of the popliteal artery: features on 3T cardiovascular magnetic resonance

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    Gelabert Hugh

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Cystic adventitial disease (CAD of the popliteal artery is a rare vascular disease of unknown etiology in which a mucin-containing cyst develops in the adventitial layer of the artery. We report the case of a 26-year-old male with CAD of the right popliteal artery diagnosed non-invasively with 3 Tesla cardiovascular magnetic resonance and confirmed on post-operative histopathology.

  7. Cystic adventitial disease of the popliteal artery: features on 3T cardiovascular magnetic resonance

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    Gelabert Hugh; Finn J Paul; Lai Chi; Tomasian Anderanik; Krishnam Mayil S

    2008-01-01

    Abstract Cystic adventitial disease (CAD) of the popliteal artery is a rare vascular disease of unknown etiology in which a mucin-containing cyst develops in the adventitial layer of the artery. We report the case of a 26-year-old male with CAD of the right popliteal artery diagnosed non-invasively with 3 Tesla cardiovascular magnetic resonance and confirmed on post-operative histopathology.

  8. Dynamic contrast-enhanced 3-T magnetic resonance imaging: a method for quantifying disease activity in early polyarthritis

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    Navalho, Marcio [Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa, Rheumatology Research Unit, Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Lisbon (Portugal); Hospital da Luz, Radiology Department, Lisbon (Portugal); Hospital da Luz, Centro de Imagiologia, Lisbon (Portugal); Resende, Catarina [Hospital da Luz, Rheumatology Department, Lisbon (Portugal); Hospital de Santa Maria, Rheumatology Department, Centro Hospitalar de Lisboa Norte, EPE, Lisbon (Portugal); Rodrigues, Ana Maria; Fonseca, Joao Eurico; Canhao, Helena [Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa, Rheumatology Research Unit, Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Lisbon (Portugal); Hospital de Santa Maria, Rheumatology Department, Centro Hospitalar de Lisboa Norte, EPE, Lisbon (Portugal); Gaspar, Augusto [Hospital da Luz, Radiology Department, Lisbon (Portugal); Campos, Jorge [Hospital de Santa Maria, Radiology Department, Centro Hospitalar de Lisboa Norte, EPE, Lisbon (Portugal)

    2012-01-15

    To determine whether measurement of synovial enhancement and thickness quantification parameters with 3.0-Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (3-T MRI) can reliably quantify disease activity in patients with early polyarthritis. Eighteen patients (16 women, 2 men; mean age 46 years) with early polyarthritis with less than 12 months of symptoms were included. MRI examination using 3-T device was performed by a new approach including both wrists and hands simultaneously in the examination field-of-view. MRI scoring of disease activity included quantification of synovial enhancement with simple measurements such as rate of early enhancement (REE; REE{sub 57} = S{sub 57}/S{sub 200}, where S{sub 57} and S{sub 200} are the signal intensities 57 s and 200 s after gadolinium injection) and rate of relative enhancement (RE; RE = S{sub 200} - S{sub 0}). Both wrists and hands were scored according to the Rheumatoid Arthritis MRI Scoring System (RAMRIS) for synovitis. Disease activity was clinically assessed by the 28-joint Disease Activity Score (DAS28). DAS28 score was strongly correlated with RE (r = 0.8331, p < 0.0001), REE (r = 0.8112, p < 0.0001), and RAMRIS score for synovitis (r = 0.7659, p < 0.0002). An REE score above 0.778 accurately identified patients with clinically active disease (sensitivity 92%; specificity 67%; p < 0.05). A statistically significant difference was observed in the RE, REE, and RAMRIS scores for synovitis between patients with active and inactive disease (p < 0.05). Our findings support the use of 3-T dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI for precise quantification of disease activity and for discriminating active disease from inactive disease in early polyarthritis. (orig.)

  9. Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy of the Breast at 3T: Pre- and Post-Contrast Evaluation for Breast Lesion Characterization

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    E. Kousi

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To determine whether in vivo proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy at 3T can provide accurate breast lesion characterization, and to determine the effect of gadolinium on the resonance of tCho. Methods. Twenty-four positive-mammogram patients were examined on a 3T MR scanner. 1H-MRS was performed before and after gadolinium administration. tCho peak was qualitatively evaluated before and after contrast injection. Results. Fourteen out of 27 lesions proved to be malignant after histopathological diagnosis. Using 1H-MRS, before contrast injection, 6/14 confirmed malignancies and 11/13 benign lesions were correctly classified; while, after contrast injection, 11/14 confirmed malignancies and 12/13 benign processes were correctly classified. Post gadolinium 1H-MRS proved useful in picking up tCho signal, improving the overall accuracy, sensitivity, and specificity by 35%, 83%, and 9%, respectively. Conclusion. 1H-MRS overall accuracy, sensitivity, and specificity in detecting breast lesion’s malignancy were increased after gadolinium administration. It is prudent to perform 1H-MRS before contrast injection in large breast lesions to avoid choline underestimation. In cases of small or non-mass lesions, it is recommended to perform 1H-MRS after contrast injection for better voxel prescription to enable a reliable preoperative diagnosis.

  10. 3T magnetic resonance neurography of pudendal nerve with cadaveric dissection correlation

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    Chhabra, Avneesh; McKenna, Courtney A; Wadhwa, Vibhor; Thawait, Gaurav K; Carrino, John A; Lees, Gary P; Dellon, A Lee

    2016-01-01

    AIM To evaluate the pudendal nerve segments that could be identified on magnetic resonance neurography (MRN) before and after surgical marking of different nerve segments. METHODS The hypothesis for this study was that pudendal nerve and its branches would be more easily seen after the surgical nerve marking. Institutional board approval was obtained. One male and one female cadaver pelvis were obtained from the anatomy board and were scanned using 3 Tesla MRI scanner using MR neurography sequences. All possible pudendal nerve branches were identified. The cadavers were then sent to the autopsy lab and were surgically dissected by a peripheral nerve surgeon and an anatomist to identify the pudendal nerve branches. Radiological markers were placed along the course of the pudendal nerve and its branches. The cadavers were then closed and rescanned using the same MRN protocol as the pre-marking scan. The remaining pudendal nerve branches were attempted to be identified using the radiological markers. All scans were read by an experienced musculoskeletal radiologist. RESULTS The pre-marking MR Neurography scans clearly showed the pudendal nerve at its exit from the lumbosacral plexus in the sciatic notch, at the level of the ischial spine and in the Alcock’s Canal in both cadavers. Additionally, the right hemorrhoidal branch could be identified in the male pelvis cadaver. The perineal and distal genital branches could not be identified. On post-marking scans, the markers were used as identifiable structures. The location of the perineal branch, the hemorroidal branch and the dorsal nerve to penis (in male cadaver)/clitoris (in female cadaver) could be seen. However, the visualization of these branches was suboptimal. The contralateral corresponding nerves were poorly seen despite marking on the surgical side. The nerve was best seen on axial T1W and T2W SPAIR images. The proximal segment could be seen well on 3D DW PSIF sequence. T2W SPACE was not very useful in

  11. A 3 T magnetic field generator using melt-processed bulk superconductors as trapped field magnets and its applications

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    An intense magnetic field generator yielding 3.15 T in the open space between the magnetic poles has been constructed by using a pair of melt-processed bulk superconductors as trapped field magnets. The field was measured in a 2 mm gap between the magnetic poles set face-to-face after the pulsed-field magnetization 'IMRA' method. This field generator is composed of Sm-based 123 compounds, vacuum pumps, pulsed-field coils and GM refrigerators with compressors. The system can be used in various applications. We investigated, for instance, the application to a high gradient magnetic separation system. It was found that the alpha hematite fine particles mixed in the flowing water was completely removed by this technique which was operated in the field of 1.7 T in the gap of 20 mm

  12. 7 Tesla (T) human cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging using FLASH and SSFP to assess cardiac function: validation against 1.5 T and 3 T

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    Suttie, J. J.; DelaBarre, L; Pitcher, A.; van de Moortele, P. F.; Dass, S; Snyder, C. J.; Francis, J M; Metzger, G. J.; Weale, P.; Ugurbil, K; Neubauer, S.; Robson, M; Vaughan, T

    2011-01-01

    We report the first comparison of cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) at 1.5 T, 3 T and 7 T field strengths using steady state free precession (SSFP) and fast low angle shot (FLASH) cine sequences. Cardiac volumes and mass measurements were assessed for feasibility, reproducibility and validity at each given field strength using FLASH and SSFP sequences. Ten healthy volunteers underwent retrospectively electrocardiogram (ECG) gated CMR at 1.5 T, 3 T and 7 T using FLASH and SSFP se...

  13. Preoperative 3T high field blood oxygen level dependent functional magnetic resonance imaging for glioma involving sensory cortical areas

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    LI Shao-wu; WANG Jiang-fei; JIANG Tao; LI Shou-wei; ZHANG Wen-bo; LI Zi-xiao; ZHANG Zhong; DAI Jian-ping; WANG Zhong-cheng

    2010-01-01

    Background Localization of sensory cortical areas during the operation is essential to preserve the sensory function.Intraoperative direct electrostimulation under awake anesthesia is the golden standard but time-consuming. We applied 3T high field blood oxygen level-dependent (BOLD) functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to identify the relationship between glioma and cortical sensory areas preoperatively and to guide intraoperative direct electrostimulation for quick and precise localization.Methods Five glioma patients with sensory cortex involvement by or next to the lesion had preoperative BOLD fMRI to determine the spatial relationship of cortical sensory areas to the tumours. Bilateral hand opposite movement was performed by these patients for fMRI. Precentral and postcentral gyri were identified by electrical stimulation during the operation. Karnofsky Performance Status scores of the patients' pre- and postoperative and the role of BOLD fMRI were evaluated.Results The cortical sensory areas were all activated in five glioma patients involving postcentral gyrus areas by BOLDf MRI with bilateral hand opposite movement. The detected activation areas corresponded with the results from cortical electrical stimulation.Conclusions The relationship between cortical sensory areas and tumour can be accurately shown by BOLD fMRI before operation. And the information used to make the tumour resection could obtain good clinical results.

  14. VITRA miniatuurid Interas

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    2007-01-01

    Intera sisustussalongis Pärnu mnt. 160D 31. X-17. XI avatud näitusest "100 Miniatures from the Vitra Design Museum". Eksponeeritud miniatuursed koopiad klassikalistest toolidest, mis on loodud aastast 1850 kuni tänapäevani

  15. Magnetic properties of mixed valence La2/3Sr1/3Mn1−TO3 (T = Fe,Cr) manganites obtained by Pechini method

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    I Betancourt; A Morales-Hernández

    2013-05-01

    Polycrystalline manganites of composition La2/3Sr1/3Mn1−TO3 (T = Cr3+ or Fe3+, x = 0.0-0.10) were obtained by the Pechini method. Their magnetic properties exhibited a marked dependence on Fe/Cr content, with significant reduction of the magnetic moment per formula unit and their Curie temperatures. In addition, the magnetocaloric effect, determined by isothermal magnetization measurements, displayed a decreasing tendency with increasing Fe/Cr concentration. Results were interpreted on the basis of a deleterious effect on the double exchange interaction provoked by the presence of Fe3+ and Cr3+ ions within the crystal structure.

  16. Osteogenic differentiation of MC3T3-E1 cells on poly(L-lactide)/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanofibers with static magnetic field exposure

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    Cai, Qing [State Key Laboratory of Organic–inorganic Composites, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029 (China); Beijing Laboratory of Biomedical Materials, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029 (China); Shi, Yuzhou; Shan, Dingying; Jia, Wenkai; Duan, Shun [Beijing Laboratory of Biomedical Materials, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029 (China); Deng, Xuliang [Department of Geriatric Dentistry, Peking University School and Hospital of Stomatology, Beijing 100081 (China); Yang, Xiaoping, E-mail: yangxp@mail.buct.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Organic–inorganic Composites, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029 (China); Beijing Laboratory of Biomedical Materials, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029 (China)

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    Proliferation and differentiation of bone-related cells are modulated by many factors such as scaffold design, growth factor, dynamic culture system, and physical simulation. Nanofibrous structure and moderate-intensity (1 mT–1 T) static magnetic field (SMF) have been identified as capable of stimulating proliferation and differentiation of osteoblasts. Herein, magnetic nanofibers were prepared by electrospinning mixture solutions of poly(L-lactide) (PLLA) and ferromagnetic Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles (NPs). The PLLA/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} composite nanofibers demonstrated homogeneous dispersion of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} NPs, and their magnetism depended on the contents of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} NPs. SMF of 100 mT was applied in the culture of MC3T3-E1 osteoblasts on pure PLLA and PLLA/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} composite nanofibers for the purpose of studying the effect of SMF on osteogenic differentiation of osteoblastic cells on magnetic nanofibrous scaffolds. On non-magnetic PLLA nanofibers, the application of external SMF could enhance the proliferation and osteogenic differentiation of MC3T3-E1 cells. In comparison with pure PLLA nanofibers, the incorporation of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} NPs could also promote the proliferation and osteogenic differentiation of MC3T3-E1 cells in the absence or presence of external SMF. The marriage of magnetic nanofibers and external SMF was found most effective in accelerating every aspect of biological behaviors of MC3T3-E1 osteoblasts. The findings demonstrated that the magnetic feature of substrate and microenvironment were applicable ways in regulating osteogenesis in bone tissue engineering. - Highlights: • Magnetic nanofibers containing well-dispersed Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles were produced. • Static magnetic field (SMF) was applied to perform the culture of osteoblasts. • Osteogenic differentiation was enhanced on magnetic substrate with exposure to SMF.

  17. Cell volume increase in murine MC3T3-E1 pre-osteoblasts attaching onto biocompatible Tantalum observed by magnetic AC mode Atomic Force Microscopy

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    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available Magnetic AC mode (MACmode atomic force microscopy (AFM was used to study murine (mouse MC3T3-E1 preosteoblastic cells attached to biocompatible tantalum substrates. Cell volumes of attached cells derived from AFM images were compared to volumes of detached cells in suspension measured by the Coulter sizing technique. An increase of similar 50 % in cell volume was observed when the cells attached to planar tantalum substrates and developed a flattened structure including lamellipodia. We address thoroughly the issues general to the AFM determination of absolute cell volumes, and compare our magnetic AC mode AFM measurements to hitherto reported cell volume determinations by contact mode AFM.

  18. Deltoid ligament and tibiofibular syndesmosis injury in chronic lateral ankle instability: Magnetic resonance imaging evaluation at 3T and comparison with arthroscopy

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    To evaluate the prevalence of deltoid ligament and distal tibiofibular syndesmosis injury on 3T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in patients with chronic lateral ankle instability (CLAI). Fifty patients (mean age, 35 years) who had undergone preoperative 3T MRI and surgical treatment for CLAI were enrolled. The prevalence of deltoid ligament and syndesmosis injury were assessed. The complexity of lateral collateral ligament complex (LCLC) injury was correlated with prevalence of deltoid or syndesmosis injuries. The diagnostic accuracy of ankle ligament imaging at 3T MRI was analyzed using arthroscopy as a reference standard. On MRI, deltoid ligament injury was identified in 18 (36%) patients as follows: superficial ligament alone, 9 (50%); deep ligament alone 2 (11%); and both ligaments 7 (39%). Syndesmosis abnormality was found in 21 (42%) patients as follows: anterior inferior tibiofibular ligament (AITFL) alone, 19 (90%); and AITFL and interosseous ligament, 2 (10%). There was no correlation between LCLC injury complexity and the prevalence of an accompanying deltoid or syndesmosis injury on both MRI and arthroscopic findings. MRI sensitivity and specificity for detection of deltoid ligament injury were 84% and 93.5%, and those for detection of syndesmosis injury were 91% and 100%, respectively. Deltoid ligament or syndesmosis injuries were common in patients undergoing surgery for CLAI, regardless of the LCLC injury complexity. 3T MRI is helpful for the detection of all types of ankle ligament injury. Therefore, careful interpretation of pre-operative MRI is essential

  19. Deltoid ligament and tibiofibular syndesmosis injury in chronic lateral ankle instability: Magnetic resonance imaging evaluation at 3T and comparison with arthroscopy

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    Chun, Ka Young; Choi, Yun Sun; Lee, Seok Hoon; Kim, Jin Su; Young, Ki Won; Jeong, Min Sun; Kim, Dae Jung [Eulji Hospital, Eulji University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-10-15

    To evaluate the prevalence of deltoid ligament and distal tibiofibular syndesmosis injury on 3T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in patients with chronic lateral ankle instability (CLAI). Fifty patients (mean age, 35 years) who had undergone preoperative 3T MRI and surgical treatment for CLAI were enrolled. The prevalence of deltoid ligament and syndesmosis injury were assessed. The complexity of lateral collateral ligament complex (LCLC) injury was correlated with prevalence of deltoid or syndesmosis injuries. The diagnostic accuracy of ankle ligament imaging at 3T MRI was analyzed using arthroscopy as a reference standard. On MRI, deltoid ligament injury was identified in 18 (36%) patients as follows: superficial ligament alone, 9 (50%); deep ligament alone 2 (11%); and both ligaments 7 (39%). Syndesmosis abnormality was found in 21 (42%) patients as follows: anterior inferior tibiofibular ligament (AITFL) alone, 19 (90%); and AITFL and interosseous ligament, 2 (10%). There was no correlation between LCLC injury complexity and the prevalence of an accompanying deltoid or syndesmosis injury on both MRI and arthroscopic findings. MRI sensitivity and specificity for detection of deltoid ligament injury were 84% and 93.5%, and those for detection of syndesmosis injury were 91% and 100%, respectively. Deltoid ligament or syndesmosis injuries were common in patients undergoing surgery for CLAI, regardless of the LCLC injury complexity. 3T MRI is helpful for the detection of all types of ankle ligament injury. Therefore, careful interpretation of pre-operative MRI is essential.

  20. Efficacy of magnetic resonance imaging at 3 T compared with 1.5 T in small pituitary tumors for stereotactic radiosurgery planning

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    The objective of this study was to determine the value of high-field magnetic resonance imaging and to clarify the characteristics of each image among three-dimensional gradient echo (3D-GRE), two-dimensional spin echo (2D-SE) and inversion recovery (2D-IR) sequences used as contrast-enhanced T1-weighted images for stereotactic irradiation treatment planning of sellar lesions. Pulse sequences of 2D-SE and 3D-spoiled gradient recalled acquisition in the steady state (3D-SPGR) using GRE at 1.5 T and 2D-IR and 3D-fast SPGR (3D-FSPGR) at 3 T after injection of contrast material were acquired for 14 small pituitary tumors. As quantitative methods, signal-to-noise ratios (SNR) and contrast-to-noise ratios (CNR) were evaluated using a region-of-interest analysis. There was no significant difference in SNR between 1.5-T SPGR and 3-T FSPGR, while 3-T IR was superior to 1.5-T SE. The 2D-SE and -IR provided significantly better CNR than 3D-GRE between tumor and normal structures. Three Tesla was found to be superior to 1.5 T in distinguishing tumors from the normal sellar structure. Optimal dose planning will utilize each advantage of imaging; 3D-GRE allows high-resolution acquisition and 2D-SE and -IR can offer better tissue contrast. (author)

  1. Repair of distal biceps brachii tendon assessed with 3-T magnetic resonance imaging and correlation with functional outcome

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    Alemann, Guillaume; Dietsch, Emmanuel [University Hospital of Besancon, Department of Musculoskeletal Imaging, Besancon (France); Gallinet, David; Obert, Laurent [University Hospital of Besancon, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Besancon (France); Kastler, Bruno; Aubry, Sebastien [University Hospital of Besancon, Department of Musculoskeletal Imaging, Besancon (France); Franche Comte University, I4S Laboratory-EA 4268-IFR 133, Besancon (France)

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    Objectives were to study the MRI appearance of the repaired distal biceps tendon (DBT), anatomically reinserted, and to search for a correlation between tendon measurements and functional results. Twenty-five patients (mean age, 49 ± 4.9 years old) who benefited from 3-T MRI follow-up of the elbow after surgical reinsertion of the DBT were retrospectively included and compared to a control group (n = 25; mean age, 48 ± 10 years old). MRI was performed during the month of clinical follow-up and on average 22 months after surgery. Delayed complications (secondary avulsion, new rupture), intratendinous osteoma, tendinous signal on T1-weighted (T1{sub w}) and fat-suppressed proton density-weighted (FS-PD{sub w}) images as well as DBT measurements were recorded. The maximum isometric elbow flexion strength (MEFS) and range of motion of the elbow were assessed. Repaired DBT demonstrated a heterogeneous but normally fibrillar structure. Its low T1{sub w} signal was less pronounced than that of normal tendons, and the FS-PD{sub W} image signal was similar to that of T1{sub w} images. MRI detected seven osteomas (Se = 53 % vs. plain radiography), one textiloma and one secondary avulsion. Repaired DBT measurements were significantly correlated with MEFS (dominant arm R2: 0.38; nondominant arm R2: 0.54); this correlation involved the insertion surface (Δ = -75.7 mm{sup 2}, p = 0.046), transverse diameter (Δ = -2.6 mm, p = 0.018), anteroposterior diameter at the level of the radial head (Δ = -3.9 mm, p = 0.001) and DBT cross-sectional area (Δ = -50.2 mm{sup 2}, p = 0.003). The quality of functional outcome after anatomical elbow rehabilitation of DBT correlates with the extent of tendinous hypertrophy during the healing process. (orig.)

  2. Magnetic resonance-guided upper abdominal biopsies in a high-field wide-bore 3-T MRI system: feasibility, handling, and needle artefacts

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    Kuehn, Jens-Peter; Langner, Soenke; Hegenscheid, Katrin; Hosten, Norbert; Puls, Ralf [Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald, Department of Radiology, Greifswald (Germany); Evert, Matthias [Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald, Department of Pathology, Greifswald (Germany); Kickhefel, Antje [Siemens Healthcare, Erlangen (Germany)

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    To investigate the feasibility and handling of abdominal MRI-guided biopsies in a 3-T MRI system. Over a 1-year period, 50 biopsies were obtained in 47 patients with tumours of the upper abdominal organs guided by 3-T MRI with a large-bore diameter of 70 cm. Lesions in liver (47), spleen (1) and kidney (2) were biopsied with a coaxial technique using a 16-G biopsy needle guided by a T1-weighted three-dimensional gradient recalled echo volumetric interpolated breath-hold examination (T1w-3D-GRE-VIBE) sequence. Sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, complication rate, interventional complexity, room/intervention time and needle artefacts were determined. A sensitivity of 0.93, specificity of 1.0 and accuracy of 0.94 were observed. Three patients required a rebiopsy. There was a minor complications rate of 13.6%, and no major complications were observed. Histopathology revealed 38 malignant lesions, and 3-month follow-up confirmed 9 benign lesions. Mean lesion diameter was 3.4 {+-} 3.1 cm (50% being smaller than 2 cm). Mean needle tract length was 10.8 {+-} 3.3 cm. Median room time was 42.0 {+-} 19.8 min and intervention time 9.3 {+-} 8.1 min. Needle artefact size was about 9-fold greater for perpendicular access versus access parallel to the main magnetic field. Biopsies of the upper abdomen can be performed with great technical success and easy handling because of the large-bore diameter. The MRI-guided biopsy needle had an acceptable susceptibility artefact at 3 T. However future research must aim to reduce the susceptibility effects of the biopsy systems. (orig.)

  3. Three-dimensional regional strain analysis in porcine myocardial infarction: a 3T magnetic resonance tagging study

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    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Previous studies of mechanical strain anomalies in myocardial infarction (MI have been largely limited to analysis of one-dimensional (1D and two-dimensional (2D strain parameters. Advances in cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR methods now permit a complete three-dimensional (3D interrogation of myocardial regional strain. The aim of this study was to investigate the incremental value of CMR-based 3D strain and to test the hypothesis that 3D strain is superior to 1D or 2D strain analysis in the assessment of viability using a porcine model of infarction. Methods Infarction was induced surgically in 20 farm pigs. Cine, late gadolinium enhancement, and CMR tagging images were acquired at 11 days before (baseline, and 11 days (early and 1 month (late after induction of infarct. Harmonic phase analysis was performed to measure circumferential, longitudinal, and radial strains in myocardial segments, which were defined based on the transmurality of delayed enhancement. Univariate, bivariate, and multivariate logistic regression models of strain parameters were created and analyzed to compare the overall diagnostic accuracy of 3D strain analysis with 1D and 2D analyses in identifying the infarct and its adjacent regions from healthy myocardium. Results 3D strain differed significantly in infarct, adjacent, and remote segments (p  Conclusions Cumulative 3D strain information accurately identifies infarcts and their neighboring regions from healthy myocardium. The 3D interrogation of myocardial contractility provides incremental diagnostic accuracy in delineating the dysfunctional and nonviable myocardium in comparison with 1D or 2D quantification of strain. The infarct neighboring regions are the major beneficiaries of the 3D assessment of regional strain.

  4. Magnetic resonance diffusion tensor imaging (MRDTI) of the optic nerve and optic radiations at 3T in children with neurofibromatosis type I (NF-1)

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    Filippi, Christopher G.; Nickerson, Joshua P. [University of Vermont School of Medicine-FAHC, Department of Radiology, Burlington, VT (United States); Bos, Aaron [University of Vermont School of Medicine, Burlington, VT (United States); Salmela, Michael B. [University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Minneapolis, MN (United States); Koski, Chris J. [James Madison University, Department of Political Sciences, Harrisonburg, VA (United States); Cauley, Keith A. [University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Worcester, MA (United States)

    2012-02-15

    Optic pathway glioma (OPG) is a characteristic hallmark of neurofibromatosis type I (NF-I). To evaluate the feasibility of magnetic resonance diffusion tensor imaging (MRDTI) at 3T to detect abnormalities of the optic nerves and optic radiations in children with NF-I. 3-T MRDTI was prospectively performed in 9 children with NF-I (7 boys, 2 girls, average age 7.8 years, range 3-17 years) and 44 controls (25 boys, 19 girls, average age 8.1 years, range 3-17 years). Fractional anisotropy (FA) and mean diffusivity were determined by region-of-interest analysis for the optic nerves and radiations. Statistical analysis compared controls to NF-I patients. Two NF-I patients had bilateral optic nerve gliomas, three had chiasmatic gliomas and four had unidentified neurofibromatosis objects (UNOs) along the optic nerve pathways. All NF-I patients had statistically significant decreases in FA and elevations in mean diffusivity in the optic nerves and radiations compared to age-matched controls. MRDTI can evaluate the optic pathways in children with NF-I. Statistically significant abnormalities were detected in the diffusion tensor metrics of the optic nerves and radiations in children with NF-I compared to age-matched controls. (orig.)

  5. Three-dimensional delayed gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging of hip joint cartilage at 3 T: A prospective controlled study

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    Zilkens, Christoph, E-mail: christoph.zilkens@med.uni-duesseldorf.de [Univ. Dusseldorf, Medical Faculty, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Moorenstrasse 5, D-40225 Dusseldorf (Germany); Miese, Falk, E-mail: falk.miese@med.uni-duesseldorf.de [Univ. Dusseldorf, Medical Faculty, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Moorenstrasse 5, D-40225 Dusseldorf (Germany); Kim, Young-Jo, E-mail: young-jo.kim@childrens.harvard.edu [Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, The Children' s Hospital Boston, 300 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02115 (United States); Hosalkar, Harish, E-mail: hhosalkar@rchsd.org [Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Rady Children' s Hospital San Diego, 3030 Childrens Way Ste 410, San Diego, CA 92123 (United States); Antoch, Gerald, E-mail: antoch@med.uni-duesseldorf.de [Univ. Dusseldorf, Medical Faculty, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Moorenstrasse 5, D-40225 Dusseldorf (Germany); Krauspe, Ruediger, E-mail: krauspe@med.uni-duesseldorf.de [Univ. Dusseldorf, Medical Faculty, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Moorenstrasse 5, D-40225 Dusseldorf (Germany); Bittersohl, Bernd, E-mail: bbittersohl@partners.org [Univ. Dusseldorf, Medical Faculty, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Moorenstrasse 5, D-40225 Dusseldorf (Germany)

    2012-11-15

    Purpose: To assess acetabular and femoral hip joint cartilage with three-dimensional (3D) delayed gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (dGEMRIC) in patients with degeneration of hip joint cartilage and asymptomatic controls with morphologically normal appearing cartilage. Methods and materials: A total of 40 symptomatic patients (18 males, 22 females; mean age: 32.8 {+-} 10.2 years, range: 18-57 years) with different hip joint deformities including femoroacetabular impingement (n = 35), residual hip dysplasia (n = 3) and coxa magna due to Legg-Calve-Perthes disease in childhood (n = 2) underwent high-resolution 3D dGEMRIC for the evaluation of acetabular and femoral hip joint cartilage. Thirty-one asymptomatic healthy volunteers (12 males, 19 females; mean age: 24.5 {+-} 1.8 years, range: 21-29 years) without underlying hip deformities were included as control. MRI was performed at 3 T using a body matrix phased array coil. Region of interest (ROI) analyses for T1{sub Gd} assessment was performed in seven regions in the hip joint, including anterior to superior and posterior regions. Results: T1{sub Gd} mapping demonstrated the typical pattern of acetabular cartilage consistent with a higher glycosaminoglycan (GAG) content in the main weight-bearing area. T1{sub Gd} values were significantly higher in the control group than in the patient group whereas significant differences in T1{sub Gd} values corresponding to the amount of cartilage damage were noted both in the patient group and in the control group. Conclusions: Our study demonstrates the potential of high-resolution 3D dGEMRIC at 3 T for separate acetabular and femoral hip joint cartilage assessment in various forms of hip joint deformities.

  6. Age determination of vessel wall hematoma in spontaneous cervical artery dissection: A multi-sequence 3T Cardiovascular Magnetic resonance study

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    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Previously proposed classifications for carotid plaque and cerebral parenchymal hemorrhages are used to estimate the age of hematoma according to its signal intensities on T1w and T2w MR images. Using these classifications, we systematically investigated the value of cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR in determining the age of vessel wall hematoma (VWH in patients with spontaneous cervical artery dissection (sCAD. Methods 35 consecutive patients (mean age 43.6 ± 9.8 years with sCAD received a cervical multi-sequence 3T CMR with fat-saturated black-blood T1w-, T2w- and TOF images. Age of sCAD was defined as time between onset of symptoms (stroke, TIA or Horner's syndrome and the CMR scan. VWH were categorized into hyperacute, acute, early subacute, late subacute and chronic based on their signal intensities on T1w- and T2w images. Results The mean age of sCAD was 2.0, 5.8, 15.7 and 58.7 days in patients with acute, early subacute, late subacute and chronic VWH as classified by CMR (p Conclusions Signal intensities of VWH in sCAD vary over time and multi-sequence CMR can help to determine the age of an arterial dissection. Furthermore, findings of this study suggest that the time course of carotid hematomas differs from that of cerebral hematomas.

  7. Preliminary observation of dynamic changes in alcohol concentration in the human brain with proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy on a 3T MR instrument

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    Our purposes were to establish suitable conditions for proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) to measure dynamic changes in alcohol concentration in the human brain, to evaluate these changes, and to compare the findings with data from analysis of breath vapor and blood samples. We evaluated 4 healthy volunteers (mean age 26.5 years; 3 males, one female) with no neurological findings. All studies were performed with 3-tesla clinical equipment using an 8-channel head coil. We applied our modified single-voxel point-resolved spectroscopy (PRESS) sequence. Continuous measurements of MRS, breath vapor, and blood samples were conducted before and after the subjects drank alcohol with a light meal. The obtained spectra were quantified by LCModel Ver. 6.1, and the accuracy of the MRS measurements was estimated using the estimated standard deviation expressed in percentage (% standard deviation (SD)) as a criterion. Alcohol peaks after drinking were clearly detected at 1.2 ppm for all durations of measurement. Good correlations between breath vapor or blood sample and MRS were found by sub-minute MRS measurement. The continuous measurement showed time-dependent changes in alcohol in the brain and various patterns that differed among subjects. The clinical 3 T equipment enables direct evaluation of sub-minute changes in alcohol metabolism in the human brain. (author)

  8. Magnetization transfer in human achilles tendon assessed by a 3D ultrashort echo time sequence. Quantitative examinations in healthy volunteers at 3T

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    Syha, R.; Grosse, U.; Springer, F. [Tuebingen Univ. (Germany). Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology; Tuebingen Univ. (Germany). Section on Experimental Radiology; Martirosian, P.; Schick, F. [Tuebingen Univ. (Germany). Section on Experimental Radiology; Ketelsen, D.; Claussen, C.D. [Tuebingen Univ. (Germany). Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology

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    Magnetization transfer contrast (MTC) imaging provides insight into interactions between free and bounded water. Newly developed ultrashort echo time (UTE) sequences implemented on whole-body magnetic resonance (MR) scanners allow MTC imaging in tissues with extremely fast signal decay such as tendons. The aim of this study was to develop a technique for the quantification of the MT effect in healthy Achilles tendons in-vivo at 3 Tesla. 16 normal tendons of volunteers with no history of tendinopathy were examined using a 3D-UTE sequence with a rectangular on-resonant excitation pulse and a Fermi-shaped off-resonant MT preparation pulse. The frequency of the MT pulse was varied from 1 to 5 kHz. MT effects were calculated in terms of the MT ratio (MTR) between measurements without and with MT preparation. Direct saturation effects of MT preparation on the signal intensity were evaluated using numerical simulation of Bloch equations. One patient with tendinopathy was examined to exemplarily show changes of MTR under pathologic conditions. Calculation of MTR data was feasible in all examined tendons and showed a decrease from 0.53 {+-} 0.05 to 0.25 {+-} 0.03 (1 kHz to 5 kHz) for healthy volunteers. Evaluation of variation with gender and dominance of ankle revealed no significant differences (p > 0.05). In contrast, the patient with confirmed tendinopathy showed MTR values between 0.36 (1 kHz) and 0.19 (5 kHz). MT effects in human Achilles tendons can be reliably assessed in-vivo using a 3D UTE sequence at 3 T. All healthy tendons showed similar MTR values (coefficient of variation 10.0 {+-} 1.2 %). The examined patient showed a clearly different MT effect revealing a changed microstructure in the case of tendinopathy. (orig.)

  9. Differential diagnosis of metastasis from non-metastatic lymph nodes in cervical cancers: pilot study of diffusion weighted imaging with background suppression at 3T magnetic resonance

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    YU Shen-ping; HE Li; LIU Bo; ZHUANG Xiao-zhao; LIU Ming-juan; HU Xiao-shu

    2010-01-01

    Background Diffusion weighted imaging with background suppression (DWIBS) is potentially useful in detecting metastatic lymph nodes. This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of DWIBS at 3T magnetic resonance (MR) for diagnosing metastatic lymph nodes in cervical cancer.Methods This retrospective study included 25 patients with cervical cancer who underwent MR examination and were treated by hysterectomy and lymphadenectomy. The metastatic and non-metastatic lymph nodes were histologically proven by operation. Apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values, long-axis diameters, short-axis diameters, ratio of short- to long-axis diameters of all the identifiable lymph nodes were measured and compared.Results Twenty-five primary tumor lesions, 17 metastatic lymph nodes and 140 non-metastatic lymph nodes were pathologically confirmed in 25 cases with cervical cancer. The difference of ADC values between primary tumor lesions,metastatic and non-metastatic lymph nodes were statistically significant (F=7.93, P=0.001). There was no statistically significant difference between primary tumor lesions of cervical cancer and metastatic lymph nodes (t=-0.75, P=-0.456),and the difference between primary tumor lesions and non-metastatic lymph nodes was statistically significant (t =4.68, P<0.001). The ADC values, long-axis diameters, short-axis diameters, ratio of short- to long-axis diameters of metastatic and non-metastatic lymph nodes were (0.86±0.36)×10-3 mm2/s vs. (1.12±0.34)×10-3 mm2/s, (1.51±0.41) cm vs.(1.19±0.36) cm, (1.16±0.35) cm vs. (0.77±0.22) cm, 0.78±0.17 vs. 0.68±0.19 respectively, and statistically significant difference existed between two groups.Conclusions DWIBS at 3T MR has the distinct advantages in detecting pelvic lymph nodes of cervical cancer.Quantitative measurement of ADC values could reflect the degree of restriction of diffusion of metastatic and non-metastatic lymph nodes. The combination of size and ADC value would be useful in the

  10. A trapped magnetic field of 3 T in homogeneous, bulk MgB2 superconductors fabricated by a modified precursor infiltration and growth process

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    Bhagurkar, A. G.; Yamamoto, A.; Anguilano, L.; Dennis, A. R.; Durrell, J. H.; Babu, N. Hari; Cardwell, D. A.

    2016-03-01

    The wetting of boron with liquid magnesium is a critical factor in the synthesis of MgB2 bulk superconductors by the infiltration and growth (IG) process. Poor wetting characteristics can therefore result potentially in non-uniform infiltration, formation of defects in the final sample structure and poor structural homogeneity throughout the bulk material. Here we report the fabrication of near-net-shaped MgB2 bulk superconductors by a modified precursor infiltration and growth (MPIG) technique. A homogeneous bulk microstructure has subsequently been achieved via the uniform infiltration of Mg liquid by enriching pre-reacted MgB2 powder within the green precursor pellet as a wetting enhancer, leading to relatively little variation in superconducting properties across the entire bulk sample. Almost identical values of trapped magnetic field of 2.12 T have been measured at 5 K at both the top and bottom surfaces of a sample fabricated by the MPIG process, confirming the uniformity of the bulk microstructure. A maximum trapped field of 3 T has been measured at 5 K at the centre of a stack of two bulk MgB2 samples fabricated using this technique. A steady rise in trapped field was observed for this material with decreasing temperature down to 5 K without the occurrence of flux avalanches and with a relatively low field decay rate (1.5%/d). These properties are attributed to the presence of a fine distribution of residual Mg within the bulk microstructure generated by the MPIG processing technique.

  11. MO-G-18C-07: Improving T2 Determination and Quantification of Lipid Methylene Protons in Proton Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy at 3 T

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    Breitkreutz, D. [of Oncology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB (Canada); Fallone, B. G.; Yahya, A. [of Oncology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB (Canada); Department of Medical Physics, Cross Cancer Institute, Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    2014-06-15

    Purpose: To improve proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) transverse relaxation (T{sub 2}) determination and quantification of lipid methylene chain (1.3 ppm) protons by rewinding their J-coupling evolution. Methods: MRS experiments were performed on four lipid phantoms, namely, almond, corn, sunflower and oleic acid, using a 3 T Philips MRI scanner with a transmit/receive birdcage head coil. Two PRESS (Point RESolved Spectroscopy) pulse sequences were used. The first PRESS sequence employed standard bandwidth (BW) (∼550 Hz) RF (radiofrequency) refocussing pulses, while the second used refocussing pulses of narrow BW (∼50 Hz) designed to rewind J-coupling evolution of the methylene protons in the voxel of interest. Signal was acquired with each sequence from a 5×5×5 mm{sup 3} voxel, with a repetition time (TR) of 3000 ms, and with echo times (TE) of 100 to 200 ms in steps of 20 ms. 2048 sample points were measured with a 2000 Hz sampling bandwidth. Additionally, 30 mm outer volume suppression slabs were used to suppress signal outside the voxel of interest. The frequency of the RF pulses was set to that of the methylene resonance. Methylene peak areas were calculated and fitted in MATLAB to a monexponentially decaying function of the form M{sub 0}exp(-TE/T{sub 2}), where M{sub 0} is the extrapolated area when TE = 0 ms and yields a measure of concentration. Results: The determined values of M{sub 0} and T{sub 2} increased for all fatty acids when using the PRESS sequence with narrow BW refocussing pulses. M{sub 0} and T{sub 2} values increased by an average amount (over all the phantoms) of 31% and 14%, respectively. Conclusion: This investigation has demonstrated that J-coupling interactions of lipid methylene protons causes non-negligible signal losses which, if not accounted for, Result in underestimations of their levels and T{sub 2} values when performing MRS measurements. Funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

  12. Quantitative circumferential strain analysis using adenosine triphosphate-stress/rest 3-T tagged magnetic resonance to evaluate regional contractile dysfunction in ischemic heart disease

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    Nakamura, Masashi, E-mail: m.nakamura1230@gmail.com [Department of Radiology, Ehime University Graduate School of Medicine, Shitsukawa, Toon-city, Ehime 791-0295 (Japan); Kido, Tomoyuki [Department of Radiology, Saiseikai Matsuyama Hospital, Ehime 791-0295 (Japan); Kido, Teruhito; Tanabe, Yuki; Matsuda, Takuya; Nishiyama, Yoshiko; Miyagawa, Masao; Mochizuki, Teruhito [Department of Radiology, Ehime University Graduate School of Medicine, Shitsukawa, Toon-city, Ehime 791-0295 (Japan)

    2015-08-15

    Highlights: • Infarcted segments could be differentiated from non-ischemic and ischemic segments with high sensitivity and specificity under at rest conditions. • The time-to-peak circumferential strain values in infarcted segments were more significantly delayed than those in non-ischemic and ischemic segments. • Both circumferential strain and circumferential systolic strain rate values under ATP-stress conditions were significantly lower in ischemic segments than in non-ischemic segments. • Subtracting stress and rest circumferential strain had a higher diagnostic capability for ischemia relative to only utilizing rest or ATP-stress circumferential strain values. • A circumferential strain analysis using tagged MR can quantitatively assess contractile dysfunction in ischemic and infarcted myocardium. - Abstract: Purpose: We evaluated whether a quantitative circumferential strain (CS) analysis using adenosine triphosphate (ATP)-stress/rest 3-T tagged magnetic resonance (MR) imaging can depict myocardial ischemia as contractile dysfunction during stress in patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD). We evaluated whether it can differentiate between non-ischemia, myocardial ischemia, and infarction. We assessed its diagnostic performance in comparison with ATP-stress myocardial perfusion MR and late gadolinium enhancement (LGE)-MR imaging. Methods: In 38 patients suspected of having CAD, myocardial segments were categorized as non-ischemic (n = 485), ischemic (n = 74), or infarcted (n = 49) from the results of perfusion MR and LGE-MR. The peak negative CS value, peak circumferential systolic strain rate (CSR), and time-to-peak CS were measured in 16 segments. Results: A cutoff value of −12.0% for CS at rest allowed differentiation between infarcted and other segments with a sensitivity of 79%, specificity of 76%, accuracy of 76%, and an area under the curve (AUC) of 0.81. Additionally, a cutoff value of 477.3 ms for time-to-peak CS at rest

  13. Window frame or ''superferric'' magnet design for low B(< 3T) heavy ion storage ring study

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    Danby, G.; DeVito, B.; Jackson, J.; Keohane, G.; Lee, Y.; Phillips, R.; Plate, S.; Repeta, L.; Skaritka, J.; Smith, L.

    1985-10-01

    Double magnets share common laminations without magnetic coupling. Single layer coils of rectangular conductor are dry wound on extruded bore tubes. Magnet construction requires no molding or prestress. Absence of superconducting (SC) magnetization fields in the aperture results in very large dynamic range. The coil is wound continuously across the midplane to give unusually large dynamic aperture. Above about2.2 T saturation is corrected by simple sextupole windings with no inductive coupling to the dipole. Ultrastable design requires no internal quench protection. A quadrupole pair of novel design gives excellent field quality to B > 2 T without corrections, with no SC magnetization. Experience shows magnets are accurate enough for the assembly to take place at its final location. No training is required. Test procedures (measurements with search coils or with the beam) and cooldown properties are discussed.

  14. Window frame or ''superferric'' magnet design for low B(<3T) heavy ion storage ring study

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    Danby, G.; DeVito, B.; Jackson, J.; Keohane, G., Lee, Y.; Phillips, R.; Plate, S.; Repata, L.; Skaritka, J.; Smith, L.

    1985-01-01

    Double magnets share common laminations without magnetic coupling. Single layer coils of rectangular conductor are dry wound on extruded bore tubes. Magnet construction requires no molding or prestress. Absence of superconducting (SC) magnetization fields in the aperture results in very large dynamic range. The coil is wound continuously across the modplane to give unusually large dynamic aperture. Above approx.2.2 T saturation is corrected by simple sextupole windings with no inductive coupling to the dipole. Ultrastable design requires no internal quench protection. A quadrupole pair of novel design gives excellent field quality to B > 2 T without corrections, with no SC magnetization. Experience shows magnets are accurate enough for the assembly to take place at its final location. No training is required. Test procedures (measurements with search coils or with the beam) and cooldown properties are discussed. 2 refs., 8 figs., 1 tab.

  15. Scaffold-free formation of a millimeter-scale multicellular spheroid with an internal cavity from magnetically levitated 3T3 cells that ingested iron oxide-containing microspheres.

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    Lee, Joon Ho; Hur, Won

    2014-05-01

    This report describes fabrication of a millimeter-scale three-dimensional (3D) multicellular structure with a central cavity based on magnetic levitation of 3T3 cells that had ingested Fe3 O4 -containing microcapsules. Magnetically levitated cells initially formed a disc-shaped cell cluster at the air-medium interface and transformed into a spheroid (up to 2.8 mm in diameter) after 10-day incubation under a magnet. Hematoxylin-and-eosin-stained section revealed that an eosinophilic shell of cells enclosed a pale-staining core of the spheroid. Mitotic or elongated and aligned cells were found at the outer periphery of the shell, while Fe3 O4 deposits were distributed in the inner part of the shell. Surgical dissection indicated that the spheroid had a hollow interior filled with a fluid-state cell suspension. Accordingly, it was demonstrated that magnetically levitated 3T3 cells organized themselves into a tissue-like spheroid, resulting in core cell death. The spheroid can be used as a 3D tissue model and as building blocks that fused to form a more complicated structure. PMID:24254251

  16. Event-related dynamics of glutamate and BOLD effects measured using functional magnetic resonance spectroscopy (fMRS) at 3T in a repetition suppression paradigm.

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    Apšvalka, Dace; Gadie, Andrew; Clemence, Matthew; Mullins, Paul G

    2015-09-01

    Proton MR spectroscopy ((1)H-MRS) complements other brain research methods by providing measures of neurometabolites noninvasively in a localized brain area. Improvements in MR scanner technologies, and data acquisition and analysis methods should allow functional (1)H-MRS (fMRS) to measure neurometabolite concentration changes during task-induced brain activation. The aim of the current study was to further develop event-related fMRS at 3T to investigate glutamate dynamics in response to repetition suppression. A secondary aim was to investigate the relationship between blood-oxygen-level-dependent (BOLD) responses and glutamate dynamics in the same paradigm at the same time. A novel approach of interleaved water-suppressed (metabolite) and unsuppressed (water) fMRS was used to simultaneously detect the event-related dynamics of glutamate and BOLD signal to repetition suppression in the lateral occipital cortex of thirteen (N=13) volunteers. On average, (1)H-MRS-visible glutamate increased after novel visual stimuli presentations by 12% and decreased by 11-13% on repeated compared to novel presentations. The BOLD signal, as measured by water peak amplitude changes, showed significant difference between Task and Rest trials, and, on a GLM based analysis of the time series, demonstrated a significant difference between the novel and repeated trials, however appeared to be decoupled from the glutamate response as no correlation was found between the two. These results are the first demonstration that reductions in neuronal activity typical of repetition suppression effects are reflected by reduced glutamatergic and BOLD measures, that glutamate and BOLD responses may not be coupled as previously thought, and that these changes and relationships can be measured simultaneously using event-related fMRS at 3T. PMID:26072254

  17. Role of 3T multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging without endorectal coil in the detection of local recurrent prostate cancer after radical prostatectomy: the radiation oncology point of view

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    Couñago, Felipe; Cerro, Elia del; Díaz, Ana Aurora; Marcos, Francisco José; Cerezo, Laura; Maldonado, Antonio; Thuissard Vasallo, Israel John; Rodríguez Martín, José Luis

    2015-01-01

    The aims of this study were to evaluate the role of 3 tesla multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging (3TmMRI) without endorectal coil in the detection of radiographic local recurrences (rLRs) in a contemporary cohort of patients with prostate cancer who presented with biochemical recurrence after radical prostatectomy (RP) with low prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels, and to identify clinical parameters associated with the 3TmMRI findings.

  18. Magnetic resonance direct thrombus imaging at 3 T field strength in patients with lower limb deep vein thrombosis: a feasibility study

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    AIM: To investigate the feasibility of imaging lower limb deep vein thrombosis using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at 3.0 T magnetic field strength with an optimized a T1 magnetization prepared rapid gradient echo technique (MP-RAGE) in patients with normal volunteers as controls. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients with deep vein thrombosis (n=4), thrombophlebitis (n=2) and healthy volunteers (n=9) were studied. MRI of the distal thigh and upper calf was performed at 3.0 T with MP-RAGE using two pre-pulses to suppress blood and fat (flip angle 15o, echo time 5 ms, and repetition time 10 ms). A qualitative analysis was performed for detection of thrombi and image quality. Contrast-to-noise ratios were determined in thrombosed and patent veins. RESULTS: Thrombi were clearly visible as high-signal intensity structures with good suppression of the anatomical background. A blinded reader accurately diagnosed 15 out of 16 cases. The contrast-to-noise ratio measurements showed a positive contrast of thrombus over background muscle 16.9 (SD 4.3, 95% CI: 12.5-21.3) and a negative contrast of the lumen to muscle in patent veins of normal volunteers -7.8 (SD 4.3, 95% CI: -11.1 to -4.5), with p=0.0015. CONCLUSION: Thrombi generate high signal intensity at 3.0 T allowing for their direct visualization if flowing blood, stationary blood and fat are sufficiently suppressed. This preliminary data supports the development of these techniques for other vascular applications

  19. High spatial resolution time-resolved magnetic resonance angiography of lower extremity tumors at 3T: Comparison with computed tomography angiography.

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    Wu, Gang; Jin, Teng; Li, Ting; Morelli, John; Li, Xiaoming

    2016-09-01

    The aim of this study was to compare diagnostic value of high spatial resolution time-resolved magnetic resonance angiography with interleaved stochastic trajectory (TWIST) using Gadobutrol to Computed tomography angiography (CTA) for preoperative evaluation of lower extremity tumors.This prospective study was approved by the institutional review board. Fifty consecutive patients (31 men, 19 women, age range 18-80 years, average age 42.7 years) with lower extremity tumors underwent TWIST magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) and CTA. Digital subtraction angiography was available for 8 patients. Image quality of MRA was compared with CTA by 2 radiologists according to a 4-point Likert scale. Arterial involvement by tumor was compared using kappa test between MRA and CTA. The ability to identify feeding arteries and arterio-venous fistulae (AVF) was compared using Wilcoxon signed rank test and McNemar test, respectively.Image quality of MRA and CTA was rated without a statistically significant difference (3.88 ± 0.37 vs. 3.97 ± 0.16, P = 0.135). Intramodality agreement was high for the identification of arterial invasion (kappa = 0.806 ± 0.073 for Reader 1, kappa = 0.805 ± 0.073 for Reader 2). Readers found AVF in 27 of 50 MRA cases and 14 of 50 CTA cases (P < 0.001). Mean feeding arteries identified with MRA were significantly more than that with CTA (2.08 ± 1.72 vs. 1.62 ± 1.52, P = .02).TWIST MRA is a reliable imaging modality for the assessment of lower extremity tumors. TWIST MRA is comparable to CTA for the identification of AVF and feeding arteries. PMID:27631262

  20. Tumor Volume and Metabolism of Prostate Cancer Determined by Proton Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopic Imaging at 3T Without Endorectal Coil Reveal Potential Clinical Implications in the Context of Radiation Oncology

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    Purpose: To determine whether a relationship exists between the tumor volume (TV) or relative choline content determined using magnetic resonance spectroscopy imaging (MRSI) at 3T and the clinical prognostic parameters for patients with localized prostate cancer (PCa). Methods and Materials: A total of 72 men (mean age, 67.8 ± 6.2 years) were stratified as having low-risk (n = 26), intermediate-risk (n = 24), or high-risk (n = 22) PCa. MRSI was performed at 3T using a phased-array coil. Spectra are expressed as the total choline/citrate, total choline plus creatine/citrate, and total choline plus polyamines plus creatine/citrate ratios. The mean ratio of the most pathologic voxels and the MRSI-based TV were also determined. Results: The mean values of the total choline/citrate, total choline plus creatine/citrate, and total choline plus polyamine plus creatine/citrate ratios were greater for Stage T2b or greater tumors vs. Stage T2a or less tumors: 7.53 ± 13.60 vs. 2.31 ± 5.65 (p = .018), 8.98 ± 14.58 vs. 2.56 ± 5.70 (p = .016), and 10.32 ± 15.47 vs. 3.55 ± 6.16 (p = .014), respectively. The mean MRSI-based TV for Stage T2b or greater and Stage T2a or less tumors was significantly different (2.23 ± 2.62 cm3 vs. 1.26 ± 2.06 cm3, respectively; p = .030). This TV correlated with increased prostate-specific antigen levels (odds ratio, 1.293; p = .012). Patients with high-risk PCa had a larger TV than did the patients with intermediate-risk PCa. A similar result was found for the intermediate-risk group compared with the low-risk group (odds ratio, 1.225; p = .041). Conclusion: Biomarkers expressing the relative choline content and TV were significant parameters for the localization of PCa and could be helpful for determining the prognosis more accurately.

  1. 3T MRI neurography: preliminary experience

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    Purpose. Demonstrate the advantages of the Ideal (Iterative Decomposition of water and fat with Echo Asymmetry and Least-squares estimation) sequence in the evaluation of peripheral nerves, brachial plexus and lumbar plexus, for the diagnosis of compression or entrapment neuropathies, non-entrapment neuropathies, and the underlying conditions. The Ideal sequence provides 4 types of images from a single acquisition, allowing uniform fat or water suppression and in phase/out of phase images of water, fat or a combination of both. Materials and Methods. This is a retrospective study, from January 2011 to June 2011. Eleven neurographies were performed on 3T MRI (HDX 3T, GE Healthcare, USA), with 8-channel phased array coils on sagittal and coronal planes, with 1.2-0 mm slices with no gap, axial 3D spoiled gradient recalled (SPGR) T , with 1-0-mm slice thickness with and without gadolinium injection and variable field of view (FOV) according to the nerve or plexus to explore. Results. We found 2 schwannomas (brachial plexus and sciatic nerve), 1 neuritis (compression to median nerve), 2 cases of multiple neurofibromas (lumbosacral plexus, sciatic nerve, brachial plexus), 3 traumatic neuromas (peroneal nerve) and 1 pseudomeningocele avulsion (brachial plexus), and 2 with no structural alterations (lumbosacral plexus and peroneal nerve). Conclusion. In this preliminary experience, the use of highresolution sequences in magnetic resonance imaging neurography studies provided excellent signal homogeneity, improving the recognition of the nerve structure and signal, the identification of anatomical variations, and causes of neuropathy, as well as the characterization of denervation changes of the affected muscle groups. (authors)

  2. Feasibility study of 3-T MR imaging of the skin

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    The purpose of this study was to assess the quality of 3-T magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of the skin, to describe skin anatomy at 3 T and to discuss future prospects of skin MRI. A 7-cm single-element surface receiver coil was developed for our 3-T MRI system. Thin sections were obtained with a three-dimensional FIESTA acquisition sequence and a spin-echo T1-weighted sequence (SET1). Prospective analysis was performed twice by two radiologists independently. Thirty-six healthy volunteers were included and underwent MRI on the face and the calf. Image quality was assessed regarding visibility of skin layers and quantification of artefacts. High field strength MR enables imaging of the skin with a high spatial in-plane resolution (87-180 μm), the total examination lasting 15-20 min. Image quality was excellent for the calf (mean SET1 quality = 96%) with a high intra- and interobserver correlation (SET1 kappa coefficient concerning visibility of epidermis, dermis and hypodermis ≥ 0.84). Motion artefacts resulted in a small loss of quality and reproducibility for the face. In conclusion, 3-T MR allows high spatial resolution imaging of the skin and can potentially provide an accurate noninvasive means of analysing the skin. (orig.)

  3. 3T MR imaging of the brain.

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    DeLano, Mark C; Fisher, Charles

    2006-02-01

    The advent of very high field clinical scanners that operate at 3T is taking structural and functional imaging to new levels and is reinvigorating clinical spectroscopy, fMR imaging, and noncontrast-enhanced methods of MRA. Most of the challenges that are related to 3T imaging have been addressed to facilitate routine clinical imaging. An awareness of the complexities that underlie the solutions to these challenges is important to the continued improvements to the 3T platform so that its maximal potential can be reached. The development of the multichannel-head coils and the improvement in the design of body coils, concurrently with the development of multichannel capabilities that enable parallel imaging, have benefited all field platforms. Perhaps the added value of parallel imaging has been greatest at 3T where the additional signal can be exploited. The definition of very high field is a moving target, and may be well on its way to 7.0 T, although in terms of the current clinical state of the art, 3T is our current reference. PMID:16530636

  4. Plasma system of the GOL-3T facility

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    Arzhannikov, A. V.; Burdakov, A. V.; Burmasov, V. S.; Ivanov, I. A. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics, Siberian Branch (Russian Federation); Kuznetsov, S. A. [Novosibirsk State University (Russian Federation); Kuklin, K. N.; Mekler, K. I.; Polosatkin, S. V.; Postupaev, V. V., E-mail: V.V.Postupaev@inp.nsk.su; Rovenskikh, A. F.; Sinitsky, S. L.; Sklyarov, V. F. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics, Siberian Branch (Russian Federation)

    2015-11-15

    The plasma system and diagnostics of the new facility GOL-3T are described. This facility is the final result of the first stage in the deep upgrade of the GOL-3 multiple-mirror system, which has operated at the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics since 1988. The upgrade project supposes creation of two new independent facilities at the site of GOL-3. The GOL-3T facility is intended to study the physics of beam—plasma interaction and generation of subterahertz electromagnetic radiation during the collective relaxation of a high-power relativistic electron beam with a duration of 5–10 μs. Studies on the physics of multiple-mirror plasma confinement in axisymmetric magnetic systems will be continued in a new range of experiment parameters at the second facility, named GOL-NB.

  5. Dual-source parallel radiofrequency excitation ACR phantom magnetic resonance imaging at 3 T: Assessment of the effect of image quality on high-contrast spatial resolution, percent signal ghosting, and low-contrast object detectability in comparison with conventional single-source transmission

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    Lee, Kyung-Bae; Park, Yong-Sung; Choe, Bo-Young

    2013-10-01

    The purpose of the present study was to assess dual-source parallel radiofrequency (RF) excitation American College of Radiology (ACR) phantom magnetic resonance (MR) imaging at 3T compared with conventional single-source RF transmission and compared with the standard ACR MRI phantom test. We used a 3T MR scanner equipped with dual-source parallel RF excitation and an 8-channel head phased array coil. We employed T1- and T2-weighted fast spin echo (FSE) pulse sequences for an assessment of the impact of image quality on high-contrast spatial resolution, percent signal ghosting and low-contrast object detectability following the ACR MRI quality control (QC) manual. With geometric accuracy and identical slice locations, dual RFs using dual-source parallel RF excitation MR showed an advantage over single RF using dual-source parallel RF excitation MR and conventional MR in terms of high-contrast spatial resolution (p ACR phantom. We need to pursue dual-source parallel RF excitation MR studies involving various clinical cases.

  6. Fuzzy logic structure analysis of trabecular bone of the calcaneus to estimate proximal femur fracture load and discriminate subjects with and without vertebral fractures using high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging at 1.5 T and 3 T.

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    Patel, Priyesh V; Eckstein, Felix; Carballido-Gamio, Julio; Phan, Catherine; Matsuura, Maiko; Lochmüller, Eva-Maria; Majumdar, Sharmila; Link, Thomas M

    2007-10-01

    Newly developed fuzzy logic-derived structural parameters were used to characterize trabecular bone architecture in high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (HR-MRI) of human cadaver calcaneus specimens. These parameters were compared to standard histomorphological structural measures and analyzed concerning performance in discriminating vertebral fracture status and estimating proximal femur fracture load. Sets of 60 sagittal 1.5 T and 3.0 T HR-MRI images of the calcaneus were obtained in 39 cadavers using a fast gradient recalled echo sequence. Structural parameters equivalent to bone histomorphometry and fuzzy logic-derived parameters were calculated using two chosen regions of interest. Calcaneal, spine, and hip bone mineral density (BMD) measurements were also obtained. Fracture status of the thoracic and lumbar spine was assessed on lateral radiographs. Finally, mechanical strength testing of the proximal femur was performed. Diagnostic performance in discriminating vertebral fracture status and estimating femoral fracture load was calculated using regression analyses, two-tailed t-tests of significance, and receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analyses. Significant correlations were obtained at both field strengths between all structural and fuzzy logic parameters (r up to 0.92). Correlations between histomorphological or fuzzy logic parameters and calcaneal BMD were mostly significant (r up to 0.78). ROC analyses demonstrated that standard structural parameters were able to differentiate persons with and without vertebral fractures (area under the curve [A(Z)] up to 0.73). However, none of the parameters obtained in the 1.5-T images and none of the fuzzy logic parameters discriminated persons with and without vertebral fractures. Significant correlations were found between fuzzy or structural parameters and femoral fracture load. Using multiple regression analysis, none of the structural or fuzzy parameters were found to add discriminative value to BMD

  7. 3T MR-Guided Brachytherapy for Gynecologic Malignancies

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    Kapur, Tina; Damato, Antonio; Schmidt, Ehud J; Viswanathan, Akila N; 10.1016/j.mri.2012.06.003

    2013-01-01

    Gynecologic malignancies are a leading cause of death in women worldwide. Standard treatment for many primary and recurrent gynecologic cancer cases includes a combination of external beam radiation, followed by brachytherapy. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is benefitial in diagnostic evaluation, in mapping the tumor location to tailor radiation dose, and in monitoring the tumor response to treatment. Initial studies of MR-guidance in gynecologic brachtherapy demonstrate the ability to optimize tumor coverage and reduce radiation dose to normal tissues, resulting in improved outcomes for patients. In this article we describe a methodology to aid applicator placement and treatment planning for 3 Tesla (3T) MR-guided brachytherapy that was developed specifically for gynecologic cancers. This has been used in 18 cases to date in the Advanced Multimodality Image Guided Operating suite at Brigham and Women's Hospital. It is comprised of state of the art methods for MR imaging, image analysis, and treatment plann...

  8. Cortical microinfarcts on 3T MRI : Clinical correlates in memory-clinic patients

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    Van Veluw, Susanne J.; Hilal, Saima; Kuijf, Hugo J.; Ikram, Mohammad Kamran; Xin, Xu; Yeow, Tan Boon; Venketasubramanian, Narayanaswamy; Biessels, Geert Jan; Chen, Christopher

    2015-01-01

    Introduction This is the first study to assess cerebral microinfarcts (CMIs) on 3 tesla (3T) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in a memory clinic population. Methods We included 238 consecutive patients (aged 72.5 ± 9.1 years) from a memory clinic in Singapore. All patients underwent extensive neurol

  9. Application of stereological methods to estimate post-mortem brain surface area using 3T MRI

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    Furlong, Carolyn; García-Fiñana, Marta; Puddephat, Michael;

    2013-01-01

    The Cavalieri and Vertical Sections methods of design based stereology were applied in combination with 3 tesla (i.e. 3T) Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to estimate cortical and subcortical volume, area of the pial surface, area of the grey-white matter boundary, and thickness of the cerebral...

  10. Estabelecendo interações de ajuda com paciente hiperativo

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    Maria da Glória Lima

    1993-03-01

    Full Text Available O enfermeiro psiquiátrico tem expandido seu papel e vem definindo melhor suas funções utilizando-se a si próprio como instrumento terapêutico fundamentado na relação interpessoal terapêutica voltada para a pessoa que precisa de ajuda. Os objetivos deste estudo são: 1 apresentar as interações do enfermeiro com um paciente hiperativo em um hospital psiquiátrico com características custodial e terapêutica; 2 analisar o procedimento do enfermeiro à luz do referencial teórico das relações interpessoais. São apresentados trechos de 4 encontros. Da análise pudemos perceber o nível de envolvimento e comprometimento em cada encontro; observar melhora na capacidade de observação e intervenção do enfermeiro; momentos de ansiedade do paciente e do enfermeiro; momentos de intervenções inadequadas e terapêuticas.

  11. Hospitalidade e interação no mundo globalizado

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    Full Text Available Normal 0 21 false false false PT-BR X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 A territorialidade e as formas básicas de interação social tem papel fundamental na comunicação e nas relações de hospitalidade no mundo globalizado. Considerando as idéias de Kant, Habermas e Derridá, o texto discute qual a hospitalidade possível diante das desigualdades e da violência presentes nas relações sociais no mundo contemporâneo. A desconstrução de Derridá da ideia de hospitalidade cosmopolita de Kant, levantando a bandeira de uma hospitalidade incondicional, e a teoria da ação comunicativa de Habermas, em que o diálogo e a tolerância permitem uma hospitalidade condicional, permeiam o entendimento que hoje temos do caminho para o respeito ao direito de todos as pessoas, sem limites lingüísticos, territoriais, étnicos ou culturais. /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Tabela normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;}

  12. A novel RF resonator for human-body MRI at 3 T

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    Son, Hyeok-Woo; Cho, Young-Ki; Yoo, Hyoungsuk

    2014-03-01

    A square-slot-loaded (SSL) radio-frequency (RF) resonator using a microstrip transmission line (MTL) is designed for human-body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at 3 T MRI. The SSL RF resonator shows improved RF magnetic fields resulting in more homogenous fields near the center of the phantom than traditional RF resonators using MTL. A multichannel body coil using the SSL RF resonators is also simulated and provides improved parallel excitation performance. In addition, RF shimming for homogenization can be effectively controlled by adjusting the inputs to the eight resonators. Numerical results are obtained by using a spherical phantom and a realistic human-body model at 3 T to calculate the B {1/+} fields.

  13. A incompletude como virtude: interação de bebês na creche

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    Full Text Available Neste artigo, mostramos algumas características dos processos interativos de crianças fundamentalmente no 1º ano de vida, através do estudo de alguns episódios de interação, recortados através do registro em vídeo, durante pesquisa em uma creche universitária, com crianças (7 a 14 meses brincando livremente. Num primeiro momento, mostramos a importância da definição de um conceito de interação que consiga captar e traduzir as características das interações ocorridas nessa faixa de idade. Também, mostramos a importância dos procedimentos metodológicos, usados para recortar o material empírico, na definição desse conceito de interação. Nessa faixa etária, os episódios de interação encontrados são bastante rápidos e desordenados e estas características são resultantes, em grande parte, do desajeitamento motor dos bebês. Esta incompletude motora, por sua vez, pode ser um elemento capaz de prolongar um episódio de interação entre crianças pequenas e/ou mesmo propiciar o surgimento de novos episódios de interação.

  14. Phosphatidylcholine induces apoptosis of 3T3-L1 adipocytes

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    Li Hailan

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Phosphatidylcholine (PPC formulation is used for lipolytic injection, even though its mechanism of action is not well understood. Methods The viability of 3T3-L1 pre-adipocytes and differentiated 3T3-L1 cells was measured after treatment of PPC alone, its vehicle sodium deoxycholate (SD, and a PPC formulation. Western blot analysis was performed to examine PPC-induced signaling pathways. Results PPC, SD, and PPC formulation significantly decreased 3T3-L1 cell viability in a concentration-dependent manner. PPC alone was not cytotoxic to CCD-25Sk human fibroblasts at concentrations Conclusions PPC results in apoptosis of 3T3-L1 cells.

  15. Brain 1-H-MR spectroscopy in clinical neuroimaging at 3T

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    Full text: Introduction: After more than 10 years of use, clinical neuroimaging spectroscopy has proven to be invaluable in the MRI assessment of several brain diseases. Materials and methods: The study is including more than 150 scans at 3T (unpublished material), and emphasizes, for every indication, a practical approach to brain MRS to achieve the optimal clinical impact. Results: The metabolic characterization of diverse brain lesions and pathological conditions is well established by spectroscopy studies at 1.5T, but recently, an increase in the number of 3T magnets has noticeably improved routine neuroimaging in general. For brain proton spectroscopy, the use of higher magnetic fields has been promising in terms of increasing the signal/noise ratio across the spectrum and widening the frequency bandwidth to allow clearer separation of peaks that are otherwise too close to each other at 1.5T, especially glutamate, glutamine and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). The individual detection and quantification of these metabolites will add more details to the characterization of brain diseases, and allow the inclusion of more brain pathologies. Moreover, the ongoing advances in dedicated hardware and integrated software have led to more accurate and automated postprocessing, offering neuroradiologists a more user-friendly interface. Conclusion: This is an up to date review of the main clinical applications of brain proton MR spectroscopy that are potentially improved at 3T, taking into account the peculiarities of higher magnetic fields. It is based on both the literature and our own clinical experience, starting from February 2006 till January 2009 in Al Sabah Hospital, Kuwait. The study is including more than 150 scans at 3T (unpublished material), and emphasizes, for every indication, a practical approach to brain MRS to achieve the optimal clinical impact

  16. Whole-body MR angiography with body coil acquisition at 3 T in patients with peripheral arterial disease using the contrast agent gadofosveset trisodium

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    Nielsen, Yousef W; Eiberg, Jonas P; Løgager, Vibeke Berg;

    2009-01-01

    Whole-body magnetic resonance angiography (WB-MRA) at 3 T with body coil acquisition has not previously been investigated. In this study, WB-MRA was performed in this manner using the blood pool contrast agent gadofosveset trisodium.......Whole-body magnetic resonance angiography (WB-MRA) at 3 T with body coil acquisition has not previously been investigated. In this study, WB-MRA was performed in this manner using the blood pool contrast agent gadofosveset trisodium....

  17. Quantitation of glutamate in the brain by using MR proton spectroscopy at 1.5 T and 3 T; Quantitative Bestimmung von Glutamat im Hirn mithilfe der MR-Protonenspektroskopie bei 1,5 T und 3 T

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    Gussew, A.; Rzanny, R.; Reichenbach, J.R. [AG Medizinische Physik, Inst. fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Radiologie, Friedrich Schiller Univ. Jena (Germany); Scholle, H.C. [Funktionsbereich Motorik, Pathophysiologie und Biomechanik, Klinik fuer Unfall-, Hand- und Wiederherstellungschirurgie, Friedrich Schiller Univ. Jena (Germany); Kaiser, W.A. [Inst. fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Radiologie, Friedrich Schiller Univ Jena (Germany)

    2008-08-15

    Purpose: the influence of different magnetic field strengths on the quantification of glutamate was experimentally investigated by means of in vitro and in vivo {sup 1}H-MR spectroscopic measurements at 1.5 T and 3 T. Materials and methods: in vitro {sup 1}H-MR measurements of aqueous solutions of NAA, glutamate, glutamine and GABA were performed on two clinical MR scanners at 1.5 T and 3 T using a single voxel PRESS sequence (TR/TE = 10000/30 ms). In vitro brain measurements were also performed at both field strengths using a PRESS 2D-{sup 1}H-CSI-sequence (TR/TE = 5000/30 ms) in 6 volunteers. Spectra at 1.5 T and 3 T were compared with respect to the overlap of the single compound spectra and the deviations between estimated and nominally adjusted concentrations. In vivo spectra at both field strengths were compared with respect to SNR{sub Glu}, line width and Cramer-Rao values of the estimated glutamate intensities by using the LCModel. For the thalamus, insular and parietal cortex mean Glu/tCr ratios were estimated and compared between 1.5 T and 3 T as well as with corresponding values in the literature. Results: in general, an improved separation of signal maxima was observed in the in vitro spectra at 3 T. Except for GABA, all in vitro concentrations estimated at 3 T revealed lower deviations from their adjusted nominal concentration compared to 1.5 T: NAA (1.5 T: -5.5%, 3 T: 0.7%), glutamate (1.5 T: -18.1%, 3 T: 12.3%), glutamine (1.5 T: 44.8%, 3 T: 9.2%), GABA (1.5 T: -24.8%, 3 T: 33.8%). The SNR of in vivo spectra at 3 T was nearly doubled compared to 1.5 T. The mean number of voxels with %SD{sub Glu} < 20 was distinctly lower at 1.5 T (53%) than at 3 T (80%). Estimated Glu/tCr ratios for thalamus, insular and parietal cortex lay in the upper range of the literature values. (orig.)

