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Harriet Lea-Banks, Boon Teo, Eleanor Stride, Constantin C Coussios
A significant barrier to successful drug delivery is the limited penetration of nanoscale therapeutics beyond the vasculature. Building on recent in vivo findings in the context of cancer drug delivery, the current study investigates whether modification of nanoparticle drug-carriers to increase their density can be used to enhance their penetration into viscoelastic materials under ultrasound exposure. A computational model is first presented to predict the transport of identically sized nanoparticles of different densities in an ultrasonic field in the presence of an oscillating microbubble, by a combination of primary and secondary acoustic radiation forces, acoustic streaming and microstreaming...
November 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Chaid Schwarz, Benjamin T Aldrich, Kimberlee A Burckart, Gregory A Schmidt, M Bridget Zimmerman, Cynthia R Reed, Mark A Greiner, Edward A Sander
Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK) is an increasingly popular surgical procedure for treating ocular diseases that require a corneal transplant. Previous studies have found that tissue tearing during surgical preparation is more likely elevated in eyes from donors with a history of diabetes mellitus. To quantify these potential differences, we established an experimental technique for quantifying the force required to separate the endothelium-Descemet membrane complex (EDM) from stroma in human donor corneal tissue, and we assessed differences in adhesion strength between diabetic and non-diabetic donor corneas...
October 21, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
Adolfo Paolin, Diletta Trojan, Antonio Carniato, Fabio Tasca, Ervino Massarin, Alessandro Tugnoli, Elisa Cogliati
Bacterial contamination of tissues retrieved from cadaveric donors is a common feature worldwide, and every tissue bank, albeit using different methods, conducts decontamination to guarantee safe tissues suitable for clinical use. The effectiveness of the methods used to eradicate pathogens differs. In order to reduce the tissue bioburden at retrieval, we have introduced a new method involving rinsing tissues in a sodium hypochlorite solution. To test its effectiveness we analyzed two comparable groups of tissues: Group A: 1881 tissues, all rinsed with isotonic saline solution after retrieval, and Group B: 1968 tissues immersed in an isotonic saline solution containing sodium hypochlorite (final concentration 0...
October 18, 2016: Cell and Tissue Banking
Guillaume Zahnd, Kostas Kapellas, Martijn van Hattem, Anouk van Dijk, André Sérusclat, Philippe Moulin, Aad van der Lugt, Michael Skilton, Maciej Orkisz
The aim of this study was to introduce and evaluate a contour segmentation method to extract the interfaces of the intima-media complex in carotid B-mode ultrasound images. The method was applied to assess the temporal variation of intima-media thickness during the cardiac cycle. The main methodological contribution of the proposed approach is the introduction of an augmented dimension to process 2-D images in a 3-D space. The third dimension, which is added to the two spatial dimensions of the image, corresponds to the tentative local thickness of the intima-media complex...
October 12, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Sotiria Palioura, Kathryn Colby
PURPOSE: To evaluate the feasibility of Descemet stripping endothelial keratoplasty using grafts preloaded by an eye bank in a commercially available insertion device. METHODS: In this retrospective case series, a series of 35 eyes in 34 consecutive patients who underwent Descemet stripping endothelial keratoplasty for Fuchs endothelial dystrophy or previously failed full-thickness grafts at a single tertiary care center from March 2013 to March 2014 was included...
October 12, 2016: Cornea
Zachary M Mayko, Beth Ann Benetz, Harry Menegay, Christopher P Donovan, Christopher G Stoeger, Mark A Terry, Jonathan H Lass
PURPOSE: To evaluate a single eye bank's measurement of endothelial cell density (ECD) of Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK) grafts before and after preparation using 2 separate counting methods. METHODS: A series of 60 donor tissues were prepared for DMEK surgery. One to 4 specular images of the central endothelium were taken both before and after preparation, and ECDs were evaluated for a total of 345 unique images. Images were then masked and provided to the Cornea Image Analysis Reading Center (CIARC) for independent analysis...
October 12, 2016: Cornea
Jan Christian Kaiser, Reinhard Meckbach, Markus Eidemüller, Martin Selmansberger, Kristian Unger, Viktor Shpak, Maria Blettner, Horst Zitzelsberger, Peter Jacob
Strong evidence for the statistical association between radiation exposure and disease has been produced for thyroid cancer by epidemiological studies after the Chernobyl accident. However limitations of the epidemiological approach in order to explore health risks especially at low doses of radiation appear obvious. Statistical fluctuations due to small case numbers dominate the uncertainty of risk estimates. Molecular radiation markers have been searched extensively to separate radiation- induced cancer cases from sporadic cases...
October 11, 2016: Carcinogenesis
Ana Cecilia Mestre-Citrinovitz, Adrián Jorge Sestelo, María Belén Ceballos, José Lino Barañao, Patricia Saragüeta
Cell line establishment of somatic cells is a valuable resource to preserve genetic material of rare, difficult-to-find, endangered and giant species like Jaguar (Panthera onca), the largest South American felid. This unit focuses on the isolation and culture of fibroblasts from Jaguar skin and muscle biopsies, and ear cartilage dissection immediately after death to preserve one of the several endangered species in this biome. These culture techniques enabled us to contribute 570 samples from 45 autochthonous and endangered species, including Jaguar...
October 10, 2016: Current Protocols in Molecular Biology
Sonja Heinzelmann, Daniel Böhringer, Philipp Eberwein, Thomas Reinhard, Philip Maier
PURPOSE: Although the functional results following DMEK are better than after DSAEK, DSAEK still seems to be the standard procedure, as surgeons fear losing grafts during DMEK graft preparation. Therefore, eye banks offer precut DMEK grafts for direct use by the surgeon. Here, we analysed the functional results and complication rates for a precut technique compared to fresh preparations. METHODS: We retrospectively compared 453 standard to 11 precut (1-2 days before surgery) DMEK cases...
October 8, 2016: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Rebecca L Majewski, Wujie Zhang, Xiaojun Ma, Zhanfeng Cui, Weiping Ren, David C Markel
Bioencapsulation technologies have played an important role in the developing successes of tissue engineering. Besides offering immunoisolation, they also show promise for cell/tissue banking and the directed differentiation of stem cells, by providing a unique microenvironment. This review describes bioencapsulation technologies and summarizes their recent progress in research into tissue engineering. The review concludes with a brief outlook regarding future research directions in this field.
September 26, 2016: Journal of Applied Biomaterials & Functional Materials
Khaled A Shibany, Sabine Tötemeyer, Stefanie L Pratt, Stuart W Paine
Despite reports of the successful isolation of primary equine hepatocytes, there are no published data regarding the successful cryopreservation of these isolated cells. In this study, a detailed description of the procedures for isolation, cryopreservation, and recovery of equine hepatocytes are presented. Furthermore, the intrinsic clearance (Clint) and production of metabolites for three drugs were compared between freshly isolated and recovered cryopreserved hepatocytes. Primary equine hepatocytes were isolated using a two-step collagenase perfusion method, with an average cell yield of 2...
October 2016: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
Martha Adriana Badillo-Soto, Mayra Rodríguez-Rodríguez, María Elena Pérez-Pérez, Leonel Daza-Benitez, Juan José Bollain-Y-Goytia, Miguel Angel Carrillo-Jiménez, Esperanza Avalos-Díaz, Rafael Herrera-Esparza
OBJECTIVE: The molecular mechanism of citrullination involves the calcium-dependent peptidylarginine deiminase (PAD) family of enzymes. These enzymes induce a stereochemical modification of normal proteins and transform them into autoantigens, which in rheumatoid arthritis trigger a complex cascade of joint inflammatory events followed by chronic synovitis, pannus formation, and finally, cartilage destruction. By hypothesizing that PAD2 and PAD4 enzymes produce autoantigens, we investigated five possible synovial protein targets of PAD enzymes...
June 2016: Eur J Rheumatol
Joanne Trinh, Emil K Gustavsson, Carles Vilariño-Güell, Stephanie Bortnick, Jeanne Latourelle, Marna B McKenzie, Chelsea Szu Tu, Ekaterina Nosova, Jaskaran Khinda, Austen Milnerwood, Suzanne Lesage, Alexis Brice, Meriem Tazir, Jan O Aasly, Laura Parkkinen, Hazal Haytural, Tatiana Foroud, Richard H Myers, Samia Ben Sassi, Emna Hentati, Fatma Nabli, Emna Farhat, Rim Amouri, Fayçal Hentati, Matthew J Farrer
BACKGROUND: Leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2) mutation 6055G→A (Gly2019Ser) accounts for roughly 1% of patients with Parkinson's disease in white populations, 13-30% in Ashkenazi Jewish populations, and 30-40% in North African Arab-Berber populations, although age of onset is variable. Some carriers have early-onset parkinsonism, whereas others remain asymptomatic despite advanced age. We aimed to use a genome-wide approach to identify genetic variability that directly affects LRRK2 Gly2019Ser penetrance...
