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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445607/fractal-characteristics-of-the-microvascular-network-a-useful-index-to-assess-vascularization-level-of-porous-silk-fibroin-biomaterial
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Kuihua Zhan, Lun Bai, Qinqin Wu, Derong Lei, Guangqian Wang
The neovascularization of biomaterials for tissue engineering is not only related to growth of capillaries but also involves appropriate hierarchy distribution of the microvessels. In this study, we proposed hierarchy distribution contrast method which can assess vascular transport capacity, in order to examine the hierarchy distribution of the neovessels during vascularization of the porous silk fibroin biomaterials implanted into rats and its evolution. The results showed that the fractal characteristics appeared toward the end of the vascularization stages, and the structure of the microvascular network after 3 weeks of implantation was similar to the fractal microvascular tree with bifurcation exponent x=3 and fractal dimension D=1...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443210/erratum-to-bcl-2-expression-is-a-poor-predictor-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-prognosis-of-andropause-age-patients
#2
Xiao-Fei Zhang, Xin Yang, Hu-Liang Jia, Wen-Wei Zhu, Lu Lu, Wei Shi, Hao Zhang, Jin-Hong Chen, Yi-Feng Tao, Zheng-Xin Wang, Jun Yang, Lian-Xin Wang, Ming Lu, Yan Zheng, Jing Zhao, Qiong-Zhu Dong, Lun-Xiu Qin
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Cancer Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440441/preliminary-analysis-of-the-association-between-methylation-of-the-ace2-promoter-and-essential-hypertension
#3
Rui Fan, Shu-Qi Mao, Tian-Lun Gu, Fa-De Zhong, Min-Li Gong, Ling-Mei Hao, Feng-Ying Yin, Chang-Zheng Dong, Li-Na Zhang
The aim of the present study was to investigate whether methylation of the angiotensin I converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) promoter increases the risk of essential hypertension (EH). A total of 96 patients with EH were recruited and 96 sex‑ and age‑matched healthy controls. Methylation of 5 CpG dinucleotides in the ACE2 promoter was quantified using bisulfite pyrosequencing. Logistic regression and multiple linear regression were used to adjust for confounding factors and the generalized multifactor dimensionality reduction (GMDR) method was applied to investigate high‑order interactions...
April 11, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439539/imaging-the-dark-emission-of-spasers
#4
Hua-Zhou Chen, Jia-Qi Hu, Suo Wang, Bo Li, Xing-Yuan Wang, Yi-Lun Wang, Lun Dai, Ren-Min Ma
Spasers are a new class of laser devices with cavity sizes free from optical diffraction limit. They are an emergent tool for various applications, including biochemical sensing, superresolution imaging, and on-chip optical communication. According to its original definition, a spaser is a coherent surface plasmon amplifier that does not necessarily generate a radiative photon output. However, to date, spasers have only been studied with scattered photons, and their intrinsic surface plasmon emission is a "dark" emission that is yet to be revealed because of its evanescent nature...
April 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438735/comparative-effectiveness-and-safety-of-dabigatran-and-rivaroxaban-in-atrial-fibrillation-patients
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Chao-Lun Lai, Ho-Min Chen, Min-Tsun Liao, Ting-Tse Lin, K Arnold Chan
BACKGROUND: We aimed to examine the comparative effectiveness and safety between dabigatran and rivaroxaban in atrial fibrillation patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: We conducted a population-based, retrospective, new-user cohort study based on the National Health Insurance claims database in Taiwan. Adult atrial fibrillation patients who initiated dabigatran (N=10 625) or rivaroxaban (N=4609) between June 1, 2012 and May 31, 2014 were identified as the overall population...
April 24, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438458/an-efficient-cumate-inducible-system-for-procyclic-and-bloodstream-form-trypanosoma-brucei
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Feng-Jun Li, Zhi-Shen Xu, Htay Mon Aye, Anaïs Brasseur, Zhao-Rong Lun, Kevin S W Tan, Cynthia Y He
In Trypanosoma brucei, the tetracycline-inducible system enables tightly-regulated, highly-efficient expression of recombinant proteins or double-stranded RNA in both procyclic and bloodstream form cells, providing useful molecular genetic tools to study gene functions. An alternative, vanillic acid-inducible system is recently described for procyclic T. brucei, providing ∼18-fold increase in GFP reporter expression upon induction (Sunter JD. Mol Biochem Parasitol. 2016, 207:45-48). Here we describe a cumate-inducible system that allows efficient, tunable gene expression showing >300-fold increase in GFP expression upon induction...