  18. 3 T MRI in paediatrics: Challenges and clinical applications

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    Dagia, Charuta [Department of Medical Imaging, Royal Children' s Hospital and Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Flemington Road, Parkville 3052 (Australia); Ditchfield, Michael [Department of Medical Imaging, Royal Children' s Hospital and Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Flemington Road, Parkville 3052 (Australia)], E-mail: michael.ditchfield@rch.org.au

    2008-11-15

    3 T MRI is being increasingly performed for clinical purposes in paediatrics, primarily because of the potential to improve spatial and temporal resolution - these can assist in overcoming the unique anatomic, physiologic and behavioural challenges of imaging children. The increased spatial resolution improves the capacity to image small patients; with particular reference to smaller structures such as the inner ear, brachial plexus, biliary system and the vascular system. The challenges inherent to imaging at high field strength remain pertinent especially, the altered T1 contrast, artefacts (susceptibility, chemical shift and B1 inhomogeneity) and safety issues, including specific absorption rate - several of these are circumvented due to software and hardware advances, or by trade off of some of the increased signal. The above mentioned challenges also create opportunities at 3 T, with improvement in MR angiography, arterial spin labelling, functional MRI, susceptibility weighted imaging, and MR spectroscopy - all of which have distinctive applications in paediatrics. Whole body imaging also becomes more practical because of the capacity for faster scans. 3 T MRI has the potential to image all the systems in paediatrics. However, neonatal brain and paediatric spine imaging have specific challenges at 3 T. Several factors also limit cardiac imaging at present. Further improvements in coil technology and newer sequences may help overcome the challenges that remain.

  19. 3 T MRI in paediatrics: Challenges and clinical applications

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    3 T MRI is being increasingly performed for clinical purposes in paediatrics, primarily because of the potential to improve spatial and temporal resolution - these can assist in overcoming the unique anatomic, physiologic and behavioural challenges of imaging children. The increased spatial resolution improves the capacity to image small patients; with particular reference to smaller structures such as the inner ear, brachial plexus, biliary system and the vascular system. The challenges inherent to imaging at high field strength remain pertinent especially, the altered T1 contrast, artefacts (susceptibility, chemical shift and B1 inhomogeneity) and safety issues, including specific absorption rate - several of these are circumvented due to software and hardware advances, or by trade off of some of the increased signal. The above mentioned challenges also create opportunities at 3 T, with improvement in MR angiography, arterial spin labelling, functional MRI, susceptibility weighted imaging, and MR spectroscopy - all of which have distinctive applications in paediatrics. Whole body imaging also becomes more practical because of the capacity for faster scans. 3 T MRI has the potential to image all the systems in paediatrics. However, neonatal brain and paediatric spine imaging have specific challenges at 3 T. Several factors also limit cardiac imaging at present. Further improvements in coil technology and newer sequences may help overcome the challenges that remain

  20. MAGNET

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    The first phase of the commissioning ended in August by a triggered fast dump at 3T. All parameters were nominal, and the temperature recovery down to 4.5K was carried out in two days by the cryogenics. In September, series of ramps were achieved up to 3 and finally 3.8T, while checking thoroughly the detectors in the forward region, measuring any movement of and around the HF. After the incident of the LHC accelerator on September 19th, corrective actions could be undertaken in the forward region. When all these displacements were fully characterized and repetitive, with no sign of increments in displacement at each field ramp, it was possible to start the CRAFT, Cosmic Run at Four Tesla (which was in fact at 3.8T). The magnet was ramped up to 18.16kA and the 3 week run went smoothly, with only 4 interruptions: due to the VIP visits on 21st October during the LHC inauguration day; a water leak on the cooling demineralized water circuit, about 1 l/min, that triggered a stop of the cooling pumps, and resulte...

  1. Diagnosis of moyamoya disease using 3-T MRI and MRA: value of cisternal moyamoya vessels

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    Sawada, Takeshi; Yamamoto, Akira; Okada, Tomohisa; Kanagaki, Mitsunori; Kasahara, Seiko; Togashi, Kaori [Kyoto University, Department of Diagnostic Imaging and Nuclear Medicine, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto (Japan); Miki, Yukio [Osaka City University, Department of Radiology, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka (Japan); Kikuta, Ken-ichiro [Fukui University, Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Sensory and Locomotor Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Fukui (Japan); Miyamoto, Susumu; Takahashi, Jun C. [Kyoto University, Department of Neurosurgery, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto (Japan); Fukuyama, Hidenao [Kyoto University, Human Brain Research Center, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto (Japan)

    2012-10-15

    The purpose of this study was to propose new magnetic resonance (MR) criteria of diagnosing moyamoya disease (MMD) from cisternal moyamoya vessels (MMVs) on 3-T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)/magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) and compare the diagnostic accuracy of the existing MR criteria and the proposed MR criteria. Participants comprised 20 consecutive patients with MMD (4 males, 16 females) diagnosed clinically using conventional angiography and 20 controls (13 male and 7 female arteriosclerosis patients). In these participants, 3-T MRI/MRA was evaluated by the existing MR criteria, which use MMVs in the basal ganglia, and the proposed MR criteria, which use cisternal MMVs, and then these two criteria were statistically compared by McNemar's test. Diagnostic accuracy was 62.5% with the existing MR criteria and 97.5% with the proposed MR criteria. The proposed MR criteria was more sensitive (1.00) than the existing MR criteria (0.45), but less specific (0.95) than the existing MR criteria (1.00). The proposed MR criteria using cisternal MMVs showed significantly higher diagnostic accuracy than the existing MR criteria. We believe that our proposed MR criteria will be beneficial for diagnosing MMD. (orig.)

  2. 3 T MR cholangiopancreatography appearances of biliary ascariasis

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    Ding, Z.X., E-mail: hangzhoudzx73@126.co [Department of Radiology, Zhejiang Provincial People' s Hospital, Hangzhou (China); Yuan, J.H. [Department of Radiology, Zhejiang Provincial People' s Hospital, Hangzhou (China); Chong, V. [Department of Diagnostic Imaging, National University Health System, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore (Singapore); Zhao, D.J. [Department of Hepatobiliary Surgery, Zhejiang Provincial People' s Hospital, Hangzhou (China); Chen, F.H.; Li, Y.M. [Department of Radiology, Zhejiang Provincial People' s Hospital, Hangzhou (China)

    2011-03-15

    Aim: To evaluate the 3 T MR cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) appearances of biliary ascariasis. Materials and methods: Nine patients with a MRCP diagnosis of biliary ascariasis were reviewed. All patients had endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) or surgical confirmation of the disease. Results: On thin-slab MRCP imaging, Ascaris worms are clearly demarcated within the biliary tree. All the identified worms demonstrated a characteristic three-parallel-lines appearance. The middle high-signal intensity line is sandwiched between two low-signal intensity lines and they are in turn surrounded by high signal bile. On thick-slab MRCP the worms also show the three-line sign but with less clarity. However, thick-slab MRCP has the advantage of providing three-dimensional ERCP-like images of the pancreaticobiliary system. Conclusion: The 'three-line' sign appears to be a characteristic sign of biliary ascariasis on 3 T MRCP.

  3. Growth stimulation of 3T3 fibroblasts by Cystatin

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    Quan Sun (Michigan State Univ., East Lansing (United States) Beijing Medical Univ. (China))

    1989-01-01

    Treatment of cultures of mouse 3T3 fibroblasts with Cystatin C, a thiol-proteinase inhibitor isolated from chicken egg white, resulted in an enhanced rate of cell proliferation. This stimulation was demonstrated using two independent assay systems: (a) assessment of total cell number and (b) measurement of ({sup 3}H)thymidine incorporated into acid-precipitable DNA. In both assays, the dose-response curves of Cystatin stimulation showed a rising function that plateaued at a concentration of {approximately}120 {mu}g/ml. The addition of Cystatin to cultures of Kirsten murine sarcoma virus-transformed 3T3 cells also enhanced DNA synthesis in these target cells. Control experiments showed that the presence of Cystatin did not alter the level of binding of radioactively labeled epidermal growth factor and platelet derived growth factor to 3T3 cells. These results argue against the possibility that the observed growth stimulation by Cystatin was due to growth factor contamination of the Cystatin preparation.

  4. Verapamil inhibits 3T3-L1 preadipocyte differentiation

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    Nan Gu; Shi Liu; Xirong Guo; Li Fei; Xiaoqin Pan; Mei Guo; Ronghua Chen

    2009-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the effect of the calcium channel blocker verapamil on adipocyte differentiation and its mechanism of action. Methods: Preadipocytes from 3T3-L1 strain mouse embryos were cultured and differentiated into matured adipocytes in vitro. Verapamil was added to the culture medium in the concentration of 30 μmol/L on Day 0. Cell differentiation was determined by Oil Red O staining and marker gene mRNA expression was evaluated and compared by RT-PCR. The fluo-3/AM probe and laser scanning confocal microscopy were used to measure intracellular calcium concentrations. Results: ①The differentiation rate of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes exposed to verapamil was lower than that of untreated cells. ②Verapamil promoted the retention of pref-1 gene expression. Lipoprotein lipase expression in the verapamil group was significantly lower than that in the control group on Day 4, Day 6 and Day 8 (P 0.05). Conclusion: In 3T3-L1 preadipocytes verapamil significantly reduced adipocyte differentiation, down-regulated the mRNA expression of three marker genes for adipocytes differentiation, and prolonged the mRNA expression of an inhibitor of differentiation. The inhibitory effect of verapamil on differentiation may involve its role as a blocker of calcium influx in adipocytes.

  5. Eight-channel transmit/receive body MRI coil at 3T.

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    Vernickel, P; Röschmann, P; Findeklee, C; Lüdeke, K-M; Leussler, Ch; Overweg, J; Katscher, U; Grässlin, I; Schünemann, K

    2007-08-01

    Multichannel transmit magnetic resonance imaging (MR) systems have the potential to compensate for signal-intensity variations occurring at higher field strengths due to wave propagation effects in tissue. Methods such as RF shimming and local excitation in combination with parallel transmission can be applied to compensate for these effects. Moreover, parallel transmission can be applied to ease the excitation of arbitrarily shaped magnetization patterns. The implementation of these methods adds new requirements in terms of MRI hardware. This article describes the design of a decoupled eight-element transmit/receive body coil for 3T. The setup of the coil is explained, starting with standard single-channel resonators. Special focus is placed on the decoupling of the elements to obtain independent RF resonators. After a brief discussion of the underlying theory, the properties and limitations of the coil are outlined. Finally, the functionality and capabilities of the coil are demonstrated using RF measurements as well as MRI sequences. PMID:17654592

  6. MR imaging of the brachial plexus: comparison between 1.5-T and 3-T MR imaging: preliminary experience

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    Tagliafico, Alberto; Neumaier, Carlo Emanuele; Calabrese, Massimo [National Institute for Cancer Research, Department of Radiology, Genova (Italy); Succio, Giulia; Serafini, Giovanni; Ghidara, Matteo [Santa Corona Hospital, Radiology Department, Savona (Italy); Martinoli, Carlo [Universita di Genova, Radiology Department, Genova (Italy)

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    To compare 1.5-T and 3-T magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of the brachial plexus. Institutional review board approval and informed consent were obtained from 30 healthy volunteers and 30 consecutive patients with brachial plexus disturbances. MR was prospectively performed with comparable sequence parameters and coils with a 1.5-T and a 3-T system. Imaging protocols at both field strengths included T1-weighted turbo spin-echo (tSE) sequences and T2-weighed turbo spin-echo (tSE) sequences with fat saturation. The signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) between muscle and nerve were calculated for both field strengths. The visibility of brachial plexus nerve at various anatomic levels (roots, interscalene area, costoclavicular space, and axillary level) was analyzed with a four-point grading scale by two radiologists. MR imaging diagnoses and pathological findings were also compared qualitatively. SNR and CNRs were significantly higher on 3-T MR images than on 1.5-T MR images (Friedman test) for all sequences. Nerve visibility was significantly better on 3-T MR images than on 1.5-T MR images (paired sign test). Pathological findings (n = 30/30) were seen equally well with both field strengths. MR imaging diagnoses did not differ for the 1.5- and 3-T protocols. High-quality MR images of the brachial plexus can be obtained with 3-T MR imaging by using sequences similar to those used at 1.5-T MR imaging. In patients and healthy volunteers, the visibility of nerve trunks and cords at 3-T MR imaging appears to be superior to that at 1.5-T MR imaging. (orig.)

  7. O impacto da depressão materna nas interações iniciais

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    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available O presente estudo objetiva examinar questões teóricas a respeito da depressão materna nas interações iniciais para o desenvolvimento infantil, os estudos apontam para a ocorrência de desordens comportamentais, afetivas, cognitivas e sociais, bem como alterações da atividade cerebral. Salienta-se algumas formas de intervenção precoce para dirimir a probabilidade de conseqüências adversas para o desenvolvimento infantil

  8. Interação de glyphosate com carfentrazone-ethyl Glyphosate - carfentrazone-ethyl interaction

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    2002-01-01

    Foi conduzido um experimento em condições controladas para determinar a interação do carfentrazone-ethyl em mistura no tanque com o herbicida glyphosate, no controle de seis espécies de plantas daninhas. Glyphosate aplicado isoladamente na dose de 720 g ha-1 foi eficaz no controle de Amaranthus hybridus (100%), Desmodium tortuosum (100%), Bidens pilosa (99%), Eleusine indica (96%), Digitaria horizontalis (100%) e Commelina benghalensis (93%) aos 21 DAA. Carfentrazone-ethyl aplicado isoladamen...

  9. Incidental pineal cysts in children who undergo 3-T MRI

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    Whitehead, Matthew T. [University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Department of Radiology, Memphis, TN (United States); Le Bonheur Children' s Hospital, Le Bonheur Neuroscience Institute, Memphis, TN (United States); Le Bonheur Children' s Hospital, Department of Radiology, Memphis, TN (United States); Oh, Christopher C. [University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Department of Radiology, Memphis, TN (United States); Le Bonheur Children' s Hospital, Le Bonheur Neuroscience Institute, Memphis, TN (United States); Choudhri, Asim F. [University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Department of Radiology, Memphis, TN (United States); Le Bonheur Children' s Hospital, Le Bonheur Neuroscience Institute, Memphis, TN (United States); University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Department of Neurosurgery, Memphis, TN (United States)

    2013-12-15

    Pineal cysts, both simple and complex, are commonly encountered in children. More cysts are being detected with MR technology; however, nearly all pineal cysts are benign and require no follow-up. To discover the prevalence of pineal cysts in children at our institution who have undergone high-resolution 3-T MRI. We retrospectively reviewed 100 consecutive 3-T brain MRIs in children ages 1 month to 17 years (mean 6.8 {+-} 5.1 years). We evaluated 3-D volumetric T1-W imaging, axial T2-W imaging, axial T2-W FLAIR (fluid attenuated inversion recovery) and coronal STIR (short tau inversion recovery) sequences. Pineal parenchymal and cyst volumes were measured in three planes. Cysts were analyzed for the presence and degree of complexity. Pineal cysts were present in 57% of children, with a mean maximum linear dimension of 4.2 mm (range 1.5-16 mm). Of these cysts, 24.6% showed thin septations or fluid levels reflecting complexity. None of the cysts demonstrated complete T2/FLAIR signal suppression. No cyst wall thickening or nodularity was present. There was no significant difference between the ages of children with and without cysts. Cysts were more commonly encountered in girls than boys (67% vs. 52%; P = 0.043). There was a slight trend toward increasing pineal gland volume with age. Pineal cysts are often present in children and can be incidentally detected by 3-T MRI. Characteristic-appearing pineal cysts in children are benign, incidental findings, for which follow-up is not required if there are no referable symptoms or excessive size. (orig.)

  10. S3T working group. Report 1: group aims

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    The work group S3T which is aimed to designing and developing devices using unconventional holographic optics is presented. These devices find applications that are classified here in four items high resolution spectrometers, high definition imaging, high flux devices, metrology and interferometry. The problems to solve and the aims of the group in each of these cases are presented. Three synthesis of lectures are in this report. The main one concerns stigmatism conditions of concave holographic gratings used in normal incidence. This new process of focusing is very interesting for hot plasma diagnostics

  11. Eventos adversos por interações medicamentosas potenciais em unidade de terapia intensiva de um hospital de ensino

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    Mariana Macedo Alvim

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available RESUMO Objetivo: Avaliar a existência de interações medicamentosas potenciais na unidade de terapia intensiva de um hospital, com foco nos antimicrobianos. Métodos: Estudo transversal, que analisou prescrições eletrônicas de pacientes da unidade de terapia intensiva de um hospital de ensino, avaliando potenciais interações medicamentosas relacionadas aos antimicrobianos, entre 1º de janeiro e 31 de março de 2014. O consumo dos antimicrobianos foi expresso em dose diária definida por 100 pacientes-dia. A busca e a classificação das interações foram realizadas com base no sistema Micromedex®. Resultados: Foram analisadas prescrições diárias de 82 pacientes, totalizando 656 prescrições. Do total de medicamentos prescritos, 25% eram antimicrobianos, sendo meropenem, vancomicina e ceftriaxona os mais prescritos. Os antimicrobianos mais consumidos, segundo a metodologia de dose diária definida por 100 pacientes-dia, foram cefepime, meropenem, sulfametoxazol + trimetoprima e ciprofloxacino. A média de interações por paciente foi de 2,6. Entre as interações, 51% foram classificadas como contraindicadas ou de gravidade importante. Destacaram-se as interações altamente significativas (valor clínico 1 e 2, com prevalência de 98%. Conclusão: Com o presente trabalho verifica-se que os antimicrobianos são uma classe frequentemente prescrita na unidade de terapia intensiva, apresentando elevada quantidade de interações medicamentosas potenciais, sendo a maior parte das interações considerada altamente significativa.

  12. Aspartame downregulates 3T3-L1 differentiation.

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    Pandurangan, Muthuraman; Park, Jeongeun; Kim, Eunjung

    2014-10-01

    Aspartame is an artificial sweetener used as an alternate for sugar in several foods and beverages. Since aspartame is 200 times sweeter than traditional sugar, it can give the same level of sweetness with less substance, which leads to lower-calorie food intake. There are reports that consumption of aspartame-containing products can help obese people lose weight. However, the potential role of aspartame in obesity is not clear. The present study investigated whether aspartame suppresses 3T3-L1 differentiation, by downregulating phosphorylated peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (p-PPARγ), peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ), fatty acid-binding protein 4 (FABP4), CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein α (C/EBPα), and sterol regulatory element-binding protein 1 (SREBP1), which are critical for adipogenesis. The 3T3-L1 adipocytes were cultured and differentiated for 6 d in the absence and presence of 10 μg/ml of aspartame. Aspartame reduced lipid accumulation in differentiated adipocytes as evidenced by Oil Red O staining. qRT-PCR analysis showed that the PPARγ, FABP4, and C/EBPα mRNA expression was significantly reduced in the aspartame-treated adipocytes. Western blot analysis showed that the induction of p-PPARγ, PPARγ, SREBP1, and adipsin was markedly reduced in the aspartame-treated adipocytes. Taken together, these data suggest that aspartame may be a potent substance to alter adipocyte differentiation and control obesity.

  13. Correlation between 3 T apparent diffusion coefficient values and grading of invasive breast carcinoma

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    Cipolla, Valentina, E-mail: valentina.cipolla@yahoo.it [Department of Radiological Sciences, University of Rome “Sapienza”, Viale del Policlinico 155, 00161 Rome (Italy); Santucci, Domiziana; Guerrieri, Daniele; Drudi, Francesco Maria [Department of Radiological Sciences, University of Rome “Sapienza”, Viale del Policlinico 155, 00161 Rome (Italy); Meggiorini, Maria Letizia [Department of Gynaecological Sciences, University of Rome “Sapienza”, Viale del Policlinico 155, 00161 Rome (Italy); Felice, Carlo de [Department of Radiological Sciences, University of Rome “Sapienza”, Viale del Policlinico 155, 00161 Rome (Italy)

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • Apparent diffusion coefficient is a quantitative parameter which reflects molecular water movement. • Grading is an independent prognostic factor which correlates with other histopathological features. • Apparent diffusion coefficient values were significantly different between G1 and G3 classes. - Abstract: Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate whether the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) provided by 3.0 T (3 T) magnetic resonance diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) varied according to the grading of invasive breast carcinoma. Materials and methods: A total of 92 patients with 96 invasive breast cancer lesions were enrolled; all had undergone 3 T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for local staging. All lesions were confirmed by histological analysis, and tumor grade was established according to the Nottingham Grading System (NGS). MRI included both dynamic contrast-enhanced and DWI sequences, and ADC value was calculated for each lesion. ADC values were compared with NGS classification using the Mann–Whitney U and the Kruskal–Wallis H tests. Grading was considered as a comprehensive prognostic factor, and Rho Spearman test was performed to determine correlation between grading and tumor size, hormonal receptor status, HER2 expression and Ki67 index. Pearson's Chi square test was carried out to compare grading with the other prognostic factors. Results: ADC values were significantly higher in G1 than in G3 tumors. No significant difference was observed when G1 and G3 were compared with G2. Tumor size, hormonal receptor status, HER2 expression and Ki67 index correlated significantly with grading but there was a significant difference only between G1 and G3 related to the ER and PR status, HER2 expression and Ki67 index. There was no statistically significant difference in lesion size between the two groups. Conclusion: ADC values obtained on 3 T DWI correlated with low-grade (G1) and high-grade (G3) invasive breast carcinoma. 3

  14. Characterization of hyaluronate binding proteins isolated from 3T3 and murine sarcoma virus transformed 3T3 cells

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    Turley, E.A.; Moore, D.; Hayden, L.J.

    1987-06-02

    A hyaluronic acid binding fraction was purified from the supernatant media of both 3T3 and murine sarcoma virus (MSV) transformed 3T3 cultures by hyaluronate and immunoaffinity chromatography. Sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis resolved the hyaluronate affinity-purified fraction into three major protein bands of estimated molecular weight (M/sub r,e/) 70K, 66K, and 56K which contained hyaluronate binding activity and which were termed hyaluronate binding proteins (HABP). Hyaluronate affinity chromatography combined with immunoaffinity chromatography, using antibody directed against the larger HABP, allowed a 20-fold purification of HABP. Fractions isolated from 3T3 supernatant medium also contained additional binding molecules in the molecular weight range of 20K. This material was present in vanishingly small amounts and was not detected with a silver stain or with (/sup 35/S)methionine label. The three protein species isolated by hyaluronate affinity chromatography (M/sub r,e/ 70K, 66K, and 56K) were related to one another since they shared antigenic determinants and exhibited similar pI values. In isocratic conditions, HABP occurred as aggregates of up to 580 kilodaltons. Their glycoprotein nature was indicated by their incorporation of /sup 3/H-sugars. Enzyme-linked immunoadsorbent assay showed they were antigenically distinct from other hyaluronate binding proteins such as fibronectin, cartilage link protein, and the hyaluronate binding region of chondroitin sulfate proteoglycan. The results are discussed with regard both to the functional significance of hyaluronate-cell surface interactions in transformed as well as normal cells and to the relationship of HABP to other reported hyaluronate binding proteins.

  15. Design, Manufacture and Test of a 1.3 T / 10 Hz dipole model for Rapid Cycling Synchrotrons

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    Newborough, A

    2013-01-01

    The construction of a compact rapid cycling synchrotron has recently been studied at CERN to replace the first stage of its accelerator complex, the proton synchrotron booster. Although currently there are no plans to build this machine, fast cycled accelerator magnets are of general interest for numerous reasons. This has led to the design, manufacture and testing of a scaled model dipole as detailed in this paper to show the capability of producing and characterising a magnet design based on high-silicon content grain-oriented steel able to operate up to 1.3 T at 10 Hz.

  16. Interação Humano - Computador usando Visão Computacional

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    Bernardo Bucher B. Barbosa

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho visa estudar maneiras de se explorar a Interação Humano Computador, usando Visão Computacional. A idéia tem como objetivo um esforço para tornar o computador mais interativo com o usuário, sem a necessidade da compra de um hardware ou acessório específico para tal. O produto final deste trabalho em desenvolvimento é um software que contempla esta funcionalidade, tornando o computador mais interativo.

  17. 3T磁共振氢质子波谱在骨与软组织肿瘤诊断中的应用价值%Application Value of 3T 1H-Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy in Diagnosing Tumors of Bone and Soft Tissue

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    齐滋华; 李传福; 马祥兴; 李振峰; 张凯; 于德新

    2011-01-01

    Objective To study benign and malignant bone and soft tissue tumors with H-magnetic resonance spectroscopy ( H-MRS) at 3 Tesla MR scanner and assess the value of H-MRS in diagnosing bone and soft tissue tumors and distinguishing benign from malignant tumors. Methods Totally 49 patients with clinically and pathologically confirmed bone and soft tissue tumors were enrolled in this study. H-MRS was performed before treatment with point-resolved spectroscopy sequence. The imaging characteristics of 'H-MRS for bone and soft tissue tumors were observed and the possible differences between benign and malignant tumors was compared. Since spectra were directly found under single-voxel proton MRS brain examination, the peak height of choline containing compounds ( Cho) opposite to the creatine ( Cr) and the Cho peak were observed, and then the malignancies of the tumors were judged. Cho/Cr value was calculated and used to distinguishing benign tumors from malignancies. Results 'H-MRS spectra of bone and soft tissue tumors were different from those of the normal muscles, and such difference also existed between benign and malignant tumors. The Cho\\peak disappeared or was extremely low among benign tumors. The Cho/Cr values of malignant tumors and benign tumors were 3. 13 ±0. 9 and 1. 34 ± 1. 02 , respectively ( P = 0. 02). Using 1.79 as the threshold value, the Cho/Cr value had sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy of 94% , 80% , and 90% , respectively, in diagnosing malignancies. Conclusions The increased Cho level, as measured by ' H-MRS, is related with the bone and soft tissue malignant tumor. Cho/Cr value is useful in distinguishing benign tumors from malignancies. H-MRS can be an important supplement to the conventional magnetic resonance imaging.%目的 应用超高场3T磁共振机对良、恶性骨与软组织肿瘤进行磁共振氢质子波谱(1 H-MRS)研究,探讨1 H-MRS对骨与软组织肿瘤的成像特点,及对良、恶性骨与软组织肿瘤鉴

  18. 3 T MRI uterine peristalsis: Comparison of symptomatic fibroid patients versus controls

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    Aim: To compare uterine peristalsis between symptomatic fibroid patients and normal subjects and to determine the possible effect of fibroid characteristics on uterine peristalsis at high-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Materials and methods: The present study included 20 symptomatic fibroid patients (age range 39–53 years) and 20 normal subjects (age range 19–46 years). MRI images were obtained during the peri-ovulatory phase using 3 T MRI using a sagittal T2 turbo spin-echo sequence and a half-Fourier acquisition single-shot turbo spin-echo sequence for display on cine mode. Two radiologists independently evaluated the images for the presence of uterine peristalsis by confidence level. In cases where peristalsis was present, the images were also evaluated for peristalsis frequency and direction. For fibroid patients, uterine and index fibroid volume, fibroid burden and index fibroid location were also recorded. Results: Uterine peristalsis was significantly decreased in symptomatic fibroid patients compared with normal controls (p < 0.01). Peristalsis frequency in fibroid patients was also lower than in normal subjects. Direction of peristalsis was cervix-to-fundus for the majority of fibroid patients and controls. There was no significant relationship between fibroid characteristics, such as uterine volume, index fibroid volume, index fibroid location, and fibroid number in fibroid patients with, and fibroid patients without peristalsis. Conclusion: In women with symptomatic fibroids, the presence of uterine peristalsis is significantly decreased compared to normal controls on 3 T cine MRI. The presence of fibroids appears to disturb the normal conduction of uterine peristalsis and may interfere with fluid (e.g., menses, sperm) transport

  19. In-bore setup and software for 3T MRI-guided transperineal prostate biopsy

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    Tokuda, Junichi; Tuncali, Kemal; Iordachita, Iulian; Song, Sang-Eun; Fedorov, Andriy; Oguro, Sota; Lasso, Andras; Fennessy, Fiona M.; Tempany, Clare M.; Hata, Nobuhiko

    2012-09-01

    MRI-guided prostate biopsy in conventional closed-bore scanners requires transferring the patient outside the bore during needle insertion due to the constrained in-bore space, causing a safety hazard and limiting image feedback. To address this issue, we present our custom-made in-bore setup and software to support MRI-guided transperineal prostate biopsy in a wide-bore 3 T MRI scanner. The setup consists of a specially designed tabletop and a needle-guiding template with a Z-frame that gives a physician access to the perineum of the patient at the imaging position and allows the physician to perform MRI-guided transperineal biopsy without moving the patient out of the scanner. The software and Z-frame allow registration of the template, target planning and biopsy guidance. Initially, we performed phantom experiments to assess the accuracy of template registration and needle placement in a controlled environment. Subsequently, we embarked on our clinical trial (N = 10). The phantom experiments showed that the translational errors of the template registration along the right-left (RP) and anterior-posterior (AP) axes were 1.1 ± 0.8 and 1.4 ± 1.1 mm, respectively, while the rotational errors around the RL, AP and superior-inferior axes were (0.8 ± 1.0)°, (1.7 ± 1.6)° and (0.0 ± 0.0)°, respectively. The 2D root-mean-square (RMS) needle-placement error was 3 mm. The clinical biopsy procedures were safely carried out in all ten clinical cases with a needle-placement error of 5.4 mm (2D RMS). In conclusion, transperineal prostate biopsy in a wide-bore 3T scanner is feasible using our custom-made tabletop setup and software, which supports manual needle placement without moving the patient out of the magnet.

  20. In-bore setup and software for 3T MRI-guided transperineal prostate biopsy

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    MRI-guided prostate biopsy in conventional closed-bore scanners requires transferring the patient outside the bore during needle insertion due to the constrained in-bore space, causing a safety hazard and limiting image feedback. To address this issue, we present our custom-made in-bore setup and software to support MRI-guided transperineal prostate biopsy in a wide-bore 3 T MRI scanner. The setup consists of a specially designed tabletop and a needle-guiding template with a Z-frame that gives a physician access to the perineum of the patient at the imaging position and allows the physician to perform MRI-guided transperineal biopsy without moving the patient out of the scanner. The software and Z-frame allow registration of the template, target planning and biopsy guidance. Initially, we performed phantom experiments to assess the accuracy of template registration and needle placement in a controlled environment. Subsequently, we embarked on our clinical trial (N = 10). The phantom experiments showed that the translational errors of the template registration along the right–left (RP) and anterior–posterior (AP) axes were 1.1 ± 0.8 and 1.4 ± 1.1 mm, respectively, while the rotational errors around the RL, AP and superior–inferior axes were (0.8 ± 1.0)°, (1.7 ± 1.6)° and (0.0 ± 0.0)°, respectively. The 2D root-mean-square (RMS) needle-placement error was 3 mm. The clinical biopsy procedures were safely carried out in all ten clinical cases with a needle-placement error of 5.4 mm (2D RMS). In conclusion, transperineal prostate biopsy in a wide-bore 3T scanner is feasible using our custom-made tabletop setup and software, which supports manual needle placement without moving the patient out of the magnet. (paper)

  1. Lingüística de interações moleculares

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    Romeu Cardoso Guimarães

    1991-12-01

    Full Text Available As moléculas biológicas mais interessantes são longos polímeros. Em analogia com a linguagem humana alfabética, estes podem ser chamados de textos, e analisados, quanto à estrutura primária, como sequência de letras (monômeros; como nucleotídeos, aminoácidos, etc. ou de palavras (códigos de oligômeros, de até 5-6 letras. Considera-se que o estudo das palavras, em abordagem de tipo lingüístico, possa contribuir para o entendimento das interações (comunicações moleculares. As linguagens e dialetos, moleculares e humanos, são contrastados. A linguagem molecular se distingue peculiarmente da humana, por exemplo, por utilizar forma tridimensional, dinâmica temporal, ausência de espaçamento e pontuação, e sobreposição de significados. Apresenta-se um método matemático para descoberta, de palavras em textos. A palavra AAA (trinca de adeninas foi estudada na evolução do RNA ribossômico 5S. Observou-se que esta palavra é mais freqüente em organismos menos complexos e menos freqüente nos mais complexos, das linhagens de fungos, plantas e vertebrados. Nas duas últimas, reduziu-se também o grau de variabilidade gênica. Pelo contrário, grau moderado de freqüência da palavra persistiu em toda a linhagem dos invertebrados, com manutenção paralela de alto nível de variabilidade gênica. Nas mitocôndrias, plastídeos e micoplasmas, a freqüência da palavra AAA foi aumentada, de acordo com sua necessidade de interações com maior amplitude de variação. Esses comportamentos indicam que a palavra monótona AAA permite ambigüidade de interações. Com a evolução da complexidade orgânica e da maior especificidade molecular, as palavras ambíguas foram progressivamente evitadas.

  2. Interação medicamentosa de venlafaxina com captopril Drug interaction of velanfaxine with captopril

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    Douglas D Sucar

    2000-09-01

    Full Text Available O autor descreve um caso de interação medicamentosa, em uma senhora de 53 anos de idade, com diagnóstico de depressão e de hipertensão arterial. Com níveis pressóricos estáveis, em conseqüência de um regime dietético e de uso do captopril -anti-hipertensivo inibidor da enzima de conversão da angiotensina -, passou a apresentar constantes descompensações do seu quadro clínico, com elevações da tensão arterial (TA, logo após a introdução da venlafaxina no seu esquema terapêutico. Esse medicamento é um potente antidepressivo de última geração, que atua no sistema nervoso central (SNC, inibindo a recaptação de serotonina e noradrenalina. Demonstra a interação pelo monitoramento da TA e aplicação do instrumento de Naranjo. Descreve as condições clínicas gerais da paciente e sua evolução, e discute os mecanismos prováveis que conduziram a interação pela hipótese que envolve o aumento de noradrenalina nos terminais sinápticos, o sistema renina-angiotensina e a bradicinina, concluindo que a venlafaxina agiu como antagonista, de modo indireto, sobre os efeitos hipotensores do captopril.This is a case report of drug interaction in a 53 year-old woman diagnosed with depression and arterial hypertension. As a result of a low-salt diet and the use of the captopril (an antihypertensive that inhibites the angiotensine conversion enzyme, her pressoric levels had been stable till venlafaxine was introduced in her therapeutic regime. By then she started to show an unstableclinical condition, with elevations of her arterial blood pressure (ABP. Venlafaxine is a potent last generation antidepressant drug, acting in the central nervous system (CNS by inhibiting the reuptake of serotonine and noradrenaline. The drug interaction is demonstrated by monitoring the ABP and using the Naranjo's tool.The patient's general clinical conditions and herprogress are presented, and the hypothetical mechanisms to the interaction, such as

  3. Interação adulto-criança - uma - perspetiva de qualidade na aprendizagem

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    Jorge, Anabela Ferreira

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    A presente investigação teve como objetivo principal investigar a interação adulto – criança: tentando compreender as dimensões do estilo do educador. Neste sentido, tornou-se pertinente fazer uma abordagem da educação pré-escolar explicitando a educação de Infância no seu contexto histórico. A educação pré-escolar passou por várias momentos, resultantes do contexto social, político e económico do país, até ser reconhecida e valorizada como sendo uma etapa imprescindível no que...

  4. Neurografía por resonancia magnética en 3T: experiencia preliminar 3T MRI neurography: preliminary experience

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    Martín Aguilar

    2012-12-01

    Asymmetry and Least-squares estimation sequence in the evaluation of peripheral nerves, brachial plexus and lumbar plexus, for the diagnosis of compression or entrapment neuropathies, non-entrapment neuropathies, and the underlying conditions. The IDEAL sequence provides 4 types of images from a single acquisition, allowing uniform fat or water suppression and in phase/out of phase images of water, fat or a combination of both. Materials and Methods. This is a retrospective study, from January 2011 to June 2011. Eleven neurographies were performed on 3T MRI (HDX 3T, GE Healthcare, USA, with 8-channel phased array coils on sagittal and coronal planes, with 1.2-0 mm slices with no gap, axial 3D spoiled gradient recalled (SPGR T , with 1-0-mm slice thickness with and without gadolinium injection and variable field of view (FOV according to the nerve or plexus to explore. Results. We found 2 schwannomas (brachial plexus and sciatic nerve, 1 neuritis (compression to median nerve, 2 cases of multiple neurofibromas (lumbosacral plexus, sciatic nerve, brachial plexus, 3 traumatic neuromas (peroneal nerve and 1 pseudomeningocele avulsion (brachial plexus, and 2 with no structural alterations (lumbosacral plexus and peroneal nerve. Conclusion. In this preliminary experience, the use of highresolution sequences in magnetic resonance imaging neurography studies provided excellent signal homogeneity, improving the recognition of the nerve structure and signal, the identification of anatomical variations, and causes of neuropathy, as well as the characterization of denervation changes of the affected muscle groups.

  5. Comparison of oxygen consumption rates in minimally transformed BALB/3T3 and virus-transformed 3T3B-SV40 cells.

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    Leznev, E I; Popova, I I; Lavrovskaja, V P; Evtodienko, Y V

    2013-08-01

    In the recent years, bioenergetics of tumor cells and particularly cell respiration have been attracting great attention because of the involvement of mitochondria in apoptosis and growing evidence of the possibility to diagnose and treat cancer by affecting the system of oxidative phosphorylation in mitochondria. In the present work, a comparative study of oxygen consumption in 3T3B-SV40 cells transformed with oncovirus SV40 and parental BALB/3T3 cells was conducted. Such fractions of oxygen consumption as "phosphorylating" respiration coupled to ATP synthesis, "free" respiration not coupled to ATP synthesis, and "reserve" or hidden respiration observed in the presence of protonophore were determined. Maximal respiration was shown to be only slightly decreased in 3T3B-SV40 cells as compared to BALB/3T3. However, in the case of certain fractions of cellular respiration, the changes were significant. "Phosphorylating" respiration was found to be reduced to 54% and "reserve" respiration, on the contrary, increased up to 160% in virus-transformed 3T3B-SV40 cells. The low rate of "phosphorylating" respiration and high "reserve" respiration indicate that under normal incubation conditions the larger part of mitochondrial respiratory chains of the virus-transformed cells is in the resting state (i.e. there is no electron transfer to oxygen). The high "reserve" respiration is suggested to play an important role in preventing apoptosis of 3T3B-SV40 cells.

  6. Accuracy of 3 T versus 1.5 T breast MRI for pre-operative assessment of extent of disease in newly diagnosed DCIS

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    Rahbar, Habib, E-mail: hrahbar@uw.edu; DeMartini, Wendy B.; Lee, Amie Y.; Partridge, Savannah C.; Peacock, Sue; Lehman, Constance D.

    2015-04-15

    Highlights: •We compared sizes of known ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) on pre-operative breast MRI at 3 T and 1.5 T with final pathology sizes. •DCIS sizes on 3 T MRI correlated better with pathologic sizes than 1.5 T MRI. •Imaging features of DCIS, including morphology and kinetics, were similar at 3 T and 1.5 T MRI. -- Abstract: Objectives: While 3 T breast magnetic resonance imaging has increased in use over the past decade, there is little data comparing its use for assessing ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) versus 1.5 T. We sought to compare the accuracies of DCIS extent of disease measures on pre-operative 3 T versus 1.5 T MRI. Methods: This institutional review board-approved prospective study included 20 patients with ductal carcinoma in situ diagnosed by core needle biopsy (CNB) who underwent pre-operative breast MRI at both 3 T (resolution = 0.5 mm × 0.5 mm × 1.3 mm) and 1.5 T (0.85 mm × 0.85 mm × 1.6 mm). All patients provided informed consent, and the study was HIPPA compliant. Lesion sizes and imaging characteristics (morphologic and kinetic enhancement) were recorded for the 3 T and 1.5 T examinations. Lesion size measures at both field strengths were correlated to final pathology, and imaging characteristics also were compared. Results: Of the initial cohort of 20 patients with CNB-diagnosed DCIS, 19 underwent definitive surgery. Median DCIS sizes of these 19 patients were 6 mm (range: 0–67 mm) on 3 T, 13 mm (0–60 mm) on 1.5 T, and 6 mm (0–55 mm) on surgical pathology. Size correlation between MRI and pathology was higher for 3 T (Spearman's ρ = 0.66, p = 0.002) than 1.5 T (ρ = 0.36, p = 0.13). In 10 women in which a residual area of suspicious enhancement was identified on both field strengths, there was agreement of morphologic description (NME vs. mass) in nine, and no significant difference in dynamic contrast enhanced kinetics at 3 T compared to 1.5 T. Conclusions: Pre-operative breast MRI at 3 T provided higher

  7. Diffusion tensor imaging applications in multiple sclerosis patients using 3T magnetic resonance: a preliminary study

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    Testaverde, Lorenzo; Caporali, Laura [University ' ' Sapienza' ' of Rome, Department of Radiological Sciences, Rome (Italy); Venditti, Eugenio; Grillea, Giovanni [U.O.C. Neuroradiologia, I.R.C.C.S. ' ' Neuromed' ' , Pozzilli (Italy); Colonnese, Claudio [University ' ' Sapienza' ' of Rome, Department of Radiological Sciences, Rome (Italy); U.O.C. Neuroradiologia, I.R.C.C.S. ' ' Neuromed' ' , Pozzilli (Italy)

    2012-05-15

    This study evaluated patients with multiple sclerosis using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to obtain fractional anisotropy (FA) and mean diffusivity (MD) values. We investigated the possible statistically significant variation of MD and FA in different MS patients, compared simultaneously, putting in comparison their normal appearing white matter (NAWM) and white matter affected by disease (plaques), both during activity and in remission, with normal white matter (NWM) of control subjects. Statistical analysis using Levene's test for comparison of variances revealed significant (P < 0.05) differences between FA values of the NWM of the controls and those of NAWM and active or inactive lesions, of the patients in the study. However, the differences between MD values of the NWM of the controls and those of NAWM and active or inactive lesions of the patients in the study were judged not significant (P > 0.05). Imaging of MS using MRI techniques is constantly searching for reproducible quantitative parameter. This study shows how these parameters can be identified in the MD and FA values, and thus suggests the implementation of MRI routine protocols for diagnosing MS with the DTI analysis, since it can provide valuable information otherwise unobtainable. (orig.)

  8. MAGNET

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    2011-01-01

    The magnet operation was very satisfactory till the technical stop at the end of the year 2010. The field was ramped down on 5th December 2010, following the successful regeneration test of the turbine filters at full field on 3rd December 2010. This will limit in the future the quantity of magnet cycles, as it is no longer necessary to ramp down the magnet for this type of intervention. This is made possible by the use of the spare liquid Helium volume to cool the magnet while turbines 1 and 2 are stopped, leaving only the third turbine in operation. This obviously requires full availability of the operators to supervise the operation, as it is not automated. The cryogenics was stopped on 6th December 2010 and the magnet was left without cooling until 18th January 2011, when the cryoplant operation resumed. The magnet temperature reached 93 K. The maintenance of the vacuum pumping was done immediately after the magnet stop, when the magnet was still at very low temperature. Only the vacuum pumping of the ma...

  9. Subendocardial contractile impairment in chronic ischemic myocardium: assessment by strain analysis of 3T tagged CMR

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    Nagao Michinobu

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The purpose of this study was to quantify myocardial strain on the subendocardial and epicardial layers of the left ventricle (LV using tagged cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR and to investigate the transmural degree of contractile impairment in the chronic ischemic myocardium. Methods 3T tagged CMR was performed at rest in 12 patients with severe coronary artery disease who had been scheduled for coronary artery bypass grafting. Circumferential strain (C-strain at end-systole on subendocardial and epicardial layers was measured using the short-axis tagged images of the LV and available software (Intag; Osirix. The myocardial segment was divided into stenotic and non-stenotic segments by invasive coronary angiography, and ischemic and non-ischemic segments by stress myocardial perfusion scintigraphy. The difference in C-strain between the two groups was analyzed using the Mann-Whitney U-test. The diagnostic capability of C-strain was analyzed using receiver operating characteristics analysis. Results The absolute subendocardial C-strain was significantly lower for stenotic (-7.5 ± 12.6% than non-stenotic segment (-18.8 ± 10.2%, p Conclusions Analysis of tagged CMR can non-invasively demonstrate predominant impairment of subendocardial strain in the chronic ischemic myocardium at rest.

  10. Monitoring fractional anisotropy in developing rabbit brain using MR diffusion tensor imaging at 3T

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    Jao, Jo-Chi; Yang, Yu-Ting; Hsiao, Chia-Chi; Chen, Po-Chou

    2016-03-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the factional anisotropy (FA) in various regions of developing rabbit brain using magnetic resonance diffusion tensor imaging (MR DTI) at 3 T. A whole-body clinical MR imaging (MRI) scanner with a 15-channel high resolution knee coil was used. An echo-planar-imaging (EPI)-DTI pulse sequence was performed. Five 5 week-old New Zealand white (NZW) rabbits underwent MRI once per week for 24 weeks. After scanning, FA maps were obtained. ROIs (regions of interests) in the frontal lobe, parietal & temporal lobe, and occipital lobe were measured. FA changes with time were evaluated with a linear regression analysis. The results show that the FA values in all lobes of the brain increased linearly with age. The ranking of FA values was FA(frontal lobe) FA(occipital lobe). There was significant difference (p rabbits to investigate the brain anatomy during development using clinical MRI. This technique can be further applied to the pre-clinical diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and follow-up of brain lesions.

  11. In vivo conductivity imaging of canine male pelvis using a 3T MREIT system

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    Kim, H. J.; Jeong, W. C.; Kim, Y. T.; Minhas, A. S.; Lee, T. H.; Lim, C. Y.; Park, H. M.; Seo, J. K.; Woo, E. J.

    2010-04-01

    The prostate is an imaging area of growing concern related with aging. Prostate cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia are the most common diseases and significant cause of death for elderly men. Hence, the conductivity imaging of the male pelvis is a challenging task with a clinical significance. In this study, we performed in vivo MREIT imaging experiments of the canine male pelvis using a 3T MRI scanner. Adopting carbon-hydrogel electrodes and a multi-echo pulse sequence, we could inject as much as 10 mA current in a form of 51 ms pulse into the pelvis. Collecting magnetic flux density data inside the pelvis subject to multiple injection currents, we reconstructed cross-sectional conductivity images using a MREIT software package CoReHA. Scaled conductivity images of the prostate show a clear contrast between the central and peripheral zones which are related with prostate diseases including cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia. In our future work, we will focus on prostate cancer model animal experiments.

  12. Using High Spatial Resolution to Improve BOLD fMRI Detection at 3T.

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    Juliana Iranpour

    Full Text Available For different functional magnetic resonance imaging experiments using blood oxygenation level-dependent (BOLD contrast, the acquisition of T2*-weighted scans at a high spatial resolution may be advantageous in terms of time-course signal-to-noise ratio and of BOLD sensitivity when the regions are prone to susceptibility artifacts. In this study, we explore this solution by examining how spatial resolution influences activations elicited when appetizing food pictures are viewed. Twenty subjects were imaged at 3 T with two different voxel volumes, 3.4 μl and 27 μl. Despite the diminution of brain coverage, we found that high-resolution acquisition led to a better detection of activations. Though known to suffer to different degrees from susceptibility artifacts, the activations detected by high spatial resolution were notably consistent with those reported in published activation likelihood estimation meta-analyses, corresponding to taste-responsive regions. Furthermore, these regions were found activated bilaterally, in contrast with previous findings. Both the reduction of partial volume effect, which improves BOLD contrast, and the mitigation of susceptibility artifact, which boosts the signal to noise ratio in certain regions, explained the better detection noted with high resolution. The present study provides further evidences that high spatial resolution is a valuable solution for human BOLD fMRI, especially for studying food-related stimuli.

  13. Interação social e o comportamento da investidora brasileira

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    José Fajardo

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available No presente artigo analisamos as características de mulheres que investem em ações no mercado brasileiro, seja diretamente, ou indiretamente, através de fundos de ações. Nosso objetivo é verificar se além dos fatores como idade, escolaridade, estado civil e patrimônio, há evidências de que a interação social aumenta a participação da mulher no mercado acionário. Através de um questionário enviado pela Internet para um grupo de investidoras, organizamos uma base de dados com variáveis determinantes na tomada de decisão de investimentos e analisamos as significâncias destas nas diversas combinações de regressões realizadas. Aplicamos o método Probit e calculamos os efeitos marginais sobre a variável dependente. Encontramos evidências que além do patrimônio financeiro, o nível de escolaridade o estado civil, sintomas de depressão e alguns indicadores de interação social são estatisticamente significantes quando a mulher escolhe seus investimentos. Também, como proposto por vários outros estudos, a propensão ao risco é determinante na escolha dos investimentos.In the present paper we analyze the characteristics of women that invest in the Brazilian capital market, directly or indirectly, through stock funds. Our goal is to verify if, in addition to the usual factors like age, years of education, marital status and wealth, there is evidence that social interactions increase the participation of women in capital markets. Through a questionnaire sent by e-mail to a group of women investors, we organize a data base with variables that determines the investment decision and analyze theirstatistical significance, we use a Probity model and compute the marginal effects. We find evidence that additionally to wealth, years of education and marital status, depression and other indicators of social interaction are statistically significant when woman decides their investments. Also, as suggested by several works, risk

  14. MAGNET

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    2010-01-01

    Operation of the magnet has gone quite smoothly during the first half of this year. The magnet has been at 4.5K for the full period since January. There was an unplanned short stop due to the CERN-wide power outage on May 28th, which caused a slow dump of the magnet. Since this occurred just before a planned technical stop of the LHC, during which access in the experimental cavern was authorized, it was decided to leave the magnet OFF until 2nd June, when magnet was ramped up again to 3.8T. The magnet system experienced a fault also resulting in a slow dump on April 14th. This was triggered by a thermostat on a filter choke in the 20kA DC power converter. The threshold of this thermostat is 65°C. However, no variation in the water-cooling flow rate or temperature was observed. Vibration may have been the root cause of the fault. All the thermostats have been checked, together with the cables, connectors and the read out card. The tightening of the inductance fixations has also been checked. More tem...

  15. MAGNET

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    2012-01-01

      Following the unexpected magnet stops last August due to sequences of unfortunate events on the services and cryogenics [see CMS internal report], a few more events and initiatives again disrupted the magnet operation. All the magnet parameters stayed at their nominal values during this period without any fault or alarm on the magnet control and safety systems. The magnet was stopped for the September technical stop to allow interventions in the experimental cavern on the detector services. On 1 October, to prepare the transfer of the liquid nitrogen tank on its new location, several control cables had to be removed. One cable was cut mistakenly, causing a digital input card to switch off, resulting in a cold-box (CB) stop. This tank is used for the pre-cooling of the magnet from room temperature down to 80 K, and for this reason it is controlled through the cryogenics control system. Since the connection of the CB was only allowed for a field below 2 T to avoid the risk of triggering a fast d...

  16. MAGNET

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    2012-01-01

      The magnet was energised at the beginning of March 2012 at a low current to check all the MSS safety chains. Then the magnet was ramped up to 3.8 T on 6 March 2012. Unfortunately two days later an unintentional switch OFF of the power converter caused a slow dump. This was due to a misunderstanding of the CCC (CERN Control Centre) concerning the procedure to apply for the CMS converter control according to the beam-mode status at that time. Following this event, the third one since 2009, a discussion was initiated to define possible improvement, not only on software and procedures in the CCC, but also to evaluate the possibility to upgrade the CMS hardware to prevent such discharge from occurring because of incorrect procedure implementations. The magnet operation itself was smooth, and no power cuts took place. As a result, the number of magnetic cycles was reduced to the minimum, with only two full magnetic cycles from 0 T to 3.8 T. Nevertheless the magnet suffered four stops of the cryogeni...

  17. Langerhans cells are not required for epidermal V gamma 3 T cell homeostasis and function

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    Taveirne, Sylvie; De Colvenaer, Veerle; Van Den Broeck, Tina; Van Ammel, Els; Bennett, Clare L.; Taghon, Tom; Vandekerckhove, Bart; Plum, Jean; Clausen, Bjorn E.; Kaplan, Daniel H.; Leclercq, Georges

    2011-01-01

    This study tested the hypothesis that V gamma 3 TCR-bearing T cells are influenced by LCs. V gamma 3 T cells and LCs are located in the epidermis of mice. V gamma 3 T cells represent the main T cell population in the skin epithelium and play a crucial role in maintaining the skin integrity, whereas

  18. 3T3-L1 adipocytes display phenotypic characteristics of multiple adipocyte lineages

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    Morrison, Shona; McGee, Sean L

    2015-01-01

    Differentiated 3T3-L1 adipocytes are a widely used in vitro model of white adipocytes. In addition to classical white and brown adipocytes that are derived from different cell lineages, beige adipocytes have also been identified, which have characteristics of both white and brown adipocytes. Here we show that 3T3-L1 adipocytes display features of multiple adipocytes lineages. While the gene expression profile and basal bioenergetics of 3T3-L1 adipocytes was typical of white adipocytes, they responded acutely to catecholamines by increasing oxygen consumption in an UCP1-dependent manner, and by increasing the expression of genes enriched in brown but not beige adipocytes. Chronic exposure to catecholamines exacerbated this phenotype. However, a beige adipocyte differentiation procedure did not induce a beige adipocyte phenotype in 3T3-L1 fibroblasts. These multiple lineage features should be considered when interpreting data from experiments utilizing 3T3-L1 adipocytes. PMID:26451286

  19. MAGNET

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    2012-01-01

      The magnet and its sub-systems were stopped at the beginning of the winter shutdown on 8th December 2011. The magnet was left without cooling during the cryogenics maintenance until 17th January 2012, when the cryoplant operation resumed. The magnet temperature reached 93 K. The vacuum pumping was maintained during this period. During this shutdown, the yearly maintenance was performed on the cryogenics, the vacuum pumps, the magnet control and safety systems, and the power converter and discharge lines. Several preventive actions led to the replacement of the electrovalve command coils, and the 20A DC power supplies of the magnet control system. The filters were cleaned on the demineralised water circuits. The oil of the diffusion pumps was changed. On the cryogenics, warm nitrogen at 343 K was circulated in the cold box to regenerate the filters and the heat exchangers. The coalescing filters have been replaced at the inlet of both the turbines and the lubricant trapping unit. The active cha...

  20. MAGNET

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    2010-01-01

    The magnet was successfully operated at the end of the year 2009 despite some technical problems on the cryogenics. The magnet was ramped up to 3.8 T at the end of November until December 16th when the shutdown started. The magnet operation met a few unexpected stops. The field was reduced to 3.5 T for about 5 hours on December 3rd due to a faulty pressure sensor on the helium compressor. The following day the CERN CCC stopped unintentionally the power converters of the LHC and the experiments, triggering a ramp down that was stopped at 2.7 T. The magnet was back at 3.8 T about 6 hours after CCC sent the CERN-wide command. Three days later, a slow dump was triggered due to a stop of the pump feeding the power converter water-cooling circuit, during an intervention on the water-cooling plant done after several disturbances on the electrical distribution network. The magnet was back at 3.8 T in the evening the same day. On December 10th a break occurred in one turbine of the cold box producing the liquid ...

  1. MAGNET

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    2011-01-01

    The CMS magnet has been running steadily and smoothly since the summer, with no detected flaw. The magnet instrumentation is entirely operational and all the parameters are at their nominal values. Three power cuts on the electrical network affected the magnet run in the past five months, with no impact on the data-taking as the accelerator was also affected at the same time. On 22nd June, a thunderstorm caused a power glitch on the service electrical network. The primary water cooling at Point 5 was stopped. Despite a quick restart of the water cooling, the inlet temperature of the demineralised water on the busbar cooling circuit increased by 5 °C, up to 23.3 °C. It was kept below the threshold of 27 °C by switching off other cooling circuits to avoid the trigger of a slow dump of the magnet. The cold box of the cryogenics also stopped. Part of the spare liquid helium volume was used to maintain the cooling of the magnet at 4.5 K. The operators of the cryogenics quickly restarted ...

  2. MAGNET

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    2013-01-01

      The magnet was operated without any problem until the end of the LHC run in February 2013, apart from a CERN-wide power glitch on 10 January 2013 that affected the CMS refrigerator, causing a ramp down to 2 T in order to reconnect the coldbox. Another CERN-wide power glitch on 15 January 2013 didn’t affect the magnet subsystems, the cryoplant or the power converter. At the end of the magnet run, the reconnection of the coldbox at 2.5 T was tested. The process will be updated, in particular the parameters of some PID valve controllers. The helium flow of the current leads was reduced but only for a few seconds. The exercise will be repeated with the revised parameters to validate the automatic reconnection process of the coldbox. During LS1, the water-cooling services will be reduced and many interventions are planned on the electrical services. Therefore, the magnet cryogenics and subsystems will be stopped for several months, and the magnet cannot be kept cold. In order to avoid unc...

  3. Formas de interação entre humanos e dados digitais em ambientes virtuais

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    Luiz Antônio Rocha

    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available Este texto visa debruçar-se sobre a relação homem/meio digital e sobre as possibilidades dessa interação. Partimos da seguinte questão, quais as chances dessa relação vir a ser um meio que apresente ferramentas de operação e criação, possibilitando a geração de novas informações, a partir daquelas já disponibilizadas em ambiente virtual, e um ciclo contínuo? Que possibilidades que existiriam de se criar informação a partir da operação com a visualização de dados, invertendo a relação de dependência que a representação tem sobre os dados que traduz. No que isto poderia vir a ampliar o fazer artístico.This article points to the relationship between humans and information (database in virtual collaborative environments and it questions about the possibilities that could come out from this interaction. If this can lead to a new process of creation based on the direct operation through the displayed information, feeding back the database, and, the aftermath that could reflect on the artistic work in the digital realm. What are the possibilities of creating, backwarding the process, from the manipulation of information back to the database.

  4. Interação educadora-criança em creches públicas: estilos linguísticos

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    Deborah Dornellas Ramos

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available O presente estudo teve o objetivo de analisar a interação educadora-criança em creches públicas, considerando os estilos linguísticos das educadoras e a comunicação infantil. O estudo dos estilos linguísticos destaca-se nas análises das interações entre adultos e crianças, especialmente em se tratando daquelas da faixa etária em torno dos 24 meses, devido à emergência das primeiras pequenas frases. Participaram do estudo seis educadoras e doze crianças com idade entre 23 e 25 meses, que frequentavam creches públicas de João Pessoa, Paraíba. As interações entre educadora e criança foram observadas sistematicamente em contextos diádicos e poliádicos de leitura. Categorias interacionais foram elaboradas a posteriori, para a análise dos dados. As educadoras utilizaram mais estilos associados à promoção do desenvolvimento linguístico nos contextos diádicos, enquanto os estilos relacionados à direção e ao controle dos comportamentos predominaram nos contextos poliádicos. As análises consideraram a influência mútua entre os estilos comunicativos e o nível de desenvolvimento linguístico infantil, além dos aspectos contextuais.

  5. Surto psicótico pela possível interação medicamentosa de sibutramina com finasterida

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    Sucar Douglas Dogol

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available É descrito um caso de interação medicamentosa em um paciente de 30 anos, que fazia com sucesso um tratamento antiobesidade com sibutramina. Esse medicamento é um saciogênico que inibe a recaptação da serotonina e da noradrenalina. Logo após a introdução da finasterida para tratamento da alopécia androgênica, o paciente passou a apresentar surto psicótico. Esse medicamento é um potente inibidor da 5-alfa-redutase do tipo II. A interação medicamentosa demonstra-se por meio de um rigoroso acompanhamento clínico e de uma aplicação do algoritmo de Naranjo. Também descrevem-se as condições clínicas gerais do paciente e sua evolução. Discutem-se os mecanismos prováveis que levaram à interação medicamentosa, com a conclusão de que a finasterida inibiu o metabolismo hepático da sibutramina. Esta deslocou a finasterida de seus pontos de ligações com as proteínas, aumentando sua fração livre plasmática e inibindo ainda mais o metabolismo da sibutramina. Com aumento de serotonina, noradrenalina e dopamina na fenda sináptica, desencadeia-se o surto psicótico.

  6. Um estudo ecológico sobre as interações da família com o abrigo

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    Queila Almeida Vasconcelos

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    Full Text Available O presente estudo teve por objetivo investigar as interações entre famílias e as instituições de abrigo a partir do modelo bioecológico de desenvolvimento humano de Urie Bronfenbrenner. Para tanto, foram acompanhadas as interações de funcionários de uma instituição do extremo sul do Brasil e a família de uma criança institucionalizada durante o processo de reinserção familiar. Os profissionais revelaram crenças e percepções idealizadas que prescrevem as expectativas dos modos de vida da família nuclear tradicional. Por sua vez, a família apresentou temores em relação aos julgamentos dos representantes da instituição pela possibilidade de perder a guarda dos outros filhos não-institucionalizados. Portanto, os discursos da família e da instituição revelaram interações que evidenciam desconfiança entre os dois contextos, o que dificulta e prorroga o retorno das crianças ao ambiente familiar.

  7. MAGNETS

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    Hofacker, H.B.

    1958-09-23

    This patent relates to nmgnets used in a calutron and more particularly to means fur clamping an assembly of magnet coils and coil spacers into tightly assembled relation in a fluid-tight vessel. The magnet comprises windings made up of an assembly of alternate pan-cake type coils and spacers disposed in a fluid-tight vessel. At one end of the tank a plurality of clamping strips are held firmly against the assembly by adjustable bolts extending through the adjacent wall. The foregoing arrangement permits taking up any looseness which may develop in the assembly of coils and spacers.

  8. Heterologous Expression of Rat Testis GABAA Receptor β3t Splicing Variant in CHO Cells

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    Shi-feng LI; Yu-guang CHEN; Yuan-chang YAN; Yi-ping LI

    2004-01-01

    Objective To characterize a possible retention function of unique sequence in the 5'end of rat testis GABAA receptor β3t splicing variantMethods Rat testis GABAA receptor β3t splicing variant cDNA was cloned and two eukaryotic expression recombinant plasmids of pEGFP-N1 and pEGFP-C1 were constructed respectively by fusing green fluorescent protein to the N or C-terminus of β3t isoform. The recombinant plasmids were transfected into CHO cells by calcium phosphate co-precipitation method. Fluorescence microscope and laser confocal microscope were used to analyze localization of β3t in the transfected cells. ConA-Texas-Red was used to label cell ER and the localization of rat testis β3t splicing variant in CHO cells was determined.Results When rat testis β3t splicing variant was expressed in CHO cells, two expression patterns were delineated, the distributions of uniform and mainly discrete intracellular compartments respectively. The chimera product failed to be translocated into the cell surface when expressed in CHO cells; whereas the β3 subunit of rat brain was incorporated into the plasma membrane.Conclusion The inability of β3t to target into the ER may be a consequence of the unique 25 specific amino acid segments in the N terminus.

  9. Temperature induced modulation of lipid oxidation and lipid accumulation in palmitate-mediated 3T3-L1 adipocytes and 3T3-L1 adipocytes.

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    Lin, Xiaofen; Li, Yi; Leung, Polly Hangmei; Li, Jiashen; Hu, Junyan; Liu, Xuan; Li, Zhi

    2016-05-01

    Human skin temperature can vary widely depending on anatomical location and ambient temperature. It is also known that local changes in skin and subcutaneous temperature can affect fat metabolism. This study aimed to explore the potential effects of surrounding thermal environment on fat by investigating cell viability, lipid oxidation, and lipid accumulation in 3T3-L1 adipocytes and palmitate-treated adipocytes after 4h incubation. No significant differences of viability in 3T3-L1 adipocytes were detected under different temperature conditions. Despite no significant increase being observed under warm temperature (39°C) conditions, a similarly significant suppression of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) and lipid peroxidation were found in 3T3-L1 adipocytes and palmitate-treated adipocytes under 4h exposure to cooler temperatures of 31-33°C (Psize of lipid droplets in 3T3-L1 adipocytes (Padipocytes. In the palmitate-induced adiposity model, although excessive ROS and lipid peroxidation has been attenuated by temperature decrease (Psize (P>0.05) and remedy the palmitate damage induced cell death (Padipocytes. PMID:27157327

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    B. Curé

    2011-01-01

    The magnet ran smoothly in the last few months until a fast dump occurred on 9th May 2011. Fortunately, this occurred in the afternoon of the first day of the technical stop. The fast dump was due to a valve position controller that caused the sudden closure of a valve. This valve is used to regulate the helium flow on one of the two current leads, which electrically connects the coil at 4.5 K to the busbars at room temperature. With no helium flow on the lead, the voltage drop and the temperatures across the leads increase up to the defined thresholds, triggering a fast dump through the Magnet Safety System (MSS). The automatic reaction triggered by the MSS worked properly. The helium release was limited as the pressure rise was just at the limit of the safety valve opening pressure. The average temperature of the magnet reached 72 K. It took four days to recover the temperature and refill the helium volumes. The faulty valve controller was replaced by a spare one before the magnet ramp-up resumed....

  11. Active form Notch4 promotes the proliferation and differentiation of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes

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    Lai, Peng-Yeh [Institute of Molecular Biology and Department of Life Science, National Chung Cheng University, Chiayi 621, Taiwan, ROC (China); Tsai, Chong-Bin [Institute of Molecular Biology and Department of Life Science, National Chung Cheng University, Chiayi 621, Taiwan, ROC (China); Department of Ophthalmology, Chiayi Christian Hospital, Chiayi 600, Taiwan, ROC (China); Tseng, Min-Jen, E-mail: biomjt@ccu.edu.tw [Institute of Molecular Biology and Department of Life Science, National Chung Cheng University, Chiayi 621, Taiwan, ROC (China)

    2013-01-18

    Highlights: ► Notch4IC modulates the ERK pathway and cell cycle to promote 3T3-L1 proliferation. ► Notch4IC facilitates 3T3-L1 differentiation by up-regulating proadipogenic genes. ► Notch4IC promotes proliferation during the early stage of 3T3-L1 adipogenesis. ► Notch4IC enhances differentiation during subsequent stages of 3T3-L1 adipogenesis. -- Abstract: Adipose tissue is composed of adipocytes, which differentiate from precursor cells in a process called adipogenesis. Many signal molecules are involved in the transcriptional control of adipogenesis, including the Notch pathway. Previous adipogenic studies of Notch have focused on Notch1 and HES1; however, the role of other Notch receptors in adipogenesis remains unclear. Q-RT-PCR analyses showed that the augmentation of Notch4 expression during the differentiation of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes was comparable to that of Notch1. To elucidate the role of Notch4 in adipogenesis, the human active form Notch4 (N4IC) was transiently transfected into 3T3-L1 cells. The expression of HES1, Hey1, C/EBPδ and PPARγ was up-regulated, and the expression of Pref-1, an adipogenic inhibitor, was down-regulated. To further characterize the effect of N4IC in adipogenesis, stable cells expressing human N4IC were established. The expression of N4IC promoted proliferation and enhanced differentiation of 3T3-L1 cells compared with those of control cells. These data suggest that N4IC promoted proliferation through modulating the ERK pathway and the cell cycle during the early stage of 3T3-L1 adipogenesis and facilitated differentiation through up-regulating adipogenic genes such as C/EBPα, PPARγ, aP2, LPL and HSL during the middle and late stages of 3T3-L1 adipogenesis.

  12. Three dimensional first-pass myocardial perfusion imaging at 3T: feasibility study

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    Pohost Gerald M

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In patients with ischemic heart disease, accurate assessment of the extent of myocardial perfusion deficit may be important in predicting prognosis of clinical cardiac outcomes. The aim of this study was to compare the ability of three dimensional (3D and of two dimensional (2D multi-slice myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI using cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR in determining the size of defects, and to demonstrate the feasibility of 3D MPI in healthy volunteers at 3 Tesla. Methods A heart phantom was used to compare the accuracy of 3D and 2D multi-slice MPI in estimating the volume fraction of seven rubber insets which simulated transmural myocardial perfusion defects. Three sets of cross-sectional planes were acquired for 2D multi-slice imaging, where each set was shifted along the partition encoding direction by ± 10 mm. 3D first-pass contrast-enhanced (0.1 mmol/kg Gd-DTPA MPI was performed in three volunteers with sensitivity encoding for six-fold acceleration. The upslope of the myocardial time-intensity-curve and peak SNR/CNR values were calculated. Results Mean/standard deviation of errors in estimating the volume fraction across the seven defects were -0.44/1.49%, 2.23/2.97%, and 2.59/3.18% in 3D, 2D 4-slice, and 2D 3-slice imaging, respectively. 3D MPI performed in healthy volunteers produced excellent quality images with whole left ventricular (LV coverage. Peak SNR/CNR was 57.6 ± 22.0/37.5 ± 19.7 over all segments in the first eight slices. Conclusion 3D performed better than 2D multi-slice MPI in estimating the size of perfusion defects in phantoms. Highly accelerated 3D MPI at 3T was feasible in volunteers, allowing whole LV coverage with excellent image quality and high SNR/CNR.

  13. Commissioning and quality control of a dedicated wide bore 3T MRI simulator for radiotherapy planning

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    Aitang Xing

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to describe a practical approach to commissioning and quality assurance (QA of a dedicated wide-bore 3 Tesla (3T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI scanner for radiotherapy planning.Methods: A comprehensive commissioning protocol focusing on radiotherapy (RT specific requirements was developed and performed. RT specific tests included: uniformity characteristics of radio-frequency (RF coil, couch top attenuation, geometric distortion, laser and couch movement and an end-to-end radiotherapy treatment planning test. General tests for overall system performance and safety measurements were also performed.Results: The use of pre-scan based intensity correction increased the uniformity from 61.7% to 97% (body flexible coil, from 50% to 90% (large flexible coil and from 51% to 98% (small flexible coil. RT flat top couch decreased signal-to-noise ratio (SNR by an average of 42%. The mean and maximum geometric distortion was found to be 1.25 mm and 4.08 mm for three dimensional (3D corrected image acquisition, 2.07 mm and 7.88 mm for two dimensional (2D corrected image acquisition over 500 mm × 375 mm × 252 mm field of view (FOV. The accuracy of the laser and couch movement was less than ±1 mm. The standard deviation of registration parameters for the end-to-end test was less than 0.41 mm. An on-going QA program was developed to monitor the system’s performance.Conclusion: A number of RT specific tests have been described for commissioning and subsequent performance monitoring of a dedicated MRI simulator (MRI-Sim. These tests have been important in establishing and maintaining its operation for RT planning.

  14. Metabolic profiling of human brain metastases using in vivo proton MR spectroscopy at 3T

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    Metastases to the central nervous system from different primary cancers are an oncologic challenge as the overall prognosis for these patients is generally poor. The incidence of brain metastases varies with type of primary cancer and is probably increasing due to improved therapies of extracranial metastases prolonging patient's overall survival and thereby time for brain metastases to develop. In addition, the greater access to improved neuroimaging techniques can provide earlier diagnosis. The aim of this study was to investigate the feasibility of using proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) and multivariate analyses to characterize brain metastases originating from different primary cancers, to assess changes in spectra during radiation treatment and to correlate the spectra to clinical outcome after treatment. Patients (n = 26) with brain metastases were examined using single voxel MRS at a 3T clinical MR system. Five patients were excluded due to poor spectral quality. The spectra were obtained before start (n = 21 patients), immediately after (n = 6 patients) and two months after end of treatment (n = 4 patients). Principal component analysis (PCA) and partial least square regression analysis (PLS) were applied in order to identify clustering of spectra due to origin of metastases and to relate clinical outcome (survival) of the patients to spectral data from the first MR examination. The PCA results indicated that brain metastases from primary lung and breast cancer were separated into two clusters, while the metastases from malignant melanomas showed no uniformity. The PLS analysis showed a significant correlation between MR spectral data and survival five months after MRS before start of treatment. MRS determined metabolic profiles analysed by PCA and PLS might give valuable clinical information when planning and evaluating the treatment of brain metastases, and also when deciding to terminate further therapies

  15. Optimization of Coronary Whole-Heart MRA Free Breathing Technique at 3T

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    Gharib, Ahmed M.; Abd-Elmoniem, Khaled Z.; Herzka, Daniel A; Ho, Vincent B; Locklin, Julie; Tzatha, Efstathia; Stuber, Matthias; Pettigrew, Roderic I.

    2011-01-01

    Four different techniques for 3T whole-heart coronary MRA using free-breathing 3D segmented parallel imaging and adiabatic T2-Prep were assessed. Coronary MRA at 3T is improved by shortening the acquisition window more than employing the highest spatial resolution. Double oblique whole-heart acquisitions result in better overall image quality and allow for better delineation of the LAD. It is possible to attain shorter acquisition windows and a smaller voxel size at 3T than previously reporte...

  16. 3T3-L1 adipocytes display phenotypic characteristics of multiple adipocyte lineages

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    Morrison, Shona; McGee, Sean L.

    2015-01-01

    Differentiated 3T3-L1 adipocytes are a widely used in vitro model of white adipocytes. In addition to classical white and brown adipocytes that are derived from different cell lineages, beige adipocytes have also been identified, which have characteristics of both white and brown adipocytes. Here we show that 3T3-L1 adipocytes display features of multiple adipocytes lineages. While the gene expression profile and basal bioenergetics of 3T3-L1 adipocytes was typical of white adipocytes, they r...

  17. Alteration of proteoglycan metabolism during the differentiation of 3T3- L1 fibroblasts into adipocytes

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    3T3-L1 fibroblasts were induced to differentiate to 3T3-L1 adipocytes by dexamethasone, isobutyl-methylxanthine, and insulin. To study how differentiation affects extracellular matrix production, the accumulation of proteoglycans was studied by labeling the 3T3-L1 cells with [35S]sulphate for 24 h. The labeled proteoglycans were isolated from the medium and cell layer extracts by anion-exchange chromatography. They were then taken to gel filtration chromatography on Superose 6 before or after...