November 2016: Lancet Neurology
Mei Sze Tan, Jing Wei Tan, Siow-Wee Chang, Hwa Jen Yap, Sameem Abdul Kareem, Rosnah Binti Zain
BACKGROUND: The potential of genetic programming (GP) on various fields has been attained in recent years. In bio-medical field, many researches in GP are focused on the recognition of cancerous cells and also on gene expression profiling data. In this research, the aim is to study the performance of GP on the survival prediction of a small sample size of oral cancer prognosis dataset, which is the first study in the field of oral cancer prognosis. METHOD: GP is applied on an oral cancer dataset that contains 31 cases collected from the Malaysia Oral Cancer Database and Tissue Bank System (MOCDTBS)...
2016: PeerJ
Salvi Prat, Santiago Gallardo-Villares, Marian Vives, Ana Carreño, Marta Caminal, Irene Oliver-Vila, Daniel Chaverri, Margarita Blanco, Margarita Codinach, Pere Huguet, José Ramírez, Javier A Pinto, Màrius Aguirre, Ruth Coll, Joan Garcia-López, Fernando Granell-Escobar, Joaquim Vives
Pseudoarhtrosis is a relatively frequent complication of fractures, in which the lack of mechanical stability and biological stimuli results in the failure of bone union, most frequently in humerus and tibia. Treatment of recalcitrant pseudoarthrosis relies on the achievement of satisfactory mechanical stability combined with adequate local biology. Herein we present two cases of atrophic pseudoarthrosis that received a Tissue Engineering Product (TEP) composed of autologous Bone Marrow-derived Mesenchymal Stromal Cells (BM-MSC) combined with deantigenised trabecular bone particles from tissue bank...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Yuanyuan Zheng, Gang Zhao, Fazil Fazil Panhwar, Xiaoming He
Cryopreservation of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) is important to tissue engineering applications and the study of the role of endothelial cells in cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. The traditional methods for cryopreservation by vitrification (cooling samples to a cryogenic temperature without apparent freezing) using high concentration of cryoprotective agents (CPAs) and slow-freezing are suboptimal due to the severe toxicity of high concentration of CPAs and ice formation induced cryoinjuries, respectively...
September 27, 2016: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
Glyn N Stacey, Sandra Coecke, Anna-Bal Price, Lyn Healy, Paul Jennings, Anja Wilmes, Christian Pinset, Magnus Ingelman-Sundberg, Jochem Louisse, Simone Haupt, Darren Kidd, Andrea Robitski, Heinz-Georg Jahnke, Gilles Lemaitre, Glenn Myatt
Quality control of cell cultures used in new in vitro toxicology assays is crucial to the provision of reliable, reproducible and accurate toxicity data on new drugs or constituents of new consumer products. This chapter explores the key scientific and ethical criteria that must be addressed at the earliest stages of developing toxicology assays based on human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC) lines. It also identifies key considerations for such assays to be acceptable for regulatory, laboratory safety and commercial purposes...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
J Mohr, M Germain, M Winters, S Fraser, A Duong, A Garibaldi, N Simunovic, D Alsop, D Dao, R Bessemer, O R Ayeni
Musculoskeletal allografts are typically disinfected using antibiotics, irradiation or chemical methods but protocols vary significantly between tissue banks. It is likely that different disinfection protocols will not have the same level of microorganism kill; they may also have varying effects on the structural integrity of the tissue, which could lead to significant differences in terms of clinical outcome in recipients. Ideally, a disinfection protocol should achieve the greatest bioburden reduction with the lowest possible impact on tissue integrity...
September 24, 2016: Cell and Tissue Banking
Chih-Chun Chang, Chin-Chuan Yeh, Fang-Yeh Chu
The Formosa Fun Coast explosion, occurring in a recreational water park located in the Northern Taiwan on 27 June 2015, made 499 people burn-injured. For those who had severe burn trauma, surgical intervention and fluid resuscitation were necessary, and potential blood transfusion therapy could be initiated, especially during and after broad escharotomy. Here, we reviewed the literature regarding transfusion medicine and skin grafting as well as described the practicing experience of combined tissue and blood bank in the burn disaster in Taiwan...
October 2016: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
Bia Z Kim, Jay J Meyer, Nigel H Brookes, S Louise Moffatt, Helen C Twohill, David G Pendergrast, Trevor Sherwin, Charles N J McGhee
AIMS: To report the 25-year longitudinal trends in indications and corneal transplantation techniques in New Zealand. METHODS: Statistical analysis of prospectively acquired New Zealand National Eye Bank (NZNEB) electronic database from 1991 to 2015 inclusive. Subjects were recipients of corneal transplants in 62 centres supplied by the NZNEB. Main outcome measures were indications, recipient age and transplantation techniques. RESULTS: From January 1991 to December 2015, NZNEB supplied tissue for 5574 corneal transplants, increasing annually from 89 (1991) to 290 (2015)...
September 15, 2016: British Journal of Ophthalmology
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