April 21, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438162/targeting-of-nicotinamide-phosphoribosyltransferase-enzymatic-activity-ameliorates-lung-damage-induced-by-ischemia-reperfusion-in-rats
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Geng-Chin Wu, Wen-I Liao, Shu-Yu Wu, Hsin-Ping Pao, Shih-En Tang, Min-Hui Li, Kun-Lun Huang, Shi-Jye Chu
BACKGROUND: Emerging evidence reveals that nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (NAMPT) has a significant role in the pathophysiology of the inflammatory process. NAMPT inhibition has a beneficial effect in the treatment of a variety of inflammatory diseases. However, it remains unclear whether NAMPT inhibition has an impact on ischemia-reperfusion (I/R)-induced acute lung injury. In this study, we examined whether NAMPT inhibition provided protection against I/R lung injury in rats...
April 24, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436430/photostriction-of-strontium-ruthenate
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Tzu-Chiao Wei, Hsin-Ping Wang, Heng-Jui Liu, Dung-Sheng Tsai, Jr-Jian Ke, Chung-Lun Wu, Yu-Peng Yin, Qian Zhan, Gong-Ru Lin, Ying-Hao Chu, Jr-Hau He
Transition metal oxides with a perovskite crystal structure exhibit a variety of physical properties associated with the lattice. Among these materials, strontium ruthenate (SrRuO3) displays unusually strong coupling of charge, spin and lattice degrees of freedom that can give rise to the photostriction, that is, changes in the dimensions of material due to the absorption of light. In this study, we observe a photon-induced strain as high as 1.12% in single domain SrRuO3, which we attribute to a nonequilibrium of phonons that are a result of the strong interaction between the crystalline lattice and electrons excited by light...
April 24, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434708/dual-phase-18-f-florbetapir-positron-emission-tomography-in-patients-with-primary-progressive-aphasia-alzheimer-s-disease-and-healthy-controls-a-preliminary-study
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Hung-Chou Kuo, Ing-Tsung Hsiao, Chia-Ju Hsieh, Chu-Yun Huang, Kuo-Lun Huang, Yau-Yau Wai, Wen-Li Chuang, Mei-Ping Kung, Yi-Chuan Chu, Tzu-Chen Yen, Kun-Ju Lin, Chin-Chang Huang
BACKGROUND: To determine whether dual-phase (18)F-florbetapir positron emission tomography imaging with perfusion-like and amyloid deposition information can distinguish among primary progressive aphasia (PPA), Alzheimer's disease (AD), and healthy controls (HCs). METHODS: Patients diagnosed with PPA, including four semantic dementia (SD) and two progressive nonfluent aphasia (PNFA), as well as one logopenic variant (LV) of PPA, were studied. All PPA patients, and age-/sex-matched patients with probable AD (n=8) and HCs (n=8) were subjected to dual-phase (18)F-florbetapir imaging...
April 20, 2017: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434475/music-listening-alleviates-anxiety-and-physiological-responses-in-patients-receiving-spinal-anesthesia
#10
Wen-Ping Lee, Pao-Yuan Wu, Meng-Ying Lee, Lun-Hui Ho, Whei-Mei Shih
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to explore the effects of listening to music on the anxiety levels and physiological responses of surgical patients receiving spinal anesthesia. METHODS: An experimental design was used in the study with an experimental group (n=50) and a control group (n=50). The experimental group received 30min of musical intervention and routine nursing care in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) while the control group received only routine nursing care...
