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Rouede D.,Rennes Institute of Physics | Bellanger J.-J.,CNRS Signal and Image Processing Laboratory | Schaub E.,Rennes Institute of Physics | Recher G.,French National Center for Scientific Research | Tiaho F.,University of Rennes 1
Biophysical Journal | Year: 2013

SHG angular intensity pattern (SHG-AIP) of healthy and proteolysed muscle tissues are simulated and imaged here for the first time to our knowledge. The role of the spatial distribution of second-order nonlinear emitters on SHG-AIP is highlighted. SHG-AIP with two symmetrical spots is found to be a signature of healthy muscle whereas SHG-AIP with one centered spot in pathological mdx muscle is found to be a signature of myofibrillar disorder. We also show that SHG-AIP provides information on the three-dimensional structural organization of myofibrils in physiological and proteolysed muscle. Our results open an avenue for future studies aimed at unraveling more complex physiological and pathological fibrillar tissues organization. © 2013 Biophysical Society.

Pietropaolo S.,French National Center for Scientific Research | Guilleminot A.,CNRS Signal and Image Processing Laboratory | Guilleminot A.,University of Rennes 1 | Martin B.,CNRS Signal and Image Processing Laboratory | And 3 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2011

Background: No animal models of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) with good construct validity are currently available; using genetic models of pathologies characterized by ASD-like deficits, but with known causes, may be therefore a promising strategy. The Fmr1-KO mouse is an example of this approach, modeling Fragile X syndrome, a well-known genetic disorder presenting ASD symptoms. The Fmr1-KO is available on different genetic backgrounds (FVB versus C57BL/6), which may explain some of the conflicting results that have been obtained with these mutants up till now. Methods: Fmr1 KO and their wild-type littermates on both the FVB and C57BL/6 genetic backgrounds were examined on a battery of tests modeling the clinical symptoms of ASD, including the triad of core symptoms (alterations in social interaction and communication, presence of repetitive behaviors), as well as the secondary symptoms (disturbances in sensori-motor reactivity and in circadian patterns of activity, epileptic events). Results: Fmr1-KO mice displayed autistic-like core symptoms of altered social interaction and occurrence of repetitive behaviors with additional hyperactivity. The genetic background modulated the effects of the Fmr1 deletion and it appears that the C57BL/6 background may be more suitable for further research on core autistic-like symptoms. Conclusions: The Fmr1-mouse line does not recapitulate all of the main core and secondary ASD symptoms, but still can be useful to elucidate the neurobiological mechanisms underlying specific ASD-like endophenotypes. © 2011 Pietropaolo et al.

Roude D.,Rennes Institute of Physics | Recher G.,Equipe SCANING | Recher G.,Institute Of Neurobiologie Alfred Fessard | Bellanger J.-J.,CNRS Signal and Image Processing Laboratory | And 3 more authors.
Biophysical Journal | Year: 2011

A theoretical far-field second harmonic generation (SHG) imaging radiation pattern is calculated for muscular myosin taking into account both Gouy effect and light diffraction under high focusing excitation. Theoretical analysis, in agreement with experimental results obtained on healthy Xenopus muscles, shows that the increase on intensity at the middle of the sarcomeric SHG intensity pattern is generated by an off-axis constructive interference related to the specific antipolar distribution of myosin molecules within the sarcomere. The best fit of the experimental sarcomeric SHG intensity pattern was obtained with an estimated size of antiparallel, intrathick filaments' packing-width of 115 ± 25 nm localized at the M-band. During proteolysis, experimental sarcomeric SHG intensity pattern exhibits decrease on intensity at the center of the sarcomere. An effective intra- and interthick filaments centrosymmetry of 320 ± 25 nm, in agreement with ultrastructural disorganization observed at the electron microscopy level, was necessary to fit the experimental sarcomeric SHG intensity pattern. Our results show that sarcomeric SHG intensity pattern is very sensitive to misalignment of thick filaments and highlights the potential usefulness of SHG microscopy to diagnose proteolysis-induced muscular disorders. © 2011 Biophysical Society.