  18. Final Gleason Score Prediction Using Discriminant Analysis and Support Vector Machine Based on Preoperative Multiparametric MR Imaging of Prostate Cancer at 3T

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    Esen, Tarık; Çıtak-Er, Füsun; Vural, Metin; Onay, Aslıhan; Öztürk-Işık, Esin

    2014-01-01

    Objective. This study aimed at evaluating linear discriminant analysis (LDA) and support vector machine (SVM) classifiers for estimating final Gleason score preoperatively using multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging (mp-MRI) and clinical parameters. Materials and Methods. Thirty-three patients who underwent mp-MRI on a 3T clinical MR scanner and radical prostatectomy were enrolled in this study. The input features for classifiers were age, the presence of a palpable prostate abnormality,...

  19. Imagem corporal em mulheres submetidas à cirurgia bariátrica: Interações socioculturais

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    Marcela Rodrigues de Castro

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Apontada como epidemia global a obesidade vem sendo tratada através da cirurgia bariátrica, método invasivo, porém, considerado o mais eficiente. Objetivou-se investigar aspectos socioculturais e seu impacto sobre a imagem corporal de mulheres submetidas à cirurgia bariátrica nos períodos pré e pós-cirúrgico. Foram entrevistadas 20 mulheres submetidas à gastroplastia há pelo menos um ano no Serviço de Controle de Hipertensão Diabetes e Obesidade (SCHDO. Os dados foram analisados sob a perspectiva qualitativa e submetidos à Análise de Conteúdo. A interação entre o contexto sociocultural e imagem corporal configurou-se nas categorias: discriminação, percepção do olhar do outro antes e após cirurgia, e percepção do próprio corpo antes e após cirurgia. Constatou-se que a imagem corporal foi elaborada a partir do meio em que viveu o grupo pesquisado. O meio externo propiciou ao sujeito sentimentos de inadequação corporal, tristeza, exclusão social e inferioridade, resultando em autoconceito negativo. Tais sentimentos foram amenizados após a cirurgia bariátrica proporcionando ao grupo autoconceito positivo decorrente de uma maior inserção social.

  20. A escolha amorosa e interação conjugal na heterossexualidade e na homossexualidade

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    Féres-Carneiro Terezinha

    1997-01-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo tem como objetivo investigar o processo de escolha amorosa em homens e mulheres hetero e homossexuais das camadas médias da população, de diferentes faixas etárias, em diversas situações amorosas - namoro, casamento (coabitação estável, separação e recasamento (segunda ou subsequente coabitação estável; as características das relações dos conflitos conjugais por eles estabelecidas; e o papel atribuído à terapia de casal na resolução dos conflitos conjugais. Foram estudados dois grupos: 240 heterossexuais (53 solteiros, 64 casados, 63 separados e 60 recasados e 116 homossexuais (49 solteiros, 36 casados, 19 separados e 12 recasados. Na avaliação da escolha amorosa foram utilizados 26 atributos dispostos em escalas de avaliação de 5 pontos, tal como proposto por Buss (1989, e entrevistas semi-estruturadas a partir de Féres-Carneiro (1987, contendo tópicos referentes a dimensões relevantes da interação conjugal. Os resultados mostraram algumas diferenças entre homens e mulheres de ambos os grupos e algumas semelhanças no processo de escolha amorosa dos sujeitos hetero e dos sujeitos homossexuais. Tais resultados são relevantes para a prática clínica da terapia de casal, possibilitando uma melhor compreensão das especificidades da relação amorosa em diferentes tipos de conjugalidade.

  1. MAGNET

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    MAGNET During the winter shutdown, the magnet subsystems went through a full maintenance. The magnet was successfully warmed up to room temperature beginning of December 2008. The vacuum was broken later on by injecting nitrogen at a pressure just above one atmosphere inside the vacuum tank. This was necessary both to prevent any accidental humidity ingress, and to allow for a modification of the vacuum gauges on the vacuum tank and maintenance of the diffusion pumps. The vacuum gauges had to be changed, because of erratic variations on the measurements, causing spurious alarms. The new type of vacuum gauges has been used in similar conditions on the other LHC experiments and without problems. They are shielded against the stray field. The lubricants of the primary and diffusion pumps have been changed. Several minor modifications were also carried out on the equipment in the service cavern, with the aim to ease the maintenance and to allow possible intervention during operation. Spare sensors have been bough...

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    2010-01-01

    The magnet worked very well at 3.8 T as expected, despite a technical issue that manifested twice in the cryogenics since June. All the other magnet sub-systems worked without flaw. The issue in the cryogenics was with the cold box: it could be observed that the cold box was getting progressively blocked, due to some residual humidity and air accumulating in the first thermal exchanger and in the adsorber at 65 K. This was later confirmed by the analysis during the regeneration phases. An increase in the temperature difference between the helium inlet and outlet across the heat exchanger and a pressure drop increase on the filter of the adsorber were observed. The consequence was a reduction of the helium flow, first compensated by the automatic opening of the regulation valves. But once they were fully opened, the flow and refrigeration power reduced as a consequence. In such a situation, the liquid helium level in the helium Dewar decreased, eventually causing a ramp down of the magnet current and a field...

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    The magnet operation restarted end of June this year. Quick routine checks of the magnet sub-systems were performed at low current before starting the ramps up to higher field. It appeared clearly that the end of the field ramp down to zero was too long to be compatible with the detector commissioning and operations plans. It was decided to perform an upgrade to keep the ramp down from 3.8T to zero within 4 hours. On July 10th, when a field of 1.5T was reached, small movements were observed in the forward region support table and it was decided to fix this problem before going to higher field. At the end of July the ramps could be resumed. On July 28th, the field was at 3.8T and the summer CRAFT exercise could start. This run in August went smoothly until a general CERN wide power cut took place on August 3rd, due to an insulation fault on the high voltage network outside point 5. It affected the magnet powering electrical circuit, as it caused the opening of the main circuit breakers, resulting in a fast du...

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    2013-01-01

    The magnet is fully stopped and at room temperature. The maintenance works and consolidation activities on the magnet sub-systems are progressing. To consolidate the cryogenic installation, two redundant helium compressors will be installed as ‘hot spares’, to avoid the risk of a magnet downtime in case of a major failure of a compressor unit during operation. The screw compressors, their motors, the mechanical couplings and the concrete blocks are already available and stored at P5. The metallic structure used to access the existing compressors in SH5 will be modified to allow the installation of the two redundant ones. The plan is to finish the installation and commissioning of the hot spare compressors before the summer 2014. In the meantime, a bypass on the high-pressure helium piping will be installed for the connection of a helium drier unit later during the Long Shutdown 1, keeping this installation out of the schedule critical path. A proposal is now being prepared for the con...

  5. A violência rompendo interações: as interações superando a violência Violence rupturing interaction: interaction overcomimg violence

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    Elza Machado de Melo

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available Trata-se de pesquisa qualitativa associada ao Projeto de Extensão e de Ensino "Frutos do Morro Programa Meninos do Rio", do Departamento de Medicina Preventiva e Social da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Minas Gerais - que se desenvolve em Escolas Públicas do Aglomerado Urbano Morro das Pedras, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, e aborda a percepção de adolescentes acerca da violência, os significados que dão a ela e as formas de enfrentamento geradas. Utilizamos como referencial teórico a tese da colonização do Mundo da Vida, de Jürgen Habermas, em que os imperativos sistêmicos, mediados pelo poder e pelo dinheiro, substituem os laços de sociabilidade e solidariedade próprios das interações coordenadas pela comunicação lingüística. MÉTODOS: foram selecionados, em 2005, 14 grupos focais de adolescentes das Escolas Públicas do Aglomerado, recrutados segundo idade, escola, turno. RESULTADOS: a violência assume papel de mediador das relações intersubjetivas, seja pela falta de opção, pela sedução ou pela presença cotidiana. Embora haja uma naturalização da violência há também um desejo explícito pela sua superação. A relação com o tráfico e o uso de drogas é constantemente mencionada. A violência simbólica - discriminação - é intensamente sentida e vista como causa da violência física. A violência policial é considerada a mais bruta e a mais irracional. Também presente é a violência familiar. CONCLUSÕES: os adolescentes do Morro convivem intimamente com a violência, não vêem muitas alternativas a ela, mas a capacidade de crítica e o desejo de mudança, ainda preservados, representam importantes elementos para a construção de intervenções apropriadas, corroborando a atuação do Projeto Frutos do Morro, fundada na criação de espaços de participação e restabelecimento de laços de solidariedade.This is a qualitative survey associated to the Extension and Education Project

  6. The effects of Ganoderma lucidum herba pharmacopuncture on 3T3-L1 preadipocyte differentiation

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    Chea-woo Lee

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Objective : The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of Ganoderma lucidum herba pharmacopuncture (GHP on the adipogenesis in 3T3-L1 preadipocytes. Methods : 3T3- L1 preadipocytes were differentiated with adipogenic reagents by incubating for 2 days in the absence or presence of GHP ranging from 1 and 2%. The effect of GHP on cell proliferation of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes was investigated using MTT assay. The effect of GHP on adipogenesis was examined by Oil red O staining and measuring glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GPDH and intracellular triglyceride (TG content. Results : Following results were obtained from the preadipocyte proliferation and adipocyte differentiation of 3T3-L1. We observed no effect of GHP on preadipocyte proliferation. GHP inhibited adipogenesis, the activity of GPDH and accumulation of intracellular TG content. Conclusions : These results suggest that GHP inhibit differentiation of preadipocyte.

  7. High-dose Resveratrol Inhibits Insulin Signaling Pathway in 3T3-L1 Adipocytes

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    Lee, Haemi; Kim, Jae-Woo

    2013-01-01

    Background Insulin resistance is a major factor in the development of metabolic syndrome and is associated with central obesity and glucose intolerance. Resveratrol, a polyphenol found in fruits, has been shown to improve metabolic conditions. Although it has been widely studied how resveratrol affects metabolism, little is known about how resveratrol regulates lipogenesis with insulin signaling in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. Methods: We treated differentiated 3T3-L1 adipocytes with resveratrol to obs...

  8. Anti-adipogenic effect of mulberry leaf ethanol extract in 3T3-L1 adipocytes

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    Yang, Soo Jin; Park, Na-Young; LIM, YUNSOOK

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES Adipogenesis is part of the cell differentiation process in which undifferentiated fibroblasts (pre-adipocytes) become mature adipocytes with the accumulation of lipid droplets and subsequent cell morphological changes. Several transcription factors and food components have been suggested to be involved in adipogenesis. The aim of this study was to determine whether mulberry leaf ethanol extract (MLEE) affects adipogenesis in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. MATERIALS/METHODS The 3T3-...

  9. Magnetic resonance imaging of spinal tumors. A study using a 0.3 T vertical magnetic field

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    A total of 168 patients with spinal tumors were evaluated with MRI. The study shows that MRI is a sensitive method for demonstration of spinal tumors. MRI also provides a possibility to separate different histological types of tumors based on their morphology and signal characteristics. Intramedullary tumors (25 cases): Ependymomas (6 cases) and astrocytomas (7 cases) were most common. Ependymomas have a more irregular signal pattern than astrocytomas. Astrocytomas are more common in the upper spine and are more often completely cystic. Contrast enhancement is important for separation of cyst, edema and solid tumor. Intradural extramedullary tumors (31 cases): Neuromas (14 cases) and meningeomas (11 cases) were most common. Neuromas always had markedly increased signal intensity on T2-weighted images. Meningeomas were only hyperintense occasionally. Neuromas were more inhomogeneous than meningeomas on T1-weighted images. Contrast enhancement is valuable for delineation of small tumors. Extradural tumors (91 cases): 76 patients had metastases, 7 primary spinal tumors and 8 multiple myelomas. T1-weighted images are almost always superior to other sequences because tumor invasion in the fatty bone marrow is seen as a low signal area in contrast to the high signal from the fat. Spinal lymphomas (14 cases): May be divided into vertebral, paraspinal and epidural tumors. Most cases have all locations. Spinal neurofibromatosis (7 cases): Most patients had multiple, often bilateral neurofibromas. One patient had a meningeomas on one spinal dysplasia with meningoceles. MRI is superior to other modalities for evaluation of the full extent of the disease. The coronal view is often valuable because of the arrangement of the tumors. In addition to providing diagnosis, MRI is of great value in treatment follow-up

  10. CERN Technical Training 2007: IT3T - IT Technical Training Tutorials (Autumn 2007)

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    CERN Technical Training and the Internet Services group of the IT department (IT/IS) are jointly organizing a series of free tutorials, addressing some topics of common interest: the IT Technical Training Tutorials (IT3T). The first IT3T series will be offered in October 2007, in French, with the following schedule: IT3T/2007/1 "Introduction to Collaboration Workspaces using SharePoint", October 23rd , 14:30-16:00, Alexandre Lossent IT3T/2007/2 "What is new in Office 2007", October 25th, 14:30-15:30, Emmanuel Ormancey IT3T/2007/3 "Working with Windows Vista at CERN", October 30th, 14:30-15:30, Michal Kwiatek IT3T/2007/4 "Read your mail and more with Outlook 2007", November 1st, 14:30-15:30, Sebastien Dellabella All IT Technical Training Tutorials will take place in the Training Centre Auditorium (building 593, room 11), at 14h30. The tutorials are free of charge, but separate registration to each is required. Participation to any of the tutorials is open: attendance to any ...

  11. CERN Technical Training 2005: IT3T - IT Technical Training Tutorials (Summer 2005)

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    Davide Vitè

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    CERN Technical Training and the Internet Services group of the IT department (IT/IS) are jointly organizing a series of free tutorials, addressing some topics of common interest: the IT Technical Training Tutorials (IT3T). The first IT3T will be offered in June 2005, in English, with the following schedule: IT3T/1 - Read your mail and more with Outlook 2003: June 14 (Ruben Gaspar) IT3T/2 - Creating, managing and using distribution lists with Simba2: June 16 (Ruben Leivas) IT3T/3 - Working remotely with Windows XP: June 28 (Michel Christaller) IT3T/4 - Editing Websites with FrontPage 2003: June 30 (Andreas Wagner) All IT Technical Training Tutorials will take place in the Training Centre Auditorium (building 593, room 11), from 14h30 to 15h30. The tutorials are free of charge, but separate registration to each is required. Participation to any of the tutorials is open: attendance to any tutorial is not a prerequisite to attend subsequent ones. If you are interested in attending, please discuss with your sup...

  12. QUANTITATIVE STUDY ON APOPTOSIS INDUCED BY ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSES IN NIH- 3T3 FIBROBLASTS

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    ZHAO Mei - lan; CAO Xiao - zhe; WANG De - wen; GU Qing- yang; LIU Jie

    2002-01-01

    Aim: To observe the apoptotic changes following exposure to EMP and to explore the possible injury mechanism in NIH - 3T3 fibroblasts. Methods: Following NIH - 3T3 cells were exposed to EMP,the proliferation and viability of NIH - 3T3 fibroblasts were estimated by hemacytometer and MTT Measurements. Apoptotic rate was measured by flow cytometer. The imnmohistochemical SP method was used to determine bcl- 2, p53. The positively stained cells were analyzed with CMIAS- Ⅱ image analysis system at a magnification 400. All data were analyzed by SPSS8.0 software. Results: The proliferation and viability of NIH- 3T3 cells were markedly inhibited and significant apoptosis was induced following exposure to EMP.EMP could increase the number of non- adherent cells, the highest ratio (33.9%) of non- adherent cells also occurred at 6h. The As70 value of MTT decreased immediately at 1 h, 6h following the cells were exposed as compared with the control (P < 0.05). The highest ratio of apoptosis was 15.07% at 6h, then decreased gradually. Down - regulation of bcl - 2 and up - regulation of p53 were induced by EMP ( P < 0.05). Conclusions: EMP could promote apoptosis of NIH - 3T3 fibroblasts. EMP could also down - regulate bcl - 2 level and up - regulate p53 level in NIH - 3T3 fibroblasts. Bcl - 2 and p53 gene may take part in the process of apoptosis.

  13. Dynamic contrast-enhanced quantitative perfusion measurement of the brain using T-1-weighted MRI at 3T

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    Larsson, H.B.W.; Hansen, A.E.; Berg, H.K.;

    2008-01-01

    Purpose: To develop a method for the measurement of brain perfusion based on dynamic contrast-enhanced T-1-weighted MR imaging. Materials and Methods: Dynamic imaging of the first pass of a bolus of a paramagnetic contrast agent was performed using a 3T whole-body magnet and a T-1-weighted fast...... field echo sequence. The input function was obtained from the internal carotid artery. An initial T-1 measurement was performed in order to convert the MR signal to concentration of the contrast agent. Pixelwise and region of interest (ROI)based calculation of cerebral perfusion (CBF) was performed...... inside the infarct core was, 9 mL/100g/min in one of the stroke patients. The other stroke patient had postischemic hyperperfusion and CBF was 140 mL/100g/min. Conclusion: Absolute values of brain perfusion can be obtained using dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI. These values correspond,to expected values...

  14. Optimization of diffusion-tensor MR imaging data acquisition parameters for brain fiber tracking using parallel imaging at 3 T

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    Naganawa, Shinji; Koshikawa, Tokiko; Kawai, Hisashi; Fukatsu, Hiroshi; Ishigaki, Takeo [Department of Radiology, Nagoya University School of Medicine, 65 Tsurumai-cho, Shouwa-ku, 466-8550, Nagoya (Japan); Maruyama, Katsuya; Takizawa, Osamu [Siemens-Asahi Medical Technologies Ltd. (Japan)

    2004-02-01

    The purpose of this study was to optimize the parameters of diffusion-tensor magnetic resonance imaging (DT MRI) for brain fiber tracking using a slice thickness of 2 mm, a resolution advantage allowed by the high signal-to-noise ratio at 3 T, combined with an 8-channel phased-array head coil. The b-factor, number of motion probing gradient (MPG) directions, and number of averages were varied, and the results of brain fiber tracking for the pyramidal tract and trigeminal nerve were compared qualitatively and quantitatively. The DT MRI data sufficient for brain fiber tracking in healthy subjects can be obtained in <2 min with a 2-mm slice thickness, 700-s/mm{sup 2} b-factor, 6 MPG directions, and no averaging (number of averages=1). (orig.)

  15. A trapped field of >3 T in bulk MgB2 fabricated by uniaxial hot pressing

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    A trapped field of over 3 T has been measured at 17.5 K in a magnetized stack of two disc-shaped bulk MgB2 superconductors of diameter 25 mm and thickness 5.4 mm. The bulk MgB2 samples were fabricated by uniaxial hot pressing, which is a readily scalable, industrial technique, to 91% of their maximum theoretical density. The macroscopic critical current density derived from the trapped field data using the Biot–Savart law is consistent with the measured local critical current density. From this we conclude that critical current density, and therefore trapped field performance, is limited by the flux pinning available in MgB2, rather than by lack of connectivity. This suggests strongly that both increasing sample size and enhancing pinning through doping will allow further increases in trapped field performance of bulk MgB2. (rapid communication)

  16. A New Promising Technique of 3D Isovoxel Imaging Using 3T MRI in the Wrist: Comparison with 3T MR Arthrography

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    Lee, Guen Young; Kim, Baek Hyun; Park, Jong Woong [Korea University Ansan Hospital, Korea University College of Medicine, Ansan (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-02-15

    We wanted to evaluate the usefulness of 3D isovoxel MR imaging using 3T MRI in the wrist joint, as compared with 3T MR arthrography. A total of 33 patients underwent both MR arthrography and 3D isovoxel imaging of the wrist joints using 3T MR, including 11 patients with arthroscopic confirmation. 3D isovoxel MR imaging was performed using an intermediateweighted fast spin echo coronal scan with a 0.4-mm slice thickness and the axial images were reconstructed with a 1-mm slice thickness. One radiologist evaluated for the presence of scapholunate or lunotriquetral ligament tear and she determined the grade of the triangular fibrocartilage complex tear and chondromalacia with its location. We compared the two examinations using kappa values. The rates of detecting wrist injury were similar for both exams with substantial to almost perfect inter-examination agreement (kappa value = 0.864 for scapholunate ligament tear, 0.835 for lunotriquetral ligament tear, 0.799 for TFCC tear and 0.940 for chondromalacia). For the eleven cases that underwent arthroscopy, their results of 3D isovoxel MRI were also similar to that of MR arthrography. 3D isovoxel MR imaging is useful for the evaluation of the wrist joint

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    The magnet subsystems resumed operation early this spring. The vacuum pumping was restarted mid March, and the cryogenic power plant was restarted on March 30th. Three and a half weeks later, the magnet was at 4.5 K. The vacuum pumping system is performing well. One of the newly installed vacuum gauges had to be replaced at the end of the cool-down phase, as the values indicated were not coherent with the other pressure measurements. The correction had to be implemented quickly to be sure no helium leak could be at the origin of this anomaly. The pressure measurements have been stable and coherent since the change. The cryogenics worked well, and the cool-down went quite smoothly, without any particular difficulty. The automated start of the turbines had to be fine-tuned to get a smooth transition, as it was observed that the cooling power delivered by the turbines was slightly higher than needed, causing the cold box to stop automatically. This had no consequence as the cold box safety system acts to keep ...

  18. MAGNET

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    During the winter shutdown, the magnet subsystems went through a full maintenance. The magnet was successfully warmed up to room temperature beginning of December 2008. The vacuum was broken later on by injecting nitrogen at a pressure just above one atmosphere inside the vacuum tank. This was necessary both to prevent any accidental humidity ingress, and to allow for a modification of the vacuum gauges on the vacuum tank and maintenance of the diffusion pumps. The vacuum gauges had to be changed, because of erratic variations on the measurements, causing spurious alarms. The new type of vacuum gauges has been used in similar conditions on the other LHC experiments and without problems. They are shielded against the stray field. The lubricants of the primary and diffusion pumps have been changed. Several minor modifications were also carried out on the equipment in the service cavern, with the aim to ease the maintenance and to allow possible intervention during operation. Spare sensors have been bought. Th...

  19. Potential Heating Effect in the Gravid Uterus by Using 3-T MR Imaging Protocols: Experimental Study in Miniature Pigs.

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    Cannie, Mieke M; De Keyzer, Frederik; Van Laere, Sigrid; Leus, Astrid; de Mey, Johan; Fourneau, Catherine; De Ridder, Filip; Van Cauteren, Toon; Willekens, Inneke; Jani, Jacques C

    2016-06-01

    Purpose To determine the changes in temperature within the gravid miniature pig uterus during magnetic resonance (MR) imaging at 3 T. Materials and Methods The study received ethics committee approval for animal experimentation. Fiber-optic temperature sensors were inserted into the fetal brain, abdomen, bladder, and amniotic fluid of miniature pigs (second trimester, n = 2; third trimester, n = 2). In the first trimester (n = 2), the sensors were inserted only into the amniotic fluid (three sacs per miniature pig, for a total of six sacs). Imaging was performed with a 3-T MR imager by using different imaging protocols in a random order for animal, each lasting approximately 15 minutes. The first regimen consisted of common sequences used for human fetal MR examination, including normal specific absorption rate (SAR). The second regimen consisted of five low-SAR sequences, for which three gradient-echo sequences were interspersed with two diffusion-weighted imaging series. Finally, a high-SAR regimen maximized the radiofrequency energy deposition (constrained by the 2-W per kilogram of body weight SAR limitations) by using five single-shot turbo spin-echo sequences. Differences in temperature increases between the three regimens and between the three trimesters were evaluated by using one-way analysis of variance. The maximum cumulative temperature increase over 1 hour was also evaluated. Results Low-SAR regimens resulted in the lowest temperature increase (mean ± standard deviation, -0.03°C ± 0.20), normal regimens resulted in an intermediate increase (0.31°C ± 0.21), and high-SAR regimens resulted in the highest increase (0.56°C ± 0.20) (P pregnant miniature pigs, the use of 3-T magnets for diagnostic MR imaging with normal SAR regimens does not lead to temperature increases above 1°C if imaging time is kept below 30 minutes. Longer imaging time, especially with high-SAR regimens, can lead to an increase of 2.5°C. (©) RSNA, 2015 Online supplemental

  20. Potenciais interações medicamentosas em pacientes com artrite reumatoide Potential drug interactions in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

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    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: O termo polifarmácia, ou seja, a utilização concomitante de múltiplos fármacos pelo mesmo indivíduo vem sendo amplamente associado a pacientes institucionalizados e idosos, no entanto pode ocorrer em grupos de pacientes portadores de doenças crônicas como artrite reumatoide (AR. OBJETIVO: Quantificar a polifarmácia em um grupo de pacientes com AR e realizar um levantamento sobre o risco de potenciais interações indesejáveis entre os medicamentos utilizados no manejo dessa doença e os fármacos utilizados em enfermidades não crônicas. MÉTODOS: Realizou-se um estudo de coorte com 103 pacientes portadores de AR, atendidos no Componente Especializado da Assistência Farmacêutica/MS, Florianópolis/SC. Os pacientes foram acompanhados mensalmente, por meio de fichas. As interações medicamentosas foram identificadas pelo Drugdex System - Thomson Micromedex® - Interactions. RESULTADOS: Observou-se a presença de polifarmácia em 95,1% dos pacientes e de 19 potenciais interações indesejáveis entre os medicamentos utilizados por 74 pacientes, em média 3,0 ± 1,2 interações/paciente. Todas as potenciais interações estavam relacionadas a metotrexato. Omeprazol foi o principal representante, correspondendo a 29,3% delas, seguido por diclofenaco sódico (17,6% e dipirona sódica (13,2%. CONCLUSÃO: Considerando que este estudo confirma que a polifarmácia é uma prática comum na terapêutica dos pacientes portadores de AR, deve haver maior vigilância acerca de efeitos adversos ou de redução da efetividade de determinados fármacos devido às suas interações farmacológicasINTRODUCTION: The term polypharmacy, meaning the concomitant use of multiple medications by one individual, has been widely reported in institutionalized or elderly patients. It can, however, occur in patients with chronic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA. OBJECTIVE: To quantify polypharmacy in a group of RA patients and to assess the

  1. Multimodal imaging: Simultaneous EEG in a 3T Hybrid MR-PET system

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    Neuner, I.; Warbrick, T.; Tellmann, L.; Rota Kops, E.; Arrubla, J.; Boers, F.; Herzog, H.; Shah, N. J.

    2013-02-01

    The new generation of integrated MR-PET systems allows the simultaneous acquisition of MR and PET data. While MR delivers structural data with an excellent spatial resolution, the advantage of PET is its information on a molecular level. However, both modalities have a low temporal resolution. Thus, for pharmacological studies or patients who suffer from treatment resistant epilepsy the combination of yet another modality such as EEG could be desirable. We tested the feasibility of evoked visual potentials in a 3T Hybrid MR-PET system (Siemens Germany) in comparison to a standalone 3T Trio System (Siemens Germany). A T2*-weighted EPI sequence was used: TR: 2.2 s, TE: 30 ms, FOV: 200 mm, slice thickness 3, 36 slices in a healthy volunteer (male, 27 years old) using an MR-compatible 32-channel EEG system (Brainproducts, Munich, Germany). We applied 200 trials of visual stimulation from a white and black checkerboard. Visual evoked potentials were analyzed using Brain Vision Analyzer (Brainproducts, Munich, Germany). Gradient correction and cardioballistic artefact correction were performed as implemented in Vision Analyzer. Visual event related potentials were successfully recorded at the 3T Hybrid MR-PET system. Both curves differ slightly in shape and latency due to the following factors: the distance from the screen varies slightly and the size of the field of view of the subjects is smaller in the 3T MR-PET system in comparison to the 3T stand alone system. Extending the 3T MR-PET Hybrid system to 3T Hybrid MR-PET-EEG is feasible and adds another tool to clinical neuroimaging and research.

  2. Multimodal imaging: Simultaneous EEG in a 3T Hybrid MR–PET system

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    The new generation of integrated MR–PET systems allows the simultaneous acquisition of MR and PET data. While MR delivers structural data with an excellent spatial resolution, the advantage of PET is its information on a molecular level. However, both modalities have a low temporal resolution. Thus, for pharmacological studies or patients who suffer from treatment resistant epilepsy the combination of yet another modality such as EEG could be desirable. We tested the feasibility of evoked visual potentials in a 3T Hybrid MR–PET system (Siemens Germany) in comparison to a standalone 3T Trio System (Siemens Germany). A T2⁎-weighted EPI sequence was used: TR: 2.2 s, TE: 30 ms, FOV: 200 mm, slice thickness 3, 36 slices in a healthy volunteer (male, 27 years old) using an MR-compatible 32-channel EEG system (Brainproducts, Munich, Germany). We applied 200 trials of visual stimulation from a white and black checkerboard. Visual evoked potentials were analyzed using Brain Vision Analyzer (Brainproducts, Munich, Germany). Gradient correction and cardioballistic artefact correction were performed as implemented in Vision Analyzer. Visual event related potentials were successfully recorded at the 3T Hybrid MR–PET system. Both curves differ slightly in shape and latency due to the following factors: the distance from the screen varies slightly and the size of the field of view of the subjects is smaller in the 3T MR–PET system in comparison to the 3T stand alone system. Extending the 3T MR–PET Hybrid system to 3T Hybrid MR–PET–EEG is feasible and adds another tool to clinical neuroimaging and research

  3. Multimodal imaging: Simultaneous EEG in a 3T Hybrid MR–PET system

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    Neuner, I., E-mail: i.neuner@fz-juelich.de [Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-4), Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH (Germany); Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, RWTH Aachen University (Germany); JARA BRAIN—Translational Medicine (Germany); Warbrick, T.; Tellmann, L.; Rota Kops, E.; Arrubla, J.; Boers, F.; Herzog, H. [Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-4), Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH (Germany); Shah, N.J. [Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-4), Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH (Germany); Department of Neurology, RWTH Aachen University (Germany); JARA BRAIN—Translational Medicine (Germany)

    2013-02-21

    The new generation of integrated MR–PET systems allows the simultaneous acquisition of MR and PET data. While MR delivers structural data with an excellent spatial resolution, the advantage of PET is its information on a molecular level. However, both modalities have a low temporal resolution. Thus, for pharmacological studies or patients who suffer from treatment resistant epilepsy the combination of yet another modality such as EEG could be desirable. We tested the feasibility of evoked visual potentials in a 3T Hybrid MR–PET system (Siemens Germany) in comparison to a standalone 3T Trio System (Siemens Germany). A T2⁎-weighted EPI sequence was used: TR: 2.2 s, TE: 30 ms, FOV: 200 mm, slice thickness 3, 36 slices in a healthy volunteer (male, 27 years old) using an MR-compatible 32-channel EEG system (Brainproducts, Munich, Germany). We applied 200 trials of visual stimulation from a white and black checkerboard. Visual evoked potentials were analyzed using Brain Vision Analyzer (Brainproducts, Munich, Germany). Gradient correction and cardioballistic artefact correction were performed as implemented in Vision Analyzer. Visual event related potentials were successfully recorded at the 3T Hybrid MR–PET system. Both curves differ slightly in shape and latency due to the following factors: the distance from the screen varies slightly and the size of the field of view of the subjects is smaller in the 3T MR–PET system in comparison to the 3T stand alone system. Extending the 3T MR–PET Hybrid system to 3T Hybrid MR–PET–EEG is feasible and adds another tool to clinical neuroimaging and research.

  4. Effects of Ghrelin on the Proliferation and Differentiation of 3T3-L1 Preadipocytes

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    Jing LIU; Hanhua LIN; Peixuan CHENG; Xiufen HU; Huiling LU

    2009-01-01

    The effects of ghrelin on the proliferation and differentiation of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes and the possible mechanisms were investigated in this study.3T3-L1 preadipocytes were cultured in vitro and treated with different concentrations of ghrelin.Proliferation of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes was evaluated by MTT method and mRNA levels of c-myc and thymidine kinase were detected by RT-PCR.Morphological changes of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes were observed and cell differentiation was measured by oil red O staining.The mRNA levels of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ) and CAAT/enhancer binding protein (C/EBPα) in the cells at different differentiation stages were detected by RT-PCR.The results showed that ghrelin at concentrations of 10-7 to 10-15 mol/L could significantly promote preadipocyte proliferation (P<0.05),with the most pronounced effect observed at 1011mol/L (P<0.01).Treatment of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes with ghrelin significantly in-creased the mRNA levels of c-myc and thymidine kinase (P<0.01).Morphological findings demonstrated that the great amount of lipid droplets appeared in the 3T3-L1 preadipocytes treated with ghrelin.Ghrelin could morphologically induce the differentiation of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes into mature adipocytes.Ghrelin significantly increased the mRNA levels of PPART and C/EBPα during the differentiation,when compared with control group (P<0.05).The mRNA levels of PPARγ and C/EBPα were obviously up-regulated with the differentiation of preadipocytes after the treatment of ghrelin.There were significant difference in the mRNA levels of PPARγ and C/EBPα on day 2 and day 8 of the differentiation of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes (P<0.01).In conclusion,ghrelin could promote the proliferation and differentiation of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes by increasing the mRNA levels of PPARγ and C/EBPα and therefore enhance the sensitivity of adipocytes against insulin.

  5. Protein turnover and cellular autophagy in growing and growth-inhibited 3T3 cells

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    Papadopoulos, T.; Pfeifer, U. (Univ. of Wuerzburg (West Germany))

    1987-07-01

    The relationship between growth, protein degradation, and cellular autophagy was tested in growing and in growth-inhibited 3T3 cell monolayers. For the biochemical evaluation of DNA and protein metabolism, growth-inhibited 3T3 cell monolayers with high cell density and growing 3T3 cell monolayers with low cell density were labeled simultaneously with ({sup 14}C)thymidine and ({sup 3}H)leucine. The evaluation of the DNA turnover and additional ({sup 3}H)thymidine autoradiography showed that 24 to 5% of 3T3 cells continue to replicate even in the growth-inhibited state, where no accumulation of protein and DNA can be observed. Cell loss, therefore, has to be assumed to compensate for the ongoing cell proliferation. When the data of protein turnover were corrected for cell loss, it was found that the rate constant of protein synthesis in nongrowing monolayers was reduced to half the value found in growing monolayers. Simultaneously, the rate constant of protein degradation in nongrowing monolayers was increased to about 1.5-fold the value of growing monolayers. These data are in agreement with the assumption that cellular autophagy represents a major pathway of regulating protein degradation in 3T3 cells and that the regulation of autophagic protein degradation is of relevance for the transition from a growing to a nongrowing state.

  6. Interação de glyphosate com carfentrazone-ethyl Glyphosate - carfentrazone-ethyl interaction

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    R.C. Werlang

    2002-04-01

    Full Text Available Foi conduzido um experimento em condições controladas para determinar a interação do carfentrazone-ethyl em mistura no tanque com o herbicida glyphosate, no controle de seis espécies de plantas daninhas. Glyphosate aplicado isoladamente na dose de 720 g ha-1 foi eficaz no controle de Amaranthus hybridus (100%, Desmodium tortuosum (100%, Bidens pilosa (99%, Eleusine indica (96%, Digitaria horizontalis (100% e Commelina benghalensis (93% aos 21 DAA. Carfentrazone-ethyl aplicado isoladamente controlou eficazmente C. benghalensis. As misturas de glyphosate nas doses de 252 e 720 g ha-1 com carfentrazone-ethyl nas doses de 15 e 30 g ha¹ demonstraram efeito aditivo no controle de A. hybridus, D. tortuosum e Bidens pilosa, à exceção das misturas de glyphosate na dose de 252 g ha-1 com as doses de 15 e 30 g ha-1 de carfentrazone-ethyl, que proporcionam efeito sinergístico no controle de D. tortuosum. A adição das duas doses de carfentrazone-ethyl antagonizou o efeito de glyphosate na menor dose (252 g ha-1 no controle de E. indica, apresentando, no entanto, efeito aditivo com o glyphosate na maior dose (720 g ha-1. Já para D. horizontalis, as misturas de carfentrazone-ethyl com glyphosate na menor dose (252 g ha-1 apresentaram efeito sinergístico no controle dessa espécie, demonstrando, ainda, efeito aditivo na mistura com glyphosate na dose de 720 g ha-1. A mistura de carfentrazone-ethyl com glyphosate proporcionou efeito aditivo no controle de C. benghalensis, independentemente das combinações de doses avaliadas. Os resultados deste experimento indicam que carfentrazone-ethyl apresenta comportamento diferenciado quanto à interação com glyphosate, dependendo da espécie de planta daninha e da dose dos herbicidas utilizados na mistura em tanque, sendo complementar na mistura em tanque com glyphosate, pois demonstrou efeito antagônico em poucas das combinações estudadas, prevalecendo seu efeito aditivo na mistura com glyphosate, no

  7. Design of a loop resonator with a split-ring-resonator (SRR) for a human-body coil in 3 T MRI systems

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    Son, Hyeok Woo; Cho, Young Ki; Kim, Byung Mun; Back, Hyun Man; Yoo, Hyoungsuk

    2016-04-01

    A new radio-frequency (RF) resonator for Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) imaging at clinical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems is proposed in this paper. An approach based on the effects of the properties of metamaterials in split-ring resonators (SRRs) is used to design a new loop resonator with a SRR for NMR imaging. This loop resonator with a SRR is designed for NMR imaging at 3 T MRI systems. The 3D electromagnetic simulation was used to optimize the design of the proposed RF resonator and analyze it's performance at 3 T MRI systems. The proposed RF resonator provides strong penetrating magnetic fields at the center of the human phantom model, approximately 10%, as compared to the traditional loop-type RF resonator used for NMR imaging at clinical MRI systems. We also designed an 8-channel body coil for human-body NMR imaging by using the proposed loop resonator with a SRR. This body coil also produces more homogeneous and highly penetrating magnetic fields into the human phantom model.

  8. DNA Methylation Suppresses Leptin Gene in 3T3-L1 Adipocytes

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    Kuroda, Masashi; Tominaga, Ayako; Nakagawa, Kasumi; Nishiguchi, Misa; Sebe, Mayu; Miyatake, Yumiko; Kitamura, Tadahiro; Tsutsumi, Rie; Harada, Nagakatsu; Nakaya, Yutaka; Sakaue, Hiroshi

    2016-01-01

    Leptin is a key regulator of energy intake and expenditure. This peptide hormone is expressed in mouse white adipose tissue, but hardly expressed in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. Using bisulfite sequencing, we found that CpG islands in the leptin promoter are highly methylated in 3T3-L1cells. 5-azacytidine, an inhibitor of DNA methyltransferase, markedly increased leptin expression as pre-adipocytes matured into adipocytes. Remarkably, leptin expression was stimulated by insulin in adipocytes derived from precursor cells exposed to 5-azacytidine, but suppressed by thiazolidinedione and dexamethasone. In contrast, adipocytes derived from untreated precursor cells were unresponsive to both 5-azacytidine and hormonal stimuli, although lipid accumulation was sufficient to boost leptin expression in the absence of demethylation. Taken together, the results suggest that leptin expression in 3T3-L1 cells requires DNA demethylation prior to adipogenesis, transcriptional activation during adipogenesis, and lipid accumulation after adipogenesis. PMID:27494408

  9. On (2, 3, t-Generations for the Conway Group Co2

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    Jintanaporn Wattanathorn

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: In this article we investigate all the (2, 3, t-generations for the Conway’s second largest sporadic simple group Co2, where t is an odd divisor of order of Co2. Approach: An (l, m, n-generated group G is a quotient group of the triangle group T (l, m, n = (x, y, z|xl = ym = zn = xyz = 1. A group G is said to be (2, 3, t-generated if it can be generated by two elements x and y such that o(x = 2, o(y = 3 and o (xy = t. Computations are carried out with the aid of computer algebra system GAP-Groups, Algorithms and Programming. Results and Conclusion: The Conway group Co2 is (2, 3, t-generated for t an odd divisor of order of Co2 except when t = 5, 7, 9.

  10. MAGNET

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    The cooling down to the nominal temperature of 4.5 K was achieved at the beginning of August, in conjunction with the completion of the installation work of the connection between the power lines and the coil current leads. The temperature gradient on the first exchanger of the cold box is now kept within the nominal range. A leak of lubricant on a gasket of the helium compressor station installed at the surface was observed and several corrective actions were necessary to bring the situation back to normal. The compressor had to be refilled with lubricant and a regeneration of the filters and adsorbers was necessary. The coil cool down was resumed successfully, and the cryogenics is running since then with all parameters being nominal. Preliminary tests of the 20kA coil power supply were done earlier at full current through the discharge lines into the dump resistors, and with the powering busbars from USC5 to UXC5 without the magnet connected. On Monday evening August 25th, at 8pm, the final commissionin...

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    Maintenance work and consolidation activities on the magnet cryogenics and its power distribution are progressing according to the schedules. The manufacturing of the two new helium compressor frame units has started. The frame units support the valves, all the sensors and the compressors with their motors. This activity is subcontracted. The final installation and the commissioning at CERN are scheduled for March–April 2014. The overhauls of existing cryogenics equipment (compressors, motors) are in progress. The reassembly of the components shall start in early 2014. The helium drier, to be installed on the high-pressure helium piping, has been ordered and will be delivered in the first trimester of 2014. The power distribution for the helium compressors in SH5 on the 3.3kV network is progressing. The 3.3kV switches, between each compressor and its hot spare compressor, are being installed, together with the power cables for the new compressors. The 3.3kV electrical switchboards in SE5 will ...

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  6. Comparison of Standard 1.5 T vs. 3 T Optimized Protocols in Patients Treated with Glatiramer Acetate. A Serial MRI Pilot Study

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    Bianca Weinstock-Guttman

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available This study explored the effect of glatiramer acetate (GA, 20 mg on lesion activity using the 1.5 T standard MRI protocol (single dose gadolinium [Gd] and 5-min delay or optimized 3 T protocol (triple dose of Gd, 20-min delay and application of an off-resonance saturated magnetization transfer pulse. A 15-month, phase IV, open-label, single-blinded, prospective, observational study included 12 patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis who underwent serial MRI scans (Days −45, −20, 0; the minus ign indicates the number of days before GA treatment; and on Days 30, 60, 90, 120, 150, 180, 270 and 360 during GA treatment on 1.5 T and 3 T protocols. Cumulative number and volume of Gd enhancing (Gd-E and T2 lesions were calculated. At Days −45 and 0, there were higher number (p < 0.01 and volume (p < 0.05 of Gd-E lesions on 3 T optimized compared to 1.5 T standard protocol. However, at 180 and 360 days of the study, no significant differences in total and cumulative number of new Gd-E and T 2 lesions were found between the two protocols. Compared to pre-treatment period, at Days 180 and 360 a significantly greater decrease in the cumulative number of Gd-E lesions (p = 0.03 and 0.021, respectively was found using the 3 T vs. the 1.5 T protocol (p = NS for both time points. This MRI mechanistic study suggests that GA may exert a greater effect on decreasing lesion activity as measured on 3 T optimized compared to 1.5 T standard protocol.

  7. Trophic effect of a methanol yeast extract on 3T3 fibroblast cells.

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    Gallo, Dominique; Dillemans, Monique; Allardin, David; Priem, Fabian; Van Nedervelde, Laurence

    2014-01-01

    With regard to the increase of human life expectancy, interest for topical treatments aimed to counteract skin aging is still growing. Hence, research for bioactive compounds able to stimulate skin fibroblast activity is an attractive topic. Having previously described the effects of a new methanol yeast extract on growth and metabolic activity of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, we studied its effects on 3T3 fibroblasts to evaluate its potential antiaging property. This investigation demonstrates that this extract increases proliferation as well as migration of 3T3 cells and decreases their entrance in senescence and apoptosis phases. Altogether, these results open new perspectives for the formulation of innovative antiaging topical treatments.

  8. Advances in hybrid MR–PET at 3 T and 9.4 T in humans

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    Hybrid MR–PET data acquisition in simultaneous mode confers a number of advantages at 3 T and 9.4 T. From an MR perspective, the potential for ultra-high resolution structural imaging is discussed and example images of the cerebellum with an isotropic resolution of 320 μm are presented. Further, metabolic imaging is discussed and high-resolution images of the sodium distribution are demonstrated. Examples of tumour imaging on a 3 T MR–PET system are included and discussed

  9. Advances in hybrid MR–PET at 3 T and 9.4 T in humans

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    Jon Shah, N., E-mail: n.j.shah@fz-juelich.de [Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine-4, Research Centre Jülich, 52425 Jülich (Germany); Department of Neurology, Faculty of Medicine, JARA, RWTH Aachen University Aachen (Germany); Mauler, Jörg [Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine-4, Research Centre Jülich, 52425 Jülich (Germany); Neuner, Irene [Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine-4, Research Centre Jülich, 52425 Jülich (Germany); Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen (Germany); Oros-Peusquens, Ana-Maria; Romanzetti, Sandro; Vahedipour, Kaveh; Felder, Jörg; Celik, Avdo [Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine-4, Research Centre Jülich, 52425 Jülich (Germany); Iida, Hidehiro [Department of Investigative Radiology, National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center Research Institute, 5-7-1, Fujishirodai, Suita, Osaka, 565-8565 (Japan); Langen, Karl-Josef; Herzog, Hans [Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine-4, Research Centre Jülich, 52425 Jülich (Germany)

    2013-02-21

    Hybrid MR–PET data acquisition in simultaneous mode confers a number of advantages at 3 T and 9.4 T. From an MR perspective, the potential for ultra-high resolution structural imaging is discussed and example images of the cerebellum with an isotropic resolution of 320 μm are presented. Further, metabolic imaging is discussed and high-resolution images of the sodium distribution are demonstrated. Examples of tumour imaging on a 3 T MR–PET system are included and discussed.

  10. Interação Social e Crianças de Pré-Escola Construindo Textos

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    Vilmarise Sabim Pessoa

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available 0 estudo apresenta resultados de uma pesquisa sobre a construção de textos de criançaspré-escolares de 5 a 7 anos de idade. Ele se apoia na importância, para a alfabetização, da escrita ser apreciada em sua perspectiva hist6rica, e na contribuição de Emília Ferreiro sabre a psicogênese da escrita alfabética. Os textos foram produzidos pelos sujeitos em situação individual e em situação de duplas, supondo-se a interação social de crianças como favorável a essa construção. 0 desenrolar das realizações dos sujeitos nas duas situações foi gravado em vídeo, sofrendo os dados analise qualitativa. Os resultados mostram níveis progressivos de produção/leitura de textos, os elaborados em dupla mais avançados que os construídos individualmente. São discutidas a significação dos níveis encontrados e o quanta a interação social de pares pode favorecer avanços na construção da escrita alfabética na pré-escola.

  11. In vivo imaging of human breast cancer mouse model with high level expression of calcium sensing receptor at 3T

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    Baio, Gabriella; Tagliafico, Alberto; Neumaier, Carlo Emanuele [National Cancer Institute, Department of Diagnostic Imaging, IST, Genoa (Italy); Fabbi, Marina; Carbotti, Grazia [National Cancer Institute, Unit of Immunological Therapy, IST, Genoa (Italy); Emionite, Laura; Cilli, Michele [National Cancer Institute, Animal Facility, IST, Genoa (Italy); Salvi, Sandra; Truini, Mauro [National Cancer Institute, Department of Pathology, IST, Genoa (Italy); Ghedin, Piero; Prato, Sabina [General Electric, GE, Milano (Italy)

    2012-03-15

    To demonstrate that manganese can visualise calcium sensing receptor (CaSR)-expressing cells in a human breast cancer murine model, as assessed by clinical 3T magnetic resonance (MR). Human MDA-MB-231-Luc or MCF7-Luc breast cancer cells were orthotopically grown in NOD/SCID mice to a minimum mass of 5 mm. Mice were evaluated on T1-weighted sequences before and after intravenous injection of MnCl{sub 2}. To block the CaSR-activated Ca{sup 2+} channels, verapamil was injected at the tumour site 5 min before Mn{sup 2+} administration. CaSR expression in vivo was studied by immunohistochemistry. Contrast enhancement was observed at the tumour periphery 10 min after Mn{sup 2+} administration, and further increased up to 40 min. In verapamil-treated mice, no contrast enhancement was observed. CaSR was strongly expressed at the tumour periphery. Manganese enhanced magnetic resonance imaging can visualise CaSR-expressing breast cancer cells in vivo, opening up possibilities for a new MR contrast agent. (orig.)

  12. Estudo das interações medicamentosas em idosos residentes em instituição de longa permanência

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    Elisangela GERBER, Adriana de Oliveira CHRISTOFF

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Mudanças fisiológicas relacionadas à senescência levam o idoso a um consumo aumentado de medicamentos, o que o torna sujeito à prática da polifarmácia e, consequentemente, as interações medicamentosas. Algumas interações podem comprometer a segurança e efetividade do tratamento, aumentar os efeitos farmacológicos causando toxicidade, acentuar os efeitos colaterais, desenvolver uma reação adversa ao medicamento e até elevar a morbimortalidade. Desta forma, o objetivo deste trabalho foi realizar um estudo das principais interações medicamentosas através da avaliação de prescrições médicas de três indivíduos idosos residentes em instituição de longa permanência por um período de 12 meses. Os três idosos selecionados utilizavam de oito a dez medicamentos diariamente. Foram encontradas 17 possíveis interações medicamentosas, classificadas em interações farmacocinéticas, envolvendo mecanismos de absorção, distribuição e biotransformação dos fármacos e interações farmacodinâmicas por mecanismos de potencialização, antagonismo e somação. Frente aos resultados obtidos, sugeriu-se medidas corretivas afim de proporcionar segurança, eficácia terapêuticae qualidade de vida ao idoso.

  13. SU-E-J-209: Geometric Distortion at 3T in a Commercial 4D MRI-Compatible Phantom

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    Fatemi-Ardekani, A; Wronski, M; Kim, A; Stanisz, G; Sarfehnia, A; Keller, B [Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, ON (Canada)

    2015-06-15

    Purpose: There are very few commercial 4D phantoms that are marketed as MRI compatible. We are evaluating one such commercial phantom, made to be used with an MRI-Linear accelerator. The focus of this work is to characterize the geometric distortions produced in this phantom at 3T using 3 clinical MR pulse sequences. Methods: The CIRS MRI-Linac Dynamic Phantom (CIRSTM) under investigation in this study consists of a softwaredriven moving tumour volume within a thorax phantom body and enables dose accumulation by placing a dosimeter within the tumour volume. Our initial investigation is to evaluate the phantom in static mode prior to examining its 4D capability. The water-filled thorax phantom was scanned using a wide-bore Philips 3T Achieva MRI scanner employing a Thoracic xl coil and clinical 2D T1W FFE, 2D T1W TSE and 3D T1W TFE pulse sequences. Each of the MR image sets was rigidly fused with a reference CT image of the phantom employing a rigid registration with 6 degrees of freedom. Geometric distortions between the MR and CT image sets were measured in 3 dimensions at selected points along the periphery of the distortion grid embedded within the phantom body (11.5, 7.5 and 3 cm laterally, ant/post and sup/inf of magnetic isocenter respectively). Results: The maximal measured geometric distortions between the MR and reference CT points of interest were 0.9, 1.8 and 1.3 mm in the lateral, anteriorposterior and cranio-caudal directions, respectively. For all 3 spatial dimensions, the maximal distortions occurred for the FFE pulse sequence. Maximal distortions for the 2D FFE, 2D TSE and 3D TFE sequences were 1, 0.7 and 1.8 mm, respectively. Conclusion: Our initial static investigation of this phantom shows minimal geometric distortions at 3T along the periphery of the embedded grid. CIRS has provided us with a phantom at no charge for evaluation at 3 Tesla.

  14. Increased Association of Dynamin Ⅱ with Myosin Ⅱ in Ras Transformed NIH3T3 Cells

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    Soon-Jeong JEONG; Su-Gwan KIM; Jiyun YOO; Mi-Young HAN; Joo-Cheol PARK; Heung-Joong KIM; Seong Soo KANG; Baik-Dong CHOI; Moon-Jin JEONG

    2006-01-01

    Dynamin has been implicated in the formation of nascent vesicles through both endocytic and secretory pathways. However, dynamin has recently been implicated in altering the cell membrane shape during cell migration associated with cytoskeleton-related proteins. Myosin Ⅱ has been implicated in maintaining cell morphology and in cellular movement. Therefore, reciprocal immunoprecipitation was carried out to identify the potential relationship between dynamin Ⅱ and myosin Ⅱ. The dynamin Ⅱ expression level was higher when co-expressed with myosin Ⅱ in Ras transformed NIH3T3 cells than in normal NIH3T3 cells.Confocal microscopy also confirmed the interaction between these two proteins. Interestingly, exposing the NIH3T3 cells to platelet-derived growth factor altered the interaction and localization of these two proteins.The platelet-derived growth factor treatment induced lamellipodia and cell migration, and dynamin Ⅱ interacted with myosin Ⅱ. Grb2, a 24 kDa adaptor protein and an essential element of the Ras signaling pathway,was found to be associated with dynamin Ⅱ and myosin Ⅱ gene expression in the Ras transformed NIH3T3 cells. These results suggest that dynamin Ⅱ acts as an intermediate messenger in the Ras signal transduction pathway leading to membrane ruffling and cell migration.

  15. High-resolution MR imaging of the knee at 3 T

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    In order to examine the practical feasibility of using a 3.0-T MR unit to obtain high-quality, high-resolution images of the knee joint, one human cadaveric and 5 porcine knees were imaged with the 3.0-T unit. Sets of T1-weighted spin echo images were obtained with in-plane resolution of 0.195x0.39 mm and an acquisition time of approximately 5 min. Two porcine knees were also imaged with the 1.0-T unit with an identical imaging protocol and the signal-to-noise (S/N) ratios were measured on images at 3 T and 1 T. The 3-T MR system provided detailed delineation of the knees. Deep layers of the medial collateral ligament and associated fine fibers beneath the medial and lateral collateral ligament were demarcated. We observed precise demonstration of the tibial attachment of the anterior cruciate ligament, irregularity of the meniscal free edge, and conjoint tendon formation together with the lateral collateral ligament and the biceps femoris tendon. Compared to the 1-T unit, the S/N ratio with the 3-T unit was increased by a factor of 1.39 to 1.72. Due to the potential advantage of obtaining detailed images, the 3-T MR system suggests a practical utility for fine demonstration of the knee morphology

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  17. P3T+: A Performance Estimator for Distributed and Parallel Programs

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    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Developing distributed and parallel programs on today's multiprocessor architectures is still a challenging task. Particular distressing is the lack of effective performance tools that support the programmer in evaluating changes in code, problem and machine sizes, and target architectures. In this paper we introduce P3T+ which is a performance estimator for mostly regular HPF (High Performance Fortran programs but partially covers also message passing programs (MPI. P3T+ is unique by modeling programs, compiler code transformations, and parallel and distributed architectures. It computes at compile-time a variety of performance parameters including work distribution, number of transfers, amount of data transferred, transfer times, computation times, and number of cache misses. Several novel technologies are employed to compute these parameters: loop iteration spaces, array access patterns, and data distributions are modeled by employing highly effective symbolic analysis. Communication is estimated by simulating the behavior of a communication library used by the underlying compiler. Computation times are predicted through pre-measured kernels on every target architecture of interest. We carefully model most critical architecture specific factors such as cache lines sizes, number of cache lines available, startup times, message transfer time per byte, etc. P3T+ has been implemented and is closely integrated with the Vienna High Performance Compiler (VFC to support programmers develop parallel and distributed applications. Experimental results for realistic kernel codes taken from real-world applications are presented to demonstrate both accuracy and usefulness of P3T+.

  18. 11 beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1 promotes differentiation of 3T3-L1 preadipocyte

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    Yun LIU; Yan SUN; Ting ZHU; Yu XIE; Jing YU; Wen-lan SUN; Guo-xian DING; Gang HU

    2007-01-01

    Aim: To investigate the relationship between 11 beta-hydroxysteroid dehydroge-nase type 1 (1 lbeta-HSD1), a potential link between obesity and type 2 diabetes,and preadipocyte differentiation. Methods: Mouse 11beta-HSD1 siRNA plasmids were transfected into 3T3-L1 preadipocytes (a cell line derived from mouse Swiss3T3 cells that were isolated from mouse embryo), for examination of the effect of targeted 11 beta-HSD1 inhibition on differentiation of 3T3-L1 cells. Dif-ferentiation was stimulated with 3-isobutyl-1-methyxanthine, insulin, and dexamethasone. The transcription level of the genes was detected by real-time PCR. Results: Lipid accumulation was significantly inhibited in cells transfected with mouse 11beta-HSD1 siRNA compared with non-transfected 3T3-L1 cells.Fewer lipid droplets were detected in the transfected cells both prior to stimulation and after stimulation with differentiation-inducing reagents. The expression of adipocyte differentiation-associated markers such as lipoprotein lipase and fatty acid synthetase were downregulated in the transfected cells. Similarly, the expres-sion of preadipocyte factor-1, an inhibitor of adipocyte differentiation, was downregulated upon stimulation of differentiation and had no changes in the transfected cells. Conclusion: 11 beta-HSD1 can promote preadipocyte differentiation. Based on this, we propose that 11 beta-HSD1 may be an important candidate mediator of obesity and obesity-induced insulin resistance.

  19. CERN Technical Training 2007: IT3T - IT Technical Training Tutorials (Autumn 2007)

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    Videos now available The videos of the first IT3T series, which was offered in French in October 2007 (Office 2007, Sharepoint collaboration workspace, Vista, Outlook 2007), are now available via Indico at: http://indico.cern.ch/categoryDisplay.py?categId=590Enjoy!

  20. CERN Technical Training 2007: IT3T - IT Technical Training Tutorials (Autumn 2007)

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    2008-01-01

    Videos now available The videos of the first IT3T series which was offered in French in October 2007 (office 2007, Sharepoint collaboration workspace, Vista, Outlook 2007), are now available via Indico at the address: http://indico.cern.ch/categoryDisplay.py?categId=590Enjoy!

  1. CERN Technical Training 2007: IT3T - IT Technical Training Tutorials (Autumn 2007)

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    2008-01-01

    Videos now available The videos of the first IT3T series which was offered in French, in October 2007 (office 2007, Sharepoint collaboration workspace, Vista, Outlook 2007), are now available via Indico at the address: http://indico.cern.ch/categoryDisplay.py?categId=590Enjoy!

  2. Isoproterenol Increases Uncoupling, Glycolysis, and Markers of Beiging in Mature 3T3-L1 Adipocytes.

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    Colette N Miller

    Full Text Available Beta-adrenergic activation stimulates uncoupling protein 1 (UCP1, enhancing metabolic rate. In vitro, most work has studied brown adipocytes, however, few have investigated more established adipocyte lines such as the murine 3T3-L1 line. To assess the effect of beta-adrenergic activation, mature 3T3-L1s were treated for 6 or 48 hours with or without isoproterenol (10 and 100 μM following standard differentiation supplemented with thyroid hormone (T3; 1 nM. The highest dose of isoproterenol increased lipid content following 48 hours of treatment. This concentration enhanced UCP1 mRNA and protein expression. The increase in UCP1 following 48 hours of isoproterenol increased oxygen consumption rate. Further, coupling efficiency of the electron transport chain was disturbed and an enhancement of glycolytic rate was measured alongside this, indicating an attempt to meet the energy demands of the cell. Lastly, markers of beige adipocytes (protein content of CD137 and gene transcript of CITED1 were also found to be upregulated at 48 hours of isoproterenol treatment. This data indicates that mature 3T3-L1 adipocytes are responsive to isoproterenol and induce UCP1 expression and activity. Further, this finding provides a model for further pharmaceutical and nutraceutical investigation of UCP1 in 3T3-L1s.

  3. SPIN-ISOSPIN EXCITATIONS IN NUCLEI VIA (HE-3,T) REACTIONS AT 450 MEV

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    FUJIWARA, M; AKIMUNE, H; DAITO, [No Value; EJIRI, H; FUJITA, Y; GREENFIELD, MB; HARAKEH, MN; HAZAMA, R; INOMATA, T; JANECKE, J; KUDOMI, N; KUME, K; NAKAYAMA, S; SHINMYO, K; TAMII, A; TANAKA, M; TOYOKAWA, H; YOSOI, M

    1994-01-01

    Spin-isospin excitations in nuclei havee been studied by means of the (He-3, t) reactions at 450 MeV. The Gamow-Teller (GT) resonances are found to be strongly excited. A fine structure of the giant Gamow Teller resonances in medium-heavy nuclei is observed with an energy resolution of 130 keV. The

  4. CERN Technical Training 2005: IT3T - IT Technical Training Tutorials (Summer 2005)

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    2005-01-01

    CERN Technical Training and the Internet Services group of the IT department (IT/IS) are jointly organizing a series of free tutorials, addressing some topics of common interest: the IT Technical Training Tutorials (IT3T). The next IT3T will be offered, in English, with the following schedule: IT3T/3 - Working remotely with Windows XP: June 28 (Michel Christaller) IT3T/4 - Editing Websites with FrontPage 2003: June 30 (Andreas Wagner) The IT Technical Training Tutorials will take place in the Training Centre Auditorium (building 593, room 11), from 14h30 to 15h30. The tutorials are free of charge, but separate registration to each is required. Participation to any of the tutorials is open: attendance to any tutorial is not a prerequisite to attend subsequent ones. If you are interested in attending, please discuss with your supervisor and/or your DTO, and apply electronically via EDH. Registered participants will be invited to each tutorial; attendance will be recorded in the personal training records. Mo...

  5. CERN Technical Training 2005: IT3T - IT Technical Training Tutorials (Summer 2005)

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    Davide Vitè

    2005-01-01

    CERN Technical Training and the Internet Services group of the IT department (IT/IS) are jointly organizing a series of free tutorials, addressing some topics of common interest: the IT Technical Training Tutorials (IT3T). The next IT3T will be offered, in English, with the following schedule: IT3T/3 - Working remotely with Windows XP: June 28 (Michel Christaller) IT3T/4 - Editing Websites with FrontPage 2003: June 30 (Andreas Wagner) The IT Technical Training Tutorials will take place in the Training Centre Auditorium (building 593, room 11), from 14:30 to 15:30. The tutorials are free of charge, but separate registration to each is required. Participation to any of the tutorials is open: attendance to any tutorial is not a prerequisite to attend subsequent ones. If you are interested in attending, please discuss with your supervisor and/or your DTO, and apply electronically via EDH. Registered participants will be invited to each tutorial; attendance will be recorded in the personal training records. Mo...

  6. Fluorescence lifetime imaging of lipids during 3T3-L1 cell differentiation

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    Song, Young Sik; Won, Young Jae; Lee, Sang-Hak; Kim, Dug Young

    2014-03-01

    Obesity is becoming a big health problem in these days. Since increased body weight is due to increased number and size of the triglyceride-storing adipocytes, many researchers are working on differentiation conditions and processes of adipocytes. Adipocytes also work as regulators of whole-body energy homeostasis by secreting several proteins that regulate processes as diverse as haemostasis, blood pressure, immune function, angiogenesis and energy balance. 3T3-L1 cells are widely used cell line for studying adipogenesis because it can differentiate into an adipocyte-like phenotype under appropriate conditions. In this paper, we propose an effective fluorescence lifetime imaging technique which can easily distinguish lipids in membrane and those in lipid droplets. Nile red dyes are attached to lipids in 3T3-L1 cells. Fluorescence lifetime images were taken for 2 week during differentiation procedure of 3T3-L1 cells into adipocytes. We used 488 nm pulsed laser with 5MHz repetition rate and emission wavelength is 520 nm of Nile Red fluorescent dye. Results clearly show that the lifetime of Nile red in lipid droplets are smaller than those in cell membrane. Our results suggest that fluorescence lifetime imaging can be a very powerful tool to monitor lipid droplet formation in adipocytes from 3T3-L1 cells.

  7. 26 CFR 1.181-3T - Qualified film or television production (temporary).

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  8. Interactions among groups of microorganisms with rhizosphere Las interacciones entre los grupos de microorganismos en la rizosfera Interações entre grupos de microrganismos com a rizosfera

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    Virgínia de Fátima Bezerra Nogueira; Maryzélia Furtado de Farias; Adailson Pereira de Souza; Jussara Silva Dantas

    2010-01-01

    As propriedades físico-químicas da rizosfera têm elevada estabilidade, que, associadas ao fornecimento constante de substratos orgânicos e fatores de crescimento, favorecem intensa atividade metabólica das populações, influenciando diretamente e positivamente o tempo de geração microbiano. O solo é um local de grande número e variedade de interações biológicas, incluindo a competição, a predação, o parasitismo, o comensalismo, o mutualismo e a forésia. As interações b...

  9. Quantitative and qualitative assessment of structural magnetic resonance imaging data in a two-center study

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    Chalavi, Sima; Simmons, Andrew; Dijkstra, Hildebrand; Barker, Gareth J.; Reinders, A. A. T. Simone

    2012-01-01

    Background: Multi-center magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies present an opportunity to advance research by pooling data. However, brain measurements derived from MR-images are susceptible to differences in MR-sequence parameters. It is therefore necessary to determine whether there is an intera

  10. Osteogenic gene expression of murine osteoblastic (MC3T3-E1) cells under cyclic tension

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    Kao, C. T.; Chen, C. C.; Cheong, U.-I.; Liu, S. L.; Huang, T. H.

    2014-08-01

    Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) can promote cell proliferation. The remodeling ability of the tension side of orthodontic teeth affects post-orthodontic stability. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the osteogenic effects of LLLT on osteoblast-like cells treated with a simulated tension system that provides a mechanical tension regimen. Murine osteoblastic (MC3T3-E1) cells were cultured in a Flexcell strain unit with programmed loads of 12% elongation at a frequency of 0.5 Hz for 24 and 48 h. The cultured cells were treated with a low-level diode laser using powers of 5 J and 10 J. The proliferation of MC3T3-E1 cells was determined using the Alamar Blue assay. The expression of osteogenic genes (type I collagen (Col-1), osteopontin (OPN), osteocalcin (OC), osteoprotegerin (OPG), receptor activator of nuclear factor kappa B ligand (RANKL), bone morphologic protein (BMP-2), and bone morphologic protein (BMP-4)) in MC3T3-E1 cells was analyzed using reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). The data were analyzed using one-way analysis of variance. The proliferation rate of tension-cultured MC3T3-E1 cells under 5 J and 10 J LLLT increased compared with that of the control group (p < 0.05). Prominent mineralization of the MC3T3-E1 cells was visible using a von Kossa stain in the 5 J LLLT group. Osteogenic genes (Col-1, OC, OPG and BMP-2) were significantly expressed in the MC3T3-E1 cells treated with 5 J and 10 J LLLT (p < 0.05). LLLT in tension-cultured MC3T3-E1 cells showed synergistic osteogenic effects, including increases in cell proliferation and Col-1, OPN, OC, OPG and BMP-2 gene expression. LLLT might be beneficial for bone remodeling on the tension side of orthodontics.

  11. Isolation and characterization of NIH 3T3 cells expressing polyomavirus small T antigen

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    Noda, T.; Satake, M.; Robins, T.; Ito, Y.

    1986-10-01

    The polyomavirus small T-antigen gene, together with the polyomavirus promoter, was inserted into retrovirus vector pGV16 which contains the Moloney sarcoma virus long terminal repeat and neomycin resistance gene driven by the simian virus 40 promoter. This expression vector, pGVST, was packaged into retrovirus particles by transfection of PSI2 cells which harbor packaging-defective murine retrovirus genome. NIH 3T3 cells were infected by this replication-defective retrovirus containing pGVST. Of the 15 G418-resistant cell clones, 8 express small T antigen at various levels as revealed by immunoprecipitation. A cellular protein with an apparent molecular weight of about 32,000 coprecipitates with small T antigen. Immunofluorescent staining shows that small T antigen is mainly present in the nuclei. Morphologically, cells expressing small T antigen are indistinguishable from parental NIH 3T3 cells and have a microfilament pattern similar to that in parental NIH 3T3 cells. Cells expressing small T antigen form a flat monolayer but continue to grow beyond the saturation density observed for parental NIH 3T3 cells and eventually come off the culture plate as a result of overconfluency. There is some correlation between the level of expression of small T antigen and the growth rate of the cells. Small T-antigen-expressing cells form small colonies in soft agar. However, the proportion of cells which form these small colonies is rather small. A clone of these cells tested did not form tumors in nude mice within 3 months after inoculation of 10/sup 6/ cells per animal. Thus, present studies establish that the small T antigen of polyomavirus is a second nucleus-localized transforming gene product of the virus (the first one being large T antigen) and by itself has a function which is to stimulate the growth of NIH 3T3 cells beyond their saturation density in monolayer culture.

  12. CLOCK promotes 3T3-L1 cell proliferation via Wnt signaling.

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    Zhu, Zhu; Hua, Bingxuan; Xu, Lirong; Yuan, Gongsheng; Li, Ermin; Li, Xiaobo; Sun, Ning; Yan, Zuoqin; Lu, Chao; Qian, Ruizhe

    2016-07-01

    Circadian genes control most of the physiological functions including cell cycle. Cell proliferation is a critical factor in the differentiation of progenitor cells. However, the role of Clock gene in the regulation of cell cycle via wingless-type (Wnt) pathway and the relationship between Clock and adipogenesis are unclear. We found that the circadian locomotor output cycles kaput (Clock) regulated the proliferation and the adipogenesis of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes. We found that Clock attenuation inhibited the viability of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes in the cell counting kit 8. The expression of c-Myc and Cyclin D1 decreased dramatically in 3T3-L1 when Clock was silenced with short interfering RNA and was also decreased in fat tissue and adipose tissue-derived stem cells of Clock(Δ19) mice. Clock directly controls the expression of the components of Wnt signal transduction pathway, which was verified by serum shock, chromatin immunoprecipitation, Western blot, and quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR). Furthermore, IWR-1, a Wnt signal pathway inhibitor, inhibited the cell cycle promotion by CLOCK, which was detected by cell viability assay, flow cytometry, and qRT-PCR. Therefore, CLOCK transcription control of Wnt signaling promotes cell cycle progression in 3T3-L1 preadipocytes. Clock inhibited the adipogenesis on day 2 in 3T3-L1 cells via Oil Red O staining and qRT-PCR detection and probably related to cellular differentiation. These data provide evidence that the circadian gene Clock regulates the proliferation of preadipocytes and affects adipogenesis. © 2016 IUBMB Life, 68(7):557-568, 2016. PMID:27194636

  13. Production of antisera and development of radioimmunoassay for serum T3, T4, and ferritin

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    In this study twelve local rabbits and sixteen New-zealand rabbits were subjected to immunization against T3 and T4 immunogens. Two local sheep (ovis aris) were immunized against human liver ferritin. The T3 and T4 immunogens were prepared by conjugation of the haptens to carrier proteins (bovine serum albumin ''BSA'' and horse serum protein ''HSP''), using water soluble carboiimide as coupling agent. The local and New-zealand rabbits were immunized against these conjugates emulsified in freund's complete adjuvant (FCA) in the first and second injections, and emulsified in freund's incomplete adjuvant (FIA) in the following injections. The blood samples obtained from rabbits after each injection were tested for antibodies as well as for the effect of immunization on rabbits biochemical and haematological parameters. The blood samples obtained from sheep were tested for anti-ferritin antibodies using crude antiserum, then this antiserum was purified using ammonium sulphate. A part of it was adsorbed physically onto polystyrene beads while the other part was linked chemically to magnitisable particles inorder to develop to IRMAs. The purified antiferritin antibody was diluted 200,000 folds before being coated to polystyrene beads, and different dilutions were tried with coupling to magnetic solid phase. Optimization and validation procedures for the two IRMAs ferritin were performed. The results obtained showed poor response of rabbits to immunization against T3 and T4 immunogen conjugates, where the percent bound (B%) of tracer with the antibody ranged from (0.0-22%) for local rabbits using charcoal seperation technique, and (0.0-2.9%) using second antibody precipitation technique. The B% for the antiserum obtained from New-zealand rabbits ranged from (0.0-18.1) using second antibody precipitation technique. Serum T3, T4 and TSH of the immunized rabbits were measured and found to be not significantly different form the controls (p=0.2211, 0.098, 0.35 respectively

  14. Age dependency of myocardial triglyceride content. A 3T high-field {sup 1}H-MR spectroscopy study

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    Petritsch, B.; Gassenmaier, T.; Kunz, A.S.; Donhauser, J.; Bley, T.A.; Horn, M. [University Hospital of Wuerzburg (Germany). Inst. of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology; Goltz, J.P. [University Hospital of Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Luebeck (Germany). Clinic for Radiology and Nuclear Medicine

    2015-11-15

    The role of myocardial triglyceride (mTG) content in the aging human heart is not entirely understood. The aim of this study was to measure concentrations of mTG content from healthy volunteers and to determine the association between age, mTG content and systolic heart function. Furthermore, the technical stability of the {sup 1}H-magnetic resonance spectroscopy ({sup 1}H-MRS) and the reliability of peak evaluation at 3 T were evaluated. The total study population of 47 healthy volunteers was divided into 4 age classes, according to the age of the subjects (1{sup st} cohort 20-29 years (yrs.), n=20; 2{sup nd} cohort 30-39 yrs., n=10; 3{sup rd} cohort 40-49 yrs., n=9; 4{sup th} cohort 50-60 yrs., n=8). Cardiac MRI and double triggered {sup 1}H-MRS of the myocardium were consecutively performed using a 3 T scanner. Each participant underwent spectroscopic measurements twice in the same investigation. mTG content increases with age. The correlation of age and mTG is minimal (r=0.48; p<0.001). The following age-averaged mTG content values expressed as % of mTG signal compared to the water signal were determined for each cohort: 1{sup st} cohort 0.25 % (± 0.17); 2{sup nd} cohort 0.48 % (± 0.30); 3{sup rd} cohort 0.48 % (± 0.18); 4{sup th} cohort 0.77 % (± 0.70). There was no significant correlation (r=0.04; p=n.s.) between LV mass and mTG content in healthy volunteers. Within our cohorts, no effects of age or mTG content on systolic heart function were seen (r=-0.01; p=n.s.). The intraclass correlation coefficient of spectroscopic measurements was high (r=0.965; p<0.001). Myocardial TG content increases with age. The normal age-dependent concentration ranges of myocardial lipid metabolites reported in this study may be helpful for the correction of acquired {sup 1}H-MRS data in patients when evaluating metabolic and cardiovascular diseases in future magnetic resonance spectroscopy studies.

