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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345713/real-time-quantification-of-endothelial-response-to-shear-stress-and-vascular-modulators
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Jackson G DeStefano, Ashley Williams, Alexa Wnorowski, Nahom Yimam, Peter C Searson, Andrew D Wong
Quiescence is commonly used to describe the inactive state of endothelial cells (ECs) in monolayers that have reached homeostasis. Experimentally quiescence is usually described in terms of the relative change in cell activity (e.g. turnover, speed, etc.) in response to a perturbation (e.g. solute, shear stress, etc.). The objective of this study is to provide new insight into EC quiescence by quantitatively defining the morphology and activity of confluent cell monolayers in response to shear stress and vascular modulators...
March 27, 2017: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345174/overall-evaluability-of-low-dose-protocol-for-computed-tomography-angiography-of-thoracic-aorta-using-80%C3%A2-kv-and-iterative-reconstruction-algorithm-using-different-concentration-contrast-media
#2
Andrea Daniele Annoni, Maria E Mancini, Daniele Andreini, Alberto Formenti, Saima Mushtaq, Enrica Nobili, Marco Guglielmo, Andrea Baggiano, Edoardo Conte, Mauro Pepi
INTRODUCTION: Multidetector Computed Tomography Angiography (MDCTA) is presently the imaging modality of choice for aortic disease. However, the effective radiation dose and the risk related to the use of contrast agents associated with MDCTA is an issue of concern. Aim of this study was to assess image quality of a low dose ECG-gated MDCTA of thoracic aorta using different concentration contrast media without tailored injection protocol. METHODS: Two-hundred patients were randomised into four different scan protocols: Group A (Iodixanol 320 and 80 Kvp tube voltage), Group B (Iodixanol 320 and 100 Kvp tube voltage), Group C (Iomeprol 400 and 80 Kvp tube voltage) and Group D (Iomeprol 400 and 100 Kvp tube voltage)...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342961/particulate-metal-bioaccessibility-in-physiological-fluids-and-cell-culture-media-toxicological-perspectives
#3
Bérénice Leclercq, Laurent Yves Alleman, Esperanza Perdrix, Véronique Riffault, Mélanie Happillon, Alain Strecker, Jean-Marc Lo-Guidice, Guillaume Garçon, Patrice Coddeville
According to the literature, tiny amounts of transition metals in airborne fine particles (PM2.5) may induce proinflammatory cell response through reactive oxygen species production. The solubility of particle-bound metals in physiological fluids, i.e. the metal bioaccessibility is driven by factors such as the solution chemical composition, the contact time with the particles, and the solid-to-liquid phase ratio (S/L). In this work, PM2.5-bound metal bioaccessibility was assessed in various physiological-like solutions including cell culture media in order to evidence the potential impact on normal human bronchial epithelial cells (NHBE) when studying the cytotoxicity and inflammatory responses of PM2...
March 23, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342548/in-situ-reactive-zone-with-modified-mg-oh-2-for-remediation-of-heavy-metal-polluted-groundwater-immobilization-and-interaction-of-cr-iii-pb-ii-and-cd-ii
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Jun Dong, Bowen Li, Qiburi Bao
Mg(OH)2 dissolves slowly and can provide a long-term source of alkalinity, thus a promising alternative reagent for the in situ remediation of heavy metal polluted groundwater. However, the application of Mg(OH)2 on in situ reactive zone (IRZ) for heavy metal polluted groundwater has never been investigated. In this study, the behaviors of heavy metals in a Mg(OH)2 IRZ were monitored for 45d. The heavy metals show a sequential precipitation by modified Mg(OH)2 due to the difference of Ksp. Column tests were conducted to investigate the temporal and spatial distribution of heavy metals in Mg(OH)2 IRZ and evaluate the stabilization effect for multi-heavy metal polluted groundwater...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Contaminant Hydrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341196/the-use-of-intraosseous-needles-for-injection-of-contrast-media-for-computed-tomographic-angiography-of-the-thoracic-aorta
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Michael Winkler, Cynthia Talley, Connor Woodward, Alexander Kingsbury, Frank Appiah, Hossam Elbelasi, Kevin Landwher, Xingzhe Li, Dominik Fleischmann
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study is to evaluate the safety and quality of computed tomographic angiography of the thoracic aorta (CTA-TA) exams performed using intraosseous needle intravenous access (ION-IVA) for contrast media injection (CMI). METHODS: All CTA-TA exams at the study institution performed between 1/1/2013 and 8/14/2015 were reviewed retrospectively to identify those exams which had been performed using ION-IVA (ION-exams). ION-exams were then analyzed to determine aortic attenuation and contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR)...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340561/ascorbic-acid-ameliorates-renal-injury-in-a-murine-model-of-contrast-induced-nephropathy
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K Rollins, A Noorani, L Janeckova, T Jones, M Griffiths, M P Baker, J R Boyle
BACKGROUND: Contrast induced nephropathy (CIN) is the commonest cause of iatrogenic renal injury and its incidence has increased with the advent of complex endovascular procedures. Evidence suggests that ascorbic acid (AA) has a nephroprotective effect in percutaneous coronary interventions when contrast media are used. A variety of biomarkers (NGAL, NGAL:creatinine, mononuclear cell infiltration, apoptosis and RBP-4) in both the urine and kidney were assayed using a mouse model of CIN in order to determine whether AA can reduce the incidence and/or severity of renal injury...
March 24, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340160/safety-of-fluoroscopy-guided-transseptal-approach-for-ablation-of-left-sided-arrhythmias
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Zviad Matoshvili, Hamid