Biere L.,University of Angers | Donal E.,CNRS Signal and Image Processing Laboratory | Terrien G.,University of Angers | Kervio G.,CNRS Signal and Image Processing Laboratory | And 3 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2014

Objectives: We assessed the value of speckle tracking imaging performed early after a first ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) in order to predict infarct size and functional recovery at 3-month follow-up. Methods: 44 patients with STEMI who underwent revascularization within 12 h of symptom onset were prospectively enrolled. Echocardiography was performed 3.9 61.2 days after myocardial reperfusion, assessing circumferential (CGS), radial (RGS), and longitudinal global (GLS) strains. Late gadolinium-enhanced cardiac magnetic imaging (CMR), for assessing cardiac function, infarct size, and microvascular obstruction (MVO), was conducted 5.6±2.5 days and 99.4±4.6 days after myocardial reperfusion. Results: GLS was evaluable in 97% of the patients, while CGS and RGS could be assessed in 85%. Infarct size significantly correlated with GLS (R = 0.601, p<0.001), RGS (R = -0.405, p = 0.010), CGS (R = 0.526, p = 0.001), ejection fraction (R = -0.699, p<0.001), wall motion score index (WMSI) (R = 0.539, p = 0.001), and left atrial volume (R = 0.510, p<0.001). Baseline ejection fraction and GLS were independent predictors of 3-month infarct size. MVO mass significantly correlated with GLS (R = 0.376, p = 0.010), WMSI (R = 0.387, p = 0.011), and ejection fraction (R = -0.389, p = 0.011). In multivariate analysis, GLS was the only independent predictor of MVO mass (p = 0.015). Longitudinal strain >-6.0% within the infarcted area exhibited 96% specificity and 61% sensitivity for predicting the persistence of akinesia (≥3 segments) at 3-month follow-up. Conclusions: Speckle-tracking strain imaging performed early after a STEMI is easy-to-use as a marker for persistent akinetic territories at 3 months. In addition, GLS correlated significantly with MVO and final infarct size, both parameters being relevant post-MI prognostic factors, usually obtained via CMR. © 2014 Bière et al.

Rouede D.,Rennes Institute of Physics | Bellanger J.-J.,CNRS Signal and Image Processing Laboratory | Bomo J.,Institut Universitaire de France | Baffet G.,Institut Universitaire de France | Tiaho F.,Institut Universitaire de France
Optics Express | Year: 2015

A linear least square (LLS) method is proposed to process polarization dependent SHG intensity analysis at pixel-resolution level in order to provide an analytic solution of nonlinear susceptibility χ(2) coefficients and of fibril orientation. This model is applicable to fibrils with identical orientation in the excitation volume. It has been validated on type I collagen fibrils from cell-free gel, tendon and extracellular matrix of F1 biliary epithelial cells. LLS is fast (a few hundred milliseconds for a 512 × 512 pixel image) and very easy to perform for non-expert in numerical signal processing. Theoretical simulation highlights the importance of signal to noise ratio for accurate determination of nonlinear susceptibility χ(2) coefficients. The results also suggest that, in addition to the peptide group, a second molecular nonlinear optical hyperpolarizability βcontributes to the SHG signal. Finally from fibril orientation analysis, results show that F1 cells remodel extracellular matrix collagen fibrils by changing fibril orientation, which might have important physiological function in cell migration and communication. © 2015 Optical Society of America.