  15. Evaluation of Intracranial Vasculatures in Healthy Subjects with Arterial-Spin-Labeling-Based 4D-MR Angiography at 3T.

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    Iryo, Yasuhiko; Hirai, Toshinori; Nakamura, Masanobu; Tateishi, Machiko; Hayashida, Eri; Azuma, Minako; Nishimura, Shinichiro; Kitajima, Mika; Yamashita, Yasuyuki

    2016-07-11

    Contrast inherent inflow-enhanced multi-phase angiography combining multiple-phase flow-alternating inversion-recovery (CINEMA-FAIR) is an arterial-spin-labeling-based four-dimensional magnetic resonance angiography (4D-MRA) technique. Two neuroradiologists independently evaluated the depiction of the intracranial vasculatures in healthy subjects with 3T 4D-MRA using CINEMA-FAIR. Our results indicated that this technique can provide good visualization of the cerebral arteries with a high spatial and temporal resolution. It appears to have sufficient resolution for identifying flow difference in the anterior and posterior circulation in healthy subjects. PMID:26701696

  16. Comparison of real-time water proton spectroscopy and echo-planar imaging sensitivity to the BOLD effect at 3 T and at 7 T.

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    Yury Koush

    Full Text Available Gradient-echo echo-planar imaging (GE EPI is the most commonly used approach to assess localized blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD signal changes in real-time. Alternatively, real-time spin-echo single-voxel spectroscopy (SE SVS has recently been introduced for spatially specific BOLD neurofeedback at 3 T and at 7 T. However, currently it is not known how neurofeedback based on real-time SE SVS compares to real-time GE EPI-based. We therefore compared both methods at high (3 T and at ultra-high (7 T magnetic field strengths. We evaluated standard quality measures of both methods for signals originating from the motor cortex, the visual cortex, and for a neurofeedback condition. At 3 T, the data quality of the real-time SE SVS and GE EPI R2* estimates were comparable. At 7 T, the data quality of the real-time GE EPI acquisitions was superior compared to those of the real-time SE SVS. Despite the somehow lower data quality of real-time SE SVS compared to GE EPI at 7 T, SE SVS acquisitions might still be an interesting alternative. Real-time SE SVS allows for a direct and subject-specific T2* estimation and thus for a physiologically more plausible neurofeedback signal.

  17. Razão, regulação e ritmos nas interações discursivas

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    Jairo Ferreira

    2001-02-01

    Full Text Available A compreensão dos processos cognitivos em interações discursivas nos marcos do estruturalismo genético de Jean Piaget permite uma síntese entre a compreensão dos processos lógicos e operatórios sugeridos pelo racionalismo, das regulações sociais através da negociação e contratos entre os interlocutores conforme a análise do discurso (Charaudeau e dos ritmos (inclusive os rituais observados pela antropologia.  O artigo discute esta perspectiva genética e depois, por inferência, sugere ligações teóricas e de método para análise sócio-cognitiva do discurso.

  18. Conflitos sociais e interações comunicativas nas reformas sociais da América Latina

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    Martinic Sergio

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available O artigo analisa as dificuldades e os conflitos políticos que afetam o delineamento e os processos de implementação das reformas sociais na América Latina, focalizando em especial as áreas de educação e da saúde. Descreve problemas de execução e conseqüências institucionais das mudanças propostas, modos de gestão, formas de interação e tensões entre os diferentes grupos de interesse envolvidos. A análise baseia-se em resultados de estudos de caso realizados entre 1998 e 1999, no âmbito do Programa Reformas Sociais em Educação e Saúde na América Latina, patrocinado pelo BID e pelo CIID, do Canadá e coordenado pelo Cide e pelo llades, do Chile.

  19. Cultura e discurso: uma análise translinguística de interações de teletandem = Culture and discourse: a translinguistic analysis of teletandem interactions

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    Zakir, Maisa de Alcântara

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available O projeto Teletandem e Transculturalidade na interação on-line em línguas estrangeiras por webcam é desenvolvido desde 2010 e coloca aprendizes de línguas estrangeiras no Brasil em contato com aprendizes de língua portuguesa no exterior em interações via Skype. O contexto no qual este estudo se desenvolveu é denominado teletandem institucional semi-integrado, por ser integrado ao currículo da universidade estrangeira parceira do projeto e não-integrado ao currículo da universidade brasileira. O objetivo do trabalho é analisar interações de teletandem entre uma aluna do curso intermediário de língua portuguesa de uma universidade privada estadunidense e um professor aprendiz de inglês como língua estrangeira que trabalha em uma universidade pública brasileira. As interações entre os participantes da pesquisa foram analisadas na perspectiva da Análise Dialógica do Discurso, fundamentada na obra de Bakhtin e do Círculo. Os resultados da análise evidenciam os papéis sociais identificados no discurso dos interagentes em discussões sobre aspectos culturais

  20. Interação Social e Mediação em Ambientes Digitais de Aprendizagem com Sujeitos com Autismo

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    Liliana M Passerino

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available A partir de uma concepção sócio-histórica da interação social e
    considerando as Tecnologias de Comunicação e Informação  (TICs disponíveis atualmente para a construção de Ambientes Digitais de Aprendizagem (ADA procurou-se sanar a inexistência de dados empíricos relativos ao fenômeno de interação social de pessoas autistas mediado pela tecnologia. A presente pesquisa propõe uma visão diferenciada sobre os processos de interação e mediação que se estabelecem em ambientes digitais. Estruturada como um estudo multicasos com observação de grupos de autistas em atividades de
    interação mediadas por ADAs ao longo de 3 anos  identificaram-se categorias relevantes emergentes dessa mediação tecnológica com contribuições importantes para as areas envolvidas (Psicologia, Educação e Computação na construção de um ambiente digital de aprendizagem especialmente projetado levando em conta os resultados obtidos.

  1. Interações sociais de crianças pré-escolares com Síndrome de Down durante atividades extracurriculares

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    Renata Valdívia Lucisano

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo desta pesquisa foi identificar o processo de interação social de crianças com Síndrome de Down (SD durante atividades extracurriculares na rede regular de educação infantil do município de Ribeirão Preto. Participaram da pesquisa seis crianças na faixa etária de 3 a 6 anos. Foram realizadas duas filmagens de cada criança em situações de interação social durante atividades extracurriculares, e analisadas através de quinze comportamentos, distribuídos em duas categorias de habilidades sociais: interpessoais e de autoexpressão. Os resultados demonstraram que, quanto às habilidades interpessoais, houve maior ocorrência do comportamento "ocorre interação com outra criança". Já na categoria habilidades de autoexpressão, apenas os comportamentos "sorri" e "imita outras crianças" apresentam ocorrência significativa. Os comportamentos mais frequentes encontrados neste estudo permitem compreender que o ambiente escolar torna-se um facilitador na interação da criança com SD com outras crianças de desenvolvimento típico, possibilitando o desenvolvimento das habilidades sociais esperadas.

  2. The Holy Grail in diagnostic neuroradiology: 3T or 3D?

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    Pouwels, Petra J. W.; Wattjes, Mike P.

    2010-01-01

    Many technical developments keep occurring in the field of MRI that could benefit image acquisition in the field of diagnostic neuroradiology. While there is much focus on the potential advantages of 3T and higher field strengths, it is often unclear whether these are cosmetic only, or convey clinically relevant diagnostic value. The increased signal-to-noise at 3T is certainly beneficial in different ways particularly for the acquisition of isotropic 3D sequences like FLAIR. Single-slab 3D sequences can now be obtained with multiple contrasts in clinically attainable data acquisition times and could revolutionize MRI to evolve into a fundamentally multi-planar technique, rather similar to what has happened with the introduction of multi-detector row CT. PMID:21181406

  3. Collagen gel containing 3T3 fibroblasts (dermal equivalent for raft culture)

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    Author: Matt Lewis ### Ingredients for 6 x collagen matrices in a 6-well plate 1. Roughly 3x10e6 J2-3T3s (a fully confluent T75?) - 1.5mL 10x reconstitution buffer - 1.5mL 10x DMEM - 12mL rat tail type 1 collagen (>3.8mg/mL) - 10N NaOH - Glacial acetic acid (in case) ### Method 1. Pre-chill pipettes, keep collagen on ice - *The collagen solidifies above 8ºC* - Mix 1.5mL of 10x DMEM with 1.5mL of 10x reconstitution buffer, keep on ice. Count J2-3T3s...

  4. Volume-sensitive NADPH oxidase activity and taurine efflux in NIH3T3 mouse fibroblasts

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    Friis, Martin Barfred; Vorum, Katrine Gribel; Lambert, Ian Henry

    2008-01-01

    Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are produced in NIH3T3 fibroblasts during hypotonic stress, and H(2)O(2) potentiates the concomitant release of the organic osmolyte taurine (Lambert IH. J Membr Biol 192: 19-32, 2003). The increase in ROS production [5-(and-6)-carboxy-2', 7'-dichlorodihydrofluorescein......M) but is unaffected by the nitric oxide synthase inhibitor N omega-nitro-l-arginine methyl ester, indicating that the volume-sensitive ROS production is NADPH oxidase dependent. NIH3T3 cells express the NADPH oxidase components: p22 phox, a NOX4 isotype; p47 phox; and p67 phox (real-time PCR). Exposure to the Ca2...

  5. High-quality genome sequence and description of Bacillus ndiopicus strain FF3T sp. nov.

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    C.I. Lo

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Strain FF3T was isolated from the skin-flora of a 39-year-old healthy Senegalese man. Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry did not allow any identification. This strain exhibited a 16S rRNA sequence similarity of 96.8% with Bacillus massiliensis, the phylogenetically closest species with standing nomenclature. Using a polyphasic study made of phenotypic and genomic analyses, strain FF3T was Gram-positive, aeroanaerobic and rod shaped and exhibited a genome of 4 068 720 bp with a G+C content of 37.03% that coded 3982 protein-coding and 67 RNA genes (including four rRNA operons. On the basis of these data, we propose the creation of Bacillus ndiopicus sp. nov.

  6. The intracellular mechanism of alpha-fetoprotein promoting the proliferation of NIH 3T3 cells

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    2002-01-01

    AIM The existence and properties of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) receptor on the surface of NIH 3T3 cells and the effects of AFP on cellular signal transduction pathway were investigated. METHODS The effect of AFP on the proliferation of NIH 3T3 cells was measured by incorporation of 3H-TdR. Receptor-binding assay of 125I-AFP was performed to detect the properties of AFP receptor in NIH 3T3 cells. The influences of AFP on the [cAMP]i and the activities of protein kinase A (PKA) were determined. Western blot was used to detect the change of K-ras P21 protein expression. RESULTS The proliferation of NIH 3T3 cells treated with 0-80 mg/L of AFP was significantly enhanced. The Scatchard analysis indicated that there were two classes of binding sites with KD of 2.722×10-9M (Bmax=12810 sites per cell) and 8.931× 10-SM (Bmax=l19700 sites per cell) respectively. In the presence of AFP (20 mg/L), the content of cAMP and activities of PKA were significantly elevated . The level of K-ras P21 protein was upregulated by AFP at the concentration of 20 mg/L. The monoclonal antibody against AFP could reverse the effects of AFP on the cAMP content, PKA activity and the expression of K-ras p21 gene. CONCLUSION The effect of AFP on the cell proliferation was achieved by binding its receptor to trigger the signal transduction pathway of cAMP-PKA and alter the expression of K- ras p21 gene.

  7. Xylitol does not directly affect adiponectin productionand adipogenesis in 3T3-L1 cells

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    Pilaiwan Siripurkpong; Sompoch Prajan; Sudawadee Kongkhum

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    Xylitol is widely used as a low-calorie sweetener in various kinds of food products, including diabetic foods. Adiponectin, secreted by adipocytes, plays a key role in carbohydrate and lipid metabolism. Low levels of plasma adiponectin are associated with cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes. The aims of this study were to determine effects of xylitol on the adipogenesis of pre-adipocytes, adiponectin synthesis and secretion. To assess adipogenesis, pre-adipocyte 3T3-L1 cel...

  8. Latent insulin receptors and possible receptor precursors in 3T3-L1 adipocytes.

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    Deutsch, P J; Wan, C F; Rosen, O M; Rubin, C S

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    Cell surface and cryptic insulin receptors were solubilized from the particulate fraction of murine 3T3-L1 adipocytes with buffer containing 1% Triton X-100. Solubilized receptors were affinity crosslinked with 125I-labeled insulin and disuccinimidyl suberate and characterized by sodium dodecyl sulfate/polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and autoradiography after specific immunoprecipitation. Two insulin-binding polypeptides were identified: the more abundant protein had a Mr of 130,000, corre...

  9. Rosiglitazone Balances Insulin-Induced Exo- And Endocytosis In Single 3t3-L1 Adipocytes

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    Velebit, Jelena; Chowdhury, Helena H.; Kreft, Marko; Zorec, Robert

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    Abstract Rosiglitazone (Rosi) improves insulin sensitivity and increases the translocation of glucose transporter 4 (GLUT4) to the plasma membrane (PM). This involves the fusion of membrane-bound compartments with the plasma membrane, thus increasing the plasma membrane area. However, recent work has shown that in Rosi-pretreated 3T3-L1 adipocytes membrane area did not increase following insulin application, suggesting that the rates of exo- and endocytosis are balanced. Here we ex...

  10. Stevioside from Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni Increases Insulin Sensitivity in 3T3-L1 Adipocytes

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    Nabilatul Hani Mohd-Radzman; Wan Iryani Wan Ismail; Siti Safura Jaapar; Zainah Adam; Aishah Adam

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    Stevioside from Stevia rebaudiana has been reported to exert antihyperglycemic effects in both rat and human subjects. There have been few studies on these effects in vitro. In this paper, radioactive glucose uptake assay was implemented in order to assess improvements in insulin sensitivity in 3T3-L1 cells by elevation of glucose uptake following treatment with stevioside. Oil Red-O staining and MTT assay were utilized to confirm adipocyte differentiation and cell viability, respectively. Fi...

  11. Vasopressin induces selective desensitization of its mitogenic response in Swiss 3T3 cells.

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    Collins, M.K.; Rozengurt, E

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    Prior incubation of quiescent cultures of Swiss 3T3 cells with vasopressin leads to loss of mitogenic stimulation on its subsequent addition in the presence of a synergistic growth factor. This desensitization is selective for vasopressin, requires prolonged incubation (half-maximal desensitization after 12 hr of treatment) for its induction, and is reversed after a 48-hr incubation in the absence of vasopressin. It is elicited by concentrations of vasopressin, and several analogues, similar ...

  12. Molecular cloning of the bombesin/gastrin-releasing peptide receptor from Swiss 3T3 cells.

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    Battey, J F; Way, J M; Corjay, M H; Shapira, H; Kusano, K; Harkins, R.; Wu, J M; Slattery, T; Mann, E.; Feldman, R I

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    The mammalian bombesin-like peptides gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) and neuromedin B regulate numerous and varied cell physiologic processes in various cell types and have also been implicated as autocrine growth factors influencing the pathogenesis and progression of human small cell lung carcinomas. We report here the molecular characterization of the bombesin/GRP receptor. Structural analysis of cDNA clones isolated from Swiss 3T3 murine embryonal fibroblasts shows that the GRP receptor i...

  13. Quantifying coronary sinus flow and global LV perfusion at 3T

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    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Despite the large availability of 3T MR scanners and the potential of high field imaging, this technical platform has yet to prove its usefulness in the cardiac MR setting, where 1.5T remains the established standard. Global perfusion of the left ventricle, as well as the coronary flow reserve (CFR, can provide relevant diagnostic information, and MR measurements of these parameters may benefit from increased field strength. Quantitative flow measurements in the coronary sinus (CS provide one method to investigate these parameters. However, the ability of newly developed faster MR sequences to measure coronary flow during a breath-hold at 3T has not been evaluated. Methods The aim of this work was to measure CS flow using segmented phase contrast MR (PC MR on a clinical 3T MR scanner. Parallel imaging was employed to reduce the total acquisition time. Global LV perfusion was calculated by dividing CS flow with left ventricular (LV mass. The repeatability of the method was investigated by measuring the flow three times in each of the twelve volunteers. Phantom experiments were performed to investigate potential error sources. Results The average CS flow was determined to 88 ± 33 ml/min and the deduced LV perfusion was 0.60 ± 0.22 ml/min·g, in agreement with published values. The repeatability (1-error of the three repeated measurements in each subject was on average 84%. Conclusion This work demonstrates that the combination of high field strength (3T, parallel imaging and segmented gradient echo sequences allow for quantification of the CS flow and global perfusion within a breath-hold.

  14. Ginkgolide C Suppresses Adipogenesis in 3T3-L1 Adipocytes via the AMPK Signaling Pathway

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    Chian-Jiun Liou

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    Full Text Available Ginkgolide C, isolated from Ginkgo biloba leaves, is a flavone reported to have multiple biological functions, from decreased platelet aggregation to ameliorating Alzheimer disease. The study aim was to evaluate the antiadipogenic effect of ginkgolide C in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. Ginkgolide C was used to treat differentiated 3T3-L1 cells. Cell supernatant was collected to assay glycerol release, and cells were lysed to measure protein and gene expression related to adipogenesis and lipolysis by western blot and real-time PCR, respectively. Ginkgolide C significantly suppressed lipid accumulation in differentiated adipocytes. It also decreased adipogenesis-related transcription factor expression, including peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor and CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein. Furthermore, ginkgolide C enhanced adipose triglyceride lipase and hormone-sensitive lipase production for lipolysis and increased phosphorylation of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK, resulting in decreased activity of acetyl-CoA carboxylase for fatty acid synthesis. In coculture with an AMPK inhibitor (compound C, ginkgolide C also improved activation of sirtuin 1 and phosphorylation of AMPK in differentiated 3T3-L1 cells. The results suggest that ginkgolide C is an effective flavone for increasing lipolysis and inhibiting adipogenesis in adipocytes through the activated AMPK pathway.

  15. Endoplasmic reticulum stress suppresses lipin-1 expression in 3T3-L1 adipocytes

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    Takahashi, Nobuhiko, E-mail: ntkhs@hoku-iryo-u.ac.jp [Department of Internal Medicine, School of Dentistry, Health Sciences University of Hokkaido, 1757, Kanazawa, Ishikari-Toubetsu, Hokkaido 061-0023 (Japan); Division of Gastroenterology and Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine, Asahikawa Medical University, 2-1-1-1, Midorigaoka-Higashi, Asahikawa, Hokkaido 078-8510 (Japan); Yoshizaki, Takayuki [Innovation Center, Kagoshima University, 1-21-40, Korimoto, Kagoshima 890-0065 (Japan); Hiranaka, Natsumi; Suzuki, Takeshi [Department of Internal Medicine, School of Dentistry, Health Sciences University of Hokkaido, 1757, Kanazawa, Ishikari-Toubetsu, Hokkaido 061-0023 (Japan); Yui, Tomoo; Akanuma, Masayoshi [Department of Fixed Prosthodontics and Oral Implantology, School of Dentistry, Health Sciences University of Hokkaido, 1757, Kanazawa, Ishikari-Toubetsu, Hokkaido 061-0023 (Japan); Kanazawa, Kaoru [Department of Dental Anesthesiology, School of Dentistry, Health Sciences University of Hokkaido, 1757, Kanazawa, Ishikari-Toubetsu, Hokkaido 061-0023 (Japan); Yoshida, Mika; Naito, Sumiyoshi [Department of Clinical Laboratory, Health Sciences University of Hokkaido, 1757, Kanazawa, Ishikari-Toubetsu, Hokkaido 061-0023 (Japan); Fujiya, Mikihiro; Kohgo, Yutaka [Division of Gastroenterology and Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine, Asahikawa Medical University, 2-1-1-1, Midorigaoka-Higashi, Asahikawa, Hokkaido 078-8510 (Japan); Ieko, Masahiro [Department of Internal Medicine, School of Dentistry, Health Sciences University of Hokkaido, 1757, Kanazawa, Ishikari-Toubetsu, Hokkaido 061-0023 (Japan)

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    Highlights: ► Lipin-1 involves lipid metabolism, adipocyte differentiation, and inflammation. ► Adipose lipin-1 expression is reduced in obesity. ► ER stress suppresses lipin-1 expression in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. ► Activation of PPAR-γ recovers ER stress-induced lipin-1 reduction. -- Abstract: Lipin-1 plays crucial roles in the regulation of lipid metabolism and cell differentiation in adipocytes. In obesity, adipose lipin-1 mRNA expression is decreased and positively correlated with systemic insulin sensitivity. Amelioration of the lipin-1 depletion might be improved dysmetabolism. Although some cytokines such as TNF-α and interleukin-1β reduces adipose lipin-1 expression, the mechanism of decreased adipose lipin-1 expression in obesity remains unclear. Recently, endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress is implicated in the pathogenesis of obesity. Here we investigated the role of ER stress on the lipin-1 expression in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. We demonstrated that lipin-1 expression was suppressed by the treatment with ER stress inducers (tunicamycin and thapsigargin) at transcriptional level. We also showed that constitutive lipin-1 expression could be maintained by peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. Activation of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ recovered the ER stress-induced lipin-1 suppression. These results suggested that ER stress might be involved in the pathogenesis of obesity through lipin-1 depletion.

  16. Extract of Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) stimulates 3T3-L1 adipocyte differentiation.

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    Joo, Jeong In; Kim, Dong Hyun; Yun, Jong Won

    2010-11-01

    Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) has long been used as a folk medicine due to its numerous biological functions such as antibacterial, antiallergic, antiinflammatory and antioxidative activities. In the present study, it was found that the I. obliquus hot water extract (IOWE) activated adipogenesis of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes. Even in the absence of adipogenic stimuli by insulin, the IOWE strongly induced adipogenesis of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes. The major constituent of IOWE was glucose-rich polysaccharides with a molecular mass of 149  kDa. IOWE enhanced the differentiation of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes, increasing TG (triacylglycerol) accumulation that is critical for acquisition of the adipocyte phenotype, in a dose-dependent manner. IOWE stimulated gene expression of C/EBPα (CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein α) and PPARγ (peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors γ) during adipocyte differentiation, and induced the expression of PPARγ target genes such as aP2 (adipocyte protein 2), LPL (lipoprotein lipase) and CD36 (fatty acid translocase). Immunoblot analysis revealed that IOWE increased the expression of adipogenic makers such as PPARγ and GLUT4 (glucose transporter 4). The luciferase reporter assay demonstrated that IOWE did not exhibit PPARγ ligand activity. Although these results require further investigation, the ability of natural mushroom product to increase PPARγ transcriptional activities may be expected to be therapeutic targets for dyslipidemia and type 2 diabetes. PMID:21031614

  17. WEHI-3 cells inhibit adipocyte differentiation in 3T3-L1 cells

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    Lai, Jing [The First Affiliated Hospital, Jinan University, Guangzhou, Guangdong (China); Liu, Gexiu [Institute of Hematology, School of Medicine, Jinan University, Guangzhou, Guangdong (China); Yan, Guoyao [The First Affiliated Hospital, Jinan University, Guangzhou, Guangdong (China); He, Dongmei [Institute of Hematology, School of Medicine, Jinan University, Guangzhou, Guangdong (China); Zhou, Ying [The First Affiliated Hospital, Jinan University, Guangzhou, Guangdong (China); Chen, Shengting, E-mail: shengtingchen@sina.cn [The First Affiliated Hospital, Jinan University, Guangzhou, Guangdong (China)

    2015-06-26

    By investigating the anti-adipogenic effects of WEHI-3 cells – a murine acute myelomonocytic leukemia cell line – we sought to improve the efficiency of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Analysis of Oil Red O staining and the expression of adipogenic genes, including PPARγ, C/EBPα, FAS and LPL, indicated that WEHI-3 cells significantly inhibited 3T3-L1 mouse preadipocyte cells from differentiating into adipocytes. In vivo, fat vacuoles in mice injected with WEHI-3 cells were also remarkably reduced in the murine bone marrow pimelosis model. Moreover, the key gene in the Rho signaling pathway, ROCKII, and the key gene in the Wnt signaling pathway, β-catenin, were both upregulated compared with the control group. siRNA-mediated knockdown of ROCKII and β-catenin reversed these WEHI-3-mediated anti-adipogenic effects. Taken together, these data suggest that WEHI-3 cells exert anti-adipogenic effects and that both ROCKII and β-catenin are involved in this process. - Highlights: • WEHI-3, an acute myelomonocytic leukemia cell line, inhibited 3T3-L1 preadipocyte from differentiating into adipocyte. • WEHI-3 cells can arrest 3T3-L1 cells in G0/G1 phase by secreting soluble factors and thus inhibit their proliferation. • WEHI-3 cells reduced bone marrow pimelosis in the murine model. • Both ROCKII and β-catenin were involved in the WEHI-3-mediated anti-adipogenic effects.

  18. Software package r3t. Model for transport and retention in porous media. Final report

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    In long-termsafety analyses for final repositories for hazardous wastes in deep geological formations the impact to the biosphere due to potential release of hazardous materials is assessed for relevant scenarios. The model for migration of wastes from repositories to men is divided into three almost independent parts: the near field, the geosphere, and the biosphere. With the development of r3t the feasibility to model the pollutant transport through the geosphere for porous or equivalent porous media in large, three-dimensional, and complex regions is established. Furthermore one has at present the ability to consider all relevant retention and interaction effects which are important for long-term safety analyses. These are equilibrium sorption, kinetically controlled sorption, diffusion into immobile pore waters, and precipitation. The processes of complexing, colloidal transport and matrix diffusion may be considered at least approximately by skilful choice of parameters. Speciation is not part of the very recently developed computer code r3t. With r3t it is possible to assess the potential dilution and the barrier impact of the overburden close to reality

  19. Comparison of 3 T and 7 T MRI clinical sequences for ankle imaging

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    The purpose of this study was to compare 3 T and 7 T signal-to-noise and contrast-to noise ratios of clinical sequences for imaging of the ankles with optimized sequences and dedicated coils. Ten healthy volunteers were examined consecutively on both systems with three clinical sequences: (1) 3D gradient-echo, T1-weighted; (2) 2D fast spin-echo, PD-weighted; and (3) 2D spin-echo, T1-weighted. SNR was calculated for six regions: cartilage; bone; muscle; synovial fluid; Achilles tendon; and Kager's fat-pad. CNR was obtained for cartilage/bone, cartilage/fluid, cartilage/muscle, and muscle/fat-pad, and compared by a one-way ANOVA test for repeated measures. Mean SNR significantly increased at 7 T compared to 3 T for 3D GRE, and 2D TSE was 60.9% and 86.7%, respectively. In contrast, an average SNR decrease of almost 25% was observed in the 2D SE sequence. A CNR increase was observed in 2D TSE images, and in most 3D GRE images. There was a substantial benefit from ultra high-field MR imaging of ankles with routine clinical sequences at 7 T compared to 3 T. Higher SNR and CNR at ultra-high field MR scanners may be useful in clinical practice for ankle imaging. However, carefully optimized protocols and dedicated extremity coils are necessary to obtain optimal results.

  20. Stevioside from Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni Increases Insulin Sensitivity in 3T3-L1 Adipocytes

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    Nabilatul Hani Mohd-Radzman

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Stevioside from Stevia rebaudiana has been reported to exert antihyperglycemic effects in both rat and human subjects. There have been few studies on these effects in vitro. In this paper, radioactive glucose uptake assay was implemented in order to assess improvements in insulin sensitivity in 3T3-L1 cells by elevation of glucose uptake following treatment with stevioside. Oil Red-O staining and MTT assay were utilized to confirm adipocyte differentiation and cell viability, respectively. Findings from this research showed a significant increase in absorbance values in mature adipocytes following Oil Red-O staining, confirming the differentiation process. Stevioside was noncytotoxic to 3T3-L1 cells as cell viability was reduced by a maximum of 17%, making it impossible to determine its IC50. Stevioside increased glucose uptake activities by 2.1 times (p<0.001 in normal conditions and up to 4.4 times (p<0.001 in insulin-resistant states. At times, this increase was higher than that seen in positive control group treated with rosiglitazone maleate, an antidiabetic agent. Expressions of pY20 and p-IRS1 which were measured via Western blot were improved by stevioside treatment. In conclusion, stevioside has direct effects on 3T3-L1 insulin sensitivity via increase in glucose uptake and enhanced expression of proteins involved in insulin-signalling pathway.

  1. Traditional Herbal Formula Oyaksungi-San Inhibits Adipogenesis in 3T3-L1 Adipocytes

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    Sae-Rom Yoo

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Oyaksungi-san (OYSGS is a herbal formula that has been used for treating cardiovascular diseases in traditional Asian medicine. Here, we investigated the antiadipogenic effect of OYSGS extract in 3T3-L1 adipose cells. Methods. 3T3-L1 preadipocytes were differentiated into adipocytes with or without OYSGS. After differentiation, we measured Oil Red O staining, glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GPDH activity, leptin production, mRNA, and protein levels of adipogenesis-related factors. Results. OYSGS extract dramatically inhibited intracellular lipid accumulation in the differentiated adipocytes. It also significantly suppressed the (GPDH activity, triglyceride (TG content, and leptin production by reducing the expression of adipogenesis-related genes including lipoprotein lipase, fatty acid binding protein 4, CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein-alpha (C/EBP-α, and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPAR-γ. Furthermore, OYSGS clearly enhanced phosphorylation of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK as well as its substrate acetyl CoA (ACC carboxylase. Conclusions. Our results demonstrate that OYSGS negatively controls TG accumulation in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. We suggest antiadipogenic activity of OYSGS and its potential benefit in preventing obesity.

  2. Endoplasmic reticulum stress suppresses lipin-1 expression in 3T3-L1 adipocytes

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    Highlights: ► Lipin-1 involves lipid metabolism, adipocyte differentiation, and inflammation. ► Adipose lipin-1 expression is reduced in obesity. ► ER stress suppresses lipin-1 expression in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. ► Activation of PPAR-γ recovers ER stress-induced lipin-1 reduction. -- Abstract: Lipin-1 plays crucial roles in the regulation of lipid metabolism and cell differentiation in adipocytes. In obesity, adipose lipin-1 mRNA expression is decreased and positively correlated with systemic insulin sensitivity. Amelioration of the lipin-1 depletion might be improved dysmetabolism. Although some cytokines such as TNF-α and interleukin-1β reduces adipose lipin-1 expression, the mechanism of decreased adipose lipin-1 expression in obesity remains unclear. Recently, endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress is implicated in the pathogenesis of obesity. Here we investigated the role of ER stress on the lipin-1 expression in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. We demonstrated that lipin-1 expression was suppressed by the treatment with ER stress inducers (tunicamycin and thapsigargin) at transcriptional level. We also showed that constitutive lipin-1 expression could be maintained by peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. Activation of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ recovered the ER stress-induced lipin-1 suppression. These results suggested that ER stress might be involved in the pathogenesis of obesity through lipin-1 depletion

  3. Análise de interações medicamentosas e alimentares em pacientes com AIDS em uso da TARV associada à terapia de resgate

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    Adriana Antônia Cruz Furini

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available A combinação de antirretrovirais da terapia de resgate na Síndrome da Imunodeficiência Adquirida aumenta os riscos de interações medicamentosas e alimentares. Este estudo teve como objetivo analisar o risco de interações medicamentosas e alimentares no uso da terapia antirretroviral com medicamentos do resgate por 40 pacientes com AIDS de um Hospital quaternário da região Noroeste paulista. Trata-se de um estudo exploratório-descritivo de abordagem quantitativa e qualitativa, realizado no período entre2012 e 2013. Os pacientes foram entrevistados através de questionário elaborado pela equipe multidisciplinar de saúde. As entrevistas foram realizadas pela equipe de farmacêuticos. As interações foram avaliadas por bases de dados informatizados. O esquema composto por darunavir, enfuvirtida, lamivudina, raltegravir e ritonavir foi o mais utilizado (32,5% pelos pacientes. Os antirretrovirais que mais apresentaram risco de interações alimentares foram ritonavir, darunavir e tenofovir, em 31 (77,5%, 29 (72,5% e 21 (52,5% pacientes, respectivamente. Foram identificados 87 tipos de potenciais interações medicamentosas, e sete foram classificadas como de nível maior. Neste estudo todas as prescrições apresentaram riscos para interações medicamentosas e demonstraram a importância do monitoramento pela equipe multidisciplinar. Contudo, a maioria das interações medicamentosas foi benéfica, decorrentes da potencialização do efeito terapêutico em consequência do sinergismo entre os fármacos da terapia antirretroviral. A interação entre farmacêuticos e prescritores pode contribuir para a farmacoterapia racional e segura do paciente.Palavras-chave: Síndrome de Imunodeficiência Adquirida. HIV. Antirretrovirais. Interações de Medicamentos. Interações Alimento-Droga. ABSTRACTAnalysis of drug and food interactions in AIDS patients in use of ART associated with rescue therapyThe combination of antiretroviral agents of

  4. [Evaluation of Artificial Hip Joint with Radiofrequency Heating Issues during MRI Examination: A Comparison between 1.5 T and 3 T].

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    Yamazaki, Masaru; Ideta, Takahiro; Kudo, Sadahiro; Nakazawa, Masami

    2016-06-01

    In magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), when radiofrequency (RF) is irradiated to a subject with metallic implant, it can generate heat by RF irradiation. Recently 3 T MRI scanner has spread widely and imaging for any regions of whole body has been conducted. However specific absorption rate (SAR) of 3 T MRI becomes approximately four times as much as the 1.5 T, which can significantly affect the heat generation of metallic implants. So, we evaluated RF heating of artificial hip joints in different shapes and materials in 1.5 T and 3 T MRI. Three types of artificial hip joints made of stainless alloy, titanium alloy and cobalt chrome alloy were embedded in the human body-equivalent phantom respectively and their temperature change were measured for twenty minutes by 1.5 T and 3 T MRI. The maximum temperature rise was observed at the bottom head in all of three types of artificial hip joints, the rise being 12°C for stainless alloy, 11.9°C for titanium alloy and 6.1°C for cobalt chrome alloy in 1.5 T. The temperature rise depended on SAR and the increase of SAR had a good linear relationship with the temperature rise. It was found from the result that the RF heating of metallic implants can take place in various kinds of material and the increase of SAR has a good linear relationship with the temperature rise. This experience shows that reduction of SAR can decrease temperature of metallic implants.

  5. 17 CFR 270.6e-3(T) - Temporary exemptions for flexible premium variable life insurance separate accounts.

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  11. Lipid Droplets Characterization in Adipocyte Differentiated 3T3-L1 Cells: Size and Optical Density Distribution

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    V. Rizzatti; F. Boschi; Pedrotti, M.; E. Zoico; A. Sbarbati; Zamboni, M.

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    The 3T3-L1 cell line, derived from 3T3 cells, is widely used in biological research on adipose tissue. 3T3-L1 cells have a fibroblast-like morphology, but, under appropriate conditions, they differentiate into an adipocyte-like phenotype. During the differentiation process, 3T3-L1 cells increase the synthesis of triglycerides and acquire the behavior of adipose cells. In particular, triglycerides accumulate in lipid droplets (LDs) embedded in the cytoplasm. The number and the size distributio...

  12. Intensity non-uniformity correction using N3 on 3-T scanners with multichannel phased array coils.

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    Boyes, Richard G; Gunter, Jeff L; Frost, Chris; Janke, Andrew L; Yeatman, Thomas; Hill, Derek L G; Bernstein, Matt A; Thompson, Paul M; Weiner, Michael W; Schuff, Norbert; Alexander, Gene E; Killiany, Ronald J; DeCarli, Charles; Jack, Clifford R; Fox, Nick C

    2008-02-15

    Measures of structural brain change based on longitudinal MR imaging are increasingly important but can be degraded by intensity non-uniformity. This non-uniformity can be more pronounced at higher field strengths, or when using multichannel receiver coils. We assessed the ability of the non-parametric non-uniform intensity normalization (N3) technique to correct non-uniformity in 72 volumetric brain MR scans from the preparatory phase of the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI). Normal elderly subjects (n=18) were scanned on different 3-T scanners with a multichannel phased array receiver coil at baseline, using magnetization prepared rapid gradient echo (MP-RAGE) and spoiled gradient echo (SPGR) pulse sequences, and again 2 weeks later. When applying N3, we used five brain masks of varying accuracy and four spline smoothing distances (d=50, 100, 150 and 200 mm) to ascertain which combination of parameters optimally reduces the non-uniformity. We used the normalized white matter intensity variance (standard deviation/mean) to ascertain quantitatively the correction for a single scan; we used the variance of the normalized difference image to assess quantitatively the consistency of the correction over time from registered scan pairs. Our results showed statistically significant (pMR imaging to detect disease progression and the factors that influence it. PMID:18063391

  13. Exploring cartilage damage in gout using 3-T MRI: distribution and associations with joint inflammation and tophus deposition

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    Popovich, I. [University of Auckland, Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, 85 Park Road, Grafton, Auckland (New Zealand); Dalbeth, N. [University of Auckland, Department of Medicine, Auckland (New Zealand); Auckland District Health Board, Department of Rheumatology, Auckland (New Zealand); Doyle, A.; Reeves, Q. [Auckland District Health Board, Department of Radiology, Auckland (New Zealand); McQueen, F.M. [University of Auckland, Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, 85 Park Road, Grafton, Auckland (New Zealand); Auckland District Health Board, Department of Rheumatology, Auckland (New Zealand)

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    Few imaging studies have investigated cartilage in gout. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can image cartilage damage and also reveals other features of gouty arthropathy. The objective was to develop and validate a system for quantifying cartilage damage in gout. 3-T MRI scans of the wrist were obtained in 40 gout patients. MRI cartilage damage was quantified using an adaptation of the radiographic Sharp van der Heijde score. Two readers scored cartilage loss at 7 wrist joints: 0 (normal), 1 (partial narrowing), 2 (complete narrowing) and concomitant osteoarthritis was recorded. Bone erosion, bone oedema and synovitis were scored (RAMRIS) and tophi were assessed. Correlations between radiographic and MRI cartilage scores were investigated, as was the reliability of the MRI cartilage score and its associations. The GOut MRI Cartilage Score (GOMRICS) was highly correlated with the total Sharp van der Heijde (SvdH) score and the joint space narrowing component (R = 0.8 and 0.71 respectively, p < 0.001). Reliability was high (intraobserver, interobserver ICCs = 0.87 [0.57-0.97], 0.64 [0.41-0.79] respectively), and improved on unenhanced scans; interobserver ICC = 0.82 [0.49-0.95]. Cartilage damage was predominantly focal (82 % of lesions) and identified in 40 out of 280 (14 %) of joints. Cartilage scores correlated with bone erosion (R = 0.57), tophus size (R = 0.52), and synovitis (R = 0.55), but not bone oedema scores. Magnetic resonance imaging can be used to investigate cartilage in gout. Cartilage damage was relatively uncommon, focal, and associated with bone erosions, tophi and synovitis, but not bone oedema. This emphasises the unique pathophysiology of gout. (orig.)

  14. MT and spillover correction for quantitative steady-state pulsed CEST-MRI at 3T using the reciprocal Z-spectrum

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    Zaiss, Moritz; Bachert, Peter

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    Endogenous chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) effects are always diluted by competing effects such as direct water proton saturation (spillover) and macromolecular magnetization transfer (MT). This leads to T2-and MT-shine-through effects in the actual biochemical contrast of CEST. Therefore, a simple evaluation algorithm which corrects the CEST signal was searched for. By employing a recent eigenspace theory valid for spinlock and continuous wave (cw) CEST we predict that the inverse Z-spectrum is beneficial to Z-spectrum itself. Based on this we propose a new spillover- and MT-corrected magnetization transfer ratio (MTRRex) yielding Rex, the exchange dependent relaxation rate in the rotating frame. For verification, the amine proton exchange of creatine in solutions with different agar concentration was studied experimentally at clinical field strength of 3T. In contrast to the compared standard evaluation for pulsed CEST experiments, MTRasym, our approach shows no T2 or MT shine through effect. W...

  15. Interações medicamentosas potenciais entre idosos em uso dos anti-hipertensivos da Relação Nacional de Medicamentos Essenciais do Ministério da Saúde do Brasil

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    Full Text Available O objetivo deste estudo foi estimar a prevalência de interações medicamentosas potenciais entre anti-hipertensivos e outros fármacos. Foi realizado um inquérito domiciliar com pessoas de 60 anos ou mais de idade, residentes no Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. Foram identificadas as interações medicamentosas potenciais entre os anti- hipertensivos com evidência estabelecida, provável ou suspeita e com gravidade moderada ou elevada. Foram entrevistados 577 idosos (média de idade = 72 anos, 45,2% dos quais em uso de anti-hipertensivos, sendo 31,0% deles sujeitos a interações medicamentosas potenciais. A maioria das interações foi moderadamente grave. Comparados aos demais, os sujeitos às interações medicamentosas potenciais têm chance acima de 4 vezes de usar 5 ou mais medicamentos e acima de duas vezes de ter sido hospitalizado no ano anterior. Entre os pares de interações mais frequentes, 75% produzem redução do efeito hipotensivo (65/87, o que pode resultar em baixa efetividade no controle da pressão arterial, prescrição de mais medicamentos e risco de outros efeitos adversos e de interações.

  16. Nebivolol stimulates mitochondrial biogenesis in 3T3-L1 adipocytes

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    Highlights: •Nebivolol may act as a partial agonist of β3-adrenergic receptor (AR). •Nebivolol stimulates mitochondrial DNA replication and protein expression. •Nebivolol promotes mitochondrial synthesis via activation of eNOS by β3-AR. -- Abstract: Nebivolol is a third-generation β-adrenergic receptor (β-AR) blocker with additional beneficial effects, including the improvement of lipid and glucose metabolism in obese individuals. However, the underlying mechanism of nebivolol’s role in regulating the lipid profile remains largely unknown. In this study, we investigated the role of nebivolol in mitochondrial biogenesis in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. Exposure of 3T3-L1 cells to nebivolol for 24 h increased mitochondrial DNA copy number, mitochondrial protein levels and the expression of transcription factors involved in mitochondrial biogenesis, including PPAR-γ coactivator-1α (PGC-1α), Sirtuin 3 (Sirt3), mitochondrial transcription factor A (Tfam) and nuclear related factor 1 (Nrf1). These changes were accompanied by an increase in oxygen consumption and in the expression of genes involved in fatty acid oxidation and antioxidant enzymes in 3T3-L1 adipocytes, including nebivolol-induced endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS), as well as an increase in the formation of cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP). Pretreatment with NG-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (l-NAME) attenuated nebivolol-induced mitochondrial biogenesis, as did the soluble guanylate cyclase inhibitor, ODQ. Treatment with nebivolol and β3-AR blocker SR59230A markedly attenuated PGC-1α, Sirt3 and manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD) protein levels in comparison to treatment with nebivolol alone. These data indicate that the mitochondrial synthesis and metabolism in adipocytes that is promoted by nebivolol is primarily mediated through the eNOS/cGMP-dependent pathway and is initiated by the activation of β3-AR receptors

  17. The aporphine alkaloid boldine induces adiponectin expression and regulation in 3T3-L1 cells.

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    Yu, Bangning; Cook, Carla; Santanam, Nalini

    2009-10-01

    Adiponectin is an adipokine secreted by differentiated adipocytes. Clinical studies suggest a negative correlation between oxidative stress and adiponectin levels in patients with metabolic syndrome or cardiovascular disease. Natural compounds that can prevent oxidative stress mediated inhibition of adiponectin may be potentially therapeutic. Boldine, an aporphine alkaloid abundant in the medicinal plant Peumus boldus, is a powerful antioxidant. The current study demonstrates the effects of boldine on the expression of adiponectin and its regulators, CCAAT/enhancer binding protein-alpha (C/EBPalpha) and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR)-gamma, in 3T3-L1 cells. Differentiated 3T3-L1 adipocytes were exposed to either hydrogen peroxide (H(2)O(2)) (100 microM) or tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNFalpha) (1 ng/mL) for 24 hours in the presence or absence of increasing concentrations of boldine (5-100 microM). Quantitative polymerase chain reaction showed that both the oxidants decreased the mRNA levels of adiponectin, PPARgamma, and C/EBPalpha to half of the control levels. Boldine, at all concentrations, counteracted the inhibitory effect of H(2)O(2) or TNFalpha and increased the expression of adiponectin and its regulators. The effect of boldine on adiponectin expression was biphasic, with the lower concentrations (5-25 microM) having a larger inductive effect compared to higher concentrations (50-100 microM). Boldine treatment alone in the absence of H(2)O(2) or TNFalpha was also able to induce adiponectin at the inductive phase of adipogenesis. Peroxisome proliferator response element-luciferase promoter transactivity analysis showed that boldine interacts with the PPAR response element and could potentially modulate PPAR responsive genes. Our results indicate that boldine is able to modulate the expression of adiponectin and its regulators in 3T3-L1 cells and has the potential to be beneficial in obesity-related cardiovascular disease. PMID:19857072

  18. Nebivolol stimulates mitochondrial biogenesis in 3T3-L1 adipocytes

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    Huang, Chenglin; Chen, Dongrui; Xie, Qihai [State Key Laboratory of Medical Genomics, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Vascular Biology, Department of Hypertension, Ruijin Hospital, School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai 200025 (China); Yang, Ying, E-mail: yangying_sh@yahoo.com [Department of Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases, Shanghai Institute of Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases, Shanghai Clinical Center for Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases, Ruijin Hospital, School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai 200025 (China); Shen, Weili, E-mail: weili_shen@hotmail.com [State Key Laboratory of Medical Genomics, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Vascular Biology, Department of Hypertension, Ruijin Hospital, School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai 200025 (China)

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    Highlights: •Nebivolol may act as a partial agonist of β3-adrenergic receptor (AR). •Nebivolol stimulates mitochondrial DNA replication and protein expression. •Nebivolol promotes mitochondrial synthesis via activation of eNOS by β3-AR. -- Abstract: Nebivolol is a third-generation β-adrenergic receptor (β-AR) blocker with additional beneficial effects, including the improvement of lipid and glucose metabolism in obese individuals. However, the underlying mechanism of nebivolol’s role in regulating the lipid profile remains largely unknown. In this study, we investigated the role of nebivolol in mitochondrial biogenesis in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. Exposure of 3T3-L1 cells to nebivolol for 24 h increased mitochondrial DNA copy number, mitochondrial protein levels and the expression of transcription factors involved in mitochondrial biogenesis, including PPAR-γ coactivator-1α (PGC-1α), Sirtuin 3 (Sirt3), mitochondrial transcription factor A (Tfam) and nuclear related factor 1 (Nrf1). These changes were accompanied by an increase in oxygen consumption and in the expression of genes involved in fatty acid oxidation and antioxidant enzymes in 3T3-L1 adipocytes, including nebivolol-induced endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS), as well as an increase in the formation of cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP). Pretreatment with NG-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (l-NAME) attenuated nebivolol-induced mitochondrial biogenesis, as did the soluble guanylate cyclase inhibitor, ODQ. Treatment with nebivolol and β3-AR blocker SR59230A markedly attenuated PGC-1α, Sirt3 and manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD) protein levels in comparison to treatment with nebivolol alone. These data indicate that the mitochondrial synthesis and metabolism in adipocytes that is promoted by nebivolol is primarily mediated through the eNOS/cGMP-dependent pathway and is initiated by the activation of β3-AR receptors.

  19. Hydrogen sulfide promotes adipogenesis in 3T3L1 cells.

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    Full Text Available The effect of hydrogen sulfide (H2S on differentiation of 3T3L1-derived adipocytes was examined. Endogenous H2S was increased after 3T3L1 differentiation. The expression of the H2S-synthesising enzymes, cystathionine γ-lyase (CSE, cystathionine β-synthase (CBS and 3-mercaptopyruvate sulfurtransferase (3-MST, was increased in a time-dependent manner during 3T3L1 differentiation. Expression of genes associated with adipogenesis related genes including fatty acid binding protein 4 (FABP4/aP2, a key regulator of this process, was increased by GYY4137 (a slow-releasing H2S donor compound and sodium hydrosulfide (NaHS, a classical H2S donor but not by ZYJ1122 or time-expired NaHS. Furthermore expression of these genes were reduced by aminooxyacetic acid (AOAA, CBS inhibitor, DL-propargylglycine (PAG, CSE inhibitor as well as by CSE small interference RNA (siCSE and siCBS. The size and number of lipid droplets in mature adipocytes was significantly increased by both GYY4137 and NaHS, which also impaired the ability of CL316,243 (β3-agonist to promote lipolysis in these cells. In contrast, AOAA and PAG had the opposite effect. Taken together, we show that the H2S-synthesising enzymes CBS, CSE and 3-MST are endogenously expressed during adipogenesis and that both endogenous and exogenous H2S modulate adipogenesis and adipocyte maturation.

  20. A resistin binding peptide selected by phage display inhibits 3T3-L1 preadipocyte differentiation

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    Background Resistin, a newly discovered cysteine-rich hormone secreted mainly by adipose tissues, has been proposed to form a biochemical link between obesity and type 2 diabetes. However, the resistin receptor has not yet been identified. This study aimed to identify resistin binding proteins/receptor.Methods Three cDNA fragments with the same 11 bp 5' sequence were found by screening a cDNA phage display library of rat multiple tissues. As the reading frames of the same 11 bp 5' sequence were interrupted by a TGA stop codon, plaque lift assay was consequently used to prove the readthrough phenomenon. The stop codon in the same 11 bp 5' sequence was replaced by tryptophan, and the binding activity of the coded peptide [AWIL, which was designated as resistin binding peptide (RBP)] with resistin was identified by the confocal microscopy technique and the affinity chromatography experiment. pDual GC-resistin and pDual GC-resistin binding peptide were co-transfected into 3T3-L1 cells to confirm the function of resistin binding peptide.Results Three cDNA fragments with the same 11 bp 5' sequence were found. The TGA stop codon in reading frames of the same 11 bp 5' sequence was proved to be readthroughed. The binding activity of RBP with resistin was consequently identified. The expression of the resistin binding peptide in 3T3-L1 preadipocytes expressing pDual GC-resistin significantly inhibited the adipogenic differentiation.Conclusion RBP could effectively rescue the promoted differentiation of resistin overxepressed 3T3-L1 preadipocyte.

  1. Design of Low Power and Efficient Carry Select Adder Using 3-T XOR Gate

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    Gagandeep Singh

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In digital systems, mostly adder lies in the critical path that affects the overall performance of the system. To perform fast addition operation at low cost, carry select adder (CSLA is the most suitable among conventional adder structures. In this paper, a 3-T XOR gate is used to design an 8-bit CSLA as XOR gates are the essential blocks in designing higher bit adders. The proposed CSLA has reduced transistor count and has lesser power consumption as well as power-delay product (PDP as compared to regular CSLA and modified CSLA.

  2. Twist-3 T-odd fragmentation functions G⊥ and G˜⊥ in a spectator model

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    Yang, Yongliang; Lu, Zhun; Schmidt, Ivan

    2016-10-01

    We present a calculation of the twist-3 T-odd chiral-even fragmentation functions G⊥ and G˜⊥ using a spectator model. We consider the effect gluon exchange to calculate all necessary one-loop diagrams for the quark-quark and quark-gluon-quark correlation functions. We find that the gluon loops corrections generate non-zero contribution to these two fragmentation function. We numerically calculate their half-kT moments by integrating over the transverse momentum and also verify the equation of motion relation among G⊥, G˜⊥ and the Collins function.

  3. Cell shrinkage as a signal to apoptosis in NIH 3T3 fibroblasts

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    Friis, Martin B; Friborg, Christel R; Schneider, Linda;

    2005-01-01

    Cell shrinkage is a hallmark of the apoptotic mode of programmed cell death, but it is as yet unclear whether a reduction in cell volume is a primary activation signal of apoptosis. Here we studied the effect of an acute elevation of osmolarity (NaCl or sucrose additions, final osmolarity 687...... mosmol l(-1)) on NIH 3T3 fibroblasts to identify components involved in the signal transduction from shrinkage to apoptosis. After 1.5 h the activity of caspase-3 started to increase followed after 3 h by the appearance of many apoptotic-like bodies. The caspase-3 activity increase was greatly enhanced...

  4. Changes in laser-induced fluorescence responses of 3T3 fibroblasts to repetitive thermal stress

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    Beuthan, J.; Dressler, C.; Zabarylo, U.; Minet, O.

    2009-04-01

    The combined experimental use of laser-induced autofluorescence of cellular metabolites and methodological fundamentals of systems biology will provide access to biological thermal stress analysis on a sub cellular level. A test setup incorporating a pulsed nitrogen laser was realized with which autofluorescence of the coenzyme NADH could be measured in living 3T3 cells. The cells were subjected to different temperature stress at repetitive time intervals. When subjected to a simple mathematical analysis, the NADH concentration change measured through autofluorescence in biological cells exhibited approximate concentration-equivalent balance curves. These results add up to the fundamental know-how about the dosimetry of thermally therapeutic methods.

  5. Pacientes con Enfermedad de Alzheimer Presenil : Hallazgos con RM de alto campo (3T).

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    Núñez Marín, Fidel

    2013-01-01

    La enfermedad de Alzheimer (EA) Presenil se inicia antes de los 65 años, y ha sido relacionada con una diferente presentación clínica a la EA senil. En neuroimagen, se ha descrito un patrón de atrofia cerebral concordante con las diferencias clínicas. Se realizaron estudios de RM cerebral de alto campo (3T) a pacientes con EA presenil, EA senil y controles, que se procesaron para valorar diferencias en el grosor cortical. Se obtuvieron diferencias estadísticamente significativas de grosor cor...

  6. NYU3T: teaching, technology, teamwork: a model for interprofessional education scalability and sustainability.

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    Djukic, Maja; Fulmer, Terry; Adams, Jennifer G; Lee, Sabrina; Triola, Marc M

    2012-09-01

    Interprofessional education is a critical precursor to effective teamwork and the collaboration of health care professionals in clinical settings. Numerous barriers have been identified that preclude scalable and sustainable interprofessional education (IPE) efforts. This article describes NYU3T: Teaching, Technology, Teamwork, a model that uses novel technologies such as Web-based learning, virtual patients, and high-fidelity simulation to overcome some of the common barriers and drive implementation of evidence-based teamwork curricula. It outlines the program's curricular components, implementation strategy, evaluation methods, and lessons learned from the first year of delivery and describes implications for future large-scale IPE initiatives. PMID:22920424

  7. Prevalência de interações medicamentosas em unidades de terapia intensiva no Brasil Prevalence of drug interactions in intensive care units in Brazil

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    Rhanna Emanuela Fontenele Lima de Carvalho

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Determinar a prevalência de interações medicamentosas em unidades de terapia intensiva e analisar a significância clínica das interações identificadas. MÉTODOS: Estudo multicêntrico, transversal e retrospectivo desenvolvido com 1124 pacientes em sete unidades de terapia intensiva (UTI de hospitais de ensino no Brasil. As informações sobre os medicamentos administrados com 24 horas e 120 horas de internação foram obtidas nas prescrições. RESULTADOS: Em 24 horas 70,6% dos pacientes apresentaram pelo menos uma interação medicamentosa. O número de interações medicamentosas detectadas em 24 horas foi 2299 e em 120 horas foi 2619. Midazolam, fentanil, fenitoína e omeprazol foram os fármacos com maior frequência de interações medicamentosas. CONCLUSÃO: Nesta amostra, interações medicamentosas moderadas e graves foram mais prevalentes. Diante desses resultados, todas as ações dos profissionais de saúde que prestam assistência ao paciente devem ser integradas visando identificar e prevenir possíveis eventos a medicamentos.OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of drug interactions in intensive care units and to analyze the clinical significance of interactions identified. METHODS: A multicenter, retrospective and cross sectional study conducted with 1124 patients in the seven intensive care units of teaching hospitals in Brazil. Information on drugs administered at 24 hours and 120 hours of hospitalization was obtained from the prescriptions. RESULTS: Within 24 hours, 70.6% of patients had at least one drug interaction; the number at 24h was 2299, at 120 h it was 2619. Midazolam, fentanyl, phenytoin and omeprazole were the drugs with higher frequency of drug interactions. CONCLUSION: In this sample, moderate and severe drug interactions were more prevalent. In light of these findings, all actions of health professionals who provide care to these patients must be integrated in order to identify and prevent

  8. A leitura conjunta e a interação entre adultos e crianças de 3-5 anos. Revisão de antecedentes

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    Nicolás Arias Velandia

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo de revisão reporta os resultados de primeira fase de um projeto de pesquisa, que realiza uma revisão de estudos realizados previamente em torno à leitura conjunta entre adultos e crianças de três a seis anos. Parte da ideia de que a leitura conjunta é a interação entre o adulto e a criança, onde ele primeiro lê à criança e este interpreta a linguagem emitida e lida pelo adulto, que é uma atividade própria de cenários de aprendizado alfabético inicial. A metodologia utilizada foi a análise de conteúdo de fontes antigas (de 1970 a 2002, e de artigos e reportes de pesquisa de 2002 a 2012, que abordaram o tema desde dois grandes áreas de estudo: o estudo da leitura conjunta em si próprio, e o estudo geral da interação entre crianças e adultos. Os resultados desta análise mostram uma focalização dos estudos em três áreas: fatores que incidem na interação adulto – criança, tipologias de possíveis intercâmbios comunicativos e linguísticos entre adulto e criança, e dinâmicas da interação adulto – criança e o seu uso intencional em programas de intervenção. Conclui-se que a interação adulto - criança que dá-se na leitura conjunta parece estar fortemente mediada pelo nível de desenvolvimento de enunciados linguísticos complexos na criança e pela capacidade do adulto para acomodar-se às respostas da criança em cada momento, em prol de promover o conhecimento que este desenvolva com a interação social enriquecida.

  9. TC10 is regulated by caveolin in 3T3-L1 adipocytes.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: TC10 is a small GTPase found in lipid raft microdomains of adipocytes. The protein undergoes activation in response to insulin, and plays a key role in the regulation of glucose uptake by the hormone. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: TC10 requires high concentrations of magnesium in order to stabilize guanine nucleotide binding. Kinetic analysis of this process revealed that magnesium acutely decreased the nucleotide release and exchange rates of TC10, suggesting that the G protein may behave as a rapidly exchanging, and therefore active protein in vivo. However, in adipocytes, the activity of TC10 is not constitutive, indicating that mechanisms must exist to maintain the G protein in a low activity state in untreated cells. Thus, we searched for proteins that might bind to and stabilize TC10 in the inactive state. We found that Caveolin interacts with TC10 only when GDP-bound and stabilizes GDP binding. Moreover, knockdown of Caveolin 1 in 3T3-L1 adipocytes increased the basal activity state of TC10. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Together these data suggest that TC10 is intrinsically active in vivo, but is maintained in the inactive state by binding to Caveolin 1 in 3T3-L1 adipocytes under basal conditions, permitting its activation by insulin.

  10. Oxidative changes and apoptosis induced by 1800-MHz electromagnetic radiation in NIH/3T3 cells.

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    Hou, Qingxia; Wang, Minglian; Wu, Shuicai; Ma, Xuemei; An, Guangzhou; Liu, Huan; Xie, Fei

    2015-03-01

    To investigate the potential adverse effects of mobile phone radiation, we studied reactive oxygen species (ROS), DNA damage and apoptosis in mouse embryonic fibroblasts (NIH/3T3) after intermittent exposure (5 min on/10 min off, for various durations from 0.5 to 8 h) to an 1800-MHz GSM-talk mode electromagnetic radiation (EMR) at an average specific absorption rate of 2 W/kg. A 2',7'-dichlorofluorescin diacetate fluorescence probe was used to detect intracellular ROS levels, immunofluorescence was used to detect γH2AX foci as a marker for DNA damage, and flow cytometry was used to measure apoptosis. Our results showed a significant increase in intracellular ROS levels after EMR exposure and it reached the highest level at an exposure time of 1 h (p < 0.05) followed by a slight decrease when the exposure continued for as long as 8 h. No significant effect on the number of γH2AX was detected after EMR exposure. The percentage of late-apoptotic cells in the EMR-exposed group was significantly higher than that in the sham-exposed groups (p < 0.05). These results indicate that an 1800-MHz EMR enhances ROS formation and promotes apoptosis in NIH/3T3 cells.

  11. Behavior of MC3T3-E1 Osteoblast Cultured on Chitosan Modified with Polyvinylpyrrolidone

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    XI Jing; GAO Yuan; KONG Lijun; GONG Yandao; ZHAO Nanming; ZHANG Xiufang

    2005-01-01

    The physical and chemical properties of four kinds of modified chitosan materials made by blending chitosan with polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) were investigated. All four of these modified chitosan materials were hydrophilic with water contact angles ranging from 59° to 69°. Fourier transform-infrared spectra of the modified materials showed a new band at 1288 cm-1, implying formation of a surface physical interpenetrating network structure. Enzyme linked immunosorbent assay results indicated that much less fibronectin was adsorbed on the modified materials than on only chitosan. The viability of MC3T3-E1 osteoblasts cultured on the materials was assessed by 3-(4,5-dimethyl-2-thiazolyl)-2,5-diphenyl- 2H-tetrazolium bromide assay. The results show that adding PVP10000 into the chitosan promotes adhesion of MC3T3-E1 osteoblasts on the modified materials, but has no effect on cell growth and proliferation; while adding PVP40000 reduces cell adhesion, growth, and proliferation. The results suggest that the increased hydrophilicity of the material surface does not always improve its biocompatibility, which will influence the selection and design of biomaterials.

  12. Cell transformation as aberrant differentiation:Environmentally dependent spontaneous transformation of NIH 3T3 cells

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    XUKANG; HARRYRUBIN

    1990-01-01

    NIH 3T3 cells,a mouse fibroblast cell line used as routine target cells for transfection experiments,undergo spontaneous transformation in our experiments after they form a confluent sheet in medium containing fetal bovine serum (FBS) of lower concentration of calf serum (CS).The transformation takes the form of foci of multiplying cells among the surrounding cells which have stopped cell division.However,no focus of trans formed cells could be seen in medium containing high concentration (10%) of CS.Further experiments indicated that the frequency of transformation is highly dependent on the concentration of serum and the transformation in CS is changeable when the cells are passaged in FBS.&3H-thymidine autoradiography has been proved to be a sensitive measurement indicator for focus formation.Our results suggest that the high frequency of transformation and its dependence on confluency as well as on medium composition are characteristics of cell differentiation rather than mutation.The role of the NIH 3T3 cell line as a cancer-initiated cell population and its accelerated transformation by ras oncogene might be considered as a form of tumor promotion is discussed.

  13. Introduction to Collaboration Workspaces using SharePoint - (IT3T/2007/1)

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    IT3T/2007/1: Introduction aux 'Collaboration Workspace' basés sur SharePoint Nous allons présenter le nouveau type de site web disponible au CERN: "Collaboration Workspaces". Avec des fonctionnalités comme les forums de discussion, les pages wiki, la création rapide de formulaires web et les "document libraries", nous montrerons comment les Collaboration Workspaces permettent de publier, partager et récupérer l'information de manière plus simple et plus rapide, et permettent de collaborer de manière efficace sur les documents. IT3T/2007/1: Introduction to Collaboration Workspaces using SharePoint We will introduce the new "collaboration workspace" type of web site available at CERN. With features such as discussion forums, wiki pages, quick forms and document libraries, we will show how Collaboration Workspaces can be used to make it faster and easier to publish, request and share information, and allow to efficiently collaborate on documents.

  14. What is new in Office 2007 - (IT3T/2007/2)

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    2007-01-01

    IT3T/2007/2 - Quoi de neuf avec Office 2007 Nous allons présenter le nouveau type de site web disponible au CERN: "Collaboration Workspaces". Avec des fonctionnalités comme les forums de discussion, les pages wiki, la création rapide de formulaires web et les "document libraries", nous montrerons comment les Collaboration Workspaces permettent de publier, partager et récupérer l'information de manière plus simple et plus rapide, et permettent de collaborer de manière efficace sur les documents. IT3T/2007/2 - What is new in Office 2007 The presentation will introduce the new features of Microsoft Office 2007 including the new Microsoft Office Fluent user interface and explain how to use the Ribbon, Contextual Tabs, Galleries, and Live Preview. No special previous knowledge is required, at the same time a basic knowledge of Office 2003 applications (Word/Excel/PowerPoint) may be a convenient starting point.

  15. Introduction to Collaboration Workspaces using SharePoint - (IT3T/2007/1)

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    2007-01-01

    IT3T/2007/1 - Introduction aux "Collaboration Workspace" basés sur SharePoint Nous allons présenter le nouveau type de site web disponible au CERN: "Collaboration Workspaces". Avec des fonctionnalités comme les forums de discussion, les pages wiki, la création rapide de formulaires web et les "document libraries", nous montrerons comment les Collaboration Workspaces permettent de publier, partager et récupérer l'information de manière plus simple et plus rapide, et permettent de collaborer de manière efficace sur les documents. IT3T/2007/1 - Introduction to Collaboration Workspaces using SharePoint We will introduce the new "collaboration workspace" type of web site available at CERN. With features such as discussion forums, wiki pages, quick forms and document libraries, we will show how Collaboration Workspaces can be used to make it faster and easier to publish, request and share information, and allow to efficiently collaborate on documents.

  16. Conventional kinesin KIF5B mediates adiponectin secretion in 3T3-L1 adipocytes.

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    Cui, Ju; Pang, Jing; Lin, Ya-Jun; Jiang, Ping; Gong, Huan; Wang, Zai; Li, Jian; Cai, Jian-Ping; Huang, Jian-Dong; Zhang, Tie-Mei

    2016-08-01

    Insulin stimulates adiponectin secretion and glucose transporter type 4 (GLUT4) translocation in adipocyte to regulate metabolism homeostasis. Similar to GLUT4 translocation, intracellular trafficking and release of adiponectin in adipocytes relies on the trans-Golgi network and endosomal system. Recent studies show that the heavy chain of conventional kinesin (KIF5B) mediates GLUT4 translocation in murine 3T3-L1 adipocytes, however, the motor machinery involved in mediating intracellular trafficking and release of adiponectin is unknown. Here, we examined the role of KIF5B in the regulation of adiponectin secretion. The KIF5B level was up-regulated during 3T3-L1 adipogenesis. This increase in cytosolic KIF5B was synchronized with the induction of adiponectin. Endogenous KIF5B and adiponectin were partially colocalized at the peri-nuclear and cytosolic regions. In addition, adiponectin-containing vesicles were co-immunoprecipitated with KIF5B. Knockdown of KIF5B resulted in a marked inhibition of adiponectin secretion and overexpression of KIF5B enhanced adiponectin release, whereas leptin secretion was not affected by changes in KIF5B expression. These data suggest that the secretion of adiponectin, but not leptin, is dependent on functional KIF5B. PMID:27264953

  17. High-affinity receptors for peptides of the bombesin family in Swiss 3T3 cells

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    Gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) labeled with 125I at tyrosine-15 (125I-GRP) binds to intact quiescent Swiss 3T3 cells in a specific and saturable manner. Scatchard analysis indicates the presence of a single class of high-affinity binding sites of Kd = 0.5 X 10(-9) M and a value for the number of sites per cell of about 100,000. 125I-GRP binding was not inhibited by other mitogens for these cells, and cell lines that are mitogenically unresponsive to GRP do not exhibit specific GRP binding. Structure-activity relationships show a close parallel between the ability of a range of GRP-related peptides to both inhibit GRP binding and to stimulate mitogenesis. Further, GRP binding is selectively blocked in a competitive fashion by a novel bombesin antagonist, [D-Arg1, D-Pro2, D-Trp7,9, Leu11] substance P. In addition, this compound selectively inhibits GRP and bombesin-induced mitogenesis. These results demonstrate that the mitogenic response of Swiss 3T3 cells to peptides of the bombesin family is mediated by a class of receptors distinct from those of other mitogens for these cells

  18. Persistent induction of cyclooxygenase in p60 sup v-src -transformed 3T3 fibroblasts

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    Han, Jiawen; Sadowski, H.; Young, D.A.; Macara, I.G. (Univ. of Rochester Medical Center, NY (USA))

    1990-05-01

    A BALB/c 3T3 cell line infected with the temperature-sensitive Rous sarcoma virus strain LA90 has been used to investigate early, p60{sup v-src}-dependent changes in gene expression (protein synthesis). Giant two-dimensional electrophoresis, which can resolve >3,000 polypeptides from ({sup 35}S)methionine-labeled cell lysates, was used to detect the induction of a p72-74 (72-74 kDa) doublet (pI 7.5) after activation of p60{sup v-src} at 35{degree}C. Antiserum against cyclooxygenase (prostaglandin synthase or prostaglandin endoperoxide synthase) specifically immunoprecipitated the p72-74 doublet. The p72-74 doublet was also induced by platelet-derived growth factor and by phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate and was elevated in an NIH 3T3 cell line transformed by wild-type src. Activation of p60{sup v-src} caused a persistant increase in p72-74, whereas the effect of the growth factor was transient. These dissimilar kinetics of induction were paralleled by changes in cyclooxygenase activity. Although induction of this enzyme may not be directly involved in transformation, the data support the view that oncogenic transformation may result, not from expression of transformation-specific genes, but from persistent changes in the expression of genes normally induced only transiently during passage from the G{sub 0} stage of the cell cycle.

  19. Regulation of p53 in NIH3T3 mouse fibroblasts following hyperosmotic stress

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    Lambert, Ian Henry; Enghoff, Maria Stine; Brandi, Marie-Luise;

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this project was to analyze the regulation of p53 expression in NIH3T3 fibroblasts under the influence of increasing hyperosmotic stress. Expression of p53 showed a biphasic response pattern in NIH3T3 cells under increasing osmotic stress (337 mOsm to 737 mOsm) with a maximum at 587 m......Osm. Under isotonic conditions p53 expression increased after addition of the proteasome inhibitor MG132 indicating that cellular p53 levels in unperturbed cells is kept low by proteasomal degradation. However, under hypertonic conditions p53 synthesis as well as p53 degradation were significantly reduced...... and it is demonstrated that the increase in p53 expression observed when tonicity is increased from 337 to 587 mOsm reflects that degradation is more inhibited than synthesis, whereas the decrease in p53 expression at higher tonicities reflects that synthesis is more inhibited than degradation. The activity of the p53...

  20. Regulation of lipoprotein lipase synthesis in 3T3-L1 adipocytes by interleukin-1

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    When fully differentiated 3T3-L1 fatty fibroblasts were exposed to purified, recombinant murine interleukin-1, a dose dependent suppression of lipoprotein lipase activity was observed. The loss of activity reached a maximum of 60-70% of control and appeared to be due to a specific effect on the synthesis of the enzyme as judged by a suppression of the ability to incorporate [35S]methionine into immunoprecipitable lipoprotein lipase. There was no general effect on protein synthesis as determined by radiolabel incorporated into acid precipitable protein, however, after a 17 h exposure of the 3T3-L1 cells to interleukin-1, the synthesis of two proteins (molecular weights, 19,400 and 165,000 daltons) was enhanced several fold. The observed effects on protein synthesis in the adipocytes occur at a concentration of interleukin-1 which is similar to the concentration necessary for the stimulation of [3H]thymidine incorporation into mouse thymocyte DNA. The present study represents the first unequivocal report of the ability of interleukin-1 to regulate protein synthesis in intact cells, specifically adipocytes. Moreover, their results demonstrate the ability of interleukin-1 to regulate metabolism by controlling the synthesis of specific proteins

  1. Bombesin, vasopressin, and endothelin rapidly stimulate tyrosine phosphorylation in intact Swiss 3T3 cells

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    Zachary, I.; Gil, J.; Lehmann, W.; Sinnett-Smith, J.; Rozengurt, E. (Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London (England))

    1991-06-01

    The mitogenic neuropeptides bombesin and vasopressin markedly increased tyrosine and serine phosphorylation of multiple substrates in quiescent Swiss 3T3 fibroblasts, including two major bands of M{sub r} 90,000 and 115,000. Tyrosine phosphorylation of these proteins was increased as judged by immunoprecipitation of {sup 32}P{sub i}-labeled cells and immunoblotting of unlabeled cells with monoclonal antiphosphotyrosine antibodies, elution with phenyl phosphate, and phospho amino acid analysis. Phosphotyrosyl proteins generated by bombesin and vasopressin did not correspond either by apparent molecular weight or by immunological and biochemical criteria to several known tyrosine kinase substrates, including phospholipase C{sub {gamma}}, the microtubule-associated protein 2 kinase, GTPase-activating protein, or phosphatidylinositol kinase. The effect was rapid (within seconds), concentration dependent, and inhibited by specific receptor antagonists for both bombesin and vasopressin. The endothelin-related peptide, vasoactive intestinal contractor, also elicited a rapid and concentration-dependent tyrosine/serine phosphorylation of a similar set of substrates. These results demonstrate that neuropeptides, acting through receptors linked to GTP-binding proteins, stimulate tyrosine phosphorylation of a common set of substrates in quiescent Swiss 3T3 cells and suggest the existence of an additional signal transduction pathway in neuropeptide-induced mitogenesis.

  2. Xylitol does not directly affect adiponectin productionand adipogenesis in 3T3-L1 cells

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    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Xylitol is widely used as a low-calorie sweetener in various kinds of food products, including diabetic foods. Adiponectin, secreted by adipocytes, plays a key role in carbohydrate and lipid metabolism. Low levels of plasma adiponectin are associated with cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes. The aims of this study were to determine effects of xylitol on the adipogenesis of pre-adipocytes, adiponectin synthesis and secretion. To assess adipogenesis, pre-adipocyte 3T3-L1 cells were treated with xylitol during cell differentiation and fat droplets in the mature adipocytes were stained with oil red O. Adiponectin levels were determined by Western blot in both culture media and mature adipocytes treated with xylitol. There were no significant differences in the levels of adipogenesis, adiponectin synthesis and secretion in the xylitol-treated 3T3-L1 cells compared with the untreated control cells. This suggests that xylitol does not have a direct effect on adipogenesis or on adiponectin synthesis and secretion.

  3. Poly(L-lactide) crystallization topography directs MC3T3-E1 cells response.

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    Li, Wenqiang; Lu, Lu; Jiao, Yanpeng; Zhang, Chaowen; Zhou, Changren

    2016-09-01

    Biomaterial surface topography significantly influences cellular form and function. Using poly(L-lactic acid) films with normal spherulites, banded spherulites, and amorphous surfaces as model substrates, we conducted a systematic assessment of the role for polymer crystallization induced surface morphologies on cell growth and contact guidance. Microscopy and image analysis showed that the MC3T3-E1 cells spread out in a random fashion on the amorphous substrate. At 24 h post-seeding, MC3T3-E1 cells on both types of spherulite surfaces were elongated and aligned along the spherulite radius direction. For the banded spherulite surface with radial stripes and coupling annular grooves, the cell orientation and cell nuclear localization were related to the grooves structure. With increasing time, this orientation preference was weaker. These results demonstrate that the patterning of polymer crystallization structure provide important signals for guiding cells to exhibit characteristic orientation and morphology especially in the early stages of regeneration. PMID:27376548

  4. Characterization of VAMP isoforms in 3T3-L1 adipocytes: implications for GLUT4 trafficking.

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    Sadler, Jessica B A; Bryant, Nia J; Gould, Gwyn W

    2015-02-01

    The fusion of GLUT4-containing vesicles with the plasma membrane of adipocytes is a key facet of insulin action. This process is mediated by the formation of functional soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor attachment protein receptor (SNARE) complexes between the plasma membrane t-SNARE complex and the vesicle v-SNARE or VAMP. The t-SNARE complex consists of Syntaxin4 and SNAP23, and whereas many studies identify VAMP2 as the v-SNARE, others suggest that either VAMP3 or VAMP8 may also fulfil this role. Here we characterized the levels of expression, distribution, and association of all the VAMPs expressed in 3T3-L1 adipocytes to provide the first systematic analysis of all members of this protein family for any cell type. Despite our finding that all VAMP isoforms form SDS-resistant SNARE complexes with Syntaxin4/SNAP23 in vitro, a combination of levels of expression (which vary by >30-fold), subcellular distribution, and coimmunoprecipitation analyses lead us to propose that VAMP2 is the major v-SNARE involved in GLUT4 trafficking to the surface of 3T3-L1 adipocytes.

  5. Protein kinase A suppresses the differentiation of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes

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    Fuqiang Li; Dongmei Wang; Yiran Zhou; Bo Zhou; Yanan Yang; Hehua Chen; Jianguo Song

    2008-01-01

    cAMP and protein kinase A (PKA) are widely known as signaling molecules that are important for the induction of adipogenesis. Here we show that a strong increase in the amount of cAMP inhibits the adipogenesis of 3T3-L1 fibroblast cells. Stimulation of PKA activity suppresses adipogenesis and, in contrast, inhibition of PKA activity markedly accelerates the adipogenic process. As adipogenesis progresses, there is a significant increase in the expression level of PKA regulatory subunits and a corresponding decrease in PKA activity. Moreover, treatment of 3T3-L1 cells with epidermal growth factor (EGF) stimulates PKA activity and blocks adipogenesis. Inhibition of PKA activity abolishes this suppressive effect of EGF on adipogenesis. Moreover, activation of PKA induces serine/threonine phosphorylation, reduces tyrosine phosphorylation of insulin receptor substrate 1 (IRS-1) and the association between PKA and IRS-1. Taken together, our study demonstrates that PKA has a pivotal role in the suppression of adipogenesis. cAMP at high concentrations can suppress adipogenesis through PKA activation. These findings could be important and useful for understanding the mechanisms of adipogenesis and the relevant physiological events.

  6. Feasibility of 3-T MRI for the evaluation of Crohn disease in children

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    Dagia, Charuta; Ditchfield, Michael; Kean, Michael [Royal Children' s Hospital, Department of Medical Imaging and Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Victoria (Australia); Catto-Smith, Anthony [Royal Children' s Hospital, Department of Gastroenterology, Victoria (Australia)

    2010-10-15

    Crohn disease (CD) is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from the oral cavity to the anal canal. It occurs in all ages and is a significant cause for morbidity in children. Interest in MRI evaluation of CD has increased because of the concern regarding cumulative radiation dose from contrast fluoroscopic studies and CT. Several reports have demonstrated MRI to be a useful technique for CD. Most of these studies were performed at 1.5-T field strength. Imaging at a higher field strength, with a greater signal-to-noise ratio, has the potential of reducing scan times and increasing the resolution. However, there is a concurrent increase in artefacts, and these can be pronounced with abdominal imaging at 3 T. To determine the feasibility of 3-T MRI for CD in children and to assess the value of different sequences and the effect of artefacts that could potentially limit the role of bowel MR imaging at higher field strengths. A retrospective study of 46 children with biopsy-proven CD (ages 8-19 years, 53% boys) was performed. Sixty-eight consecutive MRI studies were performed on a 3-T scanner between 2005 and 2007; 42 of the abdomen (62%) and 26 of the pelvis/perineum (38%). Sorbitol was administered for the abdominal studies; orally for 36/42 (86%) studies and via a naso-jejunal (NJ) tube for 6/42 (14%) studies. For the abdomen, T2-W half-fourier acquisition single-shot turbo spin-echo (T2-W HASTE), true steady-state free precession (true FISP), pre-contrast and contrast-enhanced (CE) T1-volume interpolated gradient-echo (T1-W VIBE) and CE T1-W fast low-angle shot (T1-W FLASH) sequences were performed. For the perianal and pelvic assessment, fat-saturated T2-W turbo spin-echo (TSE), pre-contrast and CE T1-W FLASH or VIBE sequences were performed. The sequences were scored for diagnostic quality by two paediatric radiologists for visualisation of the bowel wall, whether normal or pathological and the visualization

  7. Feasibility of 3-T MRI for the evaluation of Crohn disease in children

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    Crohn disease (CD) is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from the oral cavity to the anal canal. It occurs in all ages and is a significant cause for morbidity in children. Interest in MRI evaluation of CD has increased because of the concern regarding cumulative radiation dose from contrast fluoroscopic studies and CT. Several reports have demonstrated MRI to be a useful technique for CD. Most of these studies were performed at 1.5-T field strength. Imaging at a higher field strength, with a greater signal-to-noise ratio, has the potential of reducing scan times and increasing the resolution. However, there is a concurrent increase in artefacts, and these can be pronounced with abdominal imaging at 3 T. To determine the feasibility of 3-T MRI for CD in children and to assess the value of different sequences and the effect of artefacts that could potentially limit the role of bowel MR imaging at higher field strengths. A retrospective study of 46 children with biopsy-proven CD (ages 8-19 years, 53% boys) was performed. Sixty-eight consecutive MRI studies were performed on a 3-T scanner between 2005 and 2007; 42 of the abdomen (62%) and 26 of the pelvis/perineum (38%). Sorbitol was administered for the abdominal studies; orally for 36/42 (86%) studies and via a naso-jejunal (NJ) tube for 6/42 (14%) studies. For the abdomen, T2-W half-fourier acquisition single-shot turbo spin-echo (T2-W HASTE), true steady-state free precession (true FISP), pre-contrast and contrast-enhanced (CE) T1-volume interpolated gradient-echo (T1-W VIBE) and CE T1-W fast low-angle shot (T1-W FLASH) sequences were performed. For the perianal and pelvic assessment, fat-saturated T2-W turbo spin-echo (TSE), pre-contrast and CE T1-W FLASH or VIBE sequences were performed. The sequences were scored for diagnostic quality by two paediatric radiologists for visualisation of the bowel wall, whether normal or pathological and the visualization

  8. Differentiation of hemangioblastomas from pilocytic astrocytomas using 3-T magnetic resonance perfusion-weighted imaging and MR spectroscopy

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    She, D.J.; Xing, Z.; Zeng, Z.; Cao, D.R. [First Affiliated Hospital of Fujian Medical University, Department of Radiology, Fuzhou, Fujian (China); Shang, X.Y. [University of California, San Diego, Department of Medicine and the Moores UCSD Cancer Center, La Jolla, CA (United States)

    2015-03-01

    Hemangioblastomas and pilocytic astrocytomas (PAs) present similar imaging features on conventional MR imaging, making differential diagnosis a challenge. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of dynamic susceptibility-weighted contrast-enhanced perfusion-weighted imaging (DSC-PWI) and proton MR spectroscopic imaging in the differentiation of hemangioblastomas and PAs. A 3.0-T MR imaging unit was used to perform DSC-PWI and conventional MR imaging on 14 patients with hemangioblastomas and 22 patients with PAs. Four patients with hemangioblastomas and 10 PA patients also underwent proton MR spectroscopy. Parameters of relative peak height (rPH) and relative percentage of signal intensity recovery (rPSR) were acquired by DSC-PWI and variables of N-acetylaspasrtate (NAA)/creatine (Cr), choline (Cho)/Cr, and lactate-lipid (Lac-Lip)/Cr by MR spectroscopy. The sensitivity, specificity, and the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve of all analyzed parameters at respective cutoff values were determined. Higher rPH but lower rPSR values were detected in hemangioblastomas compared to PAs. The NAA/Cr ratio was significantly lower in hemangioblastomas compared with PAs. The threshold values ≥3.2 for rPH provide sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive values, and negative predictive values of 85.7, 95.5, 92.3, and 91.3 %, respectively, for differentiating hemangioblastomas from PAs. The optimal threshold values were ≤0.9 for rPSR and ≤1.5 for NAA/Cr ratios in tumor. Significantly higher rPH and lower NAA/Cr were seen in patients with hemangioblastomas when compared with PA patients, suggesting that DSC-PWI and proton MR spectroscopy are helpful in the characterization and differentiation of these two types of tumors. (orig.)

  9. Measurement precision and biological variation of cranial arteries using automated analysis of 3 T magnetic resonance angiography

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    Amin, Faisal Mohammad; Lundholm, Elisabet; Hougaard, Anders;

    2014-01-01

    -to-day, and side-to-side variations of the circumference of the middle meningeal (MMA) and middle cerebral (MCA) arteries. RESULTS: We found an excellent intra- and interobserver agreement for the MMA (ICC: 0.909-0.987) and for the MCA (ICC: 0.876-0.949). The coefficient of variance within observers was ≤1......-to-day and side-to-side variations have not yet been published. We hypothesised that the observer related, side-to-side, and day-to-day variations would be less than 10%. METHODS: Ten female participants were studied using high-resolution MRA on two study days separated by at least one week. Using the automated...... LKEB-MRA vessel wall analysis software arterial circumferences were measured by blinded observers. Each artery was analysed twice by each of the two different observers. The primary endpoints were to determine the intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) and intra- an inter-observer, the day...

  10. Differentiation of hemangioblastomas from pilocytic astrocytomas using 3-T magnetic resonance perfusion-weighted imaging and MR spectroscopy

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    Hemangioblastomas and pilocytic astrocytomas (PAs) present similar imaging features on conventional MR imaging, making differential diagnosis a challenge. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of dynamic susceptibility-weighted contrast-enhanced perfusion-weighted imaging (DSC-PWI) and proton MR spectroscopic imaging in the differentiation of hemangioblastomas and PAs. A 3.0-T MR imaging unit was used to perform DSC-PWI and conventional MR imaging on 14 patients with hemangioblastomas and 22 patients with PAs. Four patients with hemangioblastomas and 10 PA patients also underwent proton MR spectroscopy. Parameters of relative peak height (rPH) and relative percentage of signal intensity recovery (rPSR) were acquired by DSC-PWI and variables of N-acetylaspasrtate (NAA)/creatine (Cr), choline (Cho)/Cr, and lactate-lipid (Lac-Lip)/Cr by MR spectroscopy. The sensitivity, specificity, and the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve of all analyzed parameters at respective cutoff values were determined. Higher rPH but lower rPSR values were detected in hemangioblastomas compared to PAs. The NAA/Cr ratio was significantly lower in hemangioblastomas compared with PAs. The threshold values ≥3.2 for rPH provide sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive values, and negative predictive values of 85.7, 95.5, 92.3, and 91.3 %, respectively, for differentiating hemangioblastomas from PAs. The optimal threshold values were ≤0.9 for rPSR and ≤1.5 for NAA/Cr ratios in tumor. Significantly higher rPH and lower NAA/Cr were seen in patients with hemangioblastomas when compared with PA patients, suggesting that DSC-PWI and proton MR spectroscopy are helpful in the characterization and differentiation of these two types of tumors. (orig.)

  11. O papel da atenção farmacêutica frente às interações fármaco-nutriente

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    O farmacêutico, por meio da atenção farmacêutica, pode acompanhar a farmacoterapia, orientando e intervindo quando necessário, buscando melhoria na educação em saúde e na qualidade de vida do paciente. O objetivo deste trabalho foi realizar uma revisão bibliográfica sobre a importância da atenção farmacêutica na identificação e resolução das interações fármaco-nutriente, evidenciando as implicações dessas interações no efeito terapêutico do fármaco ou no estado nutricional. Foram ...

  12. Possíveis interações medicamentosas com psicotrópicos encontradas em pacientes da Zona Leste de São Paulo

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    Interação medicamentosa é o resultado de uma interferência no efeito de um medicamento por outros agentes. Dentre os fatores que resultam nas interações medicamentosas destacam-se a automedicação e a prática da polifarmácia. O objetivo deste trabalho foi realizar um levantamento de interações medicamentosas que ocorrem com fármacos que atuam no sistema nervoso central, suas possíveis consequências, bem como os motivos que propiciam tal situação. Foi realizado um estudo observacional transversal de 60 indivíduos da zona leste de São Paulo que utilizam medicamentos psicotrópicos, maiores de 21 anos e de ambos os sexos, por meio de um questionário entre junho e agosto de 2008. Os principais psicotrópicos utilizados pelos indivíduos foram benzodiazepínicos e antidepressivos (54 indivíduos, sendo que estes fármacos apresentam alto índice de interações medicamentosas. Cerca de 77% utilizam outros medicamentos em paralelo ao tratamento com psicotrópicos, sendo que destes apenas 35% o fazem com supervisão médica e 27% dos indivíduos utilizaram bebidas alcoólicas concomitantemente. As principais interações encontradas envolveram antidepressivos com benzodiazepínicos, antiulcerogênicos, anticonvulsivantes e álcool. Conclui-se que a automedicação e o uso inadequado de medicamentos são fatores que podem propiciar a ocorrência das interações medicamentosas encontradas, algumas com consequências graves. Palavras-chave: Interações de medicamentos. Interações alimento-droga. Psicotrópicos. Assistência farmacêutica. ABSTRACT Possible drug interactions with psychotropics found in patients in East São Paulo A drug interaction is the interference in the effect of a drug by another substance. Outstanding among the factors that result in drug interactions are selfmedication and the practice of polypharmacy. The aim of this work was to conduct a survey of drug interactions that occur with

  13. Pós-modernidade: um olhar sobre as modificações nas interações sociais cotidianas = Postmodernity: a look on everyday social interactions changes

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    Coelho, Débora de Moraes

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    Full Text Available A busca por uma compreensão da complexidade do indivíduo e de suas interações com a sociedade é, sem dúvida, um desafio e uma reflexão que sempre se fez presente no curso da humanidade. Acreditase, contudo, que as profundas modificações na forma como os diferentes sujeitos sociais relacionamse individual e coletivamente estão sendo potencializadas e aceleradas atualmente pelo uso das novas tecnologias, em especial, pelo uso das redes sociais digitais. Dessa forma, o desafio do presente ensaio recairá sobre o entendimento das modificações nas interações sociais cotidianas, seus sujeitos e suas dinâmicas sob a luz da pós-modernidade

  14. The pol3-t Hyperrecombination Phenotype and DNA Damage-Induced Recombination in Saccharomyces cerevisiae Is RAD50 Dependent

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    Alvaro Galli

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The DNA polymerase δ (POL3/CDC2 allele pol3-t of Saccharomyces cerevisiae has previously been shown to be sensitive to methylmethanesulfonate (MMS and has been proposed to be involved in base excision repair. Our results, however, show that the pol3-t mutation is synergistic for MMS sensitivity with MAG1, a known base excision repair gene, but it is epistatic with rad50Δ, suggesting that POL3 may be involved not only in base excision repair but also in a RAD50 dependent function. We further studied the interaction of pol3-t with rad50Δ by examining their effect on spontaneous, MMS-, UV-, and ionizing radiation-induced intrachromosomal recombination. We found that rad50Δ completely abolishes the elevated spontaneous frequency of intrachromosomal recombination in the pol3-t mutant and significantly decreases UV- and MMS-induced recombination in both POL3 and pol3-t strains. Interestingly, rad50Δ had no effect on γ-ray-induced recombination in both backgrounds between 0 and 50 Gy. Finally, the deletion of RAD50 had no effect on the elevated frequency of homologous integration conferred by the pol3-t mutation. RAD50 is possibly involved in resolution of replication forks that are stalled by mutagen-induced external DNA damage, or internal DNA damage produced by growing the pol3-t mutant at the restrictive temperature.

  15. Stabilization of Nrf2 protein by D3T provides protection against ethanol-induced apoptosis in PC12 cells.

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    Full Text Available Previous studies have demonstrated that maternal ethanol exposure induces a moderate increase in Nrf2 protein expression in mouse embryos. Pretreatment with the Nrf2 inducer, 3H-1, 2-dithiole-3-thione (D3T, significantly increases the Nrf2 protein levels and prevents apoptosis in ethanol-exposed embryos. The present study, using PC12 cells, was designed to determine whether increased Nrf2 stability is a mechanism by which D3T enhances Nrf2 activation and subsequent antioxidant protection. Ethanol and D3T treatment resulted in a significant accumulation of Nrf2 protein in PC 12 cells. CHX chase analysis has shown that ethanol treatment delayed the degradation of Nrf2 protein in PC12 cells. A significantly greater decrease in Nrf2 protein degradation was observed in the cells treated with D3T alone or with both ethanol and D3T. In addition, D3T treatment significantly reduced ethanol-induced apoptosis. These results demonstrate that the stabilization of Nrf2 protein by D3T confers protection against ethanol-induced apoptosis.

  16. Diagnóstico de HPV: o processo de interação da mulher com seu parceiro

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    Full Text Available Pesquisa descritiva, com abordagem qualitativa, que objetivou analisar o processo de interação da mulher com seu parceiro a partir do diagnóstico de infecção pelo papilomavírus humano (HPV. Foi realizada em treze comunidades dos municípios de Duque de Caxias e Nova Iguaçu, Estado do Rio de Janeiro, de outubro/2006 a setembro/2008. Foram entrevistadas 20 mulheres com diagnóstico de infecção pelo HPV de alto risco oncogênico. Os pressupostos do Interacionismo Simbólico e da Grounded Theory nortearam a coleta e análise dos dados. Os resultados revelaram que o diagnóstico do HPV significa sérios desafios no relacionamento das mulheres com seu parceiro principalmente no que se refere à adoção de medidas preventivas. Conclui-se que estas questões indicam a necessidade de um atendimento humanizado que favoreça o empoderamento das mulheres.

  17. Interações microbianas na disponibilidade e absorção de manganês por soja

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    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar o efeito da interação entre fungos micorrízicos arbusculares e a comunidade microbiana do solo, sobre a disponibilidade, a absorção e a atenuação da toxidez de Mn em soja. As plantas foram micorrizadas com Glomus etunicatum ou G. macrocarpum, com e sem o restabelecimento da comunidade microbiana do solo autoclavado. Um tratamento não micorrizado teve a comunidade microbiana restabelecida, enquanto outro foi mantido como controle absoluto. As plantas micorrizadas apresentaram maior crescimento e atenuação da toxidez de Mn, principalmente quando se restabeleceu a comunidade microbiana. Nesse caso, houve aumento da disponibilidade de Fe e diminuição da disponibilidade de Mn no substrato. O teor de P foi maior nas plantas micorrizadas. Houve menor concentração de Fe e Mn na parte aérea das plantas micorrizadas, mais evidente quando a comunidade microbiana foi restabelecida. Nas raízes, esse comportamento foi o mesmo quanto ao Mn e inverso quanto ao ferro. A diminuição da concentração de Mn na parte aérea das plantas micorrizadas foi atribuída à diminuição de sua disponibilidade no substrato, enquanto em relação ao Fe foi atribuída à sua retenção nas raízes.

  18. Conflito de interação instrumental e falência cognitiva no trabalho bancário informatizado

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    Full Text Available Buscando superar o clássico modelo homem-máquina em ergonomia da informática, argumenta-se neste artigo a pertinência da abordagem Situação de Atividade Instrumental- S.A.I. (Rabardel, 1995 para estudar o trabalho informatizado. A aplicação da abordagem S.A.I. para avaliar uma tarefa bancária (Ordem de Pagamento - OP colocou em evidência um conflito de interação instrumental tripolar fornecendo um quadro explicativo aos indicadores de disfuncionamento constatados na análise da atividade dos bancários (n=13Trying to go beyond the classical model of man-machine systems on ergonomics, the aim of this paper is to argue the interest of the Activity Instrument Situation - A.I.S approach (Rabardel, 1995 in computerized work situations. The application of this model on a study of banking task (Payment Order - PO shows a tripolar instrument interaction conflict. Analyzing the activity of bank clerks (n=13, the model brings a framework to explain the dysfunction's indicators

  19. O papel da atenção farmacêutica frente às interações fármaco-nutriente

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    Full Text Available O farmacêutico, por meio da atenção farmacêutica, pode acompanhar a farmacoterapia, orientando e intervindo quando necessário, buscando melhoria na educação em saúde e na qualidade de vida do paciente. O objetivo deste trabalho foi realizar uma revisão bibliográfica sobre a importância da atenção farmacêutica na identificação e resolução das interações fármaco-nutriente, evidenciando as implicações dessas interações no efeito terapêutico do fármaco ou no estado nutricional. Foram realizadas pesquisas em livros e artigos científicos em bases de dados como Science Direct, Pubmed e Scielo, no período de 2000 a 2014. Os resultados mostraram que existem inúmeras possibilidades de interações fármaco-nutriente, as quais podem causar prejuízos ao efeito do fármaco e/ou ao estado nutricional do paciente, e essas muitas vezes não são identificadas, por falta de conhecimento dos profissionais da saúde ou devido aos testes de biodisponibilidade dos medicamentos serem realizados em jejum, por exigência dos órgãos sanitários. Desse modo, vê-se a necessidade da atuação do farmacêutico, que por meio do seu amplo conhecimento, pode colaborar com a diminuição dos riscos dessas interações fármaco-nutriente e nutriente-fármaco, resgatando assim a confiança do paciente e a essência da profissão.

  20. Evaluation of chylomicron effect on ASP production in 3T3-L1 adipocytes

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    Ying Gao; Danny Gauvreau; Wei Cui; Marc Lapointe; Sabina Paglialunga; Katherine Cianflone

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    In the past few years,there has been increasing interest in the production and physiological role of acylation-stimu-lating protein(ASP),identical to C3adesArg,a product of the alternative complement pathway generated through C3 cleavage.Recent studies in C3(-/-)mice that are ASP deficient have demonstrated a role for ASP in postprandial triglyceride clearance and fat storage.The aim of the present study was to establish a cell model and sensitive ELISA assay for the evaluation of ASP production using 3T3-L1 adipocytes.3T3-L1 preadipocytes were differentiated into adipocytes,then cultured in different media such as serum-free(SF),Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium(DMEM)/F12+10% fetal calf serum (FBS),and at varying concentrations of chylomicrons and insulin+chylomicrons up to 48 h.ASP production in SF and DMEM/F12+10% FBS was compared.Chylomicrons stimulated ASP production in a concen-tration- and time-dependent manner.By contrast,chylo-micron treatment had no effect on the production of C3,the precursor protein of ASP,which was constant over 48 h.Addition of insulin(100 nM)to a low-dose of chylomicrons(100 μg TG/ml)significantly increased ASP production compared with chylomicrons alone at 48 h(P<0.001).Furthermore,addition of insulin significantly increased C3 secretion at both 18 and 48 h of incubation (P<0.05,P<0.001,respectively).Overall,the proportion of ASP to C3 remained constant,indicating no change in the ratio of C3 cleaved to generate ASP.This study demonstrated that 3T3-L1 adipocyte is a useful model for the evaluation of C3 secretion and ASP production by using a sensitive mouse-specific ELISA assay.The stimulation of ASP production with chylomicrons demonstrates a physiologically relevant response,and provides a strategy for further studies on ASP production and function.

  1. Differentiation between benign and malignant breast lesions using quantitative diffusion-weighted sequence on 3 T MRI

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    Aim: To investigate the capability and diagnostic accuracy of diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) in differentiating benign from malignant breast lesions using 3 T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Materials and methods: Women with suspicious or indeterminate breast lesions detected at MRI, mammogram and/or ultrasound were recruited for dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE)-MRI and DWI prior to their biopsy. Image fusion of DCE-MRI with apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) map was utilized to select the region of interest (ROI) for ADC calculation in the area that showed the most avid enhancement. DWI was performed using two sets of b-values at 500 and 1000 s/mm2, respectively. Results: Fifty women were recruited and the final analysis comprised 44 breast lesions, 31 of which were malignant and 13 were benign. Significant results were obtained between ADC values of benign and malignant lesions (p −3 mm2/s for b = 500 s/mm2 and 1.22 × 10−3 mm2/s for b = 1000 s/mm2, respectively. The sensitivity of DCE-MRI alone was 100% with a specificity of 66.7%. When DCE-MRI was combined with b = 1000 s/mm2, the specificity rose to 100%, while only mildly affecting sensitivity (90.6%). No significant correlation was found between ADC values and prognostic factors, such as lymph node metastasis, tumour size, oestrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PR), and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) status, and tumour grades. Conclusion: The present study provides consistent evidence to support DWI as a diagnostic tool for breast lesion characterization. A combination of DCE-MRI with DWI is suggested to improve the sensitivity and specificity of lesion characterization

  2. Correlation of histological findings from a large ciliochoroidal melanoma with CT perfusion and 3T MRI dynamic enhancement studies

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    Full Text Available Jose S Pulido1, Norbert G Campeau2, Ernst Klotz3, Andrew N Primak2, Osama Saba3, Kaan Gunduz1, Herbert Cantrill5, Diva Salomão1,4, Cynthia H McCollough21Department of Ophthalmology; 2Department of Radiology; 3Siemens Medical Solutions, Malvern, PA, USA; 4Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN, USA; 5VitreoRetinal Surgery, Minneapolis, MN, USABackground: The initial use of a 64-slice computed tomography (CT scanner for obtaining quantitative perfusion data from a large ciliochoroidal melanoma, and correlation with 3T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI dynamic enhancement and tumor histology.Methods: The CT perfusion scan was performed using 80 kVp, 250 mA and 1-sec rotation time for 40 sec. The analysis was performed using commercial perfusion analysis software with a prototype 3-dimensional motion correction tool. Dynamic contrast-enhanced 3-Tesla MRI measured the kinetics of enhancement to estimate the vascular permeability. The time-dependent enhancement patterns were obtained using the average signal intensity using Functool analysis software. The involved globe was enucleated and microscopic evaluation of the tumor was performed.Results: The perfusion parameters blood flow, blood volume and permeability surface area product in the affected eye determined by CT perfusion analysis were 118 ml/100 ml/min, 11.3 ml/100 ml and 48 ml/100 ml/min. Dynamic MRI enhancement showed maximal intensity increase of 111%. The neoplasm was a ciliochoroidal spindle cell melanoma which was mitotically active (13 mitoses/40 hpf. Vascular loops and arcades were present throughout the tumor. The patient developed metastases within 9 months of presentation.Conclusion: Quantitative CT perfusion analysis of ocular tumors is feasible with motion correction software.Keywords: ciliochoroidal melanoma, CT perfusion imaging, MR enhancement imaging, tumor blood volume, tumor blood flow, tumor permeability

  3. Multichannel transceiver dual-tuned RF coil for proton/sodium MR imaging of knee cartilage at 3 T.

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    Kim, Jung-Hwan; Moon, Chan Hong; Park, Bum-Woo; Furlan, Alessandro; Zhao, Tiejun; Bae, Kyongtae T

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    Sodium magnetic resonance (MR) imaging is a promising technique for detecting changes of proteoglycan (PG) content in cartilage associated with knee osteoarthritis. Despite its potential clinical benefit, sodium MR imaging in vivo is challenging because of intrinsically low sodium concentration and low MR signal sensitivity. Some of the challenges in sodium MR imaging may be eliminated by the use of a high-sensitivity radiofrequency (RF) coil, specifically, a dual-tuned (DT) proton/sodium RF coil which facilitates the co-registration of sodium and proton MR images and the evaluation of both physiochemical and structural properties of knee cartilage. Nevertheless, implementation of a DT proton/sodium RF coil is technically difficult because of the coupling effect between the coil elements (particularly at high field) and the required compact design with improved coil sensitivity. In this study, we applied a multitransceiver RF coil design to develop a DT proton/sodium coil for knee cartilage imaging at 3 T. With the new design, the size of the coil was minimized, and a high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) was achieved. DT coil exhibited high levels of reflection S11 (∼-21 dB) and transmission coefficient S12 (∼-19 dB) for both the proton and sodium coils. High SNR (range 27-38) and contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) (range 15-21) were achieved in sodium MR imaging of knee cartilage in vivo at 3-mm(3) isotropic resolution. This DT coil performance was comparable to that measured using a sodium-only birdcage coil (SNR of 28 and CNR of 20). Clinical evaluation of the DT coil on four normal subjects demonstrated a consistent acquisition of high-resolution proton images and measurement of relative sodium concentrations of knee cartilages without repositioning of the subjects during the same MR scanning session. PMID:22297242

  4. Interação entre irmãos: deficiência mental, idade e apoio social da família Siblings' interaction: mental disability, age and family social support

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    Célia Cristina Nunes; Ana Lúcia Rossito Aiello

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    Os objetivos deste estudo foram: (a) caracterizar a interação entre díades de irmãos, divididas em dois grupos - G1, com o irmão deficiente mental pré-adolescente, e G2, com esse irmão adulto; (b) comparar os desempenhos dos grupos nas interações; e (c) avaliar diferenças entre os grupos nas interações, considerando o apoio social da família. Foram realizadas sessões de observação de interações, e aplicação de instrumentos de auto-relato; os cuidadores responderam escalas para avaliação do ap...

  5. Repertórios de interação estado-sociedade em um estado heterogêneo: a experiência na Era Lula

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    Rebecca Abers

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    Full Text Available Este artigo analisa a combinação de rotinas de interação do Estado com os movimentos sociais na construção de políticas públicas durante o governo Lula em três setores de políticas: desenvolvimento agrário, política urbana e segurança pública. O argumento central é que, em um contexto caracterizado por uma permeabilidade inédita do Estado, movimentos sociais e atores estatais experimentaram criativamente padrões históricos de interação Estado-sociedade. Sob o mote da "participação da sociedade civil", movimentos sociais e atores estatais recorreram a um repertório de interação diversificado, que incluiu a participação institucional, protestos, ocupação de cargos na burocracia pública e relações personalizadas, com ênfase variada a depender dos padrões pretéritos de relação Estado-sociedade em cada setor.

  6. A interação entre crianças surdas no contexto de uma escola de Educação Infantil

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    Erica Aparecida Garrutti de Lourenço

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo objetiva conhecer como se dá interação entre crianças surdas na Educação Infantil. A metodologia pautou-se na observação em campo de uma turma de Educação Infantil em uma escola especializada na Educação de Surdos da Rede Municipal de São Paulo. Foram realizadas também entrevistas com a professora da turma observada e a coordenadora. Como outros procedimentos de coleta de dados, analisou-se o Projeto Político Pedagógico da escola e realizou-se uma atividade dirigida com as crianças. Os resultados revelaram que as interações entre as crianças surdas ocorrem naturalmente, visto que essas crianças compartilham de uma mesma língua, a Língua de Sinais e da mesma cultura. A escola pesquisada tem como meta respeitar a língua, a cultura e a identidade surda, tendo a preocupação em centrar-se no uso da LIBRAS como forma de comunicação para o favorecimento da aprendizagem da criança surda.Palavras-chave: Educação de surdos; Interação entre crianças; EducaçãoInfantil; Bilinguismo.

  7. Kibizu concentrated liquid suppresses the accumulation of lipid droplets in 3T3-L1 cells.

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    Inoue, Chisato; Kozaki, Tomomi; Morita, Yukiko; Shirouchi, Bungo; Fukami, Katsuya; Shimizu, Kuniyoshi; Sato, Masao; Katakura, Yoshinori

    2015-08-01

    Adipocyte size is closely related to the occurrence of diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and insulin resistance. Thus, researchers are searching for active substances that function to reduce adipocyte size. In the present study, we focused on sugar cane vinegar, Kibizu, and evaluated the function of Kibizu to reduce adipocyte size by using an in vitro model system, because people in Amami Oshima famous for longevity regularly consume Kibizu. Results showed that Kibizu treatment significantly reduced the size and number of lipid droplets in 3T3-L1 cells, relative to treatment with Kurozu, another traditional vinegar. Results of an extraction experiment suggest that the active components in Kibizu are lipophilic and hydrophobic. In addition, an in vivo experiment on rats treated with Kibizu showed that the active components were contained in large vein blood. Results of an additional in vivo experiment suggest that metabolites generated by Kibizu-treated rats are primarily contained or modified specifically in the large vein blood. PMID:25672941

  8. Anthraquinones from Morinda officinalis roots enhance adipocyte differentiation in 3T3-L1 cells.

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    Liu, Qing; Kim, Seon Beom; Ahn, Jong Hoon; Hwang, Bang Yeon; Kim, Sung Yeon; Lee, Mi Kyeong

    2012-01-01

    To search for anti-diabetic and insulin-sensitising natural products, the effect on adipocyte differentiation was investigated by assessing fat accumulation in 3T3-L1 preadipocytes using Oil Red O staining. Fractionation and separation of n-hexane and CHCl₃ fractions of Morinda officinalis (Rubiaceae) using several chromatographic methods led to the isolation of three anthraquinones, 1,2-dimethoxyanthraquinone (1), alizarin-2-methyl ether (2) and rubiadin-1-methyl ether (3). Among them, alizarin-2-methyl ether (2) showed the strongest enhancing activity, followed by rubiadin-1-methyl ether (3) and 1,2-dimethoxyanthraquinone (1). At a concentration of 100 µM, alizarin-2-methyl ether (2) enhanced adipocyte differentiation by up to 131% (compared to insulin-treated cells). Thus, these compounds could be beneficial in the treatment of diabetes. PMID:22008000

  9. Prospective frequency correction for macromolecule-suppressed GABA editing at 3T

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    Edden, Richard A E; Oeltzschner, Georg; Harris, Ashley D;

    2016-01-01

    PURPOSE: To investigate the effects of B0 field offsets and drift on macromolecule (MM)-suppressed GABA-editing experiments, and to implement and test a prospective correction scheme. "Symmetric" editing schemes are proposed to suppress unwanted coedited MM signals in GABA editing. MATERIALS...... AND METHODS: Full density-matrix simulations of both conventional (nonsymmetric) and symmetric MM-suppressed editing schemes were performed for the GABA spin system to evaluate their offset-dependence. Phantom and in vivo (15 subjects at 3T) GABA-edited experiments with symmetrical suppression of MM signals...... were performed to quantify the effects of field offsets on the total GABA+MM signal (designated GABA+). A prospective frequency correction method based on interleaved water referencing (IWR) acquisitions was implemented and its experimental performance evaluated during positive and negative drift...

  10. Mitochondrial DNA from colorectal cancer cells induces the mutation of NIH3T3 cells%大肠癌线粒体DNA诱导NIH3T3细胞D-环突变

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    姬宏莉; 姬宏娟; 宋卫兵; 马永全; 杜芳; 王辉; 肖冰

    2011-01-01

    Objective To investigate the mtDNA mutation in NIH3T3 cell, which was transfected with mutated mtDNA from colorectal cancer cell line. Methods Recombinant eukaryotic vector, expressing plasmid of the mutated mtDNA, was transfected into NIH3T3 cell using Lipofection 2000 TM and screened by G418. The mutated mtDNA of transfected NIH3T3 cell was detected by PCR. Results Mutation and polymorphism was observed in NIH3T3 cell transfected with mutated mtDNA. Conclusion MtDNA mutations in colorectal cancer cell affects NIH3T3 cell mtDNA loci, though further study is required.%目的 观察突变的大肠癌细胞线粒体DNA(mtDNA)转染 NIH3T3 细胞后转染细胞mtDNA D-环突变特性.方法 通过脂质体法(Lipofection 2000TM) 将大肠癌细胞突变的 mtDNA 真核表达载体转染 NIH3T3细胞,利用 G418 抗性筛选克隆细胞;用PCR法检测转染细胞线粒体突变情况.结果 突变mtDNA 导致转染细胞 mtDNA 的突变和多态性变化.结论 突变的大肠癌 mtDNA可致NIH3T3细胞mtDNA位点变化,但具体的机制和过程有待于进一步研究.

  11. Chronic kidney disease: pathological and functional assessment with diffusion tensor imaging at 3T MR

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    Liu, Zhiling; Zhang, Jie; Cai, Shifeng; Yuan, Xianshun; Liu, Qingwei [Shandong University, Department of Radiology, Provincial Hospital Affiliated to Shandong University, Jinan (China); Xu, Ying; Wang, Rong [Shandong University, Department of Nephrology, Provincial Hospital Affiliated to Shandong University, Jinan (China); Zhen, Junhui [Shandong University, Department of Pathology, Qilu Hospital of Shandong University, Jinan (China)

    2014-10-11

    Our objective was to evaluate pathological and functional changes in chronic kidney disease (CKD) using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) at 3 T. There were fifty-one patients with CKD who required biopsy and 19 healthy volunteers who were examined using DTI at 3 T. The mean values of fractional anisotropy (FA) and the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) were obtained from the renal parenchyma (cortex and medulla). Correlations between imaging results and the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), as well as pathological damage (glomerular lesion and tubulointerstitial injury), were evaluated. The renal cortical FA was significantly lower than the medullary in both normal and affected kidneys (p < 0.001). The parenchymal FA was significantly lower in patients than healthy controls, regardless of whether eGFR was reduced. There were positive correlations between eGFR and FA (cortex, r = 0.689, p = 0.000; and medulla, r = 0.696, p = 0.000), and between eGFR and ADC (cortex, r = 0.310, p = 0.017; and medulla, r = 0.356, p = 0.010). Negative correlations were found between FA and the glomerular lesion (cortex, r = -0.499, p = 0.000; and medulla, r = -0.530, p = 0.000), and between FA and tubulointerstitial injury (cortex, r = -0.631, p = 0.000; and medulla, r = -0.724, p = 0.000). DTI is valuable for noninvasive assessment of renal function and pathology in patients with CKD. A decrease in FA could identify the glomerular lesions, tubulointerstitial injuries, and eGFR. (orig.)

  12. High b-value diffusion-weighted MR imaging of normal brain at 3 T

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    Cihangiroglu, Mutlu [Yeditepe University Hospital, Department of Radiology, Istanbul (Turkey)], E-mail: mcihangiroglu@yeditepe.edu.tr; Ulug, Aziz Muefit [Yeditepe University, School of Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Kayisdagi, Istanbul 34755 (Turkey); Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Department of Radiology, New York, NY 10065 (United States); Firat, Zeynep; Bayram, Ali [Yeditepe University Hospital, Department of Radiology, Istanbul (Turkey); Kovanlikaya, Arzu [Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Department of Radiology, New York, NY 10065 (United States); Kovanlikaya, Ilhami [Yeditepe University Hospital, Department of Radiology, Istanbul (Turkey); Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Department of Radiology, New York, NY 10065 (United States)

    2009-03-15

    Introduction: The purpose of this study was to determine the normative apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values at 3 T using high b-value (3000 s/mm{sup 2}) diffusion-weighted images (DWI) and compare the signal characteristics of the high b value with standard b-value (1000 s/mm{sup 2}) DWI. Methods: Institutional review board approval was obtained for this prospective study which included 20 volunteers (10 M, 10 F, mean age: 38.7 {+-} 14.9) without any known clinical disease or radiological findings. All brain examinations were performed with 3 T MR by using similar parameters of b1000 and b3000 DWI sequences. DWI and ADC maps were obtained. Signal intensity, noise, signal to noise ratio (SNR), contrast to noise (CNR), contrast ratio (CR), and ADC values of bilateral posterior limb of internal capsule, frontal white matter, parietal gray matter, pons, thalamus, splenium of corpus callosum were measured on b1000 and b3000 DW images. Results: In all anatomic locations, MR signal intensity, SNR and ADC values of b3000 images were significantly lower than MR signal intensity, SNR and ADC values of b1000 images (p < 0.001). The CNR and CR values at the posterior limb of internal capsule and pons were significantly increased on b3000 images (p < 0.001) and decreased in the other regions measured. Conclusion: The ADC values calculated from standard b-value DWI were significantly higher than those calculated from high b-value DWI. These results agree with the previous studies. In the regions where CNR values increase with high b value, b3000 DWI images may provide additional clinical information.

  13. Superior Cervical Sympathetic Ganglion: Normal Imaging Appearance on 3T-MRI

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    Lee, Joo Yeon; Song, Joon Seon; Song, Min Jeong; Hwang, Seung-Jun; Yoon, Ra Gyoung; Jang, Seung Won; Park, Ji Eun; Heo, Young Jin; Choi, Young Jun; Baek, Jung Hwan

    2016-01-01

    Objective To identify superior cervical sympathetic ganglion (SCSG) and describe their characteristic MR appearance using 3T-MRI. Materials and Methods In this prospective study, we recruited 53 consecutive patients without history of head and neck irradiation. Using anatomic location based on literature review, both sides of the neck were evaluated to identify SCSGs in consensus. SCSGs were divided into definite (medial to internal carotid artery [ICA] and lateral to longus capitis muscle [LCM]) and probable SCSGs based on relative location to ICA and LCM. Two readers evaluated signal characteristics including intraganglionic hypointensity of all SCSGs and relative location of probable SCSGs. Interrater and intrarater agreements were quantified using unweighted kappa. Results Ninety-one neck sites in 53 patients were evaluated after exclusion of 15 neck sites with pathology. Definite SCSGs were identified at 66 (73%) sites, and probable SCSGs were found in 25 (27%). Probable SCSGs were located anterior to LCM in 16 (18%), lateral to ICA in 6 (7%), and posterior to ICA in 3 (3%). Intraganglionic hypointensity was identified in 82 (90%) on contrast-enhanced fat-suppressed T1-weighted images. There was no statistical difference in the relative location between definite and probable SCSGs of the right and left sides with intragnalionic hypointensity on difference pulse sequences. Interrater and intrarater agreements on the location and intraganglionic hypointensity were excellent (κ-value, 0.749–1.000). Conclusion 3T-MRI identified definite SCSGs at 73% of neck sites and varied location of the remaining SCSGs. Intraganglionic hypointensity was a characteristic feature of SCSGs.

  14. Estigmas e representações sociais: desafios para a interação entre professores e alunos com Síndrome de Down

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    Geovane Tavares dos Santos

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Esse trabalho tem como fundamento a teoria sócio histórica, que considera o desenvolvimento psicológico individual a partir das interações sociais responsáveis por promover a construção do conhecimento de qualquer criança. A Escola a partir de suas atividades práticas, segundo Vygotsky (2003, p.33, é o local ideal para promover essa interação. Dentro desse ambiente, as interações entre professores e alunos são responsáveis por contribuir para o processo de ensino e aprendizagem. Porém, com base no fundamento da teoria sócio histórica e pautada na teoria sociológica de Serge Moscovici acerca das representações sociais, e as discussões que permeiam os estigmas sociais, é que este estudo tem a seguinte indagação: Quais os estigmas dos professores, formados a partir das representações sociais, e qual a interferência dos mesmos na interação com o aluno que tem síndrome de Down? Com essa questão o estudo tem enquanto objetivos identificar e compreender os estigmas dos professores, formados a partir das representações sociais, analisando sua interferência nas atitudes e interação com o aluno que tem síndrome de Down. Nesse estudo participaram 05 professores que trabalhavam com alunos com síndrome de Down, onde responderam a uma entrevista semiestruturada, que posteriormente foi transcrita e analisada. Os resultados corroboram que as representações sociais dos professores estão dotadas de estigmas negativos, pois os alunos com síndrome de Down no processo de ensino-aprendizagem são visto como indivíduos incapazes de aprender e se relacionar, tendo em vista que ainda prevalece o mito de que as pessoas com síndrome de Down são anormais.

  15. In vitro BALB/3T3 cell transformation assay of nonoxynol-9 and 1,4-dioxane

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    Sheu, C.W.; Moreland, F.M.; Lee, J.K.; Dunkel, V.C.

    1988-01-01

    The spermicidal surfactant nonoxynol-9 (Igepal CO-630, GAF Corp.) and a potential impurity, 1,4-dioxane, were tested in the in vitro cell transformation assay using BALB/3T3 cells. Two treatment periods, 48 hr and 13 days, were used. Nonoxynol-9, tested at levels up to 10 /sup +/g/ml, did not induce transformation, whereas dioxane was very active in the induction type II foci in the cultured BALB/3T3 cells.

  16. Complex cystic renal masses: Comparison of cyst complexity and Bosniak classification between 1.5 T and 3 T MRI

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    Rosenkrantz, Andrew B., E-mail: Andrew.Rosenkrantz@nyumc.org [Department of Radiology, NYU Langone Medical Center, 660 First Avenue, New York, NY 10016 (United States); Wehrli, Natasha E., E-mail: Natasha.Wehrli@nyumc.org [Department of Radiology, NYU Langone Medical Center, 660 First Avenue, New York, NY 10016 (United States); Mussi, Thais C., E-mail: thaiscaldara@gmail.com [Department of Radiology, NYU Langone Medical Center, 660 First Avenue, New York, NY 10016 (United States); Taneja, Samir S., E-mail: Samir.Taneja@nyumc.org [Department of Urology, Division of Urologic Oncology, NYU Langone Medical Center, 150 East 32nd Street, Suite 200, New York, NY 10016 (United States); Triolo, Michael J., E-mail: Michael.Triolo@nyumc.org [Department of Radiology, NYU Langone Medical Center, 660 First Avenue, New York, NY 10016 (United States)

    2014-03-15

    Purpose: To retrospectively compare perceived complexity and Bosniak cyst classification of cystic renal lesions between 1.5 T and 3 T MRI. Methods: 33 cystic renal lesions in 26 patients that underwent contrast-enhanced MRI at both 1.5 T and 3 T within a 12 month span were included. Two radiologists (R1, R2) independently assessed lesions, unaware of field strength, in terms of number of septations, septal thickening, mural thickening, presence of mural nodule, and Bosniak cyst category. Scores were compared between field strengths for each lesion. Results: R1 observed increases in septal number, septal thickening, mural thickening, and presence of mural nodule at 3 T in 8, 7, 4, and 2 lesions, and at 1.5 T in 3, 3, 2, and 0 lesions, respectively; R2 observed increases in septal number, septal thickening, mural thickening, and presence of mural nodule at 3 T in 3, 4, 3, and 0 lesions, and at 1.5 T in 2, 0, 0, and 0 lesions, respectively. R1 provided higher Bosniak category at 3 T in 9 cases and at 1.5 T in 4 cases; R2 provided higher Bosniak category at 3 T in 4 cases and at 1.5 T in 0 cases. Higher scores at 3 T than 1.5 T were associated with differences in advised clinical management in 7/9 cases for R1 and 4/4 cases for R2. Conclusion: There was an overall tendency for both readers to upgrade cyst complexity and Bosniak cyst category at 3 T than 1.5 T, which impacted advised management. Thus, we suggest that serial MRI evaluation of cystic renal lesions be performed at constant field strength.

  17. NIH 3T3 cells malignantly transformed by mot—2 show inactivation and cytoplasmic sequestration of the p53 protein

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    WADHWA; SYUICHITAKANO; 等

    1999-01-01

    In previous studies we have reported that a high level of expression of mot-2 protein results in malignant transformation of NIH 3T3 cells as analyzed by anchorage independent growth and nude mice assays [Kaul et al.,Oncogene,17,907-11,1998].Mot-2 was found to interact with tumor suppressor protein p53.The transient overexpression of mot-2 was inhibitory to transcriptional activation function of p53 [Wadhwa et al.,J.Biol.Chem.,273,2958691,1998].We demonstrate here that mot-2 transfected stable clone of NIH 3T3 that showed malignant properties indeed show inactivation of p53 function as assayed by exogenous p53 dependent reporter.The expression level of p53 in response to UV-irradiation was lower in NIH 3T3/mot-2 as compared to NIH 3T3 cells and also exhibited delay in reachingpeak.Furthermore,upon serum starvation p53 was seen to translocate to the nucleus in NIH 3T3,but not in its mot-3 derivative.The data suggests that mot-2 mediated cytoplasmic sequestration and inactivation of p53 may operate,at least in part,for malignant phenotype of NIH 3T3/mot-2 cells.

  18. Coculture with BJ fibroblast cells inhibits the adipogenesis and lipogenesis in 3T3-L1 cells

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    Jeong, Hyun Jeong [Department of Biochemistry, Kwandong University College of Medicine, Gangneung, Gangwondo 210-701 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Sahng Wook [Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Center for Chronic Metabolic Disease Research, Brain Korea 21 Project for Medical Science, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul 120-752 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Hojeong [Department of Anatomy, Kwandong University College of Medicine, Gangneung, Gangwondo 210-701 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Sang-Kyu, E-mail: 49park@kd.ac.kr [Department of Biochemistry, Kwandong University College of Medicine, Gangneung, Gangwondo 210-701 (Korea, Republic of); Yoon, Dojun, E-mail: mozart@kd.ac.kr [Department of Biochemistry, Kwandong University College of Medicine, Gangneung, Gangwondo 210-701 (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-02-19

    Mouse or human fibroblasts are commonly used as feeder cells to prevent differentiation in stem or primary cell culture. In the present study, we addressed whether fibroblasts can affect the differentiation of adipocytes. We found that the differentiation of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes was strongly suppressed when the cells were cocultured with human fibroblast (BJ) cells. BrdU incorporation analysis indicated that mitotic clonal expansion, an early event required for 3T3-L1 cell adipogenesis, was not affected by BJ cells. The 3T3-L1 cell expression levels of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor {gamma}2, CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein alpha (C/EBP{alpha}), sterol regulatory element binding protein-1c, and Krueppel-like factor 15, but not those of C/EBP{beta} or C/EBP{delta}, were decreased by coculture with BJ cells. When mature 3T3-L1 adipocytes were cocultured with BJ cells, their lipid contents were significantly reduced, with decreased fatty acid synthase expression and increased phosphorylated form of acetyl-CoA carboxylase 1. Our data indicate that coculture with BJ fibroblast cells inhibits the adipogenesis of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes and decreases the lipogenesis of mature 3T3-L1 adipocytes.

  19. Interação entre salinidade e bioestimulante no crescimento inicial de pinhão-manso

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    Francisco de A. de Oliveira

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se avaliar a interação entre salinidade e o uso de bioestimulante sobre o crescimento inicial de pinhão-manso. O experimento foi desenvolvido nos meses de agosto a outubro de 2012, na Universidade Federal Rural do Semi-Árido, em Mossoró, RN, utilizando o delineamento inteiramente casualizado, em esquema fatorial 2 x 4. Os tratamentos foram obtidos da combinação de dois níveis de sais da água de irrigação (0,5 e 5,0 dS m-1 e quatro intervalos de aplicação de bioestimulante (I1 – Ausência; I2 - 7 dias; I3 - 14 dias; I4 – 21 dias. Utilizou-se o fitorregulador comercial Stimulate® 10X, na concentração padrão de 18 mL L-1 de solução e se avaliaram as seguintes variáveis: altura, diâmetro do caule, comprimento da raiz principal, número de folhas, área foliar, massa seca de folhas, massa seca de caule, massa seca de raiz, massa seca total e razão massa seca da parte aérea/massa seca de raiz. O estresse salino provocou redução em todas as variáveis avaliadas e inibiu o efeito do bioestimulante nos intervalos utilizados. O uso de Stimulate® 10X não inibiu o efeito deletério da salinidade da água de irrigação sobre o crescimento inicial do pinhão-manso.

  20. Imaging for crohn disease: use of 3-T MRI in a paediatric setting

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    Full text: This study was carried out to review our experience with 3-T MRI in the assessment of Crohn disease in a paediatric population. Twenty-four patients with biopsy proven Crohn disease identified on the radiology information system underwent abdominal MRI, with or without pelvic MRI. Twenty-eight studies were carried out on a 3-T scanner at a tertiary paediatric hospital. Eight of 24 of these (30%) had a gastrointestinal barium study, 2 of 24 (8%) a CTand 9 of 24 (38%) an abdominal ultrasound. The different MRI sequences were rated for observation of the bowel wall and abnormalities (0-5). The findings were correlated to relevant findings on endoscopy, examination under anaesthesia (EUA) and where available surgery, barium studies, CTand ultrasound. In this study, the colon was involved in 5 of 28 (18%), small bowel in 7 of 28 (25%), terminal ileum in 5 of 28 (18%). All the perineal studies (9 of 9) showed abnormalities. Sinus tracts or fistulas were identified in 7 of 28 (25%) studies. The mean rating of the different MRI sequences in showing bowel wall and changes of Crohn disease was T2 TSE 3.6, T2 half fourier aquisition single shot turbo spin echo (HASTE) with a long TE 3.6, T2 HASTE with short TE 3.4, true fast imaging with steady state precession (FISP) 2.7, T1 4.1 and Post-contrast T1 4.3. The T2 HASTE sequences with thinner slices improved observation. Detection of superficial abnormalities was similar on the 3D VIBE images and on the post-contrast T1 spin-echo (SE) sequences. In five of nine (56%) of those that had ultrasound, both studies were abnormal, with incomplete correlation of the abnormalities. Computed tomography and MRI were abnormal in two of two (100%) patients with good correlation of the abnormalities in one; in the other there was a minimal discrepancy in the estimation of the length of involved bowel. In 7 of 11 (64%) the barium study was abnormal. Good correlation to MRI findings was found in five of seven (71%) of patients. In

  1. T1rho MRI of menisci and cartilage in patients with osteoarthritis at 3T

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    Wang, Ligong, E-mail: ligong.wang@nyumc.org [Quantitative Multinuclear Musculoskeletal Imaging Group (QMMIG), Center for Biomedical Imaging, Department of Radiology, New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, NY (United States); Chang, Gregory, E-mail: gregory.chang@nyumc.org [Quantitative Multinuclear Musculoskeletal Imaging Group (QMMIG), Center for Biomedical Imaging, Department of Radiology, New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, NY (United States); Xu, Jian, E-mail: jian.xu.sz@siemens.com [Siemens HealthCare, New York, NY (United States); Vieira, Renata L.R., E-mail: Renata.Vieira@nyumc.org [Quantitative Multinuclear Musculoskeletal Imaging Group (QMMIG), Center for Biomedical Imaging, Department of Radiology, New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, NY (United States); Krasnokutsky, Svetlana, E-mail: Svetlana.Krasnokutsky@nyumc.org [Division of Rheumatology, New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, NY (United States); Abramson, Steven, E-mail: StevenB.Abramson@nyumc.org [Division of Rheumatology, New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, NY (United States); Regatte, Ravinder R., E-mail: Ravinder.Regatte@nyumc.org [Quantitative Multinuclear Musculoskeletal Imaging Group (QMMIG), Center for Biomedical Imaging, Department of Radiology, New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, NY (United States)

    2012-09-15

    Objective: To assess and compare subregional and whole T1rho values (median ± interquartile range) of femorotibial cartilage and menisci in patients with doubtful (Kellgren–Lawrence (KL) grade 1) to severe (KL4) osteoarthritis (OA) at 3T. Materials and methods: 30 subjects with varying degrees of OA (KL1–4, 13 females, 17 males, mean age ± SD = 63.9 ± 13.1 years) were evaluated on a 3T MR scanner using a spin-lock-based 3D GRE sequence for T1rho mapping. Clinical proton density (PD)-weighted fast spin echo (FSE) images in sagittal (without fat saturation), axial, and coronal (fat-saturated) planes were acquired for cartilage and meniscus Whole-organ MR imaging score (WORMS) grading. Wilcoxon rank sum test was performed to determine whether there were any statistically significant differences between subregional and whole T1rho values of femorotibial cartilage and menisci in subjects with doubtful to severe OA. Results: Lateral (72 ± 10 ms, median ± interquartile range) and medial (65 ± 10 ms) femoral anterior cartilage subregions in moderate–severe OA subjects had significantly higher T1rho values (P < 0.05) than cartilage subregions and whole femorotibial cartilage in doubtful–minimal OA subjects. There were statistically significant differences in meniscus T1rho values of the medial posterior subregion of subjects with moderate–severe OA and T1rho values of all subregions and the whole meniscus in subjects with doubtful–minimal OA. When evaluated based on WORMS, statistically significant differences were identified in T1rho values between the lateral femoral anterior cartilage subregion in patients with WORMS5–6 (advanced degeneration) and whole femorotibial cartilage and all cartilage subregions in patients with WORMS0–1 (normal). Conclusion: T1rho values are higher in specific meniscus and femorotibial cartilage subregions. These findings suggest that regional damage of both femorotibial hyaline cartilage and menisci may be associated with

  2. A novel coil array for combined TMS/fMRI experiments at 3 T

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    Navarro de Lara, Lucia I.; Windischberger, Christian; Kuehne, Andre; Woletz, Michael; Sieg, Jürgen; Bestmann, Sven; Weiskopf, Nikolaus; Strasser, Bernhard; Moser, Ewald; Laistler, Elmar

    2014-01-01

    Purpose To overcome current limitations in combined transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies by employing a dedicated coil array design for 3 Tesla. Methods The state‐of‐the‐art setup for concurrent TMS/fMRI is to use a large birdcage head coil, with the TMS between the subject's head and the MR coil. This setup has drawbacks in sensitivity, positioning, and available imaging techniques. In this study, an ultraslim 7‐channel receive‐only...

  3. Piwil2基因表达诱导NIH3T3细胞恶性转化%Malignant transformation of HIN3T3 cells induced by expression of Piwil2 genes

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    李跃波; 冯定庆; 凌斌; 程敏

    2013-01-01

    目的 通过建立稳定表达外源Piwil2基因的NIH3T3细胞,初步探讨Piwil2基因对NIH3T3细胞生物学特性的调控作用.方法 通过脂质体介导的方法和G418的筛选,建立稳定表达Piwil2基因的NIH3T3细胞株,之后利用细胞集落形成实验、细胞增殖实验、细胞周期分析和裸鼠成瘤实验,观察Piwil2基因表达对NIH3T3细胞的生物学特性的影响.结果 建立了稳定过表达Piwil2基因的NIH3T3细胞株.与对照组空白载体细胞系相比,过表达Piwil2基因的NIH3T3细胞增殖和集落形成能力增强;细胞周期G0/G1期减少、S期明显升高;接种裸鼠后形成的肿瘤体积显著大于对照组.结论 Piwil2基因在NIH3T3细胞中稳定表达具有诱导正常NIH3T3细胞发生恶性转化的重要生物功能.%Objective To establish a mouse fibroblastio cell line stably transfected with Piwil2 gene, and use such cell line to investigate tumor development and progression imposed by the ectopic expression of Piwil2 gene. Methods Eukaryotic expression vector pIRES2-EGFP-Piwil2 was transfected into mouse fibroblast cell line NIH3T3 by lipofectamine. Stable transfect-ants were selected by G418. The integration and expression of Piwil2 gene were analyzed by PCR. And then cell proliferation, cycle and apoptosis in experimental analysis, colony formation and tumor growth experiment were used to observe the impact of Piwil2 gene expression of NIH3T3 on biological characteristics. Results NIH3T3 cell line with stably expression of Piwil2 gene was successfully established and confirmed. Compared with control group, the NIH3T3 cell line with high expression of Piwil2 gene growed quickly and had high capability of colony formation. The S phase and M phase increased significantly. Tumor formation in nude mice was significantly greater than in the control group. Conclusion Expression of Piwil2 gene in NIH3T3 cells can induce malignant transformation of mouse fibroblastic cells both in vitro and in

  4. Fetuin-a对3T3-L1脂肪细胞增殖和脂解的影响%Effect of Fetuin-a on Proliferation and Lipolysis of 3T3-L1 Adipocytes

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    冯娜娜; 王晓青; 陶婷

    2012-01-01

    目的 观察胎球蛋白-a(fetuin-a)对体外培养的3T3-L1脂肪细胞增殖和脂解的影响.方法 体外培养小鼠3T3-L1前脂肪细胞,以MTT法检测3T3-L1前脂肪细胞的增殖状况;采用甘油检测试剂盒测定释放到上清液的甘油含量作为脂解率的指标;采用Western blotting检测细胞内磷酸化激素敏感脂肪酶(hormone sensitive lipase,HSL)和脂肪甘油三酯脂肪酶(adipose triglyceride lipase,ATGL)的蛋白表达.结果 不同浓度的fetuin-a在干预3T3-L1前脂肪细胞后明显促进细胞增殖,且呈剂量依赖性(P<0.05).Fetuin-a能够抑制成熟脂肪细胞的脂肪分解,降低磷酸化的HSL及ATGL蛋白表达,且呈剂量依赖性(P<0.05).结论 Fetuin-a通过促进3T3-L1前脂肪细胞增殖及抑制成熟脂肪细胞的脂解参与肥胖的发生.%Objective To observe the effect of fetuin - a on proliferation and lipolysis of 3T3 - LI adipocytes. Methods 3T3 - LI preadipocytes were cultured and induced in vitro. The proliferation of 3T3 -LI preadipocytes was detected by MTT method. Lipolysis of adipocytes was examined by the measurement of glycerol release. The expressions of protein of phospho - HSL,ATGL were analyzed using western blot. Results The proliferation of 3T3 - LI preadipocytes was stimulated significantly by fetuin -a ( P < 0. 05 ). Fetuin - a inhibited lipolysis in adipocytes in a dose - dependent manner( P < 0. 05 ). Fetuin - a decreased the expressions of phospho - HSL and AT-GL protein (P < 0. 05). Conclusion Our study provides the evidence that fetuin - a might participate in obesity via its influence on the proliferation and lipolysis of adipocytes.

  5. ENHANCEMENT OF NIH3T3 CELL PROLIFERATION BY EXPRESSING MACROPHAGE COLONY STIMULATING FACTOR IN NUCLEI

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    曹震宇; 吴克复; 李戈; 林永敏; 张斌; 郑国光

    2003-01-01

    Objective: To explore the effects of nuclear M-CSF on the process of tumorigenesis. Methods: Functional part of M-CSF cDNA was inserted into an eukaryotic expression plasmid pCMV/myc/nuc, which can add three NLS to the C-terminal of the expressed protein and direct the protein into the cell nuclei. The constructed plasmid was transferred into NIH3T3 cells and the cell clones were selected by G-418 selection. Cell clones stable expressing target protein were identified by RT-PCR, ABC immunohistochemistry assay and Western blot. Cell growth kinetics analyses through growth curves, cell doubling time, MTT test and anti-sense oligodeoxynucleotide (ASODN) inhibiting cell growth test were performed to identify cells proliferation potential. Results: The transfected cells showed elevated proliferation potential over the control cells. Conclusion: Abnormal appearance of M-CSF in nucleus could enhance cell proliferation, which suggests that cytokine isoforms within cell nucleus might play transcription factor-like role.

  6. The role of Akt on Arsenic trioxide suppression of 3T3-L1 preadipocyte differentiation

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    Zhi Xin WANG; Chun Sun JIANG; Lei LIU; Xiao Hui WANG; Hai Jing JIN; Qiao WU; Quan CHEN

    2005-01-01

    The present study investigates the molecular details of how arsenic trioxide inhibits preadipocyte differentiation and examines the role of Akt/PKB in regulation of differentiation and apoptosis. Continual exposure of arsenic trioxide, at the clinic achievable dosage that does not induce apoptosis, suppressed 3T3-L1 cell differentiation into fat cells by inhibiting the expression of PPARγ and C/EBPα and disrupting the interaction between PPARγ and RXRα, which determines the programming of the adipogenic genes. Interestingly, if we treated the cells for 12 or 24 h and then withdrew arsenic trioxide, the cells were able to differentiate to the comparable levels of untreated cells as assayed by the activity of GAPDH, the biochemical marker of preadipocyte differentiation. Long term treatment blocked the differentiation and the activity of GAPDH could not recover to the comparable levels of untreated cells. Continual exposure of arsenic trioxide caused accumulation in G2/M phase and the accumulation of p21. We found that arsenic trioxide induced the expression and the phosphorylation of Akt/PKB and it inhibited the interaction between Akt/PKB and PPARγ. Akt/PKB inhibitor appears to block the arsenic trioxide suppression of differentiation. Our results suggested that Akt/PKB may play a role in suppression of apoptosis and negatively regulate preadipocyte differentiation.

  7. Increased NY-ESO-1 Expression and Reduced Infiltrating CD3+ T Cells in Cutaneous Melanoma

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    Mara Giavina-Bianchi

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available NY-ESO-1 is a cancer-testis antigen aberrantly expressed in melanomas, which may serve as a robust and specific target in immunotherapy. NY-ESO-1 antigen expression, tumor features, and the immune profile of tumor infiltrating lymphocytes were assessed in primary cutaneous melanoma. NY-ESO-1 protein was detected in 20% of invasive melanomas (16/79, rarely in in situ melanoma (1/10 and not in benign nevi (0/20. Marked intratumoral heterogeneity of NY-ESO-1 protein expression was observed. NY-ESO-1 expression was associated with increased primary tumor thickness (P=0.007 and inversely correlated with superficial spreading melanoma (P<0.02. NY-ESO-1 expression was also associated with reduced numbers and density of CD3+ tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (P=0.017. When NY-ESO-1 protein was expressed, CD3+ T cells were less diffusely infiltrating the tumor and were more often arranged in small clusters (P=0.010 or as isolated cells (P=0.002 than in large clusters of more than five lymphocytes. No correlation of NY-ESO-1 expression with gender, age, tumor site, ulceration, lymph node sentinel status, or survival was observed. NY-ESO-1 expression in melanoma was associated with tumor progression, including increased tumor thickness, and with reduced tumor infiltrating lymphocytes.

  8. Platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) stimulates glycogen synthase activity in 3T3 cells

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    Hormonal regulation of glycogen synthase, an enzyme that can be phosphorylated on multiple sites, is often associated with changes in its phosphorylation state. Enzyme activation is conventionally monitored by determining the synthase activity ratio [(activity in the absence of glucose 6-P)/(activity in the presence of glucose 6-P)]. Insulin causes an activation of glycogen synthase with a concomitant decrease in its phosphate content. In a previous report, the authors showed that epidermal growth factor (EGF) increases the glycogen synthase activity ratio in Swiss 3T3 cells. The time and dose-dependency of this response was similar to that of insulin. Their recent results indicate that PDGF also stimulates glycogen synthase activity. Enzyme activation was maximal after 30 min. of incubation with PDGF; the time course observed was very similar to that with insulin and EGF. At 1 ng/ml (0.03nM), PDGF caused a maximal stimulation of 4-fold in synthase activity ratio. Half-maximal stimulation was observed at 0.2 ng/ml (6 pM). The time course of changes in enzyme activity ratio closely followed that of 125I-PDGF binding. The authors data suggest that PDGF, as well as EFG and insulin, may be important in regulating glycogen synthesis through phosphorylation/dephosphorylation mechanisms

  9. IT3T/2 - Creating, managingand using distribution lists with Simba2

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    CERN. Geneva; Vitè, Davide F; Wagner, Andreas

    2005-01-01

    CERN Technical Training 2005: IT3T - IT Technical Training Tutorials (Summer 2005) The new Listbox service interface SIMBA2 is a tool browsed everyday by a big amount of Listbox users. The different views for owners or members of the lists and the settings saved by them is capital for the correct function of the list. In this presentation we will introduce the Listbox Platform and the web interfaces and services that support it. How to deal with external accounts, creation of mailing lists and their classification in Human Resources, External or Normal Lists. How to operate with lists in Bulk and the importance of the archiving permissions. A special part of the presentation will show the criteria that listbox is using for authentication of mails against mail bombing, worms and spammers. The different ways to subscribe and unsubscribe to mailing lists and what are the main differences with the old platform. We will also dedicate a high level technical part for those who are administrators of mailing lists and...

  10. Adhesion, Proliferation and Migration of NIH/3T3 Cells on Modified Polyaniline Surfaces

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    Rejmontová, Petra; Capáková, Zdenka; Mikušová, Nikola; Maráková, Nela; Kašpárková, Věra; Lehocký, Marián; Humpolíček, Petr

    2016-01-01

    Polyaniline shows great potential and promises wide application in the biomedical field thanks to its intrinsic conductivity and material properties, which closely resemble natural tissues. Surface properties are crucial, as these predetermine any interaction with biological fluids, proteins and cells. An advantage of polyaniline is the simple modification of its surface, e.g., by using various dopant acids. An investigation was made into the adhesion, proliferation and migration of mouse embryonic fibroblasts on pristine polyaniline films and films doped with sulfamic and phosphotungstic acids. In addition, polyaniline films supplemented with poly (2-acrylamido-2-methyl-1-propanesulfonic) acid at various ratios were tested. Results showed that the NIH/3T3 cell line was able to adhere, proliferate and migrate on the pristine polyaniline films as well as those films doped with sulfamic and phosphotungstic acids; thus, utilization of said forms in biomedicine appears promising. Nevertheless, incorporating poly (2-acrylamido-2-methyl-1-propanesulfonic) acid altered the surface properties of the polyaniline films and significantly affected cell behavior. In order to reveal the crucial factor influencing the surface/cell interaction, cell behavior is discussed in the context of the surface energy of individual samples. It was clearly demonstrated that the lesser the difference between the surface energy of the sample and cell, the more cyto-compatible the surface is. PMID:27649159

  11. In vivo 13 carbon metabolic imaging at 3T with hyperpolarized 13C-1-pyruvate.

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    Kohler, S J; Yen, Y; Wolber, J; Chen, A P; Albers, M J; Bok, R; Zhang, V; Tropp, J; Nelson, S; Vigneron, D B; Kurhanewicz, J; Hurd, R E

    2007-07-01

    We present for the first time dynamic spectra and spectroscopic images acquired in normal rats at 3T following the injection of (13)C-1-pyruvate that was hyperpolarized by the dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) method. Spectroscopic sampling was optimized for signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and for spectral resolution of (13)C-1-pyruvate and its metabolic products (13)C-1-alanine, (13)C-1-lactate, and (13)C-bicarbonate. Dynamic spectra in rats were collected with a temporal resolution of 3 s from a 90-mm axial slab using a dual (1)H-(13)C quadrature birdcage coil to observe the combined effects of metabolism, flow, and T(1) relaxation. In separate experiments, spectroscopic imaging data were obtained during a 17-s acquisition of a 20-mm axial slice centered on the rat kidney region to provide information on the spatial distribution of the metabolites. Conversion of pyruvate to lactate, alanine, and bicarbonate occurred within a minute of injection. Alanine was observed primarily in skeletal muscle and liver, while pyruvate, lactate, and bicarbonate concentrations were relatively high in the vasculature and kidneys. In contrast to earlier work at 1.5 T, bicarbonate was routinely observed in skeletal muscle as well as the kidney and vasculature. PMID:17659629

  12. Modulation of Osteogenesis in MC3T3-E1 Cells by Different Frequency Electrical Stimulation.

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    Yu Wang

    Full Text Available Electrical stimulation (ES is therapeutic to many bone diseases, from promoting fracture regeneration to orthopedic intervention. The application of ES offers substantial therapeutic potential, while optimal ES parameters and the underlying mechanisms responsible for the positive clinical impact are poorly understood. In this study, we assembled an ES cell culture and monitoring device. Mc-3T3-E1 cells were subjected to different frequency to investigate the effect of osteogenesis. Cell proliferation, DNA synthesis, the mRNA levels of osteosis-related genes, the activity of alkaline phosphatase (ALP, and intracellular concentration of Ca2+ were thoroughly evaluated. We found that 100 Hz could up-regulate the mRNA levels of collagen I, collagen II and Runx2. On the contrary, ES could down-regulate the mRNA levels of osteopontin (OPN. ALP activity assay and Fast Blue RR salt stain showed that 100 Hz could accelerate cells differentiation. Compared to the control group, 100 Hz could promote cell proliferation. Furthermore, 1 Hz to 10 Hz could improve calcium deposition in the intracellular matrix. Overall, these results indicate that 100Hz ES exhibits superior potentialities in osteogenesis, which should be beneficial for the clinical applications of ES for the treatment of bone diseases.

  13. MRBrainS Challenge: Online Evaluation Framework for Brain Image Segmentation in 3T MRI Scans

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    Adriënne M. Mendrik

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Many methods have been proposed for tissue segmentation in brain MRI scans. The multitude of methods proposed complicates the choice of one method above others. We have therefore established the MRBrainS online evaluation framework for evaluating (semiautomatic algorithms that segment gray matter (GM, white matter (WM, and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF on 3T brain MRI scans of elderly subjects (65–80 y. Participants apply their algorithms to the provided data, after which their results are evaluated and ranked. Full manual segmentations of GM, WM, and CSF are available for all scans and used as the reference standard. Five datasets are provided for training and fifteen for testing. The evaluated methods are ranked based on their overall performance to segment GM, WM, and CSF and evaluated using three evaluation metrics (Dice, H95, and AVD and the results are published on the MRBrainS13 website. We present the results of eleven segmentation algorithms that participated in the MRBrainS13 challenge workshop at MICCAI, where the framework was launched, and three commonly used freeware packages: FreeSurfer, FSL, and SPM. The MRBrainS evaluation framework provides an objective and direct comparison of all evaluated algorithms and can aid in selecting the best performing method for the segmentation goal at hand.

  14. Resting state BOLD functional connectivity at 3T: spin echo versus gradient echo EPI.

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    Piero Chiacchiaretta

    Full Text Available Previous evidence showed that, due to refocusing of static dephasing effects around large vessels, spin-echo (SE BOLD signals offer an increased linearity and promptness with respect to gradient-echo (GE acquisition, even at low field. These characteristics suggest that, despite the reduced sensitivity, SE fMRI might also provide a potential benefit when investigating spontaneous fluctuations of brain activity. However, there are no reports on the application of spin-echo fMRI for connectivity studies at low field. In this study we compared resting state functional connectivity as measured with GE and SE EPI sequences at 3T. Main results showed that, within subject, the GE sensitivity is overall larger with respect to that of SE, but to a less extent than previously reported for activation studies. Noteworthy, the reduced sensitivity of SE was counterbalanced by a reduced inter-subject variability, resulting in comparable group statistical connectivity maps for the two sequences. Furthermore, the SE method performed better in the ventral portion of the default mode network, a region affected by signal dropout in standard GE acquisition. Future studies should clarify if these features of the SE BOLD signal can be beneficial to distinguish subtle variations of functional connectivity across different populations and/or treatments when vascular confounds or regions affected by signal dropout can be a critical issue.

  15. MC3T3-E1 Cells on Titanium Surfaces with Nanometer Smoothness and Fibronectin Immobilization

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    Tohru Hayakawa

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The present study was aimed to evaluate the viability and total protein contents of osteoblast-like cells on the titanium surface with different surface mechanical treatment, namely, nanometer smoothing (Ra: approximately 2.0 nm and sandblasting (Ra: approximately 1.0 μm, and biochemical treatment, namely, with or without fibronectin immobilization. Fibronectin could be easily immobilized by tresyl chloride-activation technique. MC3T3-E1 cells were seeded on the different titanium surfaces. Cell viability was determined by MTT assay. At 1 day of cell culture, there were no significant differences in cell viability among four different titanium surfaces. At 11 days, sandblasted titanium surface with fibronectin immobilization showed the significantly highest cell viability than other titanium surface. No significant differences existed for total protein contents among four different titanium surfaces at 11 days of cell culture. Scanning electron microscopy observation revealed that smoothness of titanium surface produced more spread cell morphologies, but that fibronectin immobilization did not cause any changes of the morphologies of attached cells. Fibronectin immobilization provided greater amount of the number of attached cells and better arrangement of attached cells. In conclusion, the combination of sandblasting and fibronectin immobilization enhanced the cell viability and fibronectin immobilization providing better arrangements of attached cells.

  16. MRBrainS Challenge: Online Evaluation Framework for Brain Image Segmentation in 3T MRI Scans

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    Mendrik, Adriënne M.; Vincken, Koen L.; Kuijf, Hugo J.; Breeuwer, Marcel; Bouvy, Willem H.; de Bresser, Jeroen; Alansary, Amir; de Bruijne, Marleen; Carass, Aaron; El-Baz, Ayman; Jog, Amod; Katyal, Ranveer; Khan, Ali R.; van der Lijn, Fedde; Mahmood, Qaiser; Mukherjee, Ryan; van Opbroek, Annegreet; Paneri, Sahil; Pereira, Sérgio; Rajchl, Martin; Sarikaya, Duygu; Smedby, Örjan; Silva, Carlos A.; Vrooman, Henri A.; Vyas, Saurabh; Wang, Chunliang; Zhao, Liang; Biessels, Geert Jan; Viergever, Max A.

    2015-01-01

    Many methods have been proposed for tissue segmentation in brain MRI scans. The multitude of methods proposed complicates the choice of one method above others. We have therefore established the MRBrainS online evaluation framework for evaluating (semi)automatic algorithms that segment gray matter (GM), white matter (WM), and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) on 3T brain MRI scans of elderly subjects (65–80 y). Participants apply their algorithms to the provided data, after which their results are evaluated and ranked. Full manual segmentations of GM, WM, and CSF are available for all scans and used as the reference standard. Five datasets are provided for training and fifteen for testing. The evaluated methods are ranked based on their overall performance to segment GM, WM, and CSF and evaluated using three evaluation metrics (Dice, H95, and AVD) and the results are published on the MRBrainS13 website. We present the results of eleven segmentation algorithms that participated in the MRBrainS13 challenge workshop at MICCAI, where the framework was launched, and three commonly used freeware packages: FreeSurfer, FSL, and SPM. The MRBrainS evaluation framework provides an objective and direct comparison of all evaluated algorithms and can aid in selecting the best performing method for the segmentation goal at hand. PMID:26759553

  17. Hierarchical polymeric scaffolds support the growth of MC3T3-E1 cells.

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    Akbarzadeh, Rosa; Minton, Joshua A; Janney, Cara S; Smith, Tyler A; James, Paul F; Yousefi, Azizeh-Mitra

    2015-02-01

    Tissue engineering makes use of the principles of biology and engineering to sustain 3D cell growth and promote tissue repair and/or regeneration. In this study, macro/microporous scaffold architectures have been developed using a hybrid solid freeform fabrication/thermally induced phase separation (TIPS) technique. Poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) dissolved in 1,4-dioxane was used to generate a microporous matrix by the TIPS method. The 3D-bioplotting technique was used to fabricate 3D macroporous constructs made of polyethylene glycol (PEG). Embedding the PEG constructs inside the PLGA solution prior to the TIPS process and subsequent extraction of PEG following solvent removal (1,4-dioaxane) resulted in a macro/microporous structure. These hierarchical scaffolds with a bimodal pore size distribution (300 μm) contained orthogonally interconnected macro-channels generated by the extracted PEG. The diameter of the macro-channels was varied by tuning the dispensing parameters of the 3D bioplotter. The in vitro cell culture using murine MC3T3-E1 cell line for 21 days demonstrated that these scaffolds could provide a favorable environment to support cell adhesion and growth.

  18. mVps45 knockdown selectively modulates VAMP expression in 3T3-L1 adipocytes.

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    Sadler, Jessica B A; Roccisana, Jennifer; Virolainen, Minttu; Bryant, Nia J; Gould, Gwyn W

    2015-01-01

    Insulin stimulates the delivery of glucose transporter-4 (GLUT4)-containing vesicles to the surface of adipocytes. Depletion of the Sec1/Munc18 protein mVps45 significantly abrogates insulin-stimulated glucose transport and GLUT4 translocation. Here we show that depletion of mVps45 selectively reduced expression of VAMPs 2 and 4, but not other VAMP isoforms. Although we did not observe direct interaction of mVps45 with any VAMP isoform; we found that the cognate binding partner of mVps45, Syntaxin 16 associates with VAMPs 2, 4, 7 and 8 in vitro. Co-immunoprecipitation experiments in 3T3-L1 adipocytes revealed an interaction between Syntaxin 16 and only VAMP4. We suggest GLUT4 trafficking is controlled by the coordinated expression of mVps45/Syntaxin 16/VAMP4, and that depletion of mVps45 regulates VAMP2 levels indirectly, perhaps via reduced trafficking into specialized subcellular compartments.

  19. Increased NY-ESO-1 expression and reduced infiltrating CD3+ T cells in cutaneous melanoma.

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    Giavina-Bianchi, Mara; Giavina-Bianchi, Pedro; Sotto, Mirian Nacagami; Muzikansky, Alona; Kalil, Jorge; Festa-Neto, Cyro; Duncan, Lyn M

    2015-01-01

    NY-ESO-1 is a cancer-testis antigen aberrantly expressed in melanomas, which may serve as a robust and specific target in immunotherapy. NY-ESO-1 antigen expression, tumor features, and the immune profile of tumor infiltrating lymphocytes were assessed in primary cutaneous melanoma. NY-ESO-1 protein was detected in 20% of invasive melanomas (16/79), rarely in in situ melanoma (1/10) and not in benign nevi (0/20). Marked intratumoral heterogeneity of NY-ESO-1 protein expression was observed. NY-ESO-1 expression was associated with increased primary tumor thickness (P = 0.007) and inversely correlated with superficial spreading melanoma (P ESO-1 expression was also associated with reduced numbers and density of CD3+ tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (P = 0.017). When NY-ESO-1 protein was expressed, CD3+ T cells were less diffusely infiltrating the tumor and were more often arranged in small clusters (P = 0.010) or as isolated cells (P = 0.002) than in large clusters of more than five lymphocytes. No correlation of NY-ESO-1 expression with gender, age, tumor site, ulceration, lymph node sentinel status, or survival was observed. NY-ESO-1 expression in melanoma was associated with tumor progression, including increased tumor thickness, and with reduced tumor infiltrating lymphocytes.

  20. Complete genome sequence of Veillonella parvula type strain (Te3T)

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    Gronow, Sabine [DSMZ - German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbH, Braunschweig, Germany; Welnitz, Sabine [DSMZ - German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbH, Braunschweig, Germany; Lapidus, Alla L. [U.S. Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute; Nolan, Matt [U.S. Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute; Ivanova, N [U.S. Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute; Glavina Del Rio, Tijana [U.S. Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute; Copeland, A [U.S. Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute; Chen, Feng [U.S. Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute; Tice, Hope [U.S. Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute; Pitluck, Sam [U.S. Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute; Cheng, Jan-Fang [U.S. Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute; Saunders, Elizabeth H [Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL); Brettin, Thomas S [ORNL; Han, Cliff [Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL); Detter, J. Chris [U.S. Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute; Bruce, David [Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL); Goodwin, Lynne A. [Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL); Land, Miriam L [ORNL; Hauser, Loren John [ORNL; Chang, Yun-Juan [ORNL; Jeffries, Cynthia [Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL); Pati, Amrita [U.S. Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute; Mavromatis, K [U.S. Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute; Mikhailova, Natalia [U.S. Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute; Chen, Amy [U.S. Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute; Palaniappan, Krishna [U.S. Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute; Chain, Patrick S. G. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL); Rohde, Manfred [HZI - Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig, Germany; Goker, Markus [DSMZ - German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbH, Braunschweig, Germany; Bristow, James [U.S. Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute; Eisen, Jonathan [U.S. Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute; Markowitz, Victor [U.S. Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute; Hugenholtz, Philip [U.S. Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute; Kyrpides, Nikos C [U.S. Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute; Klenk, Hans-Peter [DSMZ - German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbH, Braunschweig, Germany; Lucas, Susan [U.S. Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute

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    Veillonella parvula (Veillon and Zuber 1898) Pr vot 1933 is the type species of the genus Veillonella in the family Veillonellaceae within the order Clostridiales. The species V. parvula is of interest because it is frequently isolated from dental plaque in the human oral cavity and can cause opportunistic infections. The species is strictly anaerobic and grows as small cocci which usually occur in pairs. Veillonellae are characterized by their unusual metabolism which is centered on the activity of the enzyme methylmalonyl-CoA decarboxylase. Strain Te3T, the type strain of the species, was isolated from the human intestinal tract. Here we describe the features of this organism, together with the complete genome sequence, and annotation. This is the first complete genome sequence of a member of the large clostridial family Veillonellaceae, and the 2,132,142 bp long single replicon genome with its 1859 protein-coding and 61 RNA genes is part of the Genomic Encyclopedia of Bacteria and Archaea project.

  1. Differentiation of the insulin-sensitive glucose transporter in 3T3-L1 adipocytes

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    3T3-L1 fibroblasts differentiate in culture to resemble adipocytes both morphologically and biochemically. Insulin-sensitive glucose transport, as measured by 2-deoxy-[1-14C]- glucose uptake in the undifferentiated cell is small (2X). In contrast, the rate of glucose transport in fully differentiated cells is elevated 15-fold over basal in the presence of insulin. To determine if this is due to an increase in the number of transporters/cell or accessibility to the transporters, the number of transporters was measured in subcellular fractions over differentiation using a 3H-cytochalasin B binding assay. The increase in the rate of insulin-sensitive glucose transport directly parallels an increase in the number of transporters which reside in an insulin-responsive intracellular compartment. This observation was confirmed by identifying the transporters by immunoblotting using an antibody generated against the human erythrocyte transporter. The molecular weight of this transporter increases over differentiation from a single band of 40kDa to a heterogeneous triplet of 40, 44 and 48kDa. These data suggest that the transporter undergoes differential processing and that the functional, insulin-responsive transporter may be different from the insulin-insensitive (basal) transporter

  2. Magnetic Separation of Weakly Magnatic Copper Minerals

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    High Gradient Magnetic Separation of small (5-38 µm) weakly magnetic copper mineral particles from a copper concentrate and ore has been performed. In previous work coarser fractions of these minerals, bornite and chalcopyrite, were separated successfully. The recovery of the smaller particles in the magnetic fraction decreases but their grade increases compared to the results obtained on the larger particles. At a magnetic background field of 1.3 T the concentrate was upgraded from 72% borni...

  3. Mouse osteoblastic cell line (MC3T3-E1) expresses extracellular calcium (Ca2+o)-sensing receptor and its agonists stimulate chemotaxis and proliferation of MC3T3-E1 cells

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    Yamaguchi, T.; Chattopadhyay, N.; Kifor, O.; Butters, R. R. Jr; Sugimoto, T.; Brown, E. M.; O'Malley, B. W. (Principal Investigator)

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    The calcium-sensing receptor (CaR) is a G protein-coupled receptor that plays key roles in extracellular calcium ion (Ca2+o) homeostasis in parathyroid gland and kidney. Osteoblasts appear at sites of osteoclastic bone resorption during bone remodeling in the "reversal" phase following osteoclastic resorption and preceding bone formation. Bone resorption produces substantial local increases in Ca2+o that could provide a signal for osteoblasts in the vicinity, leading us to determine whether such osteoblasts express the CaR. In this study, we used the mouse osteoblastic, clonal cell line MC3T3-E1. Both immunocytochemistry and Western blot analysis, using an antiserum specific for the CaR, detected CaR protein in MC3T3-E1 cells. We also identified CaR transcripts in MC3T3-E1 cells by Northern analysis using a CaR-specific riboprobe and by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction with CaR-specific primers, followed by nucleotide sequencing of the amplified products. Exposure of MC3T3-E1 cells to high Ca2+o (up to 4.8 mM) or the polycationic CaR agonists, neomycin and gadolinium (Gd3+), stimulated both chemotaxis and DNA synthesis in MC3T3-E1 cells. Therefore, taken together, our data strongly suggest that the osteoblastic cell line MC3T3-E1 possesses both CaR protein and mRNA very similar, if not identical, to those in parathyroid and kidney. Furthermore, the CaR in these osteoblasts could play a key role in regulating bone turnover by stimulating the proliferation and migration of such cells to sites of bone resorption as a result of local release of Ca2+o.

  4. Influence and related mechanism of Retn gene expression on glucose uptake in 3T3-L1 cells

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    LI Yanui; LI Huaixing; DONG Shiyuan; YU Chao; JIANG Yu; SUN Shuhan

    2007-01-01

    The aim of this article was to investigate the influence and the related mechanism of the Retn gene on glucose uptake and insulin resistance in 3T3-L1 cells.Radioimmunoassay was used to determine glucose uptake in 3T3-L1 cells with different Retn gene expression levels,whether cells were stimulated by insulin or not.RT-PCR and real-time RT-PCR analysis were used to determine the mRNA levels of several glucose transport proteins in 3T3-L1 cells with different Retn gene expression levels,including insulin receptor substrate1(IRS-1),phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase(PI-3K),AKT-2,glucose transporter-4(GLUT-4),p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase(p38MAPK)and glycogen synthase kinase-3β (GSK-3β).The glucose uptake decreased with the increase in Retn gene expression in 3T3-L1 cells,which was independent of whether the cells were stimulated by insulin or not.The mRNA expression of two signal proteins PI-3K and AKT-2 decreased and the other two signal proteins,GSK-3β and p38MAPK.increased with Retn overexpression in 3T3-L1 cells.Resistin could induce insulin resistance in adipocytes,which might be related to the changes of some proteins in PI-3K and Ras pathways.

  5. Purple Sweet Potato Leaf Extract Induces Apoptosis and Reduces Inflammatory Adipokine Expression in 3T3-L1 Differentiated Adipocytes

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    Shou-Lun Lee

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Purple sweet potato leaves (PSPL are widely grown and are considered a healthy vegetable in Taiwan. PSPL contain a high content of flavonoids, and the boiling water-extracted PSPL (PSPLE is believed to prevent metabolic syndrome. However, its efficacy has not yet been verified. Therefore, we investigated the effect of PSPLE on adipocytes. Methods. The differentiated 3T3-L1 cells used in this study were derived from preadipocytes that were differentiated into adipocytes using an adipogenic agent (insulin, dexamethasone, and 3-isobutyl-1-methylxanthine; approximately 90% of the cells were differentiated using this method. Results. Treating the differentiated 3T3-L1 cells with PSPLE caused a dose-dependent decrease in the number of adipocytes rather than preadipocytes. In addition, treatment with PSPLE resulted in apoptosis of the differentiated 3T3-L1 cells as determined by DAPI analysis and flow cytometry. PSPLE also increased the expression of cleaved caspase-3 and poly ADP-ribose polymerase (PARP. Furthermore, PSPLE induced downregulation of interleukin-6 (IL-6 and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α gene expression in the differentiated 3T3-L1 cells. Conclusions. These results suggest that PSPLE not only induced apoptosis but also downregulated inflammation-associated genes in the differentiated 3T3-L1 cells.

  6. Lipid droplets characterization in adipocyte differentiated 3T3-L1 cells: size and optical density distribution

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    V. Rizzatti

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available The 3T3-L1 cell line, derived from 3T3 cells, is widely used in biological research on adipose tissue. 3T3-L1 cells have a fibroblast-like morphology, but, under appropriate conditions, they differentiate into an adipocyte-like phenotype. During the differentiation process, 3T3-L1 cells increase the synthesis of triglycerides and acquire the behavior of adipose cells. In particular, triglycerides accumulate in lipid droplets (LDs embedded in the cytoplasm. The number and the size distribution of the LDs is often correlated with obesity and many other pathologies linked with fat accumulation. The integrated optical density (IOD of the LDs is related with the amount of triglycerides in the droplets. The aim of this study is the attempt to characterize the size distribution and the IOD of the LDs in 3T3-L1 differentiated cells. The cells were differentiated into adipocytes for 5 days with a standard procedure, stained with Oil Red O and observed with an optical microscope. The diameter, area, optical density of the LDs were measured. We found an asymmetry of the kernel density distribution of the maximum Feret’s diameter of the LDs with a tail due to very large LDs. More information regarding the birth of the LDs could help in finding the best mathematical model in order to analyze fat accumulation in adipocytes.

  7. MR imaging, diffusion imaging, and proton MR spectroscopy at 3T in full-term neonates with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy%足月儿缺氧缺血性脑病的常规MRI、DWI、DTI及MRS表现

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    Yan Liu; Patrice Jissendi-Tchofo; Thierry Metens; Julie Absil; Ming Zhu; Danielle Balériaux

    2011-01-01

    近年,先进的磁共振(MR)技术和3特斯拉磁体(3T)已越来越多地被应用于新生儿,拓宽了围产期缺氧缺血性脑病(HIE)的知识.本文介绍了足月儿缺氧缺血性肺病在3T磁共振的表现,其中包括常规和先进的成像技术,如扩散加权成像(DWI),扩散张量成像(DTI)和磁共振波谱(MRS);重点强调了每种技术发现病灶的时间过程,以及与神经系统预后的关联.%During the recent years,advanced magnetic resonance (MR) techniques and 3 Tesla magnets (3T) have increasingly been applied to neonates, and used to expand our knowledge of perinatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). In this review, we present the MR findings at 3T in the full-term neonates with HIE by using conventional imaging and advanced MR techniques, such as diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and MR spectroscopy (MRS). The time course of lesions seen with each technique is emphasized, and correlated with the neurological outcome.

  8. Exogenous Sodium Pyruvate Stimulates Adipogenesis of 3T3-L1 Cells.

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    Hwang, Ji-Sun; Kim, Song-Yi; Jung, Eun-Hye; Kwon, Mi-Youn; Kim, Kyoung-Hong; Cho, Hyeongjin; Han, Inn-Oc

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    We investigated the effects of exogenous sodium pyruvate (SP) on adipocyte differentiation, lipid accumulation, and the mRNA expression levels of adipogenesis-related genes in 3T3-L1 pre-adipocytes. Differentiation of pre-adipocytes was induced by MDI (3-isobutyl-1-methylxanthine: IBMX, dexamethasone: DEX, and insulin), in the presence or absence of SP. Adipogenesis was stimulated by SP in a concentration-dependent manner. SP also induced the expression of genes encoding aP2, GLUT4, and adiponectin, but had no effect on cell proliferation. Exogenous glucose did not promote adipogenesis or lipid accumulation. 2-deoxy-D-glucose inhibited adipogenesis initiated by MDI, but failed to influence the effects of SP on adipogenesis, whereas 3-bromopyruvate inhibited adipogenesis regardless of whether SP was present. The pro-adipogenic properties of SP were limited to the early events of adipogenesis. To determine whether SP mimics the adipogenic action of dexamethasone or insulin, we examined the effects of SP on adipogenesis with combinations of IBMX, DEX, and insulin. SP did not improve incomplete lipid accumulation observed in cells grown under IBMX-, DEX-, or insulin-free conditions. Insulin-stimulated ERK1/2 phosphorylation was diminished by SP, while phosphorylation of Akt was increased, correlating with increased glucose uptake in response to insulin. We also observed that SP stimulated immediate early expression of C/EBPβ and C/EBPδ. The PPARγ antagonist GW9662 inhibited adipogenesis. Our findings highlight the adipogenic function of exogenous SP by stimulating early events of adipogenesis. PMID:26053972

  9. Inositol hexakisphosphate inhibits mineralization of MC3T3-E1 osteoblast cultures.

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    Addison, William N; McKee, Marc D

    2010-04-01

    Inositol hexakisphosphate (IP6, phytic acid) is an endogenous compound present in mammalian cells and tissues. Differentially phosphorylated forms of inositol are well-documented to have important roles in signal transduction, cell proliferation and differentiation, and IP6 in particular has been suggested to inhibit soft tissue calcification (specifically renal and vascular calcification) by binding extracellularly to calcium oxalate and calcium phosphate crystals. However, the effects of IP6 on bone mineralization are largely unknown. In this study, we used MC3T3-E1 osteoblast cultures to examine the effects of exogenous IP6 on osteoblast function and matrix mineralization. IP6 at physiologic concentrations caused a dose-dependent inhibition of mineralization without affecting cell viability, proliferation or collagen deposition. Osteoblast differentiation markers, including tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase activity, bone sialoprotein and osteocalcin mRNA levels, were not adversely affected by IP6 treatment. On the other hand, IP6 markedly increased protein and mRNA levels of osteopontin, a potent inhibitor of crystal growth and matrix mineralization. Inositol alone (without phosphate), as well as inositol hexakis-sulphate, a compound with a high negative charge similar to IP6, had no effect on mineralization or osteopontin induction. Binding of IP6 to mineral crystals from the osteoblast cultures, as well as to synthetic hydroxyapatite crystals, was confirmed by a colorimetric assay for IP6. In summary, IP6 inhibits mineralization of osteoblast cultures by binding to growing crystals through negatively charged phosphate groups and by induction of inhibitory osteopontin expression. These data suggest that IP6 may regulate physiologic bone mineralization by directly acting extracellularly, and by serving as a specific signal at the cellular level for the regulation of osteopontin gene expression.

  10. Suppressive actions of eicosapentaenoic acid on lipid droplet formation in 3T3-L1 adipocytes

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    Sinclair Andrew J

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Lipid droplet (LD formation and size regulation reflects both lipid influx and efflux, and is central in the regulation of adipocyte metabolism, including adipokine secretion. The length and degree of dietary fatty acid (FA unsaturation is implicated in LD formation and regulation in adipocytes. The aims of this study were to establish the impact of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA; C20:5n-3 in comparison to SFA (STA; stearic acid, C18:0 and MUFA (OLA; oleic acid, C18:1n-9 on 3T3-L1 adipocyte LD formation, regulation of genes central to LD function and adipokine responsiveness. Cells were supplemented with 100 μM FA during 7-day differentiation. Results EPA markedly reduced LD size and total lipid accumulation, suppressing PPARγ, Cidea and D9D/SCD1 genes, distinct from other treatments. These changes were independent of alterations of lipolytic genes, as both EPA and STA similarly elevated LPL and HSL gene expressions. In response to acute lipopolysaccharide exposure, EPA-differentiated adipocytes had distinct improvement in inflammatory response shown by reduction in monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 and interleukin-6 and elevation in adiponectin and leptin gene expressions. Conclusions This study demonstrates that EPA differentially modulates adipogenesis and lipid accumulation to suppress LD formation and size. This may be due to suppressed gene expression of key proteins closely associated with LD function. Further analysis is required to determine if EPA exerts a similar influence on LD formation and regulation in-vivo.

  11. High-resolution diffusion kurtosis imaging at 3T enabled by advanced post-processing

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    Siawoosh eMohammadi

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    Full Text Available Diffusion Kurtosis Imaging (DKI is more sensitive to microstructural differences and can be related to more specific micro-scale metrics (e.g. intra-axonal volume fraction than diffusion tensor imaging (DTI, offering exceptional potential for clinical diagnosis and research into the white and gray matter. Currently DKI is acquired only at low spatial resolution (2-3 mm isotropic, because of the lower signal-to-noise ratio (SNR and higher artifact level associated with the technically more demanding DKI. Higher spatial resolution of about 1mm is required for the characterization of fine white matter pathways or cortical microstructure. We used restricted-field-of-view imaging in combination with advanced post-processing methods to enable unprecedented high-quality, high-resolution DKI (1.2 mm isotropic on a clinical 3T scanner. Post-processing was advanced by developing a novel method for Retrospective Eddy current and Motion ArtifacT Correction in High-resolution, multi-shell diffusion data (REMATCH. Furthermore, we applied a powerful edge preserving denoising method, denoted as multi-shell orientation-position-adaptive smoothing (msPOAS. We demonstrated the feasibility of high-quality, high-resolution DKI and its potential for delineating highly myelinated fiber pathways in the motor cortex. REMATCH performs robustly even at the low SNR level of high-resolution DKI, where standard EC and motion correction failed (i.e. produced incorrectly aligned images and thus biased the diffusion model fit. We showed that the combination of REMATCH and msPOAS increased the contrast between gray and white matter in mean kurtosis (MK maps by about 35% and at the same time preserves the original distribution of MK values, whereas standard Gaussian smoothing strongly biases the distribution.

  12. Comparison of Immunoassay methods for T3, T4 and TSH

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    Measurements of T3, T4 and TSH have been considered very important in the diagnosis and monitoring of thyroid diseases both overt and subclinical. These subclinical diseases are actively seeking for years, both in healthy patients and hospitalized for other illnesses; and in the population over 35 years, especially women, in health checkups. The active search for these diseases requires the use of rapid and reliable techniques; that can be developed massively, with good level of detectability and comparable. The overall objective is to present the evaluation of different immunoassay techniques with respect to the RIA and IRMA: ELISA, chemiluminescence, Amplified Chemiluminescence, electrochemiluminescence Immunofluorescence. Compare including automatic methods and analyze the cost and feasibility of them for laboratory immunoassay. ELISA colorimetric technique for dosing was comparable to RIA T4, not for T3. Chemiluminescence (AMERLITE) compared to dosing RIA and IRMA T4 to TSH proved to be valid for both. Amplified Chemiluminescence (Immulite) compared to IRMA for TSH was no significant difference. Electrochemiluminescence (Elecsys 2010) compared to T3 and T4 RIA and IRMA for TSH, no significant differences for T4 and TSH; but no variation to T3. Immunofluorescence (AIA-600) used to compare with RIA for T3 and T4, and TSH IRMA, no significant differences for the measured analytes. Benchmarking of automatic methods suggests that the most thrifty of trials is Immunofluorescence the AIA-600, regarding calibration and control, programming time, randomization and the ability to save the value of the fluorescence deferred calculations for tests without valid at the time of realizing calibration. Analyzing the cost and feasibility of these methods for laboratory immunoassay, we must consider that their characteristics electrochemiluminescence is the fastest, but its price is prohibitive for our health systems. The AIA-600 appears to be the method of choice for its

  13. Crystal structure and chemistry of lithium-bearing trioctahedral micas-3T

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    Brigatti, M.F.; Kile, D.E.; Poppi, L.

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    Chemical analyses and crystal structure refinements were performed on lithian siderophyllite-3T crystals from granitic pegmatites of the anorogenic Pikes Peak batholith (Colorado) to characterize the crystal chemistry and relations with trioctahedral lithium-bearing micas showing different stacking sequences. Chemical data show that the studied samples fall on the siderophyllite-polylithionite join, closer to the siderophyllite end-member. Single-crystal X-ray refinements were carried out on three samples (two of which were taken from core and rim of the same crystal) in space-group P31 12 (the agreement factor, Robs, varies between 0.034 and 0.036). Mean bond distances and mean electron counts of M1, M2 and M3 octahedral sites indicate an ordered cation distribution with M1 and M3 positions substantially larger than M2. In the sample with the largest iron content, the M2 mean electron count increases as well as the mean distance, whereas remains smaller than or . The tetrahedral cation-oxygen atom mean distances range from 1.614 to 1.638 A?? and from 1.663 to 1.678 A?? for T1 and T2 sites, respectively, being consistent with Al3+ enrichment in the T2 sites. The tetrahedral rotation angle, ??, is generally small (3.1 ??? ?? ??? 4.6??) and decreases with siderophyllite content. As Fe increases, the T1 tetrahedron becomes flatter (112.4 ??? t??1 ??? 110.5??), whereas T2 tetrahedron distortion appears unchanged (110.7 ??? t??T2 ??? 110.9).

  14. 2nd INTERA Conference

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    This book presents the latest scientific research related to the field of Robotics. It involves different topics such as biomedicine, energy efficiency and home automation and robotics.  The book is written by technical experts and researchers from academia and industry working on robotics applications.The book could be used as supplementary material for courses related to Robotics and Domotics.

  15. Interação social no autismo em ambientes digitais de aprendizagem Social interaction in austim in learning virtual environment

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    Liliana Maria Passerino

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    Full Text Available O objetivo deste artigo é discutir sobre o desenvolvimento da interação social em ambientes digitais de aprendizagem, com sujeitos com Autismo. A revisão de literatura baseia-se na Teoria Sócio-Histórica e em teóricos do Autismo. Para tanto, parte-se de uma discussão mais ampla sobre Interação Social e seu desenvolvimento, assim como as características apresentadas no autismo, considerando a intencionalidade de comunicação como um dos principais construtos teóricos para análise da interação social de pessoas com autismo em ambientes digitais. Finalmente, apresentamos e discutimos dados coletados num estudo de caso com quatro sujeitos com diferentes níveis da síndrome que foi realizado ao longo de dois anos de pesquisa utilizando ambientes digitais diversos, assim como os resultados alcançados no estudo.The goal of this paper is to discuss the development of social interactions in virtual environments, specially considering the autism. The literature review is based on Sociohistorical Theory and main theoretical works about this condition. We start from a wide discussion about social interaction, its development and relation to autism characteristics, considering that the concept of intentional communication is fundamental to the analysis of social interaction of autistic subjects in virtual environments. Furthermore, we present and discuss the data obtained from a case of study carried out with four subjects that suffer from different levels of autism. The study was developed as a two years of research applying several virtual environments. We also discuss the main results of this research.

  16. Interações medicamentosas: fundamentos para a pratica clínica da enfermagem Drugs interactions: fundamental aspects for clinical practice nursing

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    Silvia Regina Secoli

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    Full Text Available O fenômeno das interações medicamentosas constitui na atualidade um dos temas mais importantes da farmacologia, para a prática clínica dos profissionais da saúde. O uso concomitante de vários medicamentos, enquanto estratégia terapêutica, e o crescente número destes agentes no mercado são alguns dos fatores que contribuem para ampliar os efeitos benéficos da terapia, mas que também possibilitam a interferência mútua de ações farmacológicas podendo resultar em alterações dos efeitos desejados. Este artigo, de revisão, tem por objetivos rever os princípios farmacológicos relacionados aos mecanismos das interações medicamentosas; descrever as classes dos medicamentos interativos, os grupos de pacientes expostos ao risco e sugerir medidas práticas para a equipe de enfermagem, no intuito de prevenir a ocorrência de reações adversas decorrentes de interações fortuitas.Nowadays drugs interactions constitute one the most important subjects of pharmacological for clinical practive of health professionals. The concomitant use of many drugs as therapeutic strategy and the growing number of agents available contribute to enlarge the benefical effects of therapy. Besides, these factors can also permit the mutual interference of pharmacological actions that result in alteractions of therapeutics effects. The aim of this article is to review the principles pharmacological related to the mechanisms of drugs interactions, to describe the types of interactive drugs; the groups of risk patients and to suggest specific nursing interventions aiming the prevention of occurrence of adverse reactions from accidental interactions.

  17. Interação genótipo x ambiente para peso aos 365 dias em bubalinos da raça Mediterrâneo

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    Fernando Barreto Rodrigues

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    Full Text Available Resumo: O objetivo deste trabalho foi verificar a presença da interação genótipos x ambientes (GxA para peso aos 365 dias de idade, em bubalinos da raça Mediterrâneo, com o uso de modelos de normas de reação via regressão aleatória. O modelo animal padrão e os modelos de normas de reação foram testados, tendo-se avaliado o modelo hierárquico norma de reação (MNR com um e com dois passos. O modelo hierárquico homocedástico de norma de reação com um passo (MHNRHO1P apresentou o melhor ajuste, com base em três critérios de comparação. As estimativas de herdabilidade direta para esse modelo variaram de 0,19 a 0,78, conforme a melhoria do ambiente. Além disso, houve mudança dos valores genéticos diretos (efeito escala de alguns reprodutores, o que indica a existência de interação GxA. As correlações de Spearman foram altas, tanto na comparação do modelo animal padrão com os MNR, como na comparação entre os níveis de baixa, média e alta qualidade no MHNRHO1p. Portanto, embora haja interação GxA, a classificação dos reprodutores não é significativamente afetada pelos modelos. A maioria dos bubalinos é formada por animais de genótipo robusto, que são menos sensíveis a mudanças ambientais.

  18. Inclusão de crianças autistas: um estudo sobre interações sociais no contexto escolar

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    Emellyne Lima de Medeiros Dias Lemos

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    Full Text Available O espectro autista é caracterizado por prejuízos desde os primeiros anos de vida nas áreas de interação social, comunicação e comportamento. Os aspectos relacionados à etiologia, às possibilidades terapêuticas e à inserção em escolas regulares não são conclusivos, dado que evidencia a importância de estudos na área. O presente estudo tem como objetivo analisar as interações sociais de crianças com espectro autista nos contextos de escolas regulares, considerando a mediação das professoras. Participaram deste estudo 42 crianças, das quais quatro crianças têm o diagnóstico de espectro autista, entre três e cinco anos de idade, e quatro professoras de duas escolas regulares particulares. Os resultados demonstraram que a mediação das professoras se caracterizou pelo uso de diretivos linguísticos e apoio físico. A participação das crianças com espectro autista em termos interacionais se caracterizou por comportamentos mais frequentes de olhar pessoas, iniciativa dirigida à ação, resposta adequada e sorriso. Nesse sentido, compreender como as crianças com espectro autista interagem com as pessoas e objetos em ambientes escolares e como são realizadas as mediações pelas professoras nesses momentos são aspectos de grande relevância para a elaboração de estratégias de intervenção que favoreçam a interação social e o processo de inclusão escolar.

  19. Green tea polyphenol (-)-epigallocatechin gallate suppressed the differentiation of murine osteoblastic MC3T3-E1 cells.

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    Kamon, Masayoshi; Zhao, Ran; Sakamoto, Kazuichi

    2009-12-16

    Recently, various physiological effects of the tea polyphenol catechin for alleviating diseases such as cancer, arteriosclerosis, hyperlipidaemia and osteoporosis have been reported. However, the physiological effect of catechin on bone metabolism remains unclear. We examined the physiological effect of EGCG [(-)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate], which is the main component of green tea catechin, on osteoblast development using the precursor cell line of osteoblasts, MC3T3-E1, and co-culture of the osteoblasts from mouse newborn calvaria and mouse bone marrow cells. Although EGCG did not affect the viability and proliferation of MC3T3-E1 cells, EGCG inhibited the osteoblast differentiation. Furthermore, EGCG did not affect the mineralization of differentiated MC3T3-E1 cells, and reduced osteoclast formation in co-culture. These results suggest that EGCG can effectively suppress bone resorption, and can be used as an effective medicine in the treatment of the symptoms of osteoporosis.

  20. Aquisição da linguagem: considerações da perspectiva da interação social Language acquisition: explanations of the social interaction perspective

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    Lucivanda Cavalcante Borges

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Os estudos sobre a influência dos fatores sociais na aquisição da linguagem tiveram grande impulso com as críticas às considerações de Chomsky de que havia uma "pobreza dos estímulos" e, portanto, a criança não poderia adquirir a linguagem a partir do meio social. Autores da perspectiva da Interação Social no estudo da linguagem desafiam a posição chomskiana, e evidenciam a importância da interação social para a aquisição da linguagem, especialmente as relações da criança com a mãe. Essas relações representam um sistema dinâmico, segundo o qual ambos contribuem com suas experiências e conhecimentos para o curso da interação. A linguagem é entendida, nesta perspectiva, enquanto comunicação, e portanto é anterior ao surgimento das palavras. Neste trabalho, pretende-se apresentar as explicações desta perspectiva teórica sobre o processo de aquisição da linguagem infantil. Serão discutidos os efeitos da fala materna (motherese e sua influência na aquisição da linguagem por parte da criança, assim como os diferentes estilos de input lingüístico, considerando também a importância das características da criança na interação.The studies on the influence of social factors on language acquisition were largely influenced by the criticism made to Chomsky's ideas. Researchers following the social interaction perspective disagree with Chomsky and stress the influence of input on language acquisition. This perspective recognises the role of social interaction between adult and child, especially the mother, in the development of infant language. The relationship is characterised by a bidirectional model in which both parts contribute to the course of interaction. In this perspective, language is considered communication, and so initiate before the emission of words. The aim of this paper is to present the explanations of Social Interaction perspective regarding children's language acquisition. Maternal speech

  1. Interações, poder e instituições totais: a narrativa de Primo Levi e a microssociologia de Erving Goffman

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    Robson dos Santos

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available A partir do relato biográfico e literário produzido pelo sobrevivente de um campo de concentração - o judeu italiano Primo Levi -, que descreve as estratégias de interação e representação adotadas pelo narrador-sobrevivente para garantir a manutenção da vida, o presente artigo ensaia algumas reflexões sobre a Sociologia de Erving Goffman. O texto busca apreender os processos de produção da subjetividade e da individualidade no interior de uma instituição total, compreendendo o papel dos espaços sociais na construção de interações particulares, tal como aquelas que aconteceram num campo de extermínio, a partir do relato presente no livro "É isto um homem?", de Primo Levi. Essa análise nos conduz à reflexão sobre o micro e o macro na Sociologia de Goffman, bem como à indagação sobre a existência de uma teoria das instituições em sua Sociologia. Assim, ao adentrarmos essa dimensão da obra de Goffman com o auxílio da descrição da experiência de Primo Levi em uma instituição total, buscamos tanto dispor de uma narrativa diversa sobre o espaço em questão, quanto extrair alguns questionamentos para a própria concepção de Goffman, principalmente no que se refere às formas pelas quais sua Sociologia permite dinamizar as interações particulares, a história e as estruturas sociais exteriores ao território interacional. Ao que nos parece, uma análise das interações imanentes a locais delimitados não entra em contradição com a percepção e a análise dos processos sociais amplos: o campo de extermínio, por exemplo, instituiu e produziu sociabilidades próprias, das quais o entendimento, porém, não exclui a necessidade de se compreender o processo de emergência do nazismo, a história dos grupos perseguidos, bem como o sentido do Holocausto em relação ao chamado "processo civilizatório" ou a uma forma particular de racionalidade moderna.

  2. A interação pai-bebê entre pais adolescentes e adultos The father-baby interaction between adolescent and adult fathers

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    Daniela Centenaro Levandowski

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Embora muitos estudos investiguem a maternidade na adolescência, poucos têm investigado a paternidade adolescente. Uma vez que o adolescente precisa cumprir diversas tarefas próprias da fase na qual se encontra, ele tenderia a ficar sobrecarregado com as tarefas adicionais decorrentes da paternidade. Em virtude disso, sua interação com o bebê seria menos responsiva do que a de pais adultos. Nesse sentido, o objetivo deste estudo foi examinar eventuais diferenças entre pais adolescentes e adultos na interação com o bebê aos 3 meses de vida. Participaram do estudo 20 pais, sendo 9 adolescentes e 11 adultos, que esperavam seu primeiro filho. Quando o bebê completou 3 meses, foi realizada uma observação domiciliar da interação da díade pai-bebê. As análises não revelaram diferenças significativas na interação pai-bebê entre adolescentes e adultos. Estes resultados sugerem que a idade não é necessariamente um fator determinante da responsividade do pai em relação ao bebê. Ao contrário da expectativa inicial, estes adolescentes mostraram-se tão responsivos ao bebê quanto os pais adultos.Although many studies have investigated adolescent motherhood, only a few have focused on adolescent fatherhood. It is believed that since the adolescent already has several tasks to deal with concerning his own adolescent period, he would be overwhelmed by the additional tasks regarding fatherhood. As a result, his interaction with his baby would be less responsive than an adult father´s. This study aimed at examining possible differences between adolescent and adult fathers´ interaction with their 3-month-old baby. Twenty fathers, 9 adolescents and 11 adults, participated in the study. A home observation of the father-baby interaction was carried out when the baby was 3 months old. The analyses did not reveal significant differences between adolescent and adult fathers´ interaction with the baby. These results suggest that age is not

  3. Interações silício-fósforo em solos cultivados com eucalipto em casa de vegetação

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    Carvalho Rui; Furtini Neto Antonio Eduardo; Santos Custódio Donizete dos; Fernandes Luiz Arnaldo; Curi Nilton; Rodrigues Daniel de Castro

    2001-01-01

    Este trabalho teve o objetivo de avaliar as interações Si-P em dois solos, por meio do estado nutricional de P em mudas de Eucalyptus grandis sob efeito de aplicação de Si. Foram conduzidos dois experimentos em casa de vegetação, utilizando como substratos as camadas superficiais (0-20 cm de profundidade) de um Latossolo Vermelho-Escuro fase cerrado e de um Cambissolo fase campo cerrado da zona fisiográfica Campos das Vertentes, MG . Cada solo foi submetido a três incubações seqüenciais: CaCO...

  4. Marketing digital e marketing de relacionamento: interação e engajamento como determinantes do crescimento de páginas do Facebook

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    Felipe Ribeiro Soares; Plínio Rafael Reis Monteiro

    2015-01-01

    As transformações deflagradas pela internet, permitindo a aproximação de clientes e fornecedores, têm gerado crescentes reflexões acadêmicas e empresariais que culminam na proposição do uso de mídias sociais como ferramentas de marketing. Nesse sentido, este estudo buscou verificar o impacto das ações realizadas pela organização nas redes sociais relativamente às interações e ao engajamento de usuários, e seus reflexos para o crescimento da popularidade da marca no ambiente virtual. Tomando c...

  5. Interações entre fungos micorrízicos arbusculares, rizóbio e actinomicetos na rizosfera de soja

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    Marsílvio G. Pereira; Carolina E. R. S. Santos; Ana D. S. de Freitas; Newton P Stamford; Gewerlys S. D. C. da Rocha; Alessandro T. Barbosa

    2013-01-01

    Isolados de actinomicetos e de fungos micorrízicos arbusculares foram avaliados em sistemas de inoculação conjunta in vivo, em plantas de soja inoculadas com rizóbios, com a finalidade de se observar interações microbianas. A pesquisa foi realizada no Centro Nacional de Pesquisa de Agrobiologia (Embrapa CNPAB). Foram utilizados, como substrato, solo da série Itaguaí (textura média) misturado com areia de rio na proporção 1:1 (v:v), com adição de isolados de actinomicetos (ACT-78 e ACT-370); e...

  6. Effect of Tumor Necrosis Factor-α on Resistin Expression in 3T3-L1 Adipocytes and Its Mechanism

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    2005-01-01

    In order to investigate the effect of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNFα) on resistin expression in 3T3-L1 adipocytes, and further explore its mechanisms, the differentiated 3T3-L1 adipocytes were incubated with 0, 1, 10, 100 ng/mL TNFα respectively for 24 h, and then the expression of resistin was determined. The differentiated 3T3-L1 adipocytes were incubated with 100 ng/mL TNFα for 3, 6, 24 h respectively, and then the expression of resistin mRNA was analyzed.3T3-L1 adipocytes were induced to differentiate into mature adipocytes. The cells were randomly divided into 4 groups for culture. In the control group, no drugs were added. Cells of TNFα group were treated with 100 ng/mL TNFα. In Ro-31-8220 group, 5μmol/L protein kinase C inhibitor Ro-31-8220 was added. With TNFα+Ro-31-8220 group, 100 ng/mL TNFα were added 1 h after the addition of 5 μmol/L Ro-31-8220. All adipocytes were cultured for 24 h. Reverse transcriptionpolymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and Western blotting were employed to detect the expression of resistin gene. Our results showed that resistin protein and mRNA in 3T3-L1 adipocytes were inhibited by TNFα at different concentrations (P<0.01), and the inhibitory effect increased with the concentration (P<0.01). At the same concentrations, the inhibitory effect increased with time (P <0.01). Ro-31-8220 could inhibit its expression and the inhibitive effect remained unchanged with addition of TNFα(P>0.05). It was concluded that TNFα could inhibit the expression of resistin in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. The mechanism may be that the expression of resistin is partly controlled by protein kinase C signal conduction pathway.

  7. MRI-guided breast biopsy at 3T using a dedicated large core biopsy set: Feasibility and initial results

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    Meeuwis, Carla, E-mail: cmeeuwis@alysis.nl [Department of Radiology, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Geert Grooteplein-Zuid 10, 6525GA Nijmegen (Netherlands); Department of Radiology, Rijnstate Hospital, Alysis Zorggroep, Wagnerlaan 55, 6815 AD Arnhem (Netherlands); Mann, Ritse M., E-mail: r.mann@rad.umcn.nl [Department of Radiology, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Geert Grooteplein-Zuid 10, 6525GA Nijmegen (Netherlands); Mus, Roel D.M., E-mail: r.mus@rad.umcn.nl [Department of Radiology, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Geert Grooteplein-Zuid 10, 6525GA Nijmegen (Netherlands); Winkel, Axel, E-mail: awinkel@invivocorp.de [Interventional Instruments, INVIVO Germany GMBH, Schwerin (Germany); Boetes, Carla, E-mail: c.boetes@mumc.nl [Department of Radiology, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Geert Grooteplein-Zuid 10, 6525GA Nijmegen (Netherlands); Department of Radiology, Maastricht University Medical Center (Netherlands); Barentsz, Jelle O., E-mail: j.barentsz@rad.umcn.nl [Department of Radiology, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Geert Grooteplein-Zuid 10, 6525GA Nijmegen (Netherlands); Veltman, Jeroen, E-mail: veltman@rad.umcn.nl [Department of Radiology, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Geert Grooteplein-Zuid 10, 6525GA Nijmegen (Netherlands)

    2011-08-15

    Objective: The increasing importance of breast MRI in the diagnostic processes concerning breast cancer yield often lesions that are visible on MRI only. To assess the nature of these lesions, pathologic analysis is necessary. Therefore, MR-guided biopsy should be available. Breast MRI at 3T has shown advantage over 1.5T. Unfortunately, current equipment for MR-guided biopsy is better suited for intervention at 1.5T due to the danger of heating titanium co-axial sleeves and large susceptibility artifacts. We evaluated a dedicated 3T breast biopsy set that uses plastic coaxial needles to overcome these problems. Materials and methods: We performed MRI-guided breast biopsy in 23 women with 24 MRI-only visible breast lesions at 3T. Biopsy procedures were performed with plastic coaxial needles in a closed bore 3T clinical MR system on a dedicated phased array breast coil with a commercially available add-on stereotactic biopsy device. Results: Width of the needle artifact was 2 mm in all 24 cases. Biopsy procedure was completed between 35 and 67 min. The procedure was judged moderately easy in 12 and normal in 10 cases. One procedure was judged difficult and there was one technical failure. Conclusion: MRI-guided breast biopsy at 3T is a fast and accurate procedure. The plastic coaxial needles reduce the susceptibility artifact largely and do not increase the difficulty of the procedure. The diagnostic yield is at least equal to the diagnostic yield of the same procedure at 1.5T. Therefore, this technique can be safely used for lesions only visible at 3T MRI.

  8. 26 CFR 1.904(g)-3T - Ordering rules for the allocation of net operating losses, net capital losses, U.S. source losses...

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    ...(g)-3T Section 1.904(g)-3T Internal Revenue INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY (CONTINUED) INCOME TAX (CONTINUED) INCOME TAXES Income from Sources Without the United States § 1.904(g)-3T.... The rules must be applied in the order set forth in paragraphs (b) through (g) of this section....

  9. Citrus aurantium flavonoids inhibit adipogenesis through the Akt signaling pathway in 3T3-L1 cells

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    Kim Gon-Sup; Park Hyoung Joon; Woo Jong-Hwa; Kim Mi-Kyeong; Koh Phil-Ok; Min Wongi; Ko Yeoung-Gyu; Kim Chung-Hei; Won Chung-Kil; Cho Jae-Hyeon

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Background Obesity is a health hazard that is associated with a number of diseases and metabolic abnormalities, such as type-2 diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, and coronary heart disease. In the current study, we investigated the effects of Citrus aurantium flavonoids (CAF) on the inhibition of adipogenesis and adipocyte differentiation in 3T3-L1 cells. Methods During adipocyte differentiation, 3T3-L1 cells were treated with 0, 10, and 50 μg/ml CAF, and then the mRNA and protein...

  10. Antagonistic effects of a covalently dimerized insulin derivative on insulin receptors in 3T3-L1 adipocytes.

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    Weiland, M; Brandenburg, C; Brandenburg, D.; Joost, H. G.

    1990-01-01

    In the present study we describe the antagonistic effects of the covalently dimerized insulin derivative B29,B29'-suberoyl-insulin on insulin receptors in 3T3-L1 mouse cells. In differentiated 3T3-L1 adipocytes, the derivative fully inhibits binding of 125I-labeled insulin to its receptor with about the same affinity as unlabeled insulin. In contrast, the dimerized derivative only partially (approximately 20%) mimics insulin's effects on glucose transport and DNA synthesis in the absence of i...

  11. MR diagnosis of bone metastases at 1.5 T and 3 T. Can STIR imaging be omitted?

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    To date, no prospective comparative study of the diagnostic value of STIR versus T1-weighted (T1w) sequences at both 1.5 T and 3 T has been performed with special focus on the detectability of bone metastases. 212 oncological patients had a whole-body MRI at 1.5 T and/or at 3 T. The standard protocol comprised STIR and T1w sequences. All patients who showed typical signs of bone metastases were included in the study. Evaluation of the images was performed by the calculation of the number of metastases by three independent readers and by visual assessment on a 4-point scale. 86 patients fulfilled the inclusion criteria. The total number of metastases was significantly higher on T1w than on STIR images at both field strengths (p < 0.05). T1w revealed a sensitivity of 99.72 % (3 T) and 100.00 % (1.5 T) versus STIR with 70.99 % (3 T) and 79.34 % (1.5 T). In 53 % (38/72) of all patients, STIR detected fewer bone metastases in comparison with T1w at 3 T. At 1.5 T, STIR showed inferior results in 37.5 % (18/48) of all patients. Qualitative analysis indicated a significantly better lesion conspicuity, lesion delineation and an improved image quality on T1w compared to STIR imaging at both field strengths (p < 0.05) with similar results for T1w at 1.5 T and 3 T, but inferior results for STIR especially at 3 T. The whole-body MRI protocol for the detection of bone metastases could safely be limited to the T1w sequence in adults, especially at 3 T. There is no need for an additional STIR sequence. These initial results will have a major impact on the department's workflow if confirmed by larger studies as they will help reduce examination time and therefore save financial resources.

  12. Application of the newly developed 3D transport code r{sup 3}t to selected field cases

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    Rubel, A.; Fein, E. [Gesellschaft fuer Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit mbH (GRS), Braunschweig (Germany)

    2006-07-01

    To model the transport of contaminants in connexion with long-term safety analyses of repositories for radioactive waste recently the numerical model r{sup 3}t was developed. In the following first applications of r{sup 3}t are presented. The results of modelling of the transport of zinc at the sewage treatment facility in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and of trace elements in the frame work of the in-situ diffusion experiments DI-A and DR at the underground laboratory Mont Terri are shown. (authors)

  13. MR diagnosis of bone metastases at 1.5 T and 3 T. Can STIR imaging be omitted?

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    Ohlmann-Knafo, S.; Tarnoki, A.D.; Tarnoki, D.L.; Pickuth, D. [Caritasklinikum Saarbruecken St. Theresia (Germany). Dept. of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology

    2015-10-15

    To date, no prospective comparative study of the diagnostic value of STIR versus T1-weighted (T1w) sequences at both 1.5 T and 3 T has been performed with special focus on the detectability of bone metastases. 212 oncological patients had a whole-body MRI at 1.5 T and/or at 3 T. The standard protocol comprised STIR and T1w sequences. All patients who showed typical signs of bone metastases were included in the study. Evaluation of the images was performed by the calculation of the number of metastases by three independent readers and by visual assessment on a 4-point scale. 86 patients fulfilled the inclusion criteria. The total number of metastases was significantly higher on T1w than on STIR images at both field strengths (p < 0.05). T1w revealed a sensitivity of 99.72 % (3 T) and 100.00 % (1.5 T) versus STIR with 70.99 % (3 T) and 79.34 % (1.5 T). In 53 % (38/72) of all patients, STIR detected fewer bone metastases in comparison with T1w at 3 T. At 1.5 T, STIR showed inferior results in 37.5 % (18/48) of all patients. Qualitative analysis indicated a significantly better lesion conspicuity, lesion delineation and an improved image quality on T1w compared to STIR imaging at both field strengths (p < 0.05) with similar results for T1w at 1.5 T and 3 T, but inferior results for STIR especially at 3 T. The whole-body MRI protocol for the detection of bone metastases could safely be limited to the T1w sequence in adults, especially at 3 T. There is no need for an additional STIR sequence. These initial results will have a major impact on the department's workflow if confirmed by larger studies as they will help reduce examination time and therefore save financial resources.

  14. Enhanced conduction band density of states in intermetallic EuTSi3 (T = Rh, Ir).

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    Maurya, Arvind; Bonville, P; Thamizhavel, A; Dhar, S K

    2015-09-16

    We report on the physical properties of single crystalline EuRhSi3 and polycrystalline EuIrSi3, inferred from magnetization, electrical transport, heat capacity and (151)Eu Mössbauer spectroscopy. These previously known compounds crystallise in the tetragonal BaNiSn3-type structure. The single crystal magnetization in EuRhSi3 has a strongly anisotropic behaviour at 2 K with a spin-flop field of 13 T, and we present a model of these magnetic properties which allows the exchange constants to be determined. In both compounds, specific heat shows the presence of a cascade of two close transitions near 50 K, and the (151)Eu Mössbauer spectra demonstrate that the intermediate phase has an incommensurate amplitude modulated structure. We find anomalously large values, with respect to other members of the series, for the RKKY Néel temperature, for the spin-flop field (13 T), for the spin-wave gap (≃20-25 K) inferred from both resistivity and specific heat data, for the spin-disorder resistivity in EuIrSi3 (≃240 μΩ cm) and for the saturated hyperfine field (52 T). The enhanced values of the quantities that depend on the electronic density of states at the Fermi level, imply that the latter must be strongly enhanced in these two materials. EuIrSi3 exhibits a giant magnetoresistance ratio, with values exceeding 600% at 2 K in a field of 14 T. PMID:26289169

  15. Specific Labeling of Mouse 3T3-L1 Preadipocyte Cell Line with Green Fluorescent Protein%小鼠3T3-L1前脂肪细胞系的特异性标记

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    张崇本; 张晓兰; 李成健; 成俊英; 吴显荣

    2004-01-01

    A vector of paP2-promoter-EGFP was constructed and introduced into mouse 3T3-L1 preadipocyte cells, a cell line derived from mouse Swiss3T3 cells that were isolated from mouse embryo, to make the cells labelled with enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) whose expression was controlled by the promoter of adipose-specific gene aP2. The cells were then induced to differentiate and the expression of aP2 was detected by EGFP-microscopy and RT-PCR assays. The EGFP gene was transferred into the mouse 3T3-L1 preadipocyte cells, and EGFP expression and lipid accumulation were observed during differentiation. The expression of aP2 was stable and similar to the expression of EGFP. A preadipocyte cell line expressing EGFP was obtained under the control of the promoter of adipocyte-specific expression gene aP2, and the preadipocyte cell line was specifically labelled. The cell line provides a powerful approach for the research of adipocyte differentiation and for the screening of anti-obesity and anti-diabetes drugs.%用增强绿色荧光蛋白特异性标记小鼠3T3-L1前脂肪细胞系.构建pap2-promoter-EGFP载体,电穿孔转染小鼠3T3-L1前脂肪细胞,显微荧光观察和RT-PCR确认aP2基因的内源表达.EGFP基因转入3T3-L1前脂肪细胞,观察到细胞分化过程中EGFP表达和脂肪积累.RT-PCR分析表明,EGFP代表了稳定而真实的aP2基因的内源性表达.建立了由脂肪组织特异表达基因aP2的表达控制的EGFP标记的小鼠3T3-L1前脂肪细胞系,目前尚未见用同样方法对前脂肪细胞进行特异性标记.该细胞系将为脂肪细胞分化机理研究以及为抗肥胖症和抗糖尿病药物筛选提供有力工具.

  16. Lipid droplets fusion in adipocyte differentiated 3T3-L1 cells: A Monte Carlo simulation

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    Several human worldwide diseases like obesity, type 2 diabetes, hepatic steatosis, atherosclerosis and other metabolic pathologies are related to the excessive accumulation of lipids in cells. Lipids accumulate in spherical cellular inclusions called lipid droplets (LDs) whose sizes range from fraction to one hundred of micrometers in adipocytes. It has been suggested that LDs can grow in size due to a fusion process by which a larger LD is obtained with spherical shape and volume equal to the sum of the progenitors’ ones. In this study, the size distribution of two populations of LDs was analyzed in immature and mature (5-days differentiated) 3T3-L1 adipocytes (first and second populations, respectively) after Oil Red O staining. A Monte Carlo simulation of interaction between LDs has been developed in order to quantify the size distribution and the number of fusion events needed to obtain the distribution of the second population size starting from the first one. Four models are presented here based on different kinds of interaction: a surface weighted interaction (R2 Model), a volume weighted interaction (R3 Model), a random interaction (Random model) and an interaction related to the place where the LDs are born (Nearest Model). The last two models mimic quite well the behavior found in the experimental data. This work represents a first step in developing numerical simulations of the LDs growth process. Due to the complex phenomena involving LDs (absorption, growth through additional neutral lipid deposition in existing droplets, de novo formation and catabolism) the study focuses on the fusion process. The results suggest that, to obtain the observed size distribution, a number of fusion events comparable with the number of LDs themselves is needed. Moreover the MC approach results a powerful tool for investigating the LDs growth process. Highlights: • We evaluated the role of the fusion process in the synthesis of the lipid droplets. • We compared the

  17. Differentiation of benign and malignant skeletal lesions with quantitative diffusion weighted MRI at 3 T

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    Ahlawat, Shivani, E-mail: sahlawa1@jhmi.edu [The Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology & Radiological Science, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 601 North Wolfe Street, Baltimore MD 21287 (United States); Khandheria, Paras, E-mail: pkhandh1@jhmi.edu [The Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology & Radiological Science, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 601 North Wolfe Street, Baltimore MD 21287 (United States); Subhawong, Ty K., E-mail: TSubhawong@med.miami.edu [Department of Radiology (R-109), University of Miami Leonard M. Miller Miami, FL 33101 (United States); Fayad, Laura M., E-mail: lfayad1@jhmi.edu [The Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology & Radiological Science, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 601 North Wolfe Street, Baltimore MD 21287 (United States)

    2015-06-15

    Highlights: • DWI may have predictive value for the characterization of bone lesions. • Benign lesions have higher minimum, and mean ADC values than malignancies. • Minimum ADC has the highest accuracy in discerning benign from malignant lesion. • Minimum ADC of 0.9 × 10. • All ADC measurements were made with high inter-observer concordance. - Abstract: Objectives: To investigate the accuracy of quantitative diffusion-weighted imaging with apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) mapping for characterizing bone lesions as benign or malignant. Methods: At 3 T, 31 subjects with intramedullary lesions imaged by DWI (b-values 50, 400, 800 s/mm{sup 2}) were included. ADC values (minimum, mean, maximum) were recorded by three observers independently. Interobserver variability and differences between ADC values in benign and malignant lesions were assessed (unpaired t-test, receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis). Results: Of 31 lesions, 18 were benign (osteoblastic (n = 1), chondroid (n = 6), cysts (n = 4), hemangiomatosis (n = 1), fibrous (n = 3), eosinophilic granuloma (n = 1), giant cell tumor (n = 1), osteomyelitis (n = 1)) and 13 were malignant (primary (n = 5), metastases (n = 8)). Overall, there were higher minimum (1.27 × 10{sup −3} mm{sup 2}/s vs 0.68 × 10{sup −3} mm{sup 2}/s, p < 0.001), mean (1.68 × 10{sup −3} mm{sup 2}/s vs 1.13 × 10{sup −3} mm{sup 2}/s, p < 0.001), and maximum (2.09 × 10{sup −3} mm{sup 2}/s vs 1. 7 × 10{sup −3} mm{sup 2}/s, p = 0.03). ADC values in benign lesions compared with those in malignancies. ROC analysis revealed areas under the curve for minimum, mean, and maximum ADC values of 0.91, 0.85, and 0.71, respectively. ADC measurements were made with high inter-observer concordance (ρ = 0.83–0.96). Conclusion: Quantitative ADC maps may have predictive value for the characterization of bone lesions. Benign lesions generally have higher minimum, mean, and maximum ADC values than malignancies, with the

  18. Parasitic nematode-induced CD4+Foxp3+T cells can ameliorate allergic airway inflammation.

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    Shin Ae Kang

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The recruitment of CD4+CD25+Foxp3+T (Treg cells is one of the most important mechanisms by which parasites down-regulate the immune system.We compared the effects of Treg cells from Trichinella spiralis-infected mice and uninfected mice on experimental allergic airway inflammation in order to understand the functions of parasite-induced Treg cells. After four weeks of T. spiralis infection, we isolated Foxp3-GFP-expressing cells from transgenic mice using a cell sorter. We injected CD4+Foxp3+ cells from T. spiralis-infected [Inf(+Foxp3+] or uninfected [Inf(-Foxp3+] mice into the tail veins of C57BL/6 mice before the induction of inflammation or during inflammation. Inflammation was induced by ovalbumin (OVA-alum sensitization and OVA challenge. The concentrations of the Th2-related cytokines IL-4, IL-5, and IL-13 in the bronchial alveolar lavage fluid and the levels of OVA-specific IgE and IgG1 in the serum were lower in mice that received intravenous application of Inf(+Foxp3+ cells [IV(inf:+(+ group] than in control mice. Some features of allergic airway inflammation were ameliorated by the intravenous application of Inf(-Foxp3+ cells [IV(inf:+(- group], but the effects were less distinct than those observed in the IV(inf:+(+ group. We found that Inf(+Foxp3+ cells migrated to inflammation sites in the lung and expressed higher levels of Treg-cell homing receptors (CCR5 and CCR9 and activation markers (Klrg1, Capg, GARP, Gzmb, OX40 than did Inf(-Foxp3+ cells.T. spiralis infection promotes the proliferation and functional activation of Treg cells. Parasite-induced Treg cells migrate to the inflammation site and suppress immune responses more effectively than non-parasite-induced Treg cells. The adoptive transfer of Inf(+Foxp3+ cells is an effective method for the treatment and prevention of allergic airway diseases in mice and is a promising therapeutic approach for the treatment of allergic airway diseases.

  19. Isolated syndesmotic injury in acute ankle trauma: Comparison of plain film radiography with 3 T MRI

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    Schoennagel, B.P., E-mail: b.schoennagel@uke.uni-hamburg.de [Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Martinistraße 52, 20246 Hamburg (Germany); Karul, M.; Avanesov, M.; Bannas, P.; Gold, G. [Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Martinistraße 52, 20246 Hamburg (Germany); Großterlinden, L.G. [Department of Trauma-, Hand- and Reconstructive Surgery, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Martinistraße 52, 20246 Hamburg (Germany); Rupprecht, M. [Department of Pediatric Orthopedics, Children' s Hospital Hamburg-Altona, Bleickenallee 38, 22763 Hamburg (Germany); Adam, G.; Yamamura, J. [Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Martinistraße 52, 20246 Hamburg (Germany)

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • Isolated syndesmotic injury is a frequent finding after acute ankle trauma. • Cut-off values and accuracy of plain film radiograph measurements were determined. • The TFCS and the MCS have the potential to detect isolated syndesmotic injury. • Appropriate cut-off values allow detection of isolated syndesmotic injury. • Only MRI reveals severity of isolated syndesmotic injury and concomitant injuries. - Abstract: Objectives: To determine cut-off values and the accuracy of plain film measurements for the detection of isolated syndesmotic injury after acute ankle trauma and to investigate MRI findings of concomitant ankle injury. Methods: Eighty-four consecutive patients with absent fracture in plain film radiographs were prospectively evaluated for isolated syndesmotic injury after acute ankle trauma. The tibiofibular clear space (TFCS), the tibiofibular overlap (TFO), and the medial clear space (MCS) were independently assessed in plain radiographs by two readers. MRI performed at 3 T within 24 h served as the reference standard. MRI was evaluated for syndesmotic injury, using a four-scale grading system (0 = normal syndesmosis, 1a = periligamentous edema, 1b = intraligamentous edema, 2 = partial rupture, 3 = complete rupture), and for concomitant ankle injury. Inter-observer variability for x-ray measurements was assessed using Bland–Altman diagrams. ROC analyses were performed to determine cut-off values and sensitivity and specificity for TFCS, TFO, and MCS. Results: Eleven of 84 patients (13.1%) revealed syndesmotic injury (Grade 2 or 3) according to MRI. Between patients with and without syndesmotic injury significantly different measurements were obtained for TFCS (p = 0.003) and MCS (p = 0.04). ROC derived cut-off values were 5.3 mm for TFCS, 2.8 mm for TFO, and 2.8 mm for MCS. Sensitivity and specificity was 82% and 75% for TFCS, 36% and 78% for TFO, and 73% and 59% for MCS. The bias and limits of agreement were −0.04 mm and [−1

  20. Polyphosphates inhibit extracellular matrix mineralization in MC3T3-E1 osteoblast cultures.

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    Hoac, Betty; Kiffer-Moreira, Tina; Millán, José Luis; McKee, Marc D

    2013-04-01

    Studies on various compounds of inorganic phosphate, as well as on organic phosphate added by post-translational phosphorylation of proteins, all demonstrate a central role for phosphate in biomineralization processes. Inorganic polyphosphates are chains of orthophosphates linked by phosphoanhydride bonds that can be up to hundreds of orthophosphates in length. The role of polyphosphates in mammalian systems, where they are ubiquitous in cells, tissues and bodily fluids, and are at particularly high levels in osteoblasts, is not well understood. In cell-free systems, polyphosphates inhibit hydroxyapatite nucleation, crystal formation and growth, and solubility. In animal studies, polyphosphate injections inhibit induced ectopic calcification. While recent work has proposed an integrated view of polyphosphate function in bone, little experimental data for bone are available. Here we demonstrate in osteoblast cultures producing an abundant collagenous matrix that normally show robust mineralization, that two polyphosphates (PolyP5 and PolyP65, polyphosphates of 5 and 65 phosphate residues in length) are potent mineralization inhibitors. Twelve-day MC3T3-E1 osteoblast cultures with added ascorbic acid (for collagen matrix assembly) and β-glycerophosphate (a source of phosphate for mineralization) were treated with either PolyP5 or PolyP65. Von Kossa staining and calcium quantification revealed that mineralization was inhibited in a dose-dependent manner by both polyphosphates, with complete mineralization inhibition at 10μM. Cell proliferation and collagen assembly were unaffected by polyphosphate treatment, indicating that polyphosphate inhibition of mineralization results not from cell and matrix effects but from direct inhibition of mineralization. This was confirmed by showing that PolyP5 and PolyP65 bound to synthetic hydroxyapatite in a concentration-dependent manner. Tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase (TNAP, ALPL) efficiently hydrolyzed the two PolyPs as

  1. Lipid droplets fusion in adipocyte differentiated 3T3-L1 cells: A Monte Carlo simulation

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    Boschi, Federico, E-mail: federico.boschi@univr.it [Department of Neurological and Movement Sciences, University of Verona, Strada Le Grazie 8, 37134 Verona (Italy); Department of Computer Science, University of Verona, Strada Le Grazie 15, 37134 Verona (Italy); Rizzatti, Vanni; Zamboni, Mauro [Department of Medicine, Geriatric Section, University of Verona, Piazzale Stefani 1, 37126 Verona (Italy); Sbarbati, Andrea [Department of Neurological and Movement Sciences, University of Verona, Strada Le Grazie 8, 37134 Verona (Italy)

    2014-02-15

    Several human worldwide diseases like obesity, type 2 diabetes, hepatic steatosis, atherosclerosis and other metabolic pathologies are related to the excessive accumulation of lipids in cells. Lipids accumulate in spherical cellular inclusions called lipid droplets (LDs) whose sizes range from fraction to one hundred of micrometers in adipocytes. It has been suggested that LDs can grow in size due to a fusion process by which a larger LD is obtained with spherical shape and volume equal to the sum of the progenitors’ ones. In this study, the size distribution of two populations of LDs was analyzed in immature and mature (5-days differentiated) 3T3-L1 adipocytes (first and second populations, respectively) after Oil Red O staining. A Monte Carlo simulation of interaction between LDs has been developed in order to quantify the size distribution and the number of fusion events needed to obtain the distribution of the second population size starting from the first one. Four models are presented here based on different kinds of interaction: a surface weighted interaction (R2 Model), a volume weighted interaction (R3 Model), a random interaction (Random model) and an interaction related to the place where the LDs are born (Nearest Model). The last two models mimic quite well the behavior found in the experimental data. This work represents a first step in developing numerical simulations of the LDs growth process. Due to the complex phenomena involving LDs (absorption, growth through additional neutral lipid deposition in existing droplets, de novo formation and catabolism) the study focuses on the fusion process. The results suggest that, to obtain the observed size distribution, a number of fusion events comparable with the number of LDs themselves is needed. Moreover the MC approach results a powerful tool for investigating the LDs growth process. Highlights: • We evaluated the role of the fusion process in the synthesis of the lipid droplets. • We compared the

  2. Isolated syndesmotic injury in acute ankle trauma: Comparison of plain film radiography with 3 T MRI

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    Highlights: • Isolated syndesmotic injury is a frequent finding after acute ankle trauma. • Cut-off values and accuracy of plain film radiograph measurements were determined. • The TFCS and the MCS have the potential to detect isolated syndesmotic injury. • Appropriate cut-off values allow detection of isolated syndesmotic injury. • Only MRI reveals severity of isolated syndesmotic injury and concomitant injuries. - Abstract: Objectives: To determine cut-off values and the accuracy of plain film measurements for the detection of isolated syndesmotic injury after acute ankle trauma and to investigate MRI findings of concomitant ankle injury. Methods: Eighty-four consecutive patients with absent fracture in plain film radiographs were prospectively evaluated for isolated syndesmotic injury after acute ankle trauma. The tibiofibular clear space (TFCS), the tibiofibular overlap (TFO), and the medial clear space (MCS) were independently assessed in plain radiographs by two readers. MRI performed at 3 T within 24 h served as the reference standard. MRI was evaluated for syndesmotic injury, using a four-scale grading system (0 = normal syndesmosis, 1a = periligamentous edema, 1b = intraligamentous edema, 2 = partial rupture, 3 = complete rupture), and for concomitant ankle injury. Inter-observer variability for x-ray measurements was assessed using Bland–Altman diagrams. ROC analyses were performed to determine cut-off values and sensitivity and specificity for TFCS, TFO, and MCS. Results: Eleven of 84 patients (13.1%) revealed syndesmotic injury (Grade 2 or 3) according to MRI. Between patients with and without syndesmotic injury significantly different measurements were obtained for TFCS (p = 0.003) and MCS (p = 0.04). ROC derived cut-off values were 5.3 mm for TFCS, 2.8 mm for TFO, and 2.8 mm for MCS. Sensitivity and specificity was 82% and 75% for TFCS, 36% and 78% for TFO, and 73% and 59% for MCS. The bias and limits of agreement were −0.04 mm and [−1

  3. Differentiation of benign and malignant skeletal lesions with quantitative diffusion weighted MRI at 3 T

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    Highlights: • DWI may have predictive value for the characterization of bone lesions. • Benign lesions have higher minimum, and mean ADC values than malignancies. • Minimum ADC has the highest accuracy in discerning benign from malignant lesion. • Minimum ADC of 0.9 × 10. • All ADC measurements were made with high inter-observer concordance. - Abstract: Objectives: To investigate the accuracy of quantitative diffusion-weighted imaging with apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) mapping for characterizing bone lesions as benign or malignant. Methods: At 3 T, 31 subjects with intramedullary lesions imaged by DWI (b-values 50, 400, 800 s/mm2) were included. ADC values (minimum, mean, maximum) were recorded by three observers independently. Interobserver variability and differences between ADC values in benign and malignant lesions were assessed (unpaired t-test, receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis). Results: Of 31 lesions, 18 were benign (osteoblastic (n = 1), chondroid (n = 6), cysts (n = 4), hemangiomatosis (n = 1), fibrous (n = 3), eosinophilic granuloma (n = 1), giant cell tumor (n = 1), osteomyelitis (n = 1)) and 13 were malignant (primary (n = 5), metastases (n = 8)). Overall, there were higher minimum (1.27 × 10−3 mm2/s vs 0.68 × 10−3 mm2/s, p < 0.001), mean (1.68 × 10−3 mm2/s vs 1.13 × 10−3 mm2/s, p < 0.001), and maximum (2.09 × 10−3 mm2/s vs 1. 7 × 10−3 mm2/s, p = 0.03). ADC values in benign lesions compared with those in malignancies. ROC analysis revealed areas under the curve for minimum, mean, and maximum ADC values of 0.91, 0.85, and 0.71, respectively. ADC measurements were made with high inter-observer concordance (ρ = 0.83–0.96). Conclusion: Quantitative ADC maps may have predictive value for the characterization of bone lesions. Benign lesions generally have higher minimum, mean, and maximum ADC values than malignancies, with the minimum value offering the highest accuracy for characterization

  4. High-resolution cartilage imaging of the knee at 3 T: Basic evaluation of modern isotropic 3D MR-sequences

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    Purpose: To evaluate qualitative and quantitative image quality parameters of isotropic three-dimensional (3D) cartilage-imaging magnetic resonance (MR)-sequences at 3 T. Materials and methods: The knees of 10 healthy volunteers (mean age, 24.4 ± 5.6 years) were scanned at a 3 T MR scanner with water-excited 3D Fast-Low Angle Shot (FLASH), True Fast Imaging with Steady-state Precession (TrueFISP), Sampling Perfection with Application-optimized Contrast using different flip-angle Evolutions (SPACE) as well as conventional and two individually weighted Double-Echo Steady-State (DESS) sequences. The MR images were evaluated qualitatively and quantitatively (signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR), SNR efficiency, CNR efficiency). Quantitative parameters were compared by means of a Tukey-test and sequences were ranked according to SNR/CNR, SNR/CNR efficiency and qualitative image grading. Results: The highest SNR was measured for SPACE (34.0 ± 5.6), the highest CNR/CNR efficiency (cartilage/fluid) for the individually weighted DESS (46.9 ± 18.0/2.18 ± 0.84). SPACE, individually weighted and conventional DESS were ranked best with respect to SNR/CNR and SNR/CNR efficiency. The DESS sequences also performed best in the qualitative evaluation. TrueFISP performed worse, FLASH worst. The individually weighted DESS sequences were generally better than the conventional DESS with the significant increase of cartilage-fluid contrast (46.9 ± 18.0/31.9 ± 11.4 versus 22.0 ± 7.3) as main advantage. Conclusion: Individually weighted DESS is the most promising candidate; all tested sequences performed better than FLASH.

  5. MR appearance of parathyroid adenomas at 3 T in patients with primary hyperparathyroidism: what radiologists need to know for pre-operative localization

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    Sacconi, B.; Argiro, R.; Iannarelli, A; Bezzi, M.; Cipolla, V.; De Felice, C.; Catalano, C. [Sapienza University, Department of Radiological Sciences, Oncology and Pathology, Rome (Italy); Diacinti, Daniele [Sapienza University, Department of Radiological Sciences, Oncology and Pathology, Rome (Italy); Sapienza Universita di Roma, Department of Radiological Sciences, Oncology and Pathology, Roma (Italy); Cipriani, C.; Minisola, S. [Sapienza University, Department of Clinical Sciences, Rome (Italy); Pisani, D. [Sapienza University, Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine, Rome (Italy)

    2016-03-15

    To identify frequent MRI features of parathyroid adenomas (PTAs) in patients with primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) using a fast protocol with a 3 T magnet. Thirty-eight patients with PHPT underwent a 3 T-MR. All patients had positive US and Tc-99 sestamibi, for a total number of 46 PTAs. T2-weighted IDEAL-FSE and T1 IDEAL-sequences, before and after contrast, were performed. Five features of PTAs were recognised: hyperintensity, homogeneous or ''marbled'' appearance and elongated morphology on T2-sequences; cleavage plane from thyroid gland on T2-outphase; rapid enhancement in post-contrast T1. Image quality for T2-weighted IDEAL FSE and usefulness for IDEAL post-contrast T1-weighted and T2-outphase sequences were also graded. PTAs were hyperintense in T2-sequences in 44/46 (95.7 %), ''marbled'' in 30/46 (65.2 %) and elongated in 38/46 (82.6 %) patients. Cleavage plane was observed in 36/46 (78.3 %), and rapid enhancement in 20/46 (43.5 %) patients. T2-sequences showed both excellent fat suppression and image quality (average scores of 3.2 and 3.1). T2-outphase images demonstrated to be quite useful (score 2.8), whereas, post-contrast T1 images showed a lower degree of utility (score 2.4). A fast protocol with 3.0-T MRI, recognising most common features of PTAs, may be used as a second-line method in the preoperative detection of PTAs. (orig.)

  6. Potential ability of 3 T-class trapped field on MgB2 bulk surface synthesized by the infiltration-capsule method

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    Naito, Tomoyuki; Ogino, Arata; Fujishiro, Hiroyuki

    2016-11-01

    We successfully synthesized a dense (˜90%-filled) MgB2 bulk with no residual Mg via an infiltration process by overcoming the problems in this process such as the expansion of a B precursor disk under a liquid Mg infiltration and the residuals of unreacted Mg in the bulk using a specially designed capsule. As a result, we have achieved a record-high trapped field to date, {B}{{T}}, of 2.4 T at the center of the bulk surface at the lowest temperature of 15.9 K among the infiltration-processed MgB2 bulks. The trapped-fields simulated for a model with the experimental {J}{{c}}({μ }0H) characteristics well reproduced the experimental {B}{{T}}’s and gave a reliable estimated {B}{{T}} below 15.9 K. The extrapolation of the experimental and simulated {B}{{T}} curve reached 3 T at 4.2 K. The critical current densities, {J}{{c}}({μ }0H)’s, at 20 K were 1.8 × 105 A cm-2 under the self-field and 4.5 × 103 A cm-2 under the magnetic-field of {μ }0H = 3 T. The connectivity, K, of 16% of the present bulk was comparable with that of the ˜50%-filled MgB2 bulk. The high {B}{{T}} with low K and the microstructure of the present bulk suggested that the high- and low-{J}{{c}} regions coexisted because of the wide variation of the MgB2 grain-size.

  7. Feasibility of free-breathing, GRAPPA-based, real-time cardiac cine assessment of left-ventricular function in cardiovascular patients at 3 T

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    Zhu, Xiaomei, E-mail: xiaomeizhunanjing@163.com [Institute of Clinical Radiology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Hospital, Marchioninistrasse 15, 81377 Munich (Germany); Department of Radiology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, 300, Guangzhou Road, 210029 Nanjing, Jiangsu (China); Schwab, Felix, E-mail: flixschwab@googlemail.com [Institute of Clinical Radiology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Hospital, Marchioninistrasse 15, 81377 Munich (Germany); Marcus, Roy, E-mail: Roy.Marcus@med.uni-muenchen.de [Institute of Clinical Radiology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Hospital, Marchioninistrasse 15, 81377 Munich (Germany); Hetterich, Holger, E-mail: Holger.Hetterich@med.uni-muenchen.de [Institute of Clinical Radiology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Hospital, Marchioninistrasse 15, 81377 Munich (Germany); Theisen, Daniel, E-mail: daniel.theisen@me.com [Institute of Clinical Radiology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Hospital, Marchioninistrasse 15, 81377 Munich (Germany); Kramer, Harald, E-mail: Harald.Kramer@med.uni-muenchen.de [Institute of Clinical Radiology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Hospital, Marchioninistrasse 15, 81377 Munich (Germany); Notohamiprodjo, Mike, E-mail: Mike.Notohamiprodjo@med.lmu.de [Department of Radiology, University of Tuebingen, Hoppe-Seyler-Str. 3, 72076 Tuebingen (Germany); Schlett, Christopher L., E-mail: Christopher.Schlett@med.uni-heidelberg.de [Department of Radiology, University of Heidelberg, Neuenheimer Feld 110, 69120 Heidelberg (Germany); Nikolaou, Konstantin, E-mail: Konstantin.Nikolaou@med.uni-tuebingen.de [Department of Radiology, University of Tuebingen, Hoppe-Seyler-Str. 3, 72076 Tuebingen (Germany); Reiser, Maximilian F., E-mail: Maximilian.Reiser@med.uni-muenchen.de [Institute of Clinical Radiology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Hospital, Marchioninistrasse 15, 81377 Munich (Germany); and others

    2015-05-15

    Highlights: • Grappa-based real time cine cardiac MRI is feasible for assessment of left ventricular function. • Significant underestimation of systolic function, peak ejection and filling rates needs to be considered. • Heart rate is the only positive predictor of the deviation of obtained parameters. - Abstract: Objectives: To determine the feasibility of free-breathing, GRAPPA-based, real-time (RT) cine 3 T cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with high acceleration factors for the assessment of left-ventricular function in a cohort of patients as compared to conventional segmented cine imaging. Materials and methods: In this prospective cohort study, subjects with various cardiac conditions underwent MRI involving two RT cine sequences (high resolution and low resolution) and standard segmented cine imaging. Standard qualitative and quantitative parameters of left-ventricular function were quantified. Results: Among 25 subjects, 24 were included in the analysis (mean age: 50.5 ± 21 years, 67% male, 25% with cardiomyopathy). RT cine derived quantitative parameters of volumes and left ventricular mass were strongly correlated with segmented cine imaging (intraclass correlation coefficient [ICC]: >0.72 for both RT cines) but correlation for peak ejection and filling rates were moderate to poor for both RT cines (ICC < 0.40). Similarly, RT cines significantly underestimated peak ejection and filling rates (>103.2 ± 178 ml/s). Among patient-related factors, heart rate was strongly predictive for deviation of measurements (p < 0.05). Conclusions: RT cine MRI at 3 T is feasible for qualitative and quantitative assessment of left ventricular function for low and high-resolution sequences but results in significant underestimation of systolic function, peak ejection and filling rates.

  8. Evoked Potentials and Memory/Cognition Tests Validate Brain Atrophy as Measured by 3T MRI (NeuroQuant in Cognitively Impaired Patients.

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    Full Text Available To our knowledge, this is the largest study evaluating relationships between 3T Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI and P300 and memory/cognitive tests in the literature. The 3T MRI using NeuroQuant has an increased resolution 15 times that of 1.5T MRI. Utilizing NeuroQuant 3T MRI as a diagnostic tool in primary care, subjects (N=169; 19-90 years displayed increased areas of anatomical atrophy: 34.62% hippocampal atrophy (N=54, 57.14% central atrophy (N=88, and 44.52% temporal atrophy (N=69. A majority of these patients exhibited overlap in measured areas of atrophy and were cognitively impaired. These results positively correlated with decreased P300 values and WMS-III (WMS-III scores differentially across various brain loci. Delayed latency (p=0.0740 was marginally associated with temporal atrophy; reduced fractional anisotropy (FA in frontal lobes correlated with aging, delayed P300 latency, and decreased visual and working memory (p=0.0115. Aging and delayed P300 latency correlated with lower FA. The correlation between working memory and reduced FA in frontal lobes is marginally significant (p=0.0787. In the centrum semiovale (CS, reduced FA correlated with visual memory (p=0.0622. Lower demyelination correlated with higher P300 amplitude (p=0.0002. Compared to males, females have higher demyelination (p=0.0064. Along these lines, the higher the P300 amplitude, the lower the bilateral atrophy (p=0.0165. Hippocampal atrophy correlated with increased auditory memory and gender, especially in males (p=0.0087. In considering temporal lobe atrophy correlations: delayed P300 latency and high temporal atrophy (p=0.0740; high auditory memory and low temporal atrophy (p=0.0417; and high working memory and low temporal atrophy (p=0.0166. Central atrophy correlated with aging and immediate memory (p=0.0294: the higher the immediate memory, the lower the central atrophy. Generally, the validation of brain atrophy by P300 and WMS-III could lead to cost

  9. Piromelatine decreases triglyceride accumulation in insulin resistant 3T3-L1 adipocytes: role of ATGL and HSL.

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    Wang, Ping-Ping; She, Mei-Hua; He, Ping-Ping; Chen, Wu-Jun; Laudon, Moshe; Xu, Xuan-Xuan; Yin, Wei-Dong

    2013-08-01

    Piromelatine, a novel investigational multimodal sleep medicine, is developed for the treatment of patients with primary and co-morbid insomnia. Piromelatine has been shown to inhibit weight gain and improve insulin sensitivity in high-fat/high-sucrose-fed (HFHS) rats. Considering that piromelatine has also been implicated in lowering of triglyceride levels in HFHS rats, this work elucidated whether this effect involves in the regulation of adipose triglyceride lipase (ATGL) and hormone-sensitive lipase (HSL) in triglyceride (TG) metabolism. In this study, we investigated the effects of piromelatine and MT2 receptors inhibition on TG content, insulin-stimulated glucose uptake, and the expressions of ATGL and HSL in 3T3-L1 adipocytes preincubated in high glucose and high insulin (HGI) conditions. Our results showed that culturing 3T3-L1 adipocytes under HGI conditions increased triglyceride accumulation with concomitant decrease of ATGL and HSL expression, inducing insulin resistance in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. We also found that triglyceride accumulation was significantly inhibited and the levels of ATGL/HSL increased after melatonin or piromelatine treatment. The effects of melatonin/piromelatine (10 nM) were counteracted by pretreatment with the relatively selective MT2 receptor antagonist luzindole (100 nM). In this study, our data demonstrate that piromelatine reverses high glucose and high insulin-induced triglyceride accumulation in 3T3-L1 adipocytes, possibly through up-regulating of ATGL and HSL expression via a melatonin-dependent manner.

  10. Molecular mechanism of 9-cis-retinoic acid inhibition of adipogenesis in 3T3-L1 cells

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    Sagara, Chiaki; Takahashi, Katsuhiko [Laboratory of Physiological Chemistry, Institute of Medicinal Chemistry, Hoshi University, Shinagawa, Tokyo 142-8501 (Japan); Kagechika, Hiroyuki [School of Biomedical Science, Institute of Biomaterials and Bioengineering, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Chiyoda, Tokyo 101-0062 (Japan); Takahashi, Noriko, E-mail: t-noriko@hoshi.ac.jp [Laboratory of Physiological Chemistry, Institute of Medicinal Chemistry, Hoshi University, Shinagawa, Tokyo 142-8501 (Japan)

    2013-03-29

    Highlights: ► We examined the effects of 9-cis-RA on adipogenesis in mouse preadipocyte 3T3-L1. ► 9-cis-RA inhibited lipid accumulation in adipogenetically-induced 3T3-L1 cells. ► A RXR pan-antagonist suppressed the inhibitory effects of 9-cis-RA on adipogenesis. ► This antagonist had no effects on RXRα and PPARγ levels in 9-cis-RA-treated cells. ► 9-cis-RA-induced decrease in both RXRα and PPARγ was independent of RXR activation. -- Abstract: Retinoic acid (RA) signaling is mediated by specific nuclear hormone receptors. Here we examined the effects of 9-cis-RA on adipogenesis in mouse preadipocyte 3T3-L1 cells. 9-cis-RA inhibits the lipid accumulation of adipogenetically induced 3T3-L1 cells. The complex of retinoid X receptor α (RXRα) with peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ) is a major transcription factor in the process of adipogenesis, and the levels of these molecules were decreased by 9-cis-RA treatment. A RXR pan-antagonist suppressed 9-cis-RA’s inhibitory effects on adipogenesis, but not on the intracellular levels of both RXRα and PPARγ. These results suggest that 9-cis-RA could inhibit adipogenesis by activating RXR, and decrease both RXR and PPARγs levels in a RXR activation-independent manner.

  11. A arte nas ruas da cidade: estratégia de ressignificação e de interação comunicacional

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    Ione Maria Ghislene Bentz

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available O texto investiga os efeitos das retóricas visuais na composição de metáforas/alegorias urbanas, através da produção de significados simbólicos e das relações de comunicação mediadas pelas tecnologias urbanas. Esses artefatos estão de tal modo presentes no cotidiano, que se tornaram próteses no corpo da cidade. Foram escolhidas temáticas e práticas contemporâneas, representantes de formas de natureza no espaço urbano, que produzem um diálogo com a cultura sob a forma de narrativas. A matriz narrativa trabalha: (a o elemento lúdico, presente nas diversas formas de manifestação; e (b o elemento de crítica social, presente nos argumentos narrativos dos textos em análise. O desenvolvimento do tema obedece aos parâmetros das teorias da linguagem, da compreensão da semiose e da interação comunicacional. Objetiva-se identificar e compreender os efeitos dos sentidos e as formas de interação, ambos mediados, em semioses complexas, por dispositivos urbanos.

  12. Interação entre leptina, ginástica artística, puberdade e exercício em atletas do sexo feminino

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    Tatiana de Barros Meira

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Há evidências de que as atletas de ginástica artística (GA apresentam desregulações no sistema reprodutório em relação à média populacional. A interação entre alguns fatores pode explicar esse fato: genética, estresse do exercício, baixa porcentagem de gordura corporal, má nutrição e ação da leptina. Por meio de uma revisão de literatura, discutimos resultados de pesquisas que relacionam a ação do hormônio leptina e desregulações no sistema reprodutório durante a puberdade em atletas de GA do sexo feminino. Podemos afirmar que existe uma interação entre a seleção natural na modalidade, a baixa ingestão calórica e o estresse do treinamento, que ocasionaria a diminuição de leptina plasmática e causaria desregulações no sistema reprodutório durante a puberdade.

  13. Interações entre nuvens, chuvas e a biosfera na Amazônia Clouds, rain and biosphere interactions in Amazon

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    Maria Assunção Faus da Silva Dias

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available Apresenta-se uma revisão dos resultados já obtidos no Projeto LBA, na componente de Física do Clima, referente ao efeito da interação entre a biosfera e a formação de nuvens e de chuva em diferentes estações do ano e regiões da Bacia Amazônica. O efeito do desmatamento e das queimadas na atmosfera é abordado assim como mecanismos atmosféricos que foram caracterizados a partir das diversas campanhas do projeto LBA. Uma visão da complexidade das interações e do progresso que tem sido feito com base nos dados colhidos é apresentada.A review of results obtained within the Physical Climate component of LBA with respect to the interaction between the biosphere and cloud and rain formation in the Amazon Basin, in different seasons and different regions within the Basin is presented. The deforestation effect and the effect of biomass burning are discussed and the physical processes highlighted based on the data collected in several LBA intensive field campaigns. The complex interactions and the progress in the understanding their evolution based on the new datasets is presented.

  14. Interações medicamentosas potenciais em diabéticos tipo 2 participantes de um programa de educação em saúde

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    Rodrigo Fonseca LIMA ; Janeth de Oliveira Silva NAVES

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Estudo transversal com objetivo de determinar a prevalência, impacto clínico e fatores associados a Interações Medicamentosas Potenciais (IMP em portadores de diabetes mellitus tipo 2 (DM2 em participantes de um programa de educação em saúde. O estudo envolveu 71 diabéticos e os dados foram obtidos individualmente, por meio de um questionário semi-estruturado. As IMP foram classificadas utilizando a base UpToDate®. Os participantes com e sem IMP foram comparados considerando variáveis sócio-demográficas e clínicas através dos testes qui-quadrado e t-student. Foram utilizados 4,6 medicamentos em média e mais de 70% apresentaram alguma IMP (total de 140 interações. Mais de 70% requeriam monitoramento da farmacoterapia e em 6,4% havia necessidade de considerar alteração da prescrição. As IMP aumentaram conforme número de medicamentos prescritos (p<0,001 e não variou quanto ao gênero, idade e tempo de diagnóstico.

  15. Interação com a criança com paralisia cerebral: comunicação e estigma

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    Marja Rany Rigotti Baltor

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo teve como objetivo compreender como a comunicação entre família e criança com paralisia cerebral se estabelece. Métodos: Trata-se de um estudo de abordagem qualitativa realizado em uma cidade do interior de São Paulo, com seis famílias de criança com paralisia cerebral residentes em área de vulnerabilidade social. A coleta de dados ocorreu no primeiro semestre de 2011 por meio da entrevista semiestruturada. Utilizou-se o interacionismo simbólico como referencial teórico-metodológico e a análise de conteúdo temática, segundo Bardin, como método de análise. Resultados: Da análise dos dados emergiu o tema "Interação Familiar", composto por suas categorias. Os resultados revelam que família e criança desenvolvem estratégias, a partir da interação, que ultrapassam o sentido das palavras, construindo uma comunicação efetiva. Conclusão: Os profissionais de saúde podem contribuir por meio de intervenções, tornando-se potencializadores da comunicação. Tal potencial, entretanto, não foi considerado, além de o apoio informacional não ser efetivo.

  16. A Influência do Design de Interação e da Transmídia na Esfera Comercial da Televisão Aberta Brasileira

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    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Corporações da televisão aberta brasileira empregam um grande esforço para acompanhar a transformação da comunicação contemporânea influenciada pela emergência da internet. Dessa forma, condicionam cada vez mais a transmissão de seus conteúdos ao cenário online objetivando, por meio de uma narrativa transmídia, manter um relacionamento tênue com telespectadores e internautas. Para esse feito, recorrem aos dispositivos de navegabilidade do Design de Interação que são empregados nos sistemas de websites e aplicativos utilizados nesse processo. Como consequência dessa atividade, insurge uma nova pratica comercial no mercado que incrementa os lucros das empresas que se adaptam a essa inovação. Objetivando avaliar essa tendência é proposto nesse artigo embasamentos sobre o Design de Interação, Transmídia, Hipermídia e Crossmídia, assim como, adotar como objeto de estudo o programa Superstar da Rede Globo, que utiliza os recursos supracitados no seu processo de comunicação e inova o método das ofertas de espaços comerciais.

  17. Marketing digital e marketing de relacionamento: interação e engajamento como determinantes do crescimento de páginas do Facebook

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    Felipe Ribeiro Soares

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available As transformações deflagradas pela internet, permitindo a aproximação de clientes e fornecedores, têm gerado crescentes reflexões acadêmicas e empresariais que culminam na proposição do uso de mídias sociais como ferramentas de marketing. Nesse sentido, este estudo buscou verificar o impacto das ações realizadas pela organização nas redes sociais relativamente às interações e ao engajamento de usuários, e seus reflexos para o crescimento da popularidade da marca no ambiente virtual. Tomando como unidade de análise a página da Fiat (Brasil no Facebook, perfazendo um corte longitudinal por 53 semanas, pôde-se concluir que as interações do administrador da página da empresa e o engajamento dos usuários promovem o crescimento de popularidade e engajamento da marca no ambiente virtual. Dessa maneira, as organizações precisam entender como suas ações nas redes sociais estão ecoando, apresentando indícios de quais tipos de conteúdos, horários e dias da semana da publicação determinaram maior crescimento da página do Facebook analisada.

  18. O papel das interações sociais e de atividades propostas para o ensino-aprendizagem de conceitos químicos

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    Juciene Moura de Nascimento

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho teve como objetivo analisar o papel das interações sociais e de atividades didáticas propostas em aulas de Química. Apresenta discussões com base nas teorias sociointeracionistas de Vygotsky e Leontiev, suas implicações e abordagens nos diversos processos de construção de conceitos. O trabalho foi realizado em uma Escola Pública de Pernambuco, onde foram observados doze alunos, os quais participaram de diferentes tipos de atividade em sala de aula. Essas atividades, realizadas em pequenos grupos, sob a supervisão da professora, foram analisadas considerando-se como relevantes as oportunidades de interação e discussão que as mesmas possam ter possibilitado entre os alunos durante as aulas. Os resultados apontaram para a importância do planejamento de atividades que promovam um processo coletivo, cooperativo e interacionista de ensino e aprendizagem, reforçando o papel do outro na formação mais ampla dos alunos e contribuindo para uma melhor significação dos conceitos científicos.

  19. Ghrelin inhibits the apoptosis of MC3T3-E1 cells through ERK and AKT signaling pathway

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    Liang, Qiu-Hua; Liu, Yuan; Wu, Shan-Shan; Cui, Rong-Rong; Yuan, Ling-Qing, E-mail: allenylq@hotmail.com; Liao, Er-Yuan, E-mail: eyliao@21cn.com

    2013-11-01

    Ghrelin is a 28-amino-acid peptide that acts as a natural endogenous ligand of the growth hormone secretagogue receptor (GHSR) and strongly stimulates the release of growth hormone from the hypothalamus–pituitary axis. Previous studies have identified the important physiological effects of ghrelin on bone metabolism, such as regulating proliferation and differentiation of osteoblasts, independent of GH/IGF-1 axis. However, research on effects and mechanisms of ghrelin on osteoblast apoptosis is still rare. In this study, we identified expression of GHSR in MC3T3-E1 cells and determined the effects of ghrelin on the apoptosis of osteoblastic MC3T3-E1 cells and the mechanism involved. Our data demonstrated that ghrelin inhibited the apoptosis of osteoblastic MC3T3-E1 cells induced by serum deprivation, as determined by terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated deoxyribonucleotide triphosphate nick end-labeling (TUNEL) and ELISA assays. Moreover, ghrelin upregulated Bcl-2 expression and downregulated Bax expression in a dose-dependent manner. Our study also showed decreased activated caspase-3 activity under the treatment of ghrelin. Further study suggested that ghrelin stimulated the phosphorylation of ERK and AKT. Pretreatment of cells with the ERK inhibitor PD98059, PI3K inhibitor LY294002, and GHSR-siRNA blocked the ghrelin-induced activation of ERK and AKT, respectively; however, ghrelin did not stimulate the phosphorylation of p38 or JNK. PD90859, LY294002 and GHSR-siRNA attenuated the anti-apoptosis effect of ghrelin in MC3T3-E1 cells. In conclusion, ghrelin inhibits the apoptosis of osteoblastic MC3T3-E1 cells induced by serum deprivation, which may be mediated by activating the GHSR/ERK and GHSR/PI3K/AKT signaling pathways. - Highlights: • We explored the effects of ghrelin on serum deprivation-induced MC3T3-E1 cells apoptosis. • Both ELISA and TUNEL were used to detect the apoptosis. • The receptor of ghrelin, GHSR, was expressed in MC3T3-E1

  20. Interação social e responsividade em ambientes doméstico e de creche: cultura e desenvolvimento Social interaction and responsiveness in home and day-care centres environments: culture and development

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    Eulina da Rocha Lordelo

    2002-01-01

    Visando descrever e comparar os níveis de interação em ambientes doméstico e de creche, incluindo diferentes indicadores de interação, o estudo observou 148 crianças em situação de brinquedo livre, 58 em creches e 90 em ambiente doméstico, de nível sócio econômico baixo e médio. As observações foram filmadas e segmentadas em 30 intervalos de 10 segundos, registrando-se as interações com adultos e outras crianças. Os resultados encontrados sugerem que casa e creche são diferentes quanto às opo...

  1. Expression of human insulin gene wrapped with chitosan nanoparticles in NIH3T3 cells and diabetic rats

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    Li NIU; Yan-cheng XU; Hai-ying XIE; Zhe DAI; Hui-qin TANG

    2008-01-01

    Aim: To study the expression of human insulin gene wrapped with chitosan nanoparticles in NIH3T3 cells and diabetic rats. Methods: pCMV.Ins, an expression plasmid of the human insulin gene, was constructed. In total, 100 μg pCMV.Ins wrapped with chitosan nanoparticles (chitosan-pCMV.Ins) was transfected to NIH3T3 cells and diabetes rats through lavage and coloclysis, respectively. The transfected cells were grown in Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium, containing G418, for 72 h after transfection. The clones were selected and continued to grow in G418 medium for 24 d. The expression of human insulin was detected by immunohistochemistry. Human insulin in the culture medium of transfected cells was measured. Fasting blood glucose and plasma human insulin of diabetic rats were measured for 5 d after transfection. RT-PCR and Western blotting were performed to confirm the expression of the human insulin gene in diabetic rats. Results: Approximately 10% of NIH3T3 cells transfected by chitosan-pCMV.Ins expressed human insulin. Human insulin in the culture medium of NIH3T3 cells transfected by chitosan-pCMV.Ins significantly increased compared with that of the control group (P<0.01). Fasting blood glucose levels of the lavage group and the coloclysis group decreased significantly in 5 d (P<0.01) in comparison, while plasma insulin levels were much higher (P<0.01). The human insulin gene mRNA and human insulin were only detected in the lavage and the coloclysis groups. Conclusion: The human insulin gene can be transfected and expressed successfully by chitosan-pCMV.Ins in NIH3T3 cells and diabetes rats, which indicates that chitosan is a promising, non-viral vector for gene expression.

  2. Berberine reverses free-fatty-acid-induced insulin resistance in 3T3-L1 adipocytes through targeting IKKβ

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    2008-01-01

    AIM:To investigate the effects and molecular mechanisms of berberine on improving insulin resistance induced by free fatty acids (FFAs) in 3T3-LI adipocytes.METHODS:The model of insulin resistance in 3T3-L1 adipocytes was established by adding palmic acid (0.5 mmol/L) to the culture medium.Berberine treatment was performed at the same time.Glucose uptake rate was determined by the 2-deoxy-[3H]-Dglucose method.The levels of IkB kinase beta (IKKβ)Ser181 phosphorylation,insulin receptor substrate1(IRS-1) Ser307 phosphorylation,expression of IKKβ,IRS-1,nuclear transcription factor kappaB p65 (NF-κB p65),phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase p85(PI-3K p85) and glucose transporter 4 (GLUT4) proteins were detected by Western blotting.The distribution of NF-κB p65 proteins inside the adipocytes was observed through confocal laser scanning microscopy(CLSM).RESULTS:After the intervention of palmic acid for 24 h,the insulin-stimulated glucose transport in 3T3-L1 adipocytes was inhibited by 67%.Meanwhile,the expression of IRS-1 and PI-3K p85 protein was reduced,while the levels of IKKβ Ser181 and IRS-1 Ser307 phosphorylation,and nuclear translocation of NF-κB p65 protein were increased.However,the above indexes,which indicated the existence of insulin resistance,were reversed by berberine although the expression of GLUT4,IKKβ and total NF-κB p65 protein were not changed during this study.CONCLUSION:Insulin resistance induced by FFAs in 3T3-L1 adipocytes can be improved by berberine.Berberine reversed free-fatty-acid-induced insulin resistance in 3T3-L1 adipocytes through targeting IKKβ.

  3. Fat-Suppressed T2 Sequences for Routine 3.0-Tesla Lumbar Spine Magnetic Resonance Imaging: A Preliminary Report

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    McKinney, A. M.; Gadani, S.; Palmer, C. S.; Vidarsson, L. (Dept. of Radiology, Hennepin County and Univ. of Minnesota Medical Centers, Minneapolis, MN (United States))

    2008-09-15

    Background: Clear depiction of the ligamentum flavum on routine lumbar magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is essential in accurately describing the extent of degenerative disease. In routine, noncontrast evaluations, focal fatty deposition or hemangiomas can be difficult to distinguish from malignant foci on fast spin-echo (FSE) T2-weighted images. Purpose: To describe the use of T2 fast field echo (T2FFE) in combination with spectral presaturation inversion recovery (SPIR) fat suppression for noncontrast, routine lumbar spine outpatient MR imaging at 3.0 Tesla (3T). Material and Methods: An axial gradient echo (GE) T2FFE sequence was combined with SPIR fat suppression (T2FFE-SPIR), via a 3T Philips Intera (Philips Medical Systems, Best, The Netherlands) scanner, and added to the routine, noncontrast lumbar MRI examinations, which included sagittal FSE T1-weighted (T1WI), T2-weighted (T2WI), short-tau inversion recovery (STIR), and axial FSE T2WI. The sequence was performed in over 500 patients over a 1-year period, without intravenous contrast, and with slice thickness and planes of section identical to the axial FSE T1WI and T2WI images. The sequence typically lasted about 4.5-6 min. Results: The use of T2FFE-SPIR enabled visualization of the ligamentum flavum in degenerative disease, and the exclusion of focal fatty lesions on FSE T2WI. Other benefits included: the identification of malignant foci, the uncommon detection of hemorrhage, and the elimination of spurious flow voids. Several brief examples are provided to demonstrate the utility of this technique. Conclusion: The addition of T2FFE-SPIR to routine, noncontrast protocols in outpatients could provide further confidence in the visualization of the ligamentum flavum in degenerative disease, and can exclude malignancy in T2-bright areas of focal fatty marrow. Larger studies would be helpful to evaluate the accuracy of this technique versus FSE techniques in depicting degenerative, malignant, or inflammatory

  4. MR imaging of recent non-traumatic intracranial hemorrhage: early experience at 3 T

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    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) using 3.0 T scanners in the clinical environment is in its infancy and is only available at a limited number of sites worldwide. There is great interest amongst radiologists about the perceived benefits of clinical imaging at 3.0 T; however, it remains to be seen whether the theoretical advantages will bring real gains. MRI in patients with non-traumatic intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) is difficult, yet, these patients benefit from non-invasive angiography. Conventional catheter angiography (CCA) remains the reference standard for excluding/confirming the presence of intracranial vascular abnormalities, but MR angiography at 3.0 T may offer opportunities for significant changes in patient management. We present our experiences of using 3.0 T MR angiography in 27 patients with acute or early subacute ICH. (orig.)

  5. Cardiac MRI of ischemic heart disease at 3 T: Potential and challenges

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    Wieben, Oliver [Department of Radiology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53792-3252 (United States); Department of Medical Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53792-3252 (United States)], E-mail: owieben@wisc.edu; Francois, Christopher [Department of Radiology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53792-3252 (United States)], E-mail: cfrancois@uwhealth.org; Reeder, Scott B. [Department of Radiology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53792-3252 (United States); Department of Medical Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53792-3252 (United States); Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53792-3252 (United States); Department of Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53792-3252 (United States)], E-mail: sreeder@wisc.edu

    2008-01-15

    Cardiac MRI has become a routinely used imaging modality in the diagnosis of cardiovascular disease and is considered the clinically accepted gold standard modality for the assessment of cardiac function and myocardial viability. In recent years, commercially available clinical scanners with a higher magnetic field strength (3.0 T) and dedicated multi-element coils have become available. The superior signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of these systems has lead to their rapid acceptance in cranial and musculoskeletal MRI while the adoption of 3.0 T for cardiovascular imaging has been somewhat slower. This review article describes the benefits and pitfalls of magnetic resonance imaging of ischemic heart disease at higher field strengths. The fundamental changes in parameters such as SNR, transversal and longitudinal relaxation times, susceptibility artifacts, RF (B{sub 1}) inhomogeneity, and specific absorption rate are discussed. We also review approaches to avoid compromised image quality such as banding artifacts and inconsistent or suboptimal flip angles. Imaging sequences for the assessment of cardiac function with CINE balanced SSFP imaging and MR tagging, myocardial perfusion, and delayed enhancement and their adjustments for higher field imaging are explained in detail along with several clinical examples. We also explore the use of parallel imaging at 3.0 T to improve cardiac imaging by trading the SNR gain for higher field strengths for acquisition speed with increased coverage or improved spatial and temporal resolution. This approach is particularly useful for dynamic applications that are usually limited to the duration of a single breath-hold.

  6. Interação social e responsividade em ambientes doméstico e de creche: cultura e desenvolvimento Social interaction and responsiveness in home and day-care centres environments: culture and development

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    Eulina da Rocha Lordelo

    2002-07-01

    Full Text Available Visando descrever e comparar os níveis de interação em ambientes doméstico e de creche, incluindo diferentes indicadores de interação, o estudo observou 148 crianças em situação de brinquedo livre, 58 em creches e 90 em ambiente doméstico, de nível sócio econômico baixo e médio. As observações foram filmadas e segmentadas em 30 intervalos de 10 segundos, registrando-se as interações com adultos e outras crianças. Os resultados encontrados sugerem que casa e creche são diferentes quanto às oportunidades de interação, a casa favorecendo mais interações corporais, uma diferença não encontrada nas interações verbais. O conceito de interação, em sua relação com um quadro teórico de referência, emerge como crucial nesse estudo. Os resultados encontrados sugerem que os estudos na área problematizem os critérios de interação adotados, no sentido de buscar uma descrição mais abrangente do ambiente de desenvolvimento, em que o papel da cultura seja equacionado.Aiming to describe and compare the interactional levels in home and day-care centres environments, including different indicators of interaction, this study observed 148 children in free play situations, 58 in day-care centres and 90 in home environment, from low and medium SES. The observations were filmed and segmented in 30 intervals of 10 seconds. All adult-child and child-child interactions were coded. The results found suggest that home and day-care centres are different about the opportunity of interactions; at home, there are more body interactions, but this difference is not found in verbal interactions. The interaction concept seems crucial at this study. The results suggest that studies in the area should discuss the interaction criteria used, aiming a more comprehensive description about the development environment, in which the role of culture may be considered included.

  7. A interação MRPII - CPM: estudo de caso e proposta de um sistema híbrido The interaction between MRPII and CPM: a case study and a hybrid system proposal

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    Moacir Godinho Filho; Luciano Campanini; Romano Augusto S. Guerra Vita

    2004-01-01

    O presente trabalho tem por objetivo apresentar uma proposta de utilização híbrida de dois importantes sistemas de planejamento e controle da produção (SPCP): o MRPII e o CPM. Para conseguir tal objetivo este trabalho realiza um levantamento bibliográfico sobre estes sistemas e suas interações, bem como mostra como acontece a interação entre MRPII e CPM através de um estudo de caso em uma grande empresa com característica de grandes projetos. A importância do estudo de SPCP híbridos, a inexis...

  8. Possíveis interações medicamentosas entre os antihipertensivos e antidiabéticos em participantes do Grupo HIPERDIA de Parobé, RS (Uma análise teórica

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    Deise Margarete Duarte do Amaral

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Devido à alta incidência simultânea de hipertensão arterial sistêmica e diabetes mellitus, é comum encontrar pacientes que usam anti-hipertensivos e antidiabéticos simultaneamente. Desta forma, tornase importante identificar as possíveis interações medicamentosas no tratamento da hipertensão arterial e do diabetes e realizar manejo farmacoterapêutico adequado para evitar efeitos adversos graves ou até a morte. Este trabalho teve como objetivo identificar possíveis interações com os medicamentos antihipertensivos e antidiabéticos em participantes idosos do grupo HIPERDIA no município de Parobé/RS. Trata-se de um estudo quantitativo, observacional e transversal e foi realizado através de um questionário estruturado aplicado em 45 (39 idosos, 37 com interações medicamentosas participantes do programa HIPERDIA. Foram identificadas 144 possíveis interações medicamentosas, sendo 30% desejáveis e 70% indesejáveis. Destas indesejáveis, 85% classificadas como moderada com maior ocorrência da associação de captopril e ácido acetilsalicílico, 5% grave (interação de diurético de alça com digitálico e 10% leves. Das desejáveis, a associação de captopril e hidroclorotiazida teve maior ocorrência. Este estudo revelou um alto índice de possíveis interações medicamentosas em idosos participantes do programa HIPERDIA. A maioria das interações pode comprometer a segurança do paciente, evidenciando a relevância deste tema e a necessidade de avaliar e monitorar a terapêutica medicamentosa no idoso, no sentido de prevenir e diminuir as consequências dos efeitos decorrentes de potenciais interações medicamentosas.

  9. Osmotically inducible uptake of betaine via amino acid transport system A in SV-3T3 cells.

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    Petronini, P G; De Angelis, E; Borghetti, A F; Wheeler, K P

    1994-05-15

    The osmotically inducible uptake of betaine (NNN-trimethylglycine) by SV-3T3 cells has been studied and compared with the similar process in MDCK cells. Betaine uptake by SV-3T3 cells could be described in terms of a saturable, Na(+)-dependent, component plus a small non-saturable, Na(+)-independent, component. Transport was active, producing considerable accumulation of betaine in the cells. After exposure of the cells to hypertonic conditions for 6 h, there was a marked increase in betaine uptake. Kinetic analysis indicated that this increase resulted from an increase in the Vmax. value of the saturable component, from about 88 to 185 nmol of betaine/5 min per mg of protein, the corresponding Km values of about 15 and 10 mM not being significantly different. This induction of transport activity was detectable only after about 2 h exposure of the cells to hypertonic medium, closely paralleling an induction of influx of N-methylaminoisobutyric acid, and was prevented by the presence of cycloheximide. Betaine influx was markedly inhibited by several neutral amino acids, particularly those transported by system A, such as N-methylaminoisobutyric acid and the imino acid proline. A high concentration (25 mM) of betaine also significantly inhibited the uptake of proline by SV-3T3 cells. Although very similar results were obtained with MDCK cells, prolonged exposure of cells to hypertonic conditions revealed distinct differences. When the hypertonic incubation was extended from 6 h to 24 h, betaine transport in SV-3T3 cells either remained the same or decreased, whereas it showed a further marked increase in MDCK cells, and also became sensitive to inhibition by gamma-aminobutyric acid. mRNA for the betaine transporter BGT-1 [Yamauchi, Uchida, Kwon, Preston, Brooks Robey, Garcia-Perez, Burg and Handler (1992) J. Biol. Chem. 267, 649-652] was detectable in MDCK cells exposed to hypertonic medium for 24 h, but not in SV-3T3 cells under any conditions. It is concluded that

  10. Clinical significance of costimulatory molecule B7-H3 expression on CD3+T cells in colorectal carcinoma

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    MAO Yong; SUN Jing; WANG Wei-peng; ZHANG Xue-guang; HUA Dong

    2013-01-01

    Background B7-H3 has been widely studied in the context of tumor progression in recent years,and behaves as a tumor cell marker in a variety of tumors including colorectal carcinoma.The mechanism of B7-H3 in tumor progression is complicated and not clear yet.Studies have revealed that B7 family molecules are expressed on infiltrated lymphocytes as well as tumor cells in tumor microenvironment,which indicates that different expression pattern may lead to different clinical outcomes.Methods The expression of B7-H3 was detected in tissues of 98 colorectal carcinoma patients by using immunohistochemistry.Then the expression of B7-H3 on CD3+ T lymphocytes isolated from fresh cancer tissues of 12 colorectal carcinoma patients was analyzed by flow cytometry assay.The relationship between the expression of B7-H3 on CD3+ T lymphocytes and patients' clinical pathological parameters was demonstrated with statistical analysis.Results Patients with more CD3+ T cell infiltration survived much longer than patients with less CD3+ T cell infiltration (P <0.05); B7-H3 was highly expressed by infiltrating CD3+ T lymphocytes in colorectal carcinoma tissues.The expression of B7-H3 was found to be significantly related with lymph node metastasis status (P <0.05),but not with the patient's gender,age,tumor size,differentiation degree,depth of tumor invasion,Dukes' stage,distant metastasis and whether or not mucinous adenocarcinoma was present (P >0.05).Moreover,the survival time of patients with low expression of B7-H3 was obviously longer than those of high B7-H3 expression patients,but the seven-year survival rate showed no difference between the high and low B7-H3 expression patients (P >0.05).Conclusion The negative costimulatory molecule B7-H3 on infiltrating CD3+ T lymphocytes in colorectal carcinoma bears importance in the clinical pathological progress and prognosis of colorectal carcinoma.

  11. 3 T MR tomography of the brachial plexus: Structural and microstructural evaluation

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    Mallouhi, Ammar, E-mail: Ammar.Mallouhi@meduniwien.ac.at [Department of Radiology, Division of Neuroradiology and Musculoskeletal Radiology, Medical University of Vienna, Waehringer Guertel 18-20, A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Marik, Wolfgang, E-mail: Wolfgang.Marik@meduniwien.ac.at [Department of Radiology, Division of Neuroradiology and Musculoskeletal Radiology, Medical University of Vienna, Waehringer Guertel 18-20, A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Prayer, Daniela, E-mail: Daniela.Prayer@meduniwien.ac.at [Department of Radiology, Division of Neuroradiology and Musculoskeletal Radiology, Medical University of Vienna, Waehringer Guertel 18-20, A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Kainberger, Franz, E-mail: Franz.Kainberger@meduniwien.ac.at [Department of Radiology, Division of Neuroradiology and Musculoskeletal Radiology, Medical University of Vienna, Waehringer Guertel 18-20, A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Bodner, Gerd, E-mail: Gerd.Bodner@meduniwien.ac.at [Department of Radiology, Division of Neuroradiology and Musculoskeletal Radiology, Medical University of Vienna, Waehringer Guertel 18-20, A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Kasprian, Gregor, E-mail: Gregor.Kasprian@meduniwien.ac.at [Department of Radiology, Division of Neuroradiology and Musculoskeletal Radiology, Medical University of Vienna, Waehringer Guertel 18-20, A-1090 Vienna (Austria)

    2012-09-15

    Magnetic resonance (MR) neurography comprises an evolving group of techniques with the potential to allow optimal noninvasive evaluation of many abnormalities of the brachial plexus. MR neurography is clinically useful in the evaluation of suspected brachial plexus traumatic injuries, intrinsic and extrinsic tumors, and post-radiogenic inflammation, and can be particularly beneficial in pediatric patients with obstetric trauma to the brachial plexus. The most common MR neurographic techniques for displaying the brachial plexus can be divided into two categories: structural MR neurography; and microstructural MR neurography. Structural MR neurography uses mainly the STIR sequence to image the nerves of the brachial plexus, can be performed in 2D or 3D mode, and the 2D sequence can be repeated in different planes. Microstructural MR neurography depends on the diffusion tensor imaging that provides quantitative information about the degree and direction of water diffusion within the nerves of the brachial plexus, as well as on tractography to visualize the white matter tracts and to characterize their integrity. The successful evaluation of the brachial plexus requires the implementation of appropriate techniques and familiarity with the pathologies that might involve the brachial plexus.

  12. 3 T MR tomography of the brachial plexus: Structural and microstructural evaluation

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    Magnetic resonance (MR) neurography comprises an evolving group of techniques with the potential to allow optimal noninvasive evaluation of many abnormalities of the brachial plexus. MR neurography is clinically useful in the evaluation of suspected brachial plexus traumatic injuries, intrinsic and extrinsic tumors, and post-radiogenic inflammation, and can be particularly beneficial in pediatric patients with obstetric trauma to the brachial plexus. The most common MR neurographic techniques for displaying the brachial plexus can be divided into two categories: structural MR neurography; and microstructural MR neurography. Structural MR neurography uses mainly the STIR sequence to image the nerves of the brachial plexus, can be performed in 2D or 3D mode, and the 2D sequence can be repeated in different planes. Microstructural MR neurography depends on the diffusion tensor imaging that provides quantitative information about the degree and direction of water diffusion within the nerves of the brachial plexus, as well as on tractography to visualize the white matter tracts and to characterize their integrity. The successful evaluation of the brachial plexus requires the implementation of appropriate techniques and familiarity with the pathologies that might involve the brachial plexus

  13. 3T MR tomography of the brachial plexus: structural and microstructural evaluation.

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    Mallouhi, Ammar; Marik, Wolfgang; Prayer, Daniela; Kainberger, Franz; Bodner, Gerd; Kasprian, Gregor

    2012-09-01

    Magnetic resonance (MR) neurography comprises an evolving group of techniques with the potential to allow optimal noninvasive evaluation of many abnormalities of the brachial plexus. MR neurography is clinically useful in the evaluation of suspected brachial plexus traumatic injuries, intrinsic and extrinsic tumors, and post-radiogenic inflammation, and can be particularly beneficial in pediatric patients with obstetric trauma to the brachial plexus. The most common MR neurographic techniques for displaying the brachial plexus can be divided into two categories: structural MR neurography; and microstructural MR neurography. Structural MR neurography uses mainly the STIR sequence to image the nerves of the brachial plexus, can be performed in 2D or 3D mode, and the 2D sequence can be repeated in different planes. Microstructural MR neurography depends on the diffusion tensor imaging that provides quantitative information about the degree and direction of water diffusion within the nerves of the brachial plexus, as well as on tractography to visualize the white matter tracts and to characterize their integrity. The successful evaluation of the brachial plexus requires the implementation of appropriate techniques and familiarity with the pathologies that might involve the brachial plexus. PMID:21763092

  14. Interação genótipo x ambiente em genótipos de feijão-caupi semiprostrado via modelos mistos

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    Francisco Eduardo Torres

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A metodologia de modelos mistos (REML/BLUP tem sido empregada para estudar os efeitos da interação genótipo x ambiente (G x E em várias culturas, como: arroz, feijão, cana-de-açúcar, cajueiro e eucalipto, porém ainda não foi aplicada em feijão-caupi. Assim, o objetivo deste trabalho foi selecionar simultaneamente genótipos de feijão-caupi semiprostrado cultivados no Estado do Mato Grosso do Sul, via modelos mistos, que reúnam alta adaptabilidade, estabilidade e produtividade de grãos. Foram conduzidos quatro ensaios de valor de cultivo e uso com genótipos de genótipos de feijão-caupi nos anos de 2005 e 2006 em Aquidauana, Chapadão do Sul e Dourados. O delineamento experimental utilizado foi o de blocos completos casualizados, com 20 genótipos e 4 repetições. Os parâmetros genéticos foram estimados pela metodologia REML/BLUP, e a seleção baseou-se no método da média harmônica do desempenho relativo dos valores genéticos (MHPRVG, em três estratégias: seleção com base no valor genético predito, tendo-se considerado o desempenho médio dos genótipos em todos os ambientes (sem efeito de interação ou o desempenho em cada ambiente (com efeito da interação; e seleção simultânea quanto à produtividade de grãos, estabilidade e adaptabilidade. Os genótipos BRS Paraguaçu, MNC99-542F-5 e MNC99-508G-1 podem ser cultivados em vários ambientes, pois reúnem alta produtividade de grãos, adaptabilidade e estabilidade. A herdabilidade da média dos genótipos apresentou magnitude variando de moderada a alta, fato que indica excelentes possibilidades para a seleção, permitindo acurácia seletiva de 82%.

  15. Interação genótipo-ambiente em cruzamentos de bovinos de corte Genotype by environment interaction on crossbreed beef cattle

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    Rodrigo de Almeida Teixeira

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available Dados de rebanhos bovinos comerciais foram analisados com o objetivo de estimar as interações dos efeitos genéticos com o ambiente que podem influenciar a avaliação de características de crescimento em rebanhos de animais puros e cruzados. O conjunto de dados analisado foi obtido a partir de animais das raças Hereford, Nelore e seus cruzamentos. As características em estudo foram os pesos à desmama e ao sobreano dos animais. As análises estatísticas foram realizadas pelo método dos quadrados mínimos e o modelo proposto incluiu os efeitos de região, grupo de contemporâneos dentro de região, mês de nascimento e sexo do bezerro, os efeitos lineares e quadráticos para a idade do bezerro e idade da vaca ao parto, ambas analisadas dentro de sexo, e os efeitos de grupo genético e da interação grupo genético × região. De modo geral, o desempenho de todos os grupos genéticos foi influenciado pelo efeito de região. Além disso, observou-se tendência de que o aumento da proporção de genes zebuínos promoveu diminuição na diferença de desempenho entre as regiões. Todos os genótipos foram beneficiados no ambiente menos restritivo, o que indica a existência de interação genótipo-ambiente e comprova a importância de que sistemas de cruzamento sejam realizados de forma a manter a adaptação das matrizes e de seus produtos.Data from Hereford and Nelore breeds and their crosses were used to estimate the effect of genotype and environment interaction on weaning and yearling weights. The statistical analyses were performed by the least-squares method using models that included region, contemporary group within region, month of birth and sex of the calf, linear and quadratic effects of age of the calf and age of the cow, both nested within sex, and the genetic group and genetic group × region interaction effects. In general, genetic groups were influenced by the region effect. Differences in performance between regions

  16. p53-independent upregulation of p21WAF1 in NIH 3T3 cells malignantly transformed by mot-2

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    2001-01-01

    ot-2 protein is shown to interact with p53 and inhibit its transcriptional activation function.Mot-2 overexpressing stable clones of NIH 3T3 cells were malignantly transformed,however,they had a high level of expression of a p53 downstream gene,P21waf1.The present study was undertaken to elucidate possible molecular mechanism(s) of such upregulation.An increased level of P21waf1 expression was detected in stable transfectants although an exogenous reporter gene driven by P21waf1 promoter exhibited lower activity in these cells suggesting that some post-transcriptional mechanism contributes to upregulation.Western analyses of transient and stable clones revealed that upregulation of P21waf1 in stable NIH 3T3/mot-2 cells may be mediated by cyclin D1 and cdk-2.

  17. Casein kinase 2 regulates the active uptake of the organic osmolyte taurine in NIH3T3 mouse fibroblasts

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    Jacobsen, Jack H; Clement, Christian A; Friis, Martin B;

    2008-01-01

    T to ER but has no detectable effect on TauT protein expression. On the other hand, CK2 inhibition increases the affinity of TauT towards Na(+ )and reduces the Na(+)/taurine stoichiometry for active taurine uptake. It is suggested that CK2 controls the cellular taurine uptake in unperturbated NIH3T3......Inhibition of the constitutively active casein kinase 2 (CK2) with 2-dimethyl-amino-4,5,6,7-tetrabromo-1H-benzimidasole stimulates the Na(+)-dependent taurine influx via the taurine transporter TauT in NIH3T3 cells. CK2 inhibition reduces the TauT mRNA level and increases the localization of Tau...... cells, i.e., inhibition of CK2 increases the affinity of TauT towards Na(+) and hence Na(+)-dependent taurine uptake....

  18. Bombesin stimulation of c-fos and c-myc gene expression in cultured of Swiss 3T3 cells

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    Bombesin has been show to be a potent mitogen for Swiss 3T3 cells. At nanomolar concentrations it stimulates DNA synthesis in quiescent cultures of 3T3 cells and also induces the expression of c-fos and c-myc mRNA. c-fos mRNA transcripts dramatically increase 15 min after the addition of bombesin, are still abundant after 30-60 min and then decrease. c-myc mRNA induction is detectable later, 1 h after bombesin treatment. Conversely, no changes in c-Ki-ras expression are observed after stimulation with bombesin. These results demonstrate that the increased expression of c-fos and c-myc mRNAs appears to be a common response to diverse agents that induce DNA synthesis and cell proliferation

  19. Ectopic osteogenic tissue formation by MC3T3-E1 cell-laden chitosan/hydroxyapatite composite scaffold.

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    Koç, Aysel; Elçin, Ayşe Eser; Elçin, Yaşar Murat

    2016-09-01

    This study evaluates the suitability of a macroporous three-dimensional chitosan/hydroxyapatite (CS/HA) composite as a bone tissue engineering scaffold using MC3T3-E1 cells. The CS/HA scaffold was produced by freeze-drying, and characterized by means of SEM and FTIR. In vitro findings demonstrated that CS/HA supported attachment and proliferation of cells, and stimulated extracellular matrix (ECM) production. Tissue biocompatibility and osteogenic capacity of the cell-laden constructs were evaluated in an ectopic Wistar rat model. In vivo results showed that the MC3T3-E1 cell-laden CS/HA was essentially histocompatible, promoted neovascularization and calcified matrix formation, and secreted osteoblast-specific protein. We conclude that the composite scaffold evaluated has potential for applications in bone regeneration. PMID:25968048

  20. Activation of liver X receptors prevents statin-induced death of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes

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    Madsen, Lise; Petersen, Rasmus K; Steffensen, Knut R;

    2008-01-01

    The biological functions of liver X receptors (LXRs) alpha and beta have primarily been linked to pathways involved in fatty acid and cholesterol homeostasis. Here we report a novel role of LXR activation in protecting cells from statin-induced death. When 3T3-L1 preadipocytes were induced...... to differentiate by standard isobutylmethylxanthine/dexamethasone/insulin treatment in the presence of statins, they failed to differentiate and underwent massive apoptosis. The simultaneous addition of selective LXR agonists prevented the statin-induced apoptosis. By using mouse embryo fibroblasts from wild...... statin-induced apoptosis; nor did LXR action depend on protein kinase B, whose activation by insulin was impaired in statin-treated cells. Rather, LXR-dependent rescue of statin-induced apoptosis in 3T3-L1 preadipocytes required NF-kappaB activity, since expression of a dominant negative version...

  1. Carotid intima-media thickness and distensibility measured by MRI at 3 T versus high-resolution ultrasound

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    We evaluated an MRI protocol at 3 T for the assessment of morphological and functional properties of the common carotid artery (CCA) in 32 healthy volunteers and 20 patients with high-grade internal carotid artery stenosis. Wall thickness of the CCA was measured by using multislice 2D T2 dark blood fast spin echo sequences and compared with intima-media thickness (IMT) determined by ultrasound. Carotid distensibility coefficient (DC) quantified by blood pressure and CCA diameter change during the cardiac cycle was measured by ECG gated 3D T1 CINE MRI and M-mode ultrasound. Apart from generally higher values in MRI high agreement was found for wall thickness and compliance in volunteers and patients. Remaining differences between both methods may be attributed to slightly different methods for measuring IMT and DC. Our findings indicate that MRI at 3 T is a feasible and promising tool for the comprehensive assessment of normal carotid geometry and function. (orig.)

  2. DMSO is a strong inducer of DNA hydroxymethylation in pre-osteoblastic MC3T3-E1 cells

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    Thaler, Roman; Spitzer, Silvia; Karlic, Heidrun; Klaushofer, Klaus; Varga, Franz

    2012-01-01

    Artificial induction of active DNA demethylation appears to be a possible and useful strategy in molecular biology research and therapy development. Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) was shown to cause phenotypic changes in embryonic stem cells altering the genome-wide DNA methylation profiles. Here we report that DMSO increases global and gene-specific DNA hydroxymethylation levels in pre-osteoblastic MC3T3-E1 cells. After 1 day, DMSO increased the expression of genes involved in DNA hydroxymethylat...

  3. Feasibility of an intracranial EEG-fMRI protocol at 3T: risk assessment and image quality.

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    Boucousis, Shannon M; Beers, Craig A; Cunningham, Cameron J B; Gaxiola-Valdez, Ismael; Pittman, Daniel J; Goodyear, Bradley G; Federico, Paolo

    2012-11-15

    Integrating intracranial EEG (iEEG) with functional MRI (iEEG-fMRI) may help elucidate mechanisms underlying the generation of seizures. However, the introduction of iEEG electrodes in the MR environment has inherent risk and data quality implications that require consideration prior to clinical use. Previous studies of subdural and depth electrodes have confirmed low risk under specific circumstances at 1.5T and 3T. However, no studies have assessed risk and image quality related to the feasibility of a full iEEG-fMRI protocol. To this end, commercially available platinum subdural grid/strip electrodes (4×5 grid or 1×8 strip) and 4 or 6-contact depth electrodes were secured to the surface of a custom-made phantom mimicking the conductivity of the human brain. Electrode displacement, temperature increase of electrodes and surrounding phantom material, and voltage fluctuations in electrode contacts were measured in a GE Discovery MR750 3T MR scanner during a variety of imaging sequences, typical of an iEEG-fMRI protocol. An electrode grid was also used to quantify the spatial extent of susceptibility artifact. The spatial extent of susceptibility artifact in the presence of an electrode was also assessed for typical imaging parameters that maximize BOLD sensitivity at 3T (TR=1500 ms; TE=30 ms; slice thickness=4mm; matrix=64×64; field-of-view=24 cm). Under standard conditions, all electrodes exhibited no measurable displacement and no clinically significant temperature increase (2.0°C) that in some cases exceeded 10°C. Induced voltages in the frequency range that could elicit neuronal stimulation (low risk at 3T; however, fMRI sensitivity may be reduced immediately adjacent to the electrodes. In addition, high SAR sequences must be avoided. PMID:22902923

  4. Hydroxytyrosol Inhibits Cannabinoid CB1 Receptor Gene Expression in 3T3-L1 Preadipocyte Cell Line.

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    Tutino, Valeria; Orlando, Antonella; Russo, Francesco; Notarnicola, Maria

    2016-02-01

    The 3T3-L1 preadipocyte cell line is a well characterized cell model for studying the adipocyte status and the molecular mechanisms involved in differentiation of these cells. 3T3-L1 preadipocytes have the ability to synthesize and degrade endocannabinoid anandamide (AEA) and their differentiation into adipocytes increases the expression of cannabinoid (CB1) and PPAR-γ receptors. Clinically, the blocking stimulation of the endocannabinoid pathway has been one of the first approaches proposed to counteract the obesity and obesity-associated diseases (such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome and cancer). In this connection, here we studied in cultured 3T3-L1 pre-adipocytes the effects of n-3-PUFA, α-Linolenic acid (OM-3), n-6-PUFA, Linoleic acid (OM-6), and hydroxytyrosol (HT) on the expression of CB1 receptor gene and the adipogenesis-related genes PPAR-γ, Fatty Acid Synthase (FAS) and Lipoprotein Lipase (LPL). HT was able to inhibit 3T3-L1 cell differentiation by down-regulating cell proliferation and CB1 receptor gene expression. HT exhibited anti-adipogenic effects, whereas OM-3 and OM-6 exerted an inhibitory action on cell proliferation associated with an induction of the preadipocytes differentiation and CB1 receptor gene expression. Moreover, the expression of FAS and LPL genes resulted increased after treatment with both HT and OM-3 and OM-6. The present study points out that the intake of molecules such as HT, contained in extra virgin olive oil, may be considered also in view of antiobesity and antineoplastic properties by acting directly on the adipose tissue and modulating CB1 receptor gene transcription.

  5. Regulated expression of the obese gene product (leptin) in white adipose tissue and 3T3-L1 adipocytes.

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    MacDougald, O A; Hwang, C. S.; Fan, H; Lane, M D

    1995-01-01

    A mutation within the obese gene was recently identified as the genetic basis for obesity in the ob/ob mouse. The obese gene product, leptin, is a 16-kDa protein expressed predominantly in adipose tissue. Consistent with leptin's postulated role as an extracellular signaling protein, human embryonic kidney 293 cells transfected with the obese gene secreted leptin with minimal intracellular accumulation. Upon differentiation of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes into adipocytes, the leptin mRNA was expresse...

  6. Inhibition of adipogenesis and leptin production in 3T3-L1 adipocytes by a derivative of meridianin C

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    Highlights: • Compound 7b, a meridianin C derivative, inhibits adipogenesis. • Compound 7b inhibits C/EBP-α, PPAR-γ, FAS, STAT-3, and STAT-5 in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. • Compound 7b inhibits leptin, but not adiponectin, expression in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. • Compound 7b thus may have therapeutic potential against obesity. - Abstract: Meridianin C, a marine alkaloid, is a potent protein kinase inhibitor and has anti-cancer activity. We have recently developed a series of meridianin C derivatives (compound 7a–7j) and reported their proviral integration Moloney Murine Leukemia Virus (pim) kinases’ inhibitory and anti-proliferative effects on human leukemia cells. Here we investigated the effect of these meridianin C derivatives on adipogenesis. Strikingly, among the derivatives tested, compound 7b most strongly inhibited lipid accumulation during the differentiation of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes into adipocytes. However, meridianin C treatment was largely cytotoxic to 3T3-L1 adipocytes. On mechanistic levels, compound 7b reduced not only the expressions of CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein-α (C/EBP-α), peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ (PPAR-γ), and fatty acid synthase (FAS) but also the phosphorylation levels of signal transducer and activator of transcription-3 (STAT-3) and STAT-5 during adipocyte differentiation. Moreover, compound 7b repressed leptin, but not adiponectin, expression during adipocyte differentiation. Collectively, these findings demonstrate that a meridianin C derivative inhibits adipogenesis by down-regulating expressions and/or phosphorylations of C/EBP-α, PPAR-γ, FAS, STAT-3 and STAT-5

  7. A Novel 4 DoFs (3T-1R) Parallel Manipulator with Actuation Redundancy - Workspace Analysis

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    Shayya, Samah; Krut, Sébastien; Company, Olivier; Baradat, Cédric; Pierrot, François

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents a novel 4 dofs (3T-1R) parallel actuatedly redundant mechanism and its workspace analysis, based on a performance index involving velocity and force capabilities. The robot is capable of performing a half-turn about the z axis. Moreover, having all of its prismatic actuators along one direction; the x motion is independent- only limited by the stroke of the prismatic actuators. The mechanism is characterized by elevated dynamical capabilities having its actuators at base.

  8. Inhibition of Adipogenesis and Induction of Apoptosis and Lipolysis by Stem Bromelain in 3T3-L1 Adipocytes

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    Sandeep Dave; Naval Jit Kaur; Ravikanth Nanduri; H Kitdorlang Dkhar; Ashwani Kumar; Pawan Gupta

    2012-01-01

    The phytotherapeutic protein stem bromelain (SBM) is used as an anti-obesity alternative medicine. We show at the cellular level that SBM irreversibly inhibits 3T3-L1 adipocyte differentiation by reducing adipogenic gene expression and induces apoptosis and lipolysis in mature adipocytes. At the molecular level, SBM suppressed adipogenesis by downregulating C/EBPα and PPARγ independent of C/EBPβ gene expression. Moreover, mRNA levels of adipocyte fatty acid-binding protein (ap2), fatty acid s...

  9. EURL ECVAM Recommendation on the 3T3 Neutral Red Uptake Cytotoxicity Assay for Acute Oral Toxicity Testing

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    PRIETO PERAITA Maria Del Pilar; GRIESINGER Claudius; AMCOFF SVEN PATRIK; Whelan, Maurice

    2013-01-01

    Acute oral toxicity is currently being assessed by a suite of refinement test methods based on the traditional LD50 lethality test and is, besides skin sensitisation, the only remaining animal test required under REACH Annex VII. In view of assessing the use of alternatives for this health endpoint, EURL ECVAM conducted a study on the 3T3 Neutral Red Uptake cytotoxicity test method addressing the method's capacity to support specifically the identification substances not requiring classificat...

  10. Tracking of Neural Stem Cells in Rats with Intracerebral Hemorrhage by the Use of 3T MRI

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    Chang, Nam Kyu; Jeong, Yong Yeon; Park, Jong Seong [Chonnam National University Medical School, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of)

    2008-06-15

    To access the feasibility of clinically available 3T MRI to detect the migration of labeled neural stem cells (NSCs) in intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) in a rat model. The ethics committee of our institution approved this study. ICH was induced by the injection of collagenase type IV into the right striatum of ten Sprague-Dawley rats. Human NSCs conjugated with Feridex (superparamagnetic iron oxide: SPIO) were transplanted into the left striatum one week after ICH induction. MRI was performed on a 3T scanner during the first, second, third, fourth, and sixth weeks post-transplantation. MRI was obtained using coronal T2- and T2{sup *}-weighted sequences. Two rats were sacrificed every week after in vivo MRI in order to analyze the histological findings. ICH in the right striatum was detected by MRI one and two weeks after transplantation without migration of the NSCs. There was no migration of the NSCs as seen on the histological findings one week after transplantation. The histological findings two weeks after transplantation showed a small number of NSCs along the corpus callosum. On MRI three weeks after transplantation, there was a hypointense line along the corpus callosum and decreased signal intensity in the right periventricular region. Histological findings three weeks after transplantation confirmed the presence of the hypointense line representing SPIO-labeled NSCs. MRI four and six weeks after transplantation showed a hypointense spot in the right periventricular region. The histological findings four and six weeks after transplantation showed the presence of prominent NSCs in the right periventricular region. 3T MRI can detect the migration of NSCs in rats with ICH along the corpus callosum. Therefore, 3T MRI could be feasible for detecting the migration of NSCs in the clinical setting of stem cell therapy

  11. Citrus aurantium flavonoids inhibit adipogenesis through the Akt signaling pathway in 3T3-L1 cells

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    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Obesity is a health hazard that is associated with a number of diseases and metabolic abnormalities, such as type-2 diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, and coronary heart disease. In the current study, we investigated the effects of Citrus aurantium flavonoids (CAF on the inhibition of adipogenesis and adipocyte differentiation in 3T3-L1 cells. Methods During adipocyte differentiation, 3T3-L1 cells were treated with 0, 10, and 50 μg/ml CAF, and then the mRNA and protein expression of adipogenesis-related genes was assayed. We examined the effect of CAF on level of phosphorylated Akt in 3T3-L1 cells treated with CAF at various concentrations during adipocyte differentiation. Results The insulin-induced expression of C/EBPβ and PPARγ mRNA and protein were significantly down-regulated in a dose-dependent manner following CAF treatment. CAF also dramatically decreased the expression of C/EBPα, which is essential for the acquisition of insulin sensitivity by adipocytes. Moreover, the expression of the aP2 and FAS genes, which are involved in lipid metabolism, decreased dramatically upon treatment with CAF. Interestingly, CAF diminished the insulin-stimulated serine phosphorylation of Akt (Ser473 and GSK3β (Ser9, which may reduce glucose uptake in response to insulin and lipid accumulation. Furthermore, CAF not only inhibited triglyceride accumulation during adipogenesis but also contributed to the lipolysis of adipocytes. Conclusions In the present study, we demonstrate that CAF suppressed adipogenesis in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. Our results indicated that CAF down-regulates the expression of C/EBPβ and subsequently inhibits the activation of PPARγ and C/EBPα. The anti-adipogenic activity of CAF was mediated by the inhibition of Akt activation and GSK3β phosphorylation, which induced the down-regulation of lipid accumulation and lipid metabolizing genes, ultimately inhibiting adipocyte differentiation.

  12. Carnosine retards tumor growth in vivo in an NIH3T3-HER2/neu mouse model

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    Meixensberger Jürgen; Gebhardt Rolf; Hengstler Jan; Hermes Matthias; Geiger Kathrin D; Fuchs Beate; Zemitzsch Nadine; Renner Christof; Gaunitz Frank

    2010-01-01

    Abstract Background It was previously demonstrated that the dipeptide carnosine inhibits growth of cultured cells isolated from patients with malignant glioma. In the present work we investigated whether carnosine also affects tumor growth in vivo and may therefore be considered for human cancer therapy. Results A mouse model was used to investigate whether tumor growth in vivo can be inhibited by carnosine. Therefore, NIH3T3 fibroblasts, conditionally expressing the human epidermal growth fa...

  13. Inhibition of adipogenesis and leptin production in 3T3-L1 adipocytes by a derivative of meridianin C

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    Park, Yu-Kyoung [Department of Molecular Medicine, College of Medicine, Keimyung University, 1095 Dalgubeoldaero, Dalseo-gu, Daegu 704-701 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Tae-Yoon [Department of Microbiology, College of Medicine, Yeungnam University, 170 Hyunchung-Ro, Nam-gu, Daegu 705-717 (Korea, Republic of); Choi, Jong-Soon [Division of Life Science, Korea Basic Science Institute, 169-148 Gwahakro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-333 (Korea, Republic of); Hong, Victor Sukbong [Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences, Keimyung University, 1095 Dalgubeoldaero, Dalseo-gu, Daegu 704-701 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Jinho, E-mail: jinho@gw.kmu.ac.kr [Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences, Keimyung University, 1095 Dalgubeoldaero, Dalseo-gu, Daegu 704-701 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Jong-Wook, E-mail: j303nih@dsmc.or.kr [Department of Immunology, College of Medicine, Keimyung University, 1095 Dalgubeoldaero, Dalseo-gu, Daegu 704-701 (Korea, Republic of); Jang, Byeong-Churl, E-mail: jangbc123@gw.kmu.ac.kr [Department of Molecular Medicine, College of Medicine, Keimyung University, 1095 Dalgubeoldaero, Dalseo-gu, Daegu 704-701 (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-10-03

    Highlights: • Compound 7b, a meridianin C derivative, inhibits adipogenesis. • Compound 7b inhibits C/EBP-α, PPAR-γ, FAS, STAT-3, and STAT-5 in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. • Compound 7b inhibits leptin, but not adiponectin, expression in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. • Compound 7b thus may have therapeutic potential against obesity. - Abstract: Meridianin C, a marine alkaloid, is a potent protein kinase inhibitor and has anti-cancer activity. We have recently developed a series of meridianin C derivatives (compound 7a–7j) and reported their proviral integration Moloney Murine Leukemia Virus (pim) kinases’ inhibitory and anti-proliferative effects on human leukemia cells. Here we investigated the effect of these meridianin C derivatives on adipogenesis. Strikingly, among the derivatives tested, compound 7b most strongly inhibited lipid accumulation during the differentiation of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes into adipocytes. However, meridianin C treatment was largely cytotoxic to 3T3-L1 adipocytes. On mechanistic levels, compound 7b reduced not only the expressions of CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein-α (C/EBP-α), peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ (PPAR-γ), and fatty acid synthase (FAS) but also the phosphorylation levels of signal transducer and activator of transcription-3 (STAT-3) and STAT-5 during adipocyte differentiation. Moreover, compound 7b repressed leptin, but not adiponectin, expression during adipocyte differentiation. Collectively, these findings demonstrate that a meridianin C derivative inhibits adipogenesis by down-regulating expressions and/or phosphorylations of C/EBP-α, PPAR-γ, FAS, STAT-3 and STAT-5.

  14. Effects of C-reactive protein on adipokines genes expression in 3T3-L1 adipocytes

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    Yuan, Guoyue, E-mail: yuanguoyue@hotmail.com [Department of Endocrinology, The Affiliated Hospital of Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu 212001 (China); Jia, Jue; Di, Liangliang [Department of Endocrinology, The Affiliated Hospital of Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu 212001 (China); Zhou, Libin [Ruijin Hospital, Center of Molecular Medicine, Shanghai Institute of Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases, State Key Laboratory of Medical Genomics, Shanghai Jiaotong University Medical School, 197, Ruijin Road II, Shanghai 200025 (China); Dong, Sijing; Ye, Jingjing; Wang, Dong; Yang, Ling; Wang, Jifang [Department of Endocrinology, The Affiliated Hospital of Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu 212001 (China); Li, Lianxi [Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Shanghai Jiao Tong University Affiliated Sixth People' s Hospital, 600, Yishan Road, Shanghai 200233 (China); Yang, Ying [Ruijin Hospital, Center of Molecular Medicine, Shanghai Institute of Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases, State Key Laboratory of Medical Genomics, Shanghai Jiaotong University Medical School, 197, Ruijin Road II, Shanghai 200025 (China); Mao, Chaoming [Department of Endocrinology, The Affiliated Hospital of Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu 212001 (China); Chen, Mingdao, E-mail: mingdaochensh@yahoo.com [Ruijin Hospital, Center of Molecular Medicine, Shanghai Institute of Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases, State Key Laboratory of Medical Genomics, Shanghai Jiaotong University Medical School, 197, Ruijin Road II, Shanghai 200025 (China)

    2012-08-03

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer CRP increases TNF-{alpha} and IL-6 genes expression in matured 3T3-L1 adipocytes. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer CRP suppresses adiponectin, leptin and PPAR-{gamma} mRNA levels in matured 3T3-L1 cells. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Wortmannin reverses effects of CRP on adiponectin, TNF-{alpha} and leptin mRNA levels. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer CRP may regulate IR, obesity and metabolic syndrome by this mechanism. -- Abstract: Adipose tissue is now recognized to be an important endocrine organ, secreting a variety of adipokines that are involved in the regulation of energy metabolism, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome. C-reactive protein (CRP) is considered as one of the most sensitive markers of inflammation. A number of studies have shown that elevation of CRP concentrations is an independent predictive parameter of type 2 diabetes mellitus, which is also strongly associated with various components of the metabolic syndrome. The aim of the present study is to investigate the effects of CRP on adipokines genes expression in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. Quantitative real-time PCR analysis revealed that CRP inhibited adiponectin, leptin and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma (PPAR-{gamma}) genes expression and raised tumor necrosis factor-{alpha} (TNF-{alpha}) and interleukin-6 (IL-6) mRNA levels in matured 3T3-L1 adipocytes in a dose and time-dependent manner. Pharmacological inhibition of phosphatidylinositol (PI)-3 kinase by wortmannin partially reversed the effects of CRP on adiponectin, TNF-{alpha} and leptin genes expression. These results collectively suggest that CRP regulates adiponectin, TNF-{alpha}, leptin, IL-6 and PPAR-{gamma} genes expression, and that might represent a mechanism by which CRP regulates insulin resistance, obesity and metabolic syndrome.

  15. Inhibition of Adipogenesis by Oligonol through Akt-mTOR Inhibition in 3T3-L1 Adipocytes

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    Jae-Yeo Park; Younghwa Kim; Jee Ae Im; Seungkwon You; Hyangkyu Lee

    2014-01-01

    Polyphenols have recently become an important focus of study in obesity research. Oligonol is an oligomerized polyphenol, typically comprised of catechin-type polyphenols from a variety of fruits, which has been found to exhibit better bioavailability and bioreactivity than natural polyphenol compounds. Here, we demonstrated that Oligonol inhibits 3T3-L1 adipocyte differentiation by reducing adipogenic gene expression. During adipogenesis, Oligonol downregulated the mRNA levels of peroxisome ...

  16. Mammalian ste20-like kinase and SAV1 promote 3T3-L1 adipocyte differentiation by activation of PPARγ.

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    Byoung Hee Park

    Full Text Available The mammalian ste20 kinase (MST signaling pathway plays an important role in the regulation of apoptosis and cell cycle control. We sought to understand the role of MST2 kinase and Salvador homolog 1 (SAV1, a scaffolding protein that functions in the MST pathway, in adipocyte differentiation. MST2 and MST1 stimulated the binding of SAV1 to peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ, a transcription factor that plays a key role in adipogenesis. The interaction of endogenous SAV1 and PPARγ was detected in differentiating 3T3-L1 adipocytes. This binding required the kinase activity of MST2 and was mediated by the WW domains of SAV1 and the PPYY motif of PPARγ. Overexpression of MST2 and SAV1 increased PPARγ levels by stabilizing the protein, and the knockdown of SAV1 resulted in a decrease of endogenous PPARγ protein in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. During the differentiation of 3T3-L1 cells into adipocytes, MST2 and SAV1 expression began to increase at 2 days when PPARγ expression also begins to increase. MST2 and SAV1 significantly increased PPARγ transactivation, and SAV1 was shown to be required for the activation of PPARγ by rosiglitazone. Finally, differentiation of 3T3-L1 cells was augmented by MST2 and SAV1 expression and inhibited by knockdown of MST1/2 or SAV1. These results suggest that PPARγ activation by the MST signaling pathway may be a novel regulatory mechanism of adipogenesis.

  17. 4-Hydroxyderricin, as a PPARγ Agonist, Promotes Adipogenesis, Adiponectin Secretion, and Glucose Uptake in 3T3-L1 Cells.

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    Li, Yongjia; Goto, Tsuyoshi; Yamakuni, Kanae; Takahashi, Haruya; Takahashi, Nobuyuki; Jheng, Huei-Fen; Nomura, Wataru; Taniguchi, Masahiko; Baba, Kimiye; Murakami, Shigeru; Kawada, Teruo

    2016-07-01

    Adipocyte differentiation plays a pivotal role in maintaining the production of small-size adipocytes with insulin sensitivity, and impaired adipogenesis is implicated in insulin resistance. 4-Hydroxyderricin (4-HD), a phytochemical component of Angelica keiskei, possesses diverse biological properties such as anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic, and antitumor. In the present study, we investigated the effects of 4-HD on adipocyte differentiation. 4-HD promoted lipid accumulation in 3T3-L1 cells, upregulated both peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR)-γ mRNA and protein expression, and acted as a ligand for PPARγ in the luciferase assay. Moreover, 4-HD increased the mRNA and protein expression levels of adiponectin. Additionally, it promoted insulin-dependent glucose uptake into 3T3-L1 adipocytes and increased Akt phosphorylation and glucose transporter (GLUT) 4 mRNA expression. In summary, these findings suggest that 4-HD, which promoted adipogenesis and insulin sensitivity in 3T3-L1 cells, might be a phytochemical with potent insulin-sensitizing effects. PMID:27098252

  18. Collagen-derived dipeptide prolyl-hydroxyproline promotes differentiation of MC3T3-E1 osteoblastic cells

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    Kimira, Yoshifumi, E-mail: kimira@josai.ac.jp [Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Josai University, 1-1 Keyakidai, Sakado, Saitama 350-0295 (Japan); Ogura, Kana; Taniuchi, Yuri [Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Josai University, 1-1 Keyakidai, Sakado, Saitama 350-0295 (Japan); Kataoka, Aya; Inoue, Naoki; Sugihara, Fumihito [Nitta Gelatin Inc., Peptide Division, 2-22 Futamata, Yao, Osaka 581-0024 (Japan); Nakatani, Sachie; Shimizu, Jun; Wada, Masahiro; Mano, Hiroshi [Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Josai University, 1-1 Keyakidai, Sakado, Saitama 350-0295 (Japan)

    2014-10-24

    Highlights: • Pro-Hyp did not affect MC3T3-E1 cell proliferation and matrix mineralization. • Pro-Hyp significantly increased alkaline phosphatase activity. • Pro-Hyp significantly upregulated gene expression of Runx2, Osterix, and Col1α1. - Abstract: Prolyl-hydroxyproline (Pro-Hyp) is one of the major constituents of collagen-derived dipeptides. The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of Pro-Hyp on the proliferation and differentiation of MC3T3-E1 osteoblastic cells. Addition of Pro-Hyp did not affect MC3T3-E1 cell proliferation and matrix mineralization but alkaline phosphatase activity was significantly increased. Furthermore, cells treated with Pro-Hyp significantly upregulated gene expression of Runx2, Osterix, and Col1α1. These results indicate that Pro-Hyp promotes osteoblast differentiation. This study demonstrates for the first time that Pro-Hyp has a positive effect on osteoblast differentiation with upregulation of Runx2, Osterix, and Collα1 gene expression.

  19. Proinflammatory cytokine production and insulin sensitivity regulated by overexpression of resistin in 3T3-L1 adipocytes

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    Garvey W Timothy

    2006-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Resistin is secreted from adipocytes, and high circulating levels have been associated with obesity and insulin resistance. To investigate whether resistin could exert autocrine effects in adipocytes, we expressed resistin gene in 3T3-L1 fibroblasts using a lentiviral vector, and selected several stably-transduced cell lines under blasticidin selection. We observed that 3T3-L1 adipocytes expressing resistin have a decreased gene expression for related transcriptional factors (CCAAT/enhancer binding protein α(C/EBPα , peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ, and adipocyte lipid binding protein (ALBP/aP2 which is one of target genes for the PPARγ during adipocyte differentiation,. Overexpression of resistin increased the levels of three proinflammatory cytokines, tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα, interleukin 6 (IL-6 and monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1, which play important roles for insulin resistance, glucose and lipid metabolisms during adipogenesis. Furthermore, overexpressing resistin in adipocytes inhibits glucose transport 4 (GLUT4 activity and its gene expression, reducing insulin's ability for glucose uptake by 30 %. In conclusion, resistin overexpression in stably transduced 3T3-L1 cells resulted in: 1 Attenuation of programmed gene expression responsible for adipogenesis; 2 Increase in expression of proinflammatory cytokines; 3 Decrease in insulin responsiveness of the glucose transport system. These data suggest a new role for resistin as an autocrine/paracrine factor affecting inflammation and insulin sensitivity in adipose tissue.

  20. Blockage of PPARδ increases the expression of inflammatory factors in 3T3-L1 cells stimulated with TNFα

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    ZHANG Li-li; ZHU Zhi-ming; CAO Ting-bing; WANG Li-juan

    2006-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the role of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors δ (PPARδ)in inflammatory reaction and its possible mechanism in adipocyte. Methods:Lentivirus-mediated RNA interference (RNAi) was used to block the expression of PPARδ in 3T3-L1 cells. In order to induce inflammation in 3T3-L1, cells were stimulated with tumor necrosis factor-α(TNFα, 20 ng/ml) for 4 h. The expression of PPARδ, nuclear factor κB (NFκB) and C reactive protein (CRP) were determined by Western blot analysis. Results:The expression of PPARδ was reduced by 80% after RNAi. Blockage of PPARδ promoted the expression of CRP and NFκB in cells stimulated with TNFα, but had no effect on normal cells. Conclusion: PPARδ is involved in inflammatory reaction in adipocyte. Blockage of PPARδ can promote the inflammation mediated by inflammatory factors and increase the expression of NFκB and CRP in 3T3-L1 cells stimulated with TNFα.

  1. Aculeatin, a coumarin derived from Toddalia asiatica (L.) Lam., enhances differentiation and lipolysis of 3T3-L1 adipocytes

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    Watanabe, Akio, E-mail: watanabea@jfrl.or.jp [Japan Food Research Laboratories, Osaka 567-0085 (Japan); Food and Biodynamic Chemistry Laboratory, Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Tohoku University, Miyagi 981-8555 (Japan); Kato, Tsuyoshi; Ito, Yusuke; Yoshida, Izumi; Harada, Teppei; Mishima, Takashi; Fujita, Kazuhiro; Watai, Masatoshi [Japan Food Research Laboratories, Osaka 567-0085 (Japan); Nakagawa, Kiyotaka; Miyazawa, Teruo [Food and Biodynamic Chemistry Laboratory, Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Tohoku University, Miyagi 981-8555 (Japan)

    2014-10-31

    Highlights: • Aculeatin promoted adipocyte differentiation. • Aculeatin improved glucose uptake. • Aculeatin enhanced adipocyte lipolysis. - Abstract: Toddalia asiatica (L.) Lam. (T. asiatica) has been utilized traditionally for medicinal purposes such as the treatment of diabetes. Currently, the extract is considered to be a good source of anti-diabetic agents, but the active compounds have yet to be identified. In this study, we investigated the effects of fractionated T. asiatica extracts on the differentiation of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes and identified aculeatin as a potential active agent. When 3T3-L1 preadipocytes were treated with aculeatin isolated from T. asiatica in the presence of insulin, aculeatin increased cellular triglyceride levels and glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase activity. This indicated that aculeatin could enhance the differentiation of preadipocytes into adipocytes. Further analyses using a DNA microarray and real-time quantitative reverse-transcription PCR showed an increase in the expression of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ target genes (Pparg, Ap2, Cd36, Glut4 and Adipoq) by aculeatin, suggesting that aculeatin enhances the differentiation of 3T3-L1 cells by modulating the expression of genes critical for adipogenesis. Interestingly, after treatment of differentiated adipocytes with aculeatin, glucose uptake and lipolysis were enhanced. Overall, our results suggested that aculeatin is an active compound in T. asiatica for enhancing both differentiation and lipolysis of adipocytes, which are useful for the treatment of lipid abnormalities as well as diabetes.

  2. Phorbol esters enhance attachment of NIH/3T3 cells to laminin and type IV collagen substrates

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    Kato, Shigemi; Ben, T.L.; De Luca, L.M. (National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD (USA))

    1988-11-01

    The effect of phorbol esters on the adhesive properties of NIH/3T3 mouse fibroblasts was investigated using plastic substrates precoated with the extracellular matrix proteins fibronectin, collagen, and laminin. Treatment with phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA) enhanced NIH/3T3 cell attachment to laminin and type IV collagen substrates but had little or no effect on attachment to fibronectin and type I collagen substrates. The effect of PMA in enhancing cell attachment to laminin and type IV collagen substrates was dose dependent between 10{sup {minus}9} and 10{sup {minus}7} M. PMA was effective as early as 30 min; the effect reached a maximum at 2 h and decreased gradually. Phorbol 12, 13-dibenzoate and phorbol 12, 13-diacetate were effective but to a lesser extent and phorbol 12-myristate and phorbol 13-acetate showed little or no effect. These results suggest that PMA may enhance NIH/3T3 cell adhesion through effects on laminin and type IV collagen receptors. Retinoic acid, which itself requires at least 6 h to show an effect on attachment, did not have any effect on cell attachment in 2 h and, if anything, slightly inhibited PMA-enhanced cell attachment to laminin and type IV collagen substrates.

  3. Software package r{sup 3}t. Model for transport and retention in porous media. Final report

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    Fein, E. (ed.)

    2004-07-01

    In long-termsafety analyses for final repositories for hazardous wastes in deep geological formations the impact to the biosphere due to potential release of hazardous materials is assessed for relevant scenarios. The model for migration of wastes from repositories to men is divided into three almost independent parts: the near field, the geosphere, and the biosphere. With the development of r{sup 3}t the feasibility to model the pollutant transport through the geosphere for porous or equivalent porous media in large, three-dimensional, and complex regions is established. Furthermore one has at present the ability to consider all relevant retention and interaction effects which are important for long-term safety analyses. These are equilibrium sorption, kinetically controlled sorption, diffusion into immobile pore waters, and precipitation. The processes of complexing, colloidal transport and matrix diffusion may be considered at least approximately by skilful choice of parameters. Speciation is not part of the very recently developed computer code r{sup 3}t. With r{sup 3}t it is possible to assess the potential dilution and the barrier impact of the overburden close to reality.

  4. Interação entre leptina, ginástica artística, puberdade e exercício em atletas do sexo feminino

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    Tatiana de Barros Meira; Myrian Nunomura

    2010-01-01

    Há evidências de que as atletas de ginástica artística (GA) apresentam desregulações no sistema reprodutório em relação à média populacional. A interação entre alguns fatores pode explicar esse fato: genética, estresse do exercício, baixa porcentagem de gordura corporal, má nutrição e ação da leptina. Por meio de uma revisão de literatura, discutimos resultados de pesquisas que relacionam a ação do hormônio leptina e desregulações no sistema reprodutório durante a puberdade em atletas de GA d...

  5. Otimização de metodologias para o estudo de interações entre nanopartículas e Staphylococcus aureus

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    Sequeira, Diana Maria Martins

    2013-01-01

    Dissertação de mestrado em Bioengenharia Para compreender as interações entre nanopartículas (NPs) e células bacterianas é importante a capacidade de observar diretamente NPs a interagirem com as células. Infelizmente, não estão disponíveis métodos para tal observação direta em solução, onde NPs e as células são misturadas em experiências típicas de nanomedicina. A gama do campo de observação e a resolução de microscopia eletrónica de varrimento (SEM) torna-a num excelente m...

  6. A comunicação e a interação na criança autista : um estudo de caso

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    Folgado, Sílvia Branco

    2014-01-01

    A Perturbação do Espetro do Autismo (PEA) assenta num conjunto de teorias explicativas, apresentando-se como uma perturbação global do desenvolvimento. Caracteriza-se pela presença de um desenvolvimento atípico na interação social, através de um acentuado défice no uso de comportamentos não-verbais, défices ao nível da comunicação, dos comportamentos, dos interesses e das atividades, que apresentam restrições, repetições e estereotipias. As perturbações do espetro do autismo constituem um...

  7. A dimensão do colectivo. reativar a interação e o contacto social no antigo convento de Santa Marta.

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    Falé, Ana Margarida Carvalho

    2013-01-01

    A presente dissertação tem como objetivo estudar as questões referentes ao estímulo da interação e do contacto social no espaço público e nos espaços de transição, muitas vezes encarados como elementos secundários na conceção arquitetónica. Para tal, a fundamentação teórica do tema encontra-se dividida em duas partes. Na primeira parte é feita uma abordagem ao espaço público exterior e é explorada a sua capacidade de atrair a população, fazendo com que esta disfrute de estadias e de experi...

  8. Interações entre o aluno com surdez, o professor e o intérprete em aulas de física: uma perspectiva Vygotskiana

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    Jaqueline Santos Vargas

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available O estudo apresenta uma análise das interações entre o aluno com surdez, o professor e o intérprete em sala de aula, além do papel desses sujeitos no processo de inclusão do aluno surdo. Trata-se de uma pesquisa qualitativa realizada em 10 escolas públicas de Ensino Médio de Campo Grande-MS que receberam 24 alunos com surdez. Nessa análise utilizamos a abordagem histórico cultural de Vygotsky. Os resultados evidenciaram que apenas o intérprete interage efetivamente com esses alunos e pouco colabora para que eles interajam com pessoas que não dominam a Língua Brasileira de Sinais. Em sala de aula, o professor transfere ao intérprete a responsabilidade pelo ensino e a aprendizagem desses alunos.

  9. Modest hypoxia significantly reduces triglyceride content and lipid droplet size in 3T3-L1 adipocytes

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    Highlights: •Long-term hypoxia decreased the size of LDs and lipid storage in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. •Long-term hypoxia increased basal lipolysis in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. •Hypoxia decreased lipid-associated proteins in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. •Hypoxia decreased basal glucose uptake and lipogenic proteins in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. •Hypoxia-mediated lipogenesis may be an attractive therapeutic target against obesity. -- Abstract: Background: A previous study has demonstrated that endurance training under hypoxia results in a greater reduction in body fat mass compared to exercise under normoxia. However, the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie this hypoxia-mediated reduction in fat mass remain uncertain. Here, we examine the effects of modest hypoxia on adipocyte function. Methods: Differentiated 3T3-L1 adipocytes were incubated at 5% O2 for 1 week (long-term hypoxia, HL) or one day (short-term hypoxia, HS) and compared with a normoxia control (NC). Results: HL, but not HS, resulted in a significant reduction in lipid droplet size and triglyceride content (by 50%) compared to NC (p < 0.01). As estimated by glycerol release, isoproterenol-induced lipolysis was significantly lowered by hypoxia, whereas the release of free fatty acids under the basal condition was prominently enhanced with HL compared to NC or HS (p < 0.01). Lipolysis-associated proteins, such as perilipin 1 and hormone-sensitive lipase, were unchanged, whereas adipose triglyceride lipase and its activator protein CGI-58 were decreased with HL in comparison to NC. Interestingly, such lipogenic proteins as fatty acid synthase, lipin-1, and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma were decreased. Furthermore, the uptake of glucose, the major precursor of 3-glycerol phosphate for triglyceride synthesis, was significantly reduced in HL compared to NC or HS (p < 0.01). Conclusion: We conclude that hypoxia has a direct impact on reducing the triglyceride content and lipid droplet size via

  10. Modest hypoxia significantly reduces triglyceride content and lipid droplet size in 3T3-L1 adipocytes

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    Hashimoto, Takeshi, E-mail: thashimo@fc.ritsumei.ac.jp [Faculty of Sport and Health Science, Ritsumeikan University, 1-1-1 Nojihigashi, Kusatsu, Shiga 525-8577 (Japan); Yokokawa, Takumi; Endo, Yuriko [Faculty of Sport and Health Science, Ritsumeikan University, 1-1-1 Nojihigashi, Kusatsu, Shiga 525-8577 (Japan); Iwanaka, Nobumasa [Ritsumeikan Global Innovation Research Organization, Ritsumeikan University, 1-1-1 Nojihigashi, Kusatsu, Shiga 525-8577 (Japan); Higashida, Kazuhiko [Faculty of Sport and Health Science, Ritsumeikan University, 1-1-1 Nojihigashi, Kusatsu, Shiga 525-8577 (Japan); Faculty of Sport Science, Waseda University, 2-579-15 Mikajima, Tokorozawa, Saitama 359-1192 (Japan); Taguchi, Sadayoshi [Faculty of Sport and Health Science, Ritsumeikan University, 1-1-1 Nojihigashi, Kusatsu, Shiga 525-8577 (Japan)

    2013-10-11

    Highlights: •Long-term hypoxia decreased the size of LDs and lipid storage in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. •Long-term hypoxia increased basal lipolysis in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. •Hypoxia decreased lipid-associated proteins in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. •Hypoxia decreased basal glucose uptake and lipogenic proteins in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. •Hypoxia-mediated lipogenesis may be an attractive therapeutic target against obesity. -- Abstract: Background: A previous study has demonstrated that endurance training under hypoxia results in a greater reduction in body fat mass compared to exercise under normoxia. However, the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie this hypoxia-mediated reduction in fat mass remain uncertain. Here, we examine the effects of modest hypoxia on adipocyte function. Methods: Differentiated 3T3-L1 adipocytes were incubated at 5% O{sub 2} for 1 week (long-term hypoxia, HL) or one day (short-term hypoxia, HS) and compared with a normoxia control (NC). Results: HL, but not HS, resulted in a significant reduction in lipid droplet size and triglyceride content (by 50%) compared to NC (p < 0.01). As estimated by glycerol release, isoproterenol-induced lipolysis was significantly lowered by hypoxia, whereas the release of free fatty acids under the basal condition was prominently enhanced with HL compared to NC or HS (p < 0.01). Lipolysis-associated proteins, such as perilipin 1 and hormone-sensitive lipase, were unchanged, whereas adipose triglyceride lipase and its activator protein CGI-58 were decreased with HL in comparison to NC. Interestingly, such lipogenic proteins as fatty acid synthase, lipin-1, and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma were decreased. Furthermore, the uptake of glucose, the major precursor of 3-glycerol phosphate for triglyceride synthesis, was significantly reduced in HL compared to NC or HS (p < 0.01). Conclusion: We conclude that hypoxia has a direct impact on reducing the triglyceride content and lipid droplet size via

  11. The Differentiation-and Proliferation-Inhibitory Effects of Sporamin from Sweet Potato in 3T3-L1 Preadipocytes

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    XIONG Zhi-dong; LI Peng-gao; MU Tai-hua

    2009-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of different concentrations of sporamin on the differentiation and proliferation of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes,providing the theoretical basis for the development of food to treat obesity and diabetes.The isolation and purification of sporamin from sweet potato species 55-2 were performed by ammonium sulphate precipitation in combination with ion-exchange and gel filtration chromatography.With berberine as a positive control,different concentrations of sporamin (0.000,0.125,0.025,0.250,0.500,and 1.000 mg mL-1) were used to treat 3T3-L1 preadipocytes.Intracellular fat accumulation and the degree of adipogenesis were quantified using Oil Red O staining and colorimetry.Preadipocytes differentiation was measured by 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazolyl-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT)spectrophotometric assay.Two sporamin proteins,which were separated into sporamin A (31 kD) and sporamin B (22 kD),could be purified by ion-exchange and gel filtration chromatography.After being treated by different concentrations of sporamin,the differentiation of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes was significantly inhibited,compared with the positive control.When the sporamin solution concentration was 0.500 mg mL-1,the accumulation of lipid droplets within the cells was significantly decreased and the optical density (OD) value of the solution from destained Oil Red O reached to 0.35,which was the lowest value (P < 0.05).The proliferation of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes was significantly inhibited by treating at higher sporamin concentrations.In addition,the inhibitory effect was more obvious with the prolonged treatment time (P< 0.05).The differentiation and proliferation of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes could be inhibited significantly by the addition of higher concentration sporamin.It was,therefore,suggested that the sporamin was potentially effective for weight loss.

  12. Optimisation of T{sub 2}{sup *}-weighted MRI for the detection of small veins in multiple sclerosis at 3 T and 7 T

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    Dixon, Jennifer Elizabeth, E-mail: jennifer.dixon@nottingham.ac.uk [Sir Peter Mansfield Magnetic Resonance Centre, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, NG7 2RD (United Kingdom); Simpson, Ashley, E-mail: ashley.simpson@nhs.net [Academic Division of Clinical Neurology, University of Nottingham, Queen' s Medical Centre, Nottingham, NG7 2UH (United Kingdom); Mistry, Niraj, E-mail: niraj.mistry@nottingham.ac.uk [Academic Division of Clinical Neurology, University of Nottingham, Queen' s Medical Centre, Nottingham, NG7 2UH (United Kingdom); Evangelou, Nikos, E-mail: nikos.evangelou@nuh.nhs.uk [Academic Division of Clinical Neurology, University of Nottingham, Queen' s Medical Centre, Nottingham, NG7 2UH (United Kingdom); Morris, Peter Gordon, E-mail: peter.morris@nottingham.ac.uk [Sir Peter Mansfield Magnetic Resonance Centre, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, NG7 2RD (United Kingdom)

    2013-05-15

    T{sub 2}{sup *}-weighted magnetic resonance imaging at 7 T has recently been shown to allow differentiation between white-matter multiple sclerosis lesions and asymptomatic white-matter lesions, by the presence or absence of a detectable central blood vessel. The aim of the present work is to improve the technique by increasing the sensitivity to veins at both 3 T and 7 T, and to assess the benefit of ultra-high-field imaging. Signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) measurements and simulations are used to compare the sensitivity of magnitude T{sub 2}{sup *}-weighted and susceptibility-weighted images for the detection of small veins (<1 pixel in diameter), both with and without the use of gadolinium. The simulations are used to predict the optimal scanning parameters in order to increase the sensitivity to these veins at both field strengths, and to reduce the inherent dependence on vessel orientation. The sensitivities of the sequences at both field strengths are compared, theoretically and experimentally, in order to quantify the benefit of imaging at ultra-high-field. Subjects with multiple sclerosis (MS) are scanned at both field strengths, using the optimised sequence parameters, as well as those used in previously published work, and the optimisation is shown to improve the detection of veins within lesions.

  13. Purification and Characterization of Aporphine Alkaloids from Leaves of Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn and Their Effects on Glucose Consumption in 3T3-L1 Adipocytes

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    Chengjun Ma

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Aporphine alkaloids from the leaves of Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn are substances of great interest because of their important pharmacological activities, particularly anti-diabetic, anti-obesity, anti-hyperlipidemic, anti-oxidant, and anti-HIV’s activities. In order to produce large amounts of pure alkaloid for research purposes, a novel method using high-speed counter-current chromatography (HSCCC was developed. Without any initial cleanup steps, four main aporphine alkaloids, including 2-hydroxy-1-methoxyaporphine, pronuciferine, nuciferine and roemerine were successfully purified from the crude extract by HSCCC in one step. The separation was performed with a simple two-phase solvent system composed of n-hexane-ethyl acetate-methanol-acetonitrile-water (5:3:3:2.5:5, v/v/v/v/v. In each operation, 100 mg crude extracts was separated and yielded 6.3 mg of 2-hydroxy-1-methoxyaporphine (95.1% purity, 1.1 mg of pronuciferine (96.8% purity, 8.5 mg of nuciferine (98.9% purity, and 2.7 mg of roemerine (97.4% respectively. The chemical structure of four aporphine alkaloids are identified by means of electrospray ionization MS (ESI-MS and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR analysis. Moreover, the effects of four separated aporphine alkaloids on insulin-stimulated glucose consumption were examined in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. The results showed that 2-hydroxy-1-methoxyaporphine and pronuciferine increased the glucose consumption significantly as rosiglitazone did.

  14. Final Gleason Score Prediction Using Discriminant Analysis and Support Vector Machine Based on Preoperative Multiparametric MR Imaging of Prostate Cancer at 3T

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    Fusun Citak-Er

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. This study aimed at evaluating linear discriminant analysis (LDA and support vector machine (SVM classifiers for estimating final Gleason score preoperatively using multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging (mp-MRI and clinical parameters. Materials and Methods. Thirty-three patients who underwent mp-MRI on a 3T clinical MR scanner and radical prostatectomy were enrolled in this study. The input features for classifiers were age, the presence of a palpable prostate abnormality, prostate specific antigen (PSA level, index lesion size, and Likert scales of T2 weighted MRI (T2w-MRI, diffusion weighted MRI (DW-MRI, and dynamic contrast enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI estimated by an experienced radiologist. SVM based recursive feature elimination (SVM-RFE was used for eliminating features. Principal component analysis (PCA was applied for data uncorrelation. Results. Using a standard PCA before final Gleason score classification resulted in mean sensitivities of 51.19% and 64.37% and mean specificities of 72.71% and 39.90% for LDA and SVM, respectively. Using a Gaussian kernel PCA resulted in mean sensitivities of 86.51% and 87.88% and mean specificities of 63.99% and 56.83% for LDA and SVM, respectively. Conclusion. SVM classifier resulted in a slightly higher sensitivity but a lower specificity than LDA method for final Gleason score prediction for prostate cancer for this limited patient population.

  15. Preliminary observations and clinical value of N-acetyl resonances in ovarian tumours using in-vivo proton MR spectroscopy at 3T

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    To retrospectively evaluate the clinical significance of N-acetyl resonances at 2 ppm in in-vivo proton magnetic resonance (MR) spectroscopy for distinguishing mucinous and non-mucinous tumours in patients with ovarian masses. MR spectroscopy was performed in patients with pathologically diagnosed ovarian tumours at 3T-MR imaging. Single-voxel MR spectroscopy data were collected from a single square volume of interest that encompassed the ovarian masses. The metabolite resonance peak areas at 2 ppm were quantified relative to unsuppressed water using a software package (LCModel). A total of 32 ovarian lesions in 32 patients were evaluated in this study. High metabolite peak at 2 ppm was observed in all nine mucinous tumours (9.71 +/- 7.46 mM), whereas low peak was observed in 14 of 23 non-mucinous tumours (3.12 +/- 1.42 mM) (p < 0.001). Using a cut off value of 4.45 mM for mucinous tumours had a sensitivity of 89%, specificity of 86%, PPV of 80%, and NPV of 92%. Proton MR spectroscopy with quantitative evaluation of the metabolite at 2 ppm concentration, which may suggest the presence of mucinous material containing N-acetyl mucinous compounds, can provide helpful information in distinguishing mucinous and non-mucinous ovarian tumours. (orig.)

  16. Interações silício-fósforo em solos cultivados com eucalipto em casa de vegetação

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    Carvalho Rui

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho teve o objetivo de avaliar as interações Si-P em dois solos, por meio do estado nutricional de P em mudas de Eucalyptus grandis sob efeito de aplicação de Si. Foram conduzidos dois experimentos em casa de vegetação, utilizando como substratos as camadas superficiais (0-20 cm de profundidade de um Latossolo Vermelho-Escuro fase cerrado e de um Cambissolo fase campo cerrado da zona fisiográfica Campos das Vertentes, MG . Cada solo foi submetido a três incubações seqüenciais: CaCO3 + MgCO3 para manter o pH em torno de 6, fertilização básica, incluindo o P em dose única, para manter 0,2 mg L-1 de P em solução e seis doses de Si (CaSiO3 definidas com base na dose de P. Foram avaliados a produção de matéria seca da parte aérea (MSPA, conteúdo de P e Si na MSPA e frações fosfatadas e fosfatase ácida em folhas apicais aos 60, 90 e 120 dias após o transplantio das mudas para os vasos. Ajustaram-se superfícies de resposta para essas variáveis em razão das doses de Si e das épocas. Mudas cultivadas no Cambissolo tiveram ganho de 15,25% no conteúdo de P na MSPA. Frações fosfatadas e atividade da fosfatase ácida em plantas não mostraram sensibilidade para avaliar a interação Si-P nos dois solos.

  17. Importância das interações cultivares x locais e cultivares x anos na avaliação de milho na safrinha

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    Flávia Maria Avelar Gonçalves

    1999-07-01

    Full Text Available Com o objetivo de verificar a importância da interação cultivares x locais e cultivares x anos e de identificar entre os híbridos já disponíveis os que sejam mais adaptados e estáveis para o cultivo em safrinha, foram estimados os parâmetros de adaptabilidade e estabilidade a partir de dados obtidos em experimentos de avaliação de cultivares de milho na safrinha, nos anos de 1993, 1994 e 1995. Esses experimentos foram conduzidos nos Estados de São Paulo, Goiás e Paraná. O delineamento utilizado foi em blocos casualizados com três repetições. Constatou-se que a magnitude da variância da interação cultivares com anos dentro de locais foi mais expressiva do que entre locais, o que indica a necessidade de que as avaliações de cultivares na safrinha sejam realizadas num maior número de anos. As cultivares diferiram quanto à adaptabilidade e estabilidade de produção de grãos. Os materiais que se destacaram como mais adaptados e estáveis foram o híbrido simples Zeneca 8452, o híbrido triplo C 805 e o híbrido duplo Agromen 2012. Já os híbridos duplos BR 201, Planagri 411, AG 303 e C 125 foram os que mostraram menor adaptação e maior instabilidade.

  18. A interação sincronia/diacronia no estudo da sintaxe The interaction synchrony/diachrony in the study of syntax

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    Maria Angélica FURTADO DA CUNHA

    1999-02-01

    Full Text Available Nas pesquisas funcionalistas mais recentes nota-se uma orientação cada vez mais acentuada para a investigação histórica dos fatos lingüísticos, associada à descrição sincrônica. A interação/interdependência sincronia/diacronia é fundamental na compreensão do processo de gramaticalização. Além do exame sincrônico das formas gramaticais como um fenômeno discursivo-pragmático, primariamente sintático, cabe também investigar a origem dessas formas no discurso e as trajetórias de mudança por que passam. Estudos sobre a trajetória e configuração atual de itens como `onde' e `ir', ou de processos como integração sintática por encaixamento, ou de processos como repetição e negação, atestam as vantagens dessa interação, que resulta na abordagem pancrônica.In the more recent functionalist researches one can notice a strong tendency toward the historical investigation of linguistic facts, together with synchronic descriptions. The interaction and interdependence synchrony/ diachrony is central to the understanding of the process of grammaticalization since, besides the synchronic analysis of grammatical forms as a discourse-pragmatic phenomenon, primarily syntactic, one should also investigate the origin of these forms in discourse and the paths of change along which they proceed. Studies on the trajectory and current configuration of items such as `onde' and `ir', of processes such as syntactic integration by embedding or of processes such as repetition and negation, give evidence of this interaction, which results in the panchronic approach.

  19. Quantitative multi-parameter mapping of R1, PD*, MT and R2* at 3T: a multi-center validation

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    Full Text Available Multi-center studies using magnetic resonance imaging facilitate studying small effect sizes, global population variance and rare diseases. The reliability and sensitivity of these multi-center studies crucially depend on the comparability of the data generated at different sites and time points. The level of inter-site comparability is still controversial for conventional anatomical T1-weighted MRI data. Quantitative multi-parameter mapping (MPM was designed to provide MR parameter measures that are comparable across sites and time points, i.e., 1mm high-resolution maps of the longitudinal relaxation rate (R1=1/T1, effective proton density (PD*, magnetization transfer saturation (MT and effective transverse relaxation rate (R2*=1/T2*. MPM was validated at 3T for use in multi-center studies by scanning five volunteers at three different sites. We determined the inter-site bias, inter-site and intra-site coefficient of variation (CoV for typical morphometric measures (i.e., gray matter probability maps used in voxel-based morphometry and the four quantitative parameters. The inter-site bias and CoV were smaller than 3.1% and 8%, respectively, except for the inter-site CoV of R2* (< 20%. The gray matter probability maps based on the MT parameter maps had a 14% higher inter-site reproducibility than maps based on conventional T1-weighted images. The low inter-site bias and variance in the parameters and derived gray matter probability maps confirm the high comparability of the quantitative maps across sites and time points. The reliability, short acquisition time, high resolution and the detailed insights into the brain microstructure provided by MPM makes it an efficient tool for multi-center imaging studies.

  20. Preliminary study of 3T 1H MR spectroscopy in bone and soft tissue tumors

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    QI Zi-hua; LI Chuan-fu; LI Zhen-feng; ZHANG Kai; WANG Qian; YU De-xin

    2009-01-01

    Background Magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) is one method that can examine noninvasively the alive specimen of the organ, metabolism of the organ and cell, and the biochemistry change. MRS provides the biochemistry information that may be used to diagnose tumors or differentiate the malignant tumor from benign. The objective of this study is to investigate the benign and malignant bone and soft tissue tumors by 1H-MR spectroscopy (1H-MRS) on a 3 Tesla MR scanner, then to assess the usefulness of 'H-MRS in diagnosing bone and soft tissue tumors and distinguishing benign from malignant tumors. Methods Fifty-six patients with bone and soft tissue tumors proved clinically and pathologically were examined with 1H-MRS. 1H-MRS was performed to study malignant musculoskeletal tumors, benign tumors and normal muscle adjacent to lesions to analyze the characteristics, and single-voxel point-resolved spectroscopy sequence was used. Proton brain exam-single voxel of 1H-MRS which directly appeared in the spectrum, was observed to find the peak height of choline compounds (Cho) opposite to the creatine (Cr), and whether there was a Cho peak. Metabolite values were calculated automatically from the area under each metabolite peak by the Functool 3.1 software. Metabolite ratios of Cho/Cr were manually calculated. Then according to the results, it was judged whether there existed benign or malignant tumors. The Kappa statistical test was used to analyze the MRS results, the histopathology data and the surgical situation. Statistics processing was performed using the software package SPSS11.5 for Windows. Results1H-MRS spectra style of bone and soft tissue tumors was different from that of normal muscle, and differences also existed between benign and malignant tumors. Choline level in malignant tumor was markedly higher than that in benign tumors. Cho/Cr in malignant tumor was higher than in benign tumor significantly (P<0.05). The true positive rate of bone and soft tissue

  1. 催产素对3T3-L1脂肪细胞糖脂代谢的影响%Effect of oxytocin on glucose and lipid metabolism of 3T3-L1 adipocytes

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    朱天一; 钱唯韵; 汤冰倩; 胡浩; 俞淑琴; 孙文君; 袁国跃

    2014-01-01

    目的:观察催产素对3T3-L1脂肪细胞糖脂代谢的影响。方法3T3-L1前脂肪细胞体外培养,并诱导其分化成熟为脂肪细胞。研究催产素对脂肪细胞葡萄糖消耗量以及三酰甘油、游离脂肪酸和甘油的影响。采用实时荧光定量PCR法检测糖脂代谢相关基因GLUT-1、GLUT-4、ATGT、HSL的mRNA表达。结果与对照组比较,催产素20、50、100μg/mL组葡萄糖消耗量有所增加,且表现出剂量相关。催产素组较对照组的三酰甘油降低,而甘油和游离脂肪酸增高。催产素50μg/mL组中脂代谢相关基因HSL表达明显高于对照组,糖代谢相关基因GLUT-4 mRNA表达水平增加。结论催产素处理可减少3T3-L1细胞脂质合成、增加脂质分解作用,并可明显改善脂质积聚。%Objective To study the effect of oxytocin on glucose and lipid metabolism in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. Methods Preadipocytes from 3T3-L1 cell line were cultured in vitro and induced to differentiate to adipocytes. Mature adipocytes were treated with oxytocin. Glucose consumption, triglyceride, free fat acid, and glycerol levels were determined. The mRNA expression of differentiation marker genes such as GLUT-1, GLUT-4, ATGT, and HSL were evaluated by RT-PCR method. Results The glucose consumption in the oxytocin (20, 50, and 100μg/mL) groups were increased with dose-dependent relationship compared with control group. Triglyceride in the oxytocin group was lower than that in control group, while glycerol and free fatty acid decreased. There was significant increase of expression levels of lipid metabolism related gene HSL and sugar metabolism related gene GLUT-4 mRNA in the oxytocin (50μg/mL) group compared with control group. Conclusion Treatment of oxytocin may reduce 3T3-L1 cell lipid synthesis, increase lipid decomposition, and obviously improve lipid accumulation.

  2. TNF-α Induces Caspase-1 Activation Independently of Simultaneously Induced NLRP3 in 3T3-L1 Cells.

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    Furuoka, Mana; Ozaki, Kei-Ichi; Sadatomi, Daichi; Mamiya, Sayaka; Yonezawa, Tomo; Tanimura, Susumu; Takeda, Kohsuke

    2016-12-01

    The intracellular cysteine protease caspase-1 is critically involved in obesity-induced inflammation in adipose tissue. A substantial body of evidence from immune cells, such as macrophages, has shown that caspase-1 activation depends largely on a protein complex, called the NLRP3 inflammasome, which consists of the NOD-like receptor (NLR) family protein NLRP3, the adaptor protein ASC, and caspase-1 itself. However, it is not fully understood how caspase-1 activation is regulated within adipocytes upon inflammatory stimuli. In this study, we show that TNF-α-induced activation of caspase-1 is accompanied by robust induction of NLRP3 in 3T3-L1 adipocytes but that caspase-1 activation may not depend on the NLRP3 inflammasome. Treatment of 3T3-L1 cells with TNF-α induced mRNA expression and activation of caspase-1. Although the basal expression of NLRP3 and ASC was undetectable in unstimulated cells, TNF-α strongly induced NLRP3 expression but did not induce ASC expression. Interestingly, inhibitors of the ERK MAP kinase pathway strongly suppressed NLRP3 expression but did not suppress the expression and activation of caspase-1 induced by TNF-α, suggesting that NLRP3 is dispensable for TNF-α-induced caspase-1 activation. Moreover, we did not detect the basal and TNF-α-induced expression of other NLR proteins (NLRP1a, NLRP1b, and NLRC4), which do not necessarily require ASC for caspase-1 activation. These results suggest that TNF-α induces caspase-1 activation in an inflammasome-independent manner in 3T3-L1 cells and that the ERK-dependent expression of NLRP3 may play a role independently of its canonical role as a component of inflammasomes. J. Cell. Physiol. 231: 2761-2767, 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:26989816

  3. Radicicol, a heat shock protein 90 inhibitor, inhibits differentiation and adipogenesis in 3T3-L1 preadipocytes

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    Highlights: •Radicicol suppressed intracellular fat accumulation in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. •Radicicol inhibited the expression of FAS and FABP4. •Radicicol blocked cell cycle at the G1-S phase during cell differentiation. •Radicicol inhibited the PDK1/Akt pathway in adipocyte differentiation. -- Abstract: Heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90) is involved in various cellular processes, such as cell proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis. As adipocyte differentiation plays a critical role in obesity development, the present study investigated the effect of an Hsp90 inhibitor radicicol on the differentiation of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes and potential mechanisms. The cells were treated with different concentrations of radicicol during the first 8 days of cell differentiation. Adipogenesis, the expression of adipogenic transcriptional factors, differentiation makers and cell cycle were determined. It was found that radicicol dose-dependently decreased intracellular fat accumulation through down-regulating the expression of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ) and CCAAT element binding protein α (C/EBPα), fatty acid synthase (FAS) and fatty acid-binding protein 4 (FABP4). Flow cytometry analysis revealed that radicicol blocked cell cycle at G1-S phase. Radicicol redcued the phosphorylation of Akt while showing no effect on β-catenin expression. Radicicol decreased the phosphorylation of phosphoinositide-dependent kinase 1 (PDK1). The results suggest that radicicol inhibited 3T3-L1 preadipocyte differentiation through affecting the PDK1/Akt pathway and subsequent inhibition of mitotic clonal expansion and the expression/activity of adipogenic transcriptional factors and their downstream adipogenic proteins

  4. Role of perfusion-weighted imaging at 3 T in the histopathological differentiation between astrocytic and oligodendroglial tumors

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    Objective: The differentiation of oligodendroglial tumors from astrocytic tumors is important clinically, because oligodendroglial tumors are more chemosensitive than astrocytic tumors. This study was designed to clarify the usefulness of 3 T MR perfusion imaging (PWI) in the histopathological differentiation between astrocytic and oligodendroglial tumors. This is because there is a growing interest in the diagnostic performance of 3 T MR imaging, which has the advantages of a higher signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and greater spatial and temporal resolution. Materials and methods: This study retrospectively included 24 consecutive patients with supratentorial, WHO grade II and III astrocytic and oligodendroglial tumors (7 astrocytic, 10 oligoastrocytic, and 7 oligodendroglial tumors) that were newly diagnosed and resected between November 2006 and December 2009 at Hiroshima University Hospital. These patients underwent dynamic susceptibility contrast-enhanced (DSC) PWI relative cerebral blood volume (rCBV) measurements before treatment. Astrocytic tumors were designated as the astrocytic group, and oligoastrocytic and oligodendroglial tumors as the oligodendroglial group. The regions of interest with the maximum rCBV values within the tumors were normalized relative to the contra-lateral white matter (rCBVmax). Results: The average rCBVmax of astrocytic tumors (2.01 ± 0.68) was significantly lower than that of the oligoastrocytic (4.60 ± 1.05) and oligodendroglial tumors (6.17 ± 0.867) (P < 0.0001). A cut-off value of 3.0 allowed to differentiate the oligodendroglial group from the astrocytic group at 100% sensitivity and 87.5% specificity. Conclusion: The rCBVmax values obtained from 3 T MR PWI may be useful as an adjunct to the postoperative histopathological diagnosis of glioma patients.

  5. Macerated-Pineapple Core Crude Extract-derived Bromelain Has Low Cytotoxic Effect in NIH-3T3 Fibroblast

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    Dewi Liliany Margaretta

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Bromelain is a sulfhydryl proteolytic enzyme that can hydrolyze protein, protease or peptide. Bromelain can be found in pineapple stem, fruit and core. Bromelain is composed of 212 amino acid residues with cysteine-25 forming a polypeptide chain that can hydrolyze peptide bonds by H2O. In medicine, bromelain has been developed as antibiotic, cancer drug, anti-inflammatory agent and immunomodulator. In dentistry, bromelain has potential to reduce plaque formation on the teeth and to irrigate root canal. METHODS: Pineapple core was dried for 3 days to get simplicia. Then simplicia was extracted with water solvent for 24 hours. After that, the macerated-pineapple core crude extract-derived bromelain (PCB was separated by Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate-Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE followed by Coomassie Brilliant Blue (CBB staining to ensure the presence of bromelain. In cytotoxic test, NIH-3T3 fibroblast cultures were treated with extracts in various concentrations to for 24 or 48 hours. Number of fibroblasts was calculated using 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2- yl-2,5-Diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT assay. RESULTS: Pineapple core extraction using maceration method produced relative high yield (concentration: 1.5424 g/mL of bromelain, which was confirmed by CBB staining results with the molecular weight of 33 kDa. Based on cytotoxic test results of PCB on NIH-3T3 fibroblasts, 24-hours-incubation LD50 was 95.7 g/L, while 48-hours-incubation LD50 was 51.1 g/L. CONCLUSIONS: PCB has low cytotoxic effect in NIH-3T3 fibroblasts. KEYWORDS: bromelain, pineapple, extract, cytotoxic, MTT.

  6. High-level expression of human insulin receptor cDNA in mouse NIH 3T3 cells

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    In order to develop a simple, efficient system for the high-level expression of human insulin receptors in eukaryotic cells, a full-length human kidney insulin receptor cDNA was inserted into a bovine papilloma virus vector under the control of the mouse metallothionein promoter. After transfection of mouse NIH 3T3 cells with this construct, seven cell lines expressing insulin receptors were isolated; two cell lines had more than 106 receptors per cell. The cell line with the highest 125I-insulin binding (NIH 3T3 HIR3.5) had 6 x 106 receptors with a K/sub d/ of 10-9 M. This level was not dependent on exposure to metals but could be increased further to 2 x 107 receptors per cell by addition of sodium butyrate to the culture medium. The α and β subunits had apparent molecular weights of 147,000 and 105,000, respectively (compared to 135,000 and 95,000 in IM-9 human lymphocytes), values identical to those of the α and β subunits of the insulin receptors of nontransformed NIH 3T3 cells. This size difference was due to altered carbohydrate composition, as N-glycanase digestion reduced the apparent receptor subunit size of the transfected cells and IM-9 lymphocytes to identical values. The alteration in N-linked oligosaccharide composition could not be ascribed to differences in the kinetics of posttranslational processing of the insulin receptors, which was comparable to that of other cells studied. The basal rate of glycogen synthesis in the cells overexpressing insulin receptors was increased 4- to 5-fold compared with controls. Low levels of added insulin (0.1 nM) caused a 50% increase in the rate of glycogen synthesis

  7. High-level expression of human insulin receptor cDNA in mouse NIH 3T3 cells

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    Whittaker, J.; Okamoto, A.K.; Thys, R.; Bell, G.I.; Steiner, D.F.; Hofmann, C.A.

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    In order to develop a simple, efficient system for the high-level expression of human insulin receptors in eukaryotic cells, a full-length human kidney insulin receptor cDNA was inserted into a bovine papilloma virus vector under the control of the mouse metallothionein promoter. After transfection of mouse NIH 3T3 cells with this construct, seven cell lines expressing insulin receptors were isolated; two cell lines had more than 10/sup 6/ receptors per cell. The cell line with the highest /sup 125/I-insulin binding (NIH 3T3 HIR3.5) had 6 x 10/sup 6/ receptors with a K/sub d/ of 10/sup -9/ M. This level was not dependent on exposure to metals but could be increased further to 2 x 10/sup 7/ receptors per cell by addition of sodium butyrate to the culture medium. The ..cap alpha.. and ..beta.. subunits had apparent molecular weights of 147,000 and 105,000, respectively (compared to 135,000 and 95,000 in IM-9 human lymphocytes), values identical to those of the ..cap alpha.. and ..beta.. subunits of the insulin receptors of nontransformed NIH 3T3 cells. This size difference was due to altered carbohydrate composition, as N-glycanase digestion reduced the apparent receptor subunit size of the transfected cells and IM-9 lymphocytes to identical values. The alteration in N-linked oligosaccharide composition could not be ascribed to differences in the kinetics of posttranslational processing of the insulin receptors, which was comparable to that of other cells studied. The basal rate of glycogen synthesis in the cells overexpressing insulin receptors was increased 4- to 5-fold compared with controls. Low levels of added insulin (0.1 nM) caused a 50% increase in the rate of glycogen synthesis

  8. Radicicol, a heat shock protein 90 inhibitor, inhibits differentiation and adipogenesis in 3T3-L1 preadipocytes

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    He, Yonghan [Department of Nutrition and Food Hygiene, Public Health College, Harbin Medical University, 157 Baojian Road, Harbin 150081 (China); Aquatic and Crop Resource Development, Life Sciences Branch, National Research Council Canada, Charlottetown, PE, Canada C1A 4P3 (Canada); State Key Laboratory of Genetic Resources and Evolution, Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming 650223 (China); Li, Ying [Department of Nutrition and Food Hygiene, Public Health College, Harbin Medical University, 157 Baojian Road, Harbin 150081 (China); Zhang, Shuocheng [Aquatic and Crop Resource Development, Life Sciences Branch, National Research Council Canada, Charlottetown, PE, Canada C1A 4P3 (Canada); Perry, Ben [Aquatic and Crop Resource Development, Life Sciences Branch, National Research Council Canada, Charlottetown, PE, Canada C1A 4P3 (Canada); Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PE, Canada C1A 4P3 (Canada); Zhao, Tiantian [Aquatic and Crop Resource Development, Life Sciences Branch, National Research Council Canada, Charlottetown, PE, Canada C1A 4P3 (Canada); Department of Psychology, University of Toronto, 1265 Military Trail, Toronto, ON, Canada M1C 1A4 (Canada); Wang, Yanwen, E-mail: yanwen.wang@nrc.ca [Aquatic and Crop Resource Development, Life Sciences Branch, National Research Council Canada, Charlottetown, PE, Canada C1A 4P3 (Canada); Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PE, Canada C1A 4P3 (Canada); Sun, Changhao, E-mail: sun2002changhao@yahoo.com [Department of Nutrition and Food Hygiene, Public Health College, Harbin Medical University, 157 Baojian Road, Harbin 150081 (China)

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    Highlights: •Radicicol suppressed intracellular fat accumulation in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. •Radicicol inhibited the expression of FAS and FABP4. •Radicicol blocked cell cycle at the G1-S phase during cell differentiation. •Radicicol inhibited the PDK1/Akt pathway in adipocyte differentiation. -- Abstract: Heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90) is involved in various cellular processes, such as cell proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis. As adipocyte differentiation plays a critical role in obesity development, the present study investigated the effect of an Hsp90 inhibitor radicicol on the differentiation of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes and potential mechanisms. The cells were treated with different concentrations of radicicol during the first 8 days of cell differentiation. Adipogenesis, the expression of adipogenic transcriptional factors, differentiation makers and cell cycle were determined. It was found that radicicol dose-dependently decreased intracellular fat accumulation through down-regulating the expression of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPAR{sub γ}) and CCAAT element binding protein α (C/EBP{sub α}), fatty acid synthase (FAS) and fatty acid-binding protein 4 (FABP4). Flow cytometry analysis revealed that radicicol blocked cell cycle at G1-S phase. Radicicol redcued the phosphorylation of Akt while showing no effect on β-catenin expression. Radicicol decreased the phosphorylation of phosphoinositide-dependent kinase 1 (PDK1). The results suggest that radicicol inhibited 3T3-L1 preadipocyte differentiation through affecting the PDK1/Akt pathway and subsequent inhibition of mitotic clonal expansion and the expression/activity of adipogenic transcriptional factors and their downstream adipogenic proteins.

  9. 26 CFR 1.58-3T - Treatment of non-alternative tax itemized deductions by trusts and estates and their...

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    ... 26 Internal Revenue 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 true Treatment of non-alternative tax itemized deductions by trusts and estates and their beneficiaries in taxable years beginning after December 31, 1982 (temporary). 1.58-3T Section 1.58-3T Internal Revenue INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY INCOME TAX INCOME TAXES Tax...

  10. The anti-apoptotic MAP kinase pathway is inhibited in NIH3T3 fibroblasts with increased expression of phosphatidylinositol transfer protein β

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    Schenning, M.; van Tiel, C.M.; Wirtz, K.W.A.; Snoek, G.T.

    2007-01-01

    Mouse NIH3T3 fibroblast cells overexpressing phosphatidylinositol transfer protein ß (PI-TPß, SPIß cells) demonstrate a low rate of proliferation and a high sensitivity towards UV-induced apoptosis when compared with wtNIH3T3 cells. In contrast, SPIßS262A cells overexpressing a mutant PI-TPß that la

  11. Function and antigen recognition pattern of L3T4+ T-cell clones from Mycobacterium tuberculosis-immune mice.

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    Kaufmann, S H; Flesch, I

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    T-cell clones were established from Mycobacterium tuberculosis-immunized mice. These clones had the phenotype Thy-1+ L3T4+ Lyt-2- and were restricted by the H-2I-A locus. After antigen stimulation, the T-cell clones secreted interleukin-2 and gamma interferon. Factors produced by these T-cell clones activated normal bone marrow macrophages for antimycobacterial activity in vitro. Furthermore, the T-cell clones could adoptively confer delayed-type hypersensitivity on normal recipient mice. The...

  12. Differential requirements for the induction of interleukin 2 responsiveness in L3T4+ and Lyt-2+ T cell subsets

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    Minimal requirements for the induction of interleukin 2 (IL-2) responsiveness in purified subsets of murine T lymphocytes have been investigated. Whereas Lyt-2+ cells could be induced to IL-2-dependent growth by lectin, phorbol ester, or calcium ionophore, none of these stimuli was by itself sufficient for L3T4+ cells. The latter cells could, however, be induced to respond to IL-2 by combinations of lectin plus phorbol ester or ionophore plus phorbol ester (but not lectin plus ionophore). Und...

  13. Functional Analysis of Long-chain Acyl-CoA Synthetase 1 in 3T3-L1 Adipocytes*

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    Lobo, Sandra; Wiczer, Brian M.; Bernlohr, David A

    2009-01-01

    ACSL1 (acyl-CoA synthetase 1), the major acyl-CoA synthetase of adipocytes, has been proposed to function in adipocytes as mediating free fatty acid influx, esterification, and storage as triglyceride. To test this hypothesis, ACSL1 was stably silenced (knockdown (kd)) in 3T3-L1 cells, differentiated into adipocytes, and evaluated for changes in lipid metabolism. Surprisingly, ACSL1-silenced adipocytes exhibited no significant changes in basal or insulin-stimulated long-chain fatty acid uptak...

  14. Cyclic Hydraulic Pressure and Fluid Flow Differentially Modulate Cytoskeleton Re-Organization in MC3T3 Osteoblasts

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    Gardinier, Joseph D.; Majumdar, Shyama; Duncan, Randall L.; Wang, Liyun

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    Mechanical loads are essential towards maintaining bone mass and skeletal integrity. Such loads generate various stimuli at the cellular level, including cyclic hydraulic pressure (CHP) and fluid shear stress (FSS). To gain insight into the anabolic responses of osteoblasts to CHP and FSS, we subjected MC3T3-E1 preosteoblasts to either FSS (12 dynes/cm2) or CHP varying from 0 to 68 kPa at 0.5 Hz. As with FSS, CHP produced a significant increase in ATP release over static controls within 5 min...

  15. Anti-obesity effect of resveratrol-amplified grape skin extracts on 3T3-L1 adipocytes differentiation

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    Zhang, Xian-Hua; Huang, Bo; Choi, Soo-Kyong; Seo, Jung-Sook

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    Resveratrol (3,4,5-trihydroxy-trans-stilbene), a phytoalexin found in grape skin, grape products, and peanuts as well as red wine, has been reported to have various biological and pharmacological properties. The purpose of this study was to investigate the anti-obesity effect of resveratrol-amplified grape skin extracts on adipocytes. The anti-obesity effects of grape skin extracts were investigated by measuring proliferation and differentiation in 3T3-L1 cells. The effect of grape skin ethan...

  16. Cultured 3T3L1 adipocytes dispose of excess medium glucose as lactate under abundant oxygen availability

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    Sabater Martínez, David; Arriarán, Sofía; Romero Romero, María del Mar; Agnelli, Silvia; Fernández López, José Antonio; Remesar Betlloch, Xavier; Alemany, Marià

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    White adipose tissue (WAT) produces lactate in significant amount from circulating glucose, especially in obesity;Under normoxia, 3T3L1 cells secrete large quantities of lactate to the medium, again at the expense of glucose and proportionally to its levels. Most of the glucose was converted to lactate with only part of it being used to synthesize fat. Cultured adipocytes were largely anaerobic, but this was not a Warburg-like process. It is speculated that the massive production of lactate, ...

  17. Low-Dose Bisphenol-A Impairs Adipogenesis and Generates Dysfunctional 3T3-L1 Adipocytes.

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    Ariemma, Fabiana; D'Esposito, Vittoria; Liguoro, Domenico; Oriente, Francesco; Cabaro, Serena; Liotti, Antonietta; Cimmino, Ilaria; Longo, Michele; Beguinot, Francesco; Formisano, Pietro; Valentino, Rossella

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    Environmental endocrine disruptors (EDCs), including bisphenol-A (BPA), have been recently involved in obesity and diabetes by dysregulating adipose tissue function. Our aim was to examine whether prolonged exposure to low doses of BPA could affect adipogenesis and adipocyte metabolic functions. Therefore, 3T3-L1 pre-adipocytes were cultured for three weeks with BPA 1 nM to mimic human environmental exposure. We evaluated BPA effect on cell proliferation, differentiation, gene expression and adipocyte metabolic function. BPA significantly increased pre-adipocyte proliferation (pdevelopment, may cause adipocyte metabolic dysfunction and inflammation, thereby increasing the risk of developing obesity-related diseases. PMID:26942597

  18. Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius Reduces Cell Growth, Lipid Acquisition and Increases Adiponectin Expression in 3T3-L1 Cells

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    Full Text Available An American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius extract (GE that contained a quantifiable amount of ginsenosides was investigated for the potential to inhibit proliferation, affect the cell cycle, influence lipid acquisition and adiponectin expression in 3T3-L1 cells. Six fingerprint ginsenosides were quantified by high performance liquid chromatography and the respective molecular weights were confirmed by LC-ESI-MS analysis. The extract contained Rg1 (347.3 ± 99.7 μg g−1, dry weight, Re (8280.4 ± 792.3 μg g−1, Rb1 (1585.8 ± 86.8 μg g−1, Rc (32.9 ± 8 μg g−1, Rb2 (62.6 ± 10.6 μg g−1 and Rd (90.4 ± 3.2 μg g−1. The GE had a dose-dependent effect on 3T3-L1 cell growth, the LC50 value was determined to be 40.3 ± 5 μg ml−1. Cell cycle analysis showed modest changes in the cell cycle. No significant changes observed in both G1 and G2/M phases, however there was a significant decrease (P<.05 in the S phase after 24 and 48 h treatment. Apoptotic cells were modest but significantly (P<.05 increased after 48 h (3.2 ± 1.0% compared to untreated control cells (1.5 ± 0.1%. Lipid acquisition was significantly reduced (P<.05 by 13 and 22% when treated at concentrations of 20.2 and 40.3 μg ml−1 compared to untreated control cells. In relation to adiponectin activation, western blot analysis showed that the protein expression was significantly (P<.05 increased at concentrations tested. A quantified GE reduced the growth of 3T3-L1 cells, down-regulated the accumulation of lipid and up-regulated the expression of adiponectin in the 3T3-L1 adipocyte cell model.

  19. Shelf life stability comparison in air for solution processed pristine PDPP3T polymer and doped spiro-OMeTAD as hole transport layer for perovskite solar cell

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    Ashish Dubey

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available This data in brief includes forward and reverse scanned current density–voltage (J–V characteristics of perovskite solar cells with PDPP3T and spiro-OMeTAD as HTL, stability testing conditions of perovskite solar cell shelf life in air for both PDPP3T and spiro-OMeTAD as HTL as per the description in Ref. [1], and individual J–V performance parameters acquired with increasing time exposed in ambient air are shown for both type of devices using PDPP3T and spiro-OMeTAD as HTL. The data collected in this study compares the device stability with time for both PDPP3T and spiro-OMeTAD based perovskite solar cells and is directly related to our research article “solution processed pristine PDPP3T polymer as hole transport layer for efficient perovskite solar cells with slower degradation” [2].

  20. Imaging of posterior tibial tendon dysfunction—Comparison of high-resolution ultrasound and 3 T MRI

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    Highlights: • 18 MHz high-resolution ultrasound appears to be slightly more accurate than 3 T MRI in the diagnosis of PTTD. • High-resolution ultrasound is recommended as an initial diagnostic tool. • Long-lasting PTT discomfort may require MRI. • Other pathologies can mimic PTTD. - Abstract: Purpose: Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction is the most common cause of acquired asymmetric flatfoot deformity. The purpose of this study was to determine and compare the diagnostic value of MRI and high-resolution ultrasound (HR-US) in posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD), and assess their correlation with intraoperative findings. Materials and methods: We reviewed 23 posterior tibial tendons in 23 patients with clinical findings of PTTD (13 females, 10 males; mean age, 50 years) with 18 MHz HR-US and 3 T MRI. Surgical intervention was performed in nine patients. Results: HR-US findings included 2 complete tears, 6 partial tears, 10 tendons with tendinosis, and 5 unremarkable tendons. MRI demonstrated 2 complete tears, 7 partial tears, 10 tendons with tendinosis, and 4 unremarkable tendons. HR-US and MRI were concordant in 20/23 cases (87%). Image findings for HR-US were confirmed in six of nine patients (66.7%) by intraoperative inspection, whereas imaging findings for MRI were concordant with five of nine cases (55.6%). Conclusion: Our results indicate that HR-US can be considered slightly more accurate than MRI in the detection of PTTD

  1. Benzyl butyl phthalate promotes adipogenesis in 3T3-L1 preadipocytes: A High Content Cellomics and metabolomic analysis.

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    Yin, Lei; Yu, Kevin Shengyang; Lu, Kun; Yu, Xiaozhong

    2016-04-01

    Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP) has been known to induce developmental and reproductive toxicity. However, its association with dysregulation of adipogenesis has been poorly investigated. The present study aimed to examine the effect of BBP on the adipogenesis, and to elucidate the underlying mechanisms using the 3T3-L1 cells. The capacity of BBP to promote adipogenesis was evaluated by multiple staining approaches combined with a High Content Cellomics analysis. The dynamic changes of adipogenic regulatory genes and proteins were examined, and the metabolite profile was identified using GC/MC based metabolomic analysis. The High Content analysis showed BBP in contrast with Bisphenol A (BPA), a known environmental obesogen, increased lipid droplet accumulation in a similar dose-dependent manner. However, the size of the lipid droplets in BBP-treated cells was significantly larger than those in cells treated with BPA. BBP significantly induced mRNA expression of transcriptional factors C/EBPα and PPARγ, their downstream genes, and numerous adipogenic proteins in a dose and time-dependent manner. Furthermore, GC/MC metabolomic analysis revealed that BBP exposure perturbed the metabolic profiles that are associated with glyceroneogenesis and fatty acid synthesis. Altogether, our current study clearly demonstrates that BBP promoted the differentiation of 3T3-L1 through the activation of the adipogenic pathway and metabolic disturbance. PMID:26820058

  2. Numerical assessment of the reduction of specific absorption rate by adding high dielectric materials for fetus MRI at 3 T.

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    Luo, Minmin; Hu, Can; Zhuang, Yayun; Chen, Wufan; Liu, Feng; Xin, Sherman Xuegang

    2016-08-01

    The specific absorption rate (SAR) is an important issue to be considered in fetus MRI at 3 T due to the high radiofrequency energy deposited inside the body of pregnant woman. The high dielectric material (HDM) has shown its potential for enhancing B1 field and reducing SAR in MRI. The aim of this study is to assess the feasibility of SAR reduction by adding an HDM to the fetus MRI. The feasibility of SAR reduction is numerically assessed in this study, using a birdcage coil in transmission loaded with an electromagnetic pregnant woman model in the SEMCAD-EM solver. The HDMs with different geometric arrangements and dielectric constants are manually optimized. The B1+ ${B_1}^ + $ homogeneity is also considered while calculating the optimized fetus 10 g local SAR among different strategies in the application of HDM. The optimum maximum fetus 10 g local SAR was obtained as 2.25 W/kg, by using two conformal pads placed left and right with the dielectric constant to be 400, reduced by 24.75% compared to that without the HDM. It indicated that the SAR can be significantly reduced with strategic placement of the HDM and the use of HDM may provide a simple, effective and low-cost method for reducing the SAR for the fetus MRI at 3 T. PMID:26985683

  3. Effects of lanthanum on calcium-activated K~+ currents and its kinetics in MC3T3 cells

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    2010-01-01

    Using the whole cell patch-clamp technique,we studied the effects of La3+ on calcium-activated K+ currents and its kinetics