April 2017: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433745/hypoxia-augments-lps-induced-inflammation-and-triggers-high-altitude-cerebral-edema-in-mice
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Yanzhao Zhou, Xin Huang, Tong Zhao, Meng Qiao, Xingnan Zhao, Ming Zhao, Lun Xu, Yongqi Zhao, Liying Wu, Kuiwu Wu, Ruoli Chen, Ming Fan, Lingling Zhu
High altitude cerebral edema (HACE) is a life-threatening illness that develops during the rapid ascent to high altitudes, but its underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Growing evidence has implicated inflammation in the susceptibility to and development of brain edema. In the present study, we investigated the inflammatory response and its roles in HACE in mice following high altitude hypoxic injury. We report that acute hypobaric hypoxia induced a slight inflammatory response or brain edema within 24 h in mice...
April 19, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433743/the-antibiotic-polymyxin-b-exhibits-novel-antifungal-activity-against-fusarium-species
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Li-Hang Hsu, Hsuan-Fu Wang, Pei-Lun Sun, Fung-Rong Hu, Ying-Lien Chen
The genus Fusarium comprises many species, including Fusarium oxysporum, Fusarium solani, Fusarium graminearum and Fusarium verticillioides, and causes severe infections in plants and humans. In clinical settings, Fusarium is the third most frequent mould to cause invasive fungal infections after Aspergillus and the Mucorales. Fusarium solani and F. oxysporum are the most prevalent Fusarium spp. causing clinical disease. However, few effective antifungal drugs are available to treat human and plant Fusarium infections...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433572/descriptions-of-the-female-and-larva-of-simulium-gomphostilbia-udomi-diptera-simuliidae-from-thailand-and-its-transfer-to-the-simulium-asakoae-species-group
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Atiporn Saeung, Wichai Srisuka, Van Lun Low, Wanchai Maleewong, Hiroyuki Takaoka
The female and larva of Simulium (Gomphostilbia) udomi Takaoka & Choochote from Thailand are described for the first time. The female of this species is similar to those of S. (G.) asakoae Takaoka & Davies from Peninsular Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong and Vietnam, and S. (G.) chiangdaoense Takaoka & Srisuka from Thailand. The larva of this species is similar to S. (G.) curtatum Jitklang et al. and S. (G.) nr. asakoae 2 from Thailand in having a medium-long postgenal cleft. Taxonomic notes are given to separate this species from these related species...
April 19, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430868/most-visualization-software-for-producing-automated-textbook-style-maps-of-genome-scale-metabolic-networks
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James J Kelley, Shay Maor, Min Kyung Kim, Anatoliy Lane, Desmond S Lun
Summary: Visualization of metabolites, reactions and pathways in genome-scale metabolic networks (GEMs) can assist in understanding cellular metabolism. Three attributes are desirable in software used for visualizing GEMs: 1. automation, since GEMs can be quite large; 2. production of understandable maps that provide ease in identification of pathways, reactions, and metabolites; and 3. visualization of the entire network to show how pathways are interconnected. No software currently exists for visualizing GEMs that satisfies all three characteristics, but MOST-Visualization, an extension of the software package MOST (Metabolic Optimization and Simulation Tool), satisfies (1), and by using a pre-drawn overview map of metabolism based on the Roche map satisfies (2) and comes close to satisfying (3)...
April 18, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429904/effect-of-lutein-supplementation-on-visual-function-in-nonproliferative-diabetic-retinopathy
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Ping-Chuan Zhang, Chang-Rui Wu, Zhi-Lun Wang, Li-Yuan Wang, Yue Han, Shu-Liu Sun, Qing-Shan Li, Le Ma
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to determine whether supplementation with lutein improved visual function in patients with nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR). METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: In this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, 31 patients with NPDR were assigned randomly to 10 mg/d of lutein or identical placebo for 36 weeks. Visual performance indices, including visual acuity (VA), contrast sensitivity (CS) and glare sensitivity (GS) at four different spatial frequencies, were measured at baseline, week 18 and 36...
May 2017: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429185/high-content-assessment-of-cardiac-function-using-heart-on-a-chip-devices-as-drug-screening-model
#16
Genevieve Conant, Benjamin Fook Lun Lai, Rick Xing Ze Lu, Anastasia Korolj, Erika Yan Wang, Milica Radisic
Drug discovery and development continues to be a challenge to the pharmaceutical industry despite great advances in cell and molecular biology that allow for the design of better targeted therapeutics. Many potential drug compounds fail during the clinical trial due to inefficacy and toxicity that were not predicted during preclinical stages. The fundamental problem lies with the use of traditional drug screening models that still largely rely on the use of cell lines or animal cell monolayers, which leads to lack of predictive power of human tissue and organ response to the drug candidates...
April 20, 2017: Stem Cell Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427957/pcr-based-identification-of-trypanosoma-lewisi-and-trypanosoma-musculi-using-maxicircle-kinetoplast-dna
#17
Xiao-Kun Hong, Xuan Zhang, Octavio Alejandro Fusco, You-Gen Lan, Zhao-Rong Lun, De-Hua Lai
Trypanosoma lewisi, transmitted by rat fleas, is a widespread pathogen specific to rats with records of human infection cases. Its closely related species with global distribution, Trypanosoma musculi, is transmitted between mice by ingestion of infected fleas. These trypanosomes are of similar morphology, making it difficult to distinguish them by microscopy. In this study, we have developed a rapid, sensitive and reliable PCR method for the diagnosis of T. lewisi and T. musculi. The T. lewisi-specific amplicons were not produced by other Trypanosoma, such as T...
April 17, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427478/morphological-and-molecular-characteristics-of-malayfilaria-sofiani-uni-mat-udin-takaoka-n-g-n-sp-nematoda-filarioidea-from-the-common-treeshrew-tupaia-glis-diard-duvaucel-mammalia-scandentia-in-peninsular-malaysia
#18
Shigehiko Uni, Ahmad Syihan Mat Udin, Takeshi Agatsuma, Weerachai Saijuntha, Kerstin Junker, Rosli Ramli, Hasmahzaiti Omar, Yvonne Ai-Lian Lim, Sinnadurai Sivanandam, Emilie Lefoulon, Coralie Martin, Daicus Martin Belabut, Saharul Kasim, Muhammad Rasul Abdullah Halim, Nur Afiqah Zainuri, Subha Bhassu, Masako Fukuda, Makoto Matsubayashi, Masashi Harada, Van Lun Low, Chee Dhang Chen, Narifumi Suganuma, Rosli Hashim, Hiroyuki Takaoka, Mohd Sofian Azirun
BACKGROUND: The filarial nematodes Wuchereria bancrofti (Cobbold, 1877), Brugia malayi (Brug, 1927) and B. timori Partono, Purnomo, Dennis, Atmosoedjono, Oemijati & Cross, 1977 cause lymphatic diseases in humans in the tropics, while B. pahangi (Buckley & Edeson, 1956) infects carnivores and causes zoonotic diseases in humans in Malaysia. Wuchereria bancrofti, W. kalimantani Palmieri, Pulnomo, Dennis & Marwoto, 1980 and six out of ten Brugia spp. have been described from Australia, Southeast Asia, Sri Lanka and India...
April 20, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427234/diversity-of-the-association-of-serum-levels-and-genetic-variants-of-mhc-class-i-polypeptide-related-chain-a-with-liver-fibrosis-in-chronic-hepatitis-c
#19
Chung-Feng Huang, Ching-I Huang, Ming-Lun Yeh, Shu-Chi Wang, Kuan-Yu Chen, Yu-Min Ko, Ching-Chih Lin, Yi-Shan Tsai, Pei-Chien Tsai, Zu-Yau Lin, Shinn-Cherng Chen, Chia-Yen Dai, Jee-Fu Huang, Wan-Long Chuang, Ming-Lung Yu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Genetic variants of MHC class I polypeptide-related chain A (MICA) at rs2596542 have been associated with hepatocellular carcinoma. The linkage between serum MICA (sMICA) and liver fibrosis in chronic hepatitis C is elusive. RESULTS: Linear regression analysis revealed that sMICA were independently correlated to α-fetoprotein (β: 0.149; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.001, 0.003; P = 0.007)and MICA rs2596542 GG genotype (β: 0.209; 95% CI: 0.153, 0...
March 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423238/higher-plasma-leptin-is-associated-with-higher-risk-of-androgenetic-alopecia-in-men
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Chao-Chun Yang, Pei-Lun Chung, Li-Yu Lin, Michael W Hughes, Yau-Sheng Tsai
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 19, 2017: Experimental Dermatology
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