Demont-Guignard S.,French Institute of Health and Medical Research | Demont-Guignard S.,CNRS Signal and Image Processing Laboratory | Benquet P.,French Institute of Health and Medical Research | Benquet P.,CNRS Signal and Image Processing Laboratory | And 7 more authors.
Annals of Neurology | Year: 2012

Objective: In partial epilepsies, interictal epileptic spikes (IESs) and fast ripples (FRs) represent clinically relevant biomarkers characteristic of epileptogenic networks. However, their specific significance and the pathophysiological changes leading to either FRs or IESs remain elusive. The objective of this study was to analyze the conditions in which hyperexcitable networks can generate either IESs or FRs and to reveal shared or distinct mechanisms that underlie both types of events. Methods: This study is the first to comparatively analyze mechanisms that induce either IESs or FRs using an approach that combines computational modeling and experimental data (in vivo and in vitro). A detailed CA1 hippocampal network model is introduced. A parameter sensitivity analysis was conducted to determine which model parameters (cell related and network related) allow the most accurate simulation of FRs and IESs. Results: Our model indicates that although FRs and IESs share certain common mechanisms (shifted gamma-aminobutyric acid [GABA] A reversal potential, altered synaptic transmission), there are also critical differences in terms of number of pyramidal cells involved (small vs large), spatial distribution of hyperexcitable pyramidal cells (clustered vs uniform), and firing patterns (weakly vs highly synchronized). In vitro experiments verified that subtle changes in GABAergic and glutamatergic transmission favor either FRs or IESs, as predicted by the model. Interpretation: This study provides insights into the interpretation of 2 interictal markers observed in intracerebral electroencephalographic data. Depending on the degree and spatiotemporal features of hyperexcitability, not only IESs or FRs are generated but also transitions between both types of events. Copyright © 2012 American Neurological Association.

Baratin E.,CNRS Signal and Image Processing Laboratory | Sugavaneswaran L.,Ryerson University | Umapathy K.,Ryerson University | Ioana C.,CNRS Signal and Image Processing Laboratory | Krishnan S.,Ryerson University
Gait and Posture | Year: 2015

Studies conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) indicate that over one billion suffer from neurological disorders worldwide, and lack of efficient diagnosis procedures affects their therapeutic interventions. Characterizing certain pathologies of motor control for facilitating their diagnosis can be useful in quantitatively monitoring disease progression and efficient treatment planning. As a suitable directive, we introduce a wavelet-based scheme for effective characterization of gait associated with certain neurological disorders. In addition, since the data were recorded from a dynamic process, this work also investigates the need for gait signal re-sampling prior to identification of signal markers in the presence of pathologies. To benefit automated discrimination of gait data, certain characteristic features are extracted from the wavelet-transformed signals. The performance of the proposed approach was evaluated using a database consisting of 15 Parkinson's disease (PD), 20 Huntington's disease (HD), 13 Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and 16 healthy control subjects, and an average classification accuracy of 85% is achieved using an unbiased cross-validation strategy. The obtained results demonstrate the potential of the proposed methodology for computer-aided diagnosis and automatic characterization of certain neurological disorders. © 2015 Elsevier B.V.

Lafond C.,CNRS Signal and Image Processing Laboratory
Journal of applied clinical medical physics / American College of Medical Physics | Year: 2013

This dosimetric study investigated the impact of multileaf collimators (MLC) leaf width in volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT) for head and neck cancers (HNC), either with a "standard" simultaneously integrated boost technique (S-SIB) or with a "dose painting" SIB technique (DP-SIB). HNC patients were planned either with an S-SIB comprising three dose levels, from 56 to 70 Gy (16 patients), or with a DP-SIB comprising five dose levels, from 56 to 84 Gy (8 patients), in 35 fractions. Two VMAT plans were calculated for each SIB technique using two Elekta MLCs: MLCi2 with 10 mm leaf width and Beam Modulator (BM) with 4 mm leaf width. Dose distributions were evaluated by comparing doses on PTVs, main OARs, and healthy tissue, and by comparing conformation indexes. Treatment efficiencies were evaluated by comparing the number of monitor units and the number of needed arcs. Comparisons of the two MLCs depending on the two SIB techniques showed: i) Regarding PTVs: Dmean and D2% on lower doses PTV decreased respectively by 0.5 Gy (p = 0.01) and 0.9 Gy (p = 0.01) with BM than with MLCi2 for S-SIB; no significant difference was found for DP-SIB;ii) Regarding OARs: for spinal cord and brainstem, D2% decreased respectively by 1.2 Gy (p = 0.03) and 4.2 Gy (p = 0.04) with BM than with MLCi2 for S-SIB; for controlateral parotid, D50% decreased by 1.5 Gy (p = 0.01) with BM than with MLCi2 for S-SIB; iii) Regarding treatment efficiency: the number of monitor units was 44% (p = 0.00) and 51% (p = 0.01) higher with BM for S-SIB and DP-SIB, respectively. Two arcs were more frequently needed with BM to reach an acceptable dose distribution. This study demonstrated that Beam Modulator (4 mm leaf width) and MLCi2 (10 mm leaf width) MLCs from Elekta provided satisfactory dose distributions for treatment delivery with VMAT technique for complex HNC cases with standard and dose painting prescriptions. OAR sparing was better with BM, mainly for brainstem and spinal cord. However, delivery efficiency of VMAT plans was better with MLCi2.

Garnier C.,CNRS Signal and Image Processing Laboratory
Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Conference | Year: 2011

Prostate segmentation in MRI may be difficult at the interface with the bladder where the contrast is poor. Coupled-models that segment simultaneously both organs with non-overlapping constraints offer a good solution. As a pre-segmentation of the structures of interest is required, we propose in this paper a fast deformable model to segment the bladder. The combination of inflation and internal forces, locally adapted according to the gray levels, allow to deform the mesh toward the boundaries while overcoming the leakage issues that can occur at weak edges. The algorithm, evaluated on 33 MRI volumes from 5 different devices, has shown good performance providing a smooth and accurate surface.

Gigout S.,French Institute of Health and Medical Research | Louvel J.,French Institute of Health and Medical Research | Rinaldi D.,French Institute of Health and Medical Research | Martin B.,French Institute of Health and Medical Research | And 2 more authors.
Brain Research | Year: 2013

Electroencephalographic generalized spike and wave discharges (SWD), the hallmark of human absence seizures, are generated in thalamocortical networks. However, the potential alterations in these networks in terms of the efficacy of the reciprocal synaptic activities between the cortex and the thalamus are not known in this pathology. Here, the efficacy of these reciprocal connections is assessed in vitro in thalamocortical slices obtained from BS/Orl mice, which is a new genetic model of absence epilepsy. These mice show spontaneous SWD, and their features can be compared to that of BR/Orl mice, which are free of SWD. In addition, since gap junctions may modulate the efficacy of these connections, their implications in pharmacologically-induced epileptiform discharges were studied in the same slices. The thalamus and neocortex were independently stimulated and the electrically-evoked responses in both structures were recorded from the same slice. The synaptic efficacy of thalamocortical and corticothalamic connections were assessed by measuring the dynamic range of synaptic field potential changes in response to increasing stimulation strengths. The connection efficacy was weaker in epileptic mice however, this decrease in efficacy was more pronounced in thalamocortical afferents, thus introducing an imbalance in the reciprocal connections between the cortex and thalamus. However, short-term facilitation of the thalamocortical responses were increased in epileptic mice compared to non-epileptic animals. These features may favor occurrence of rhythmical activities in thalamocortical networks. In addition, carbenoxolone (a gap junction blocker) decreased the cumulative duration of 4-aminopyridine-induced ictal-like activities, with a slower time course in epileptic mice. However, the 4-aminopyridine-induced GABA-dependent negative potentials, which appeared to trigger the ictal-like activities, remained. Our results show that the balance of the reciprocal connections between the thalamus and cortex is altered in favor of the corticothalamic connections in epileptic mice, and suggest that gap junctions mediate a stronger cortical synchronization in this strain. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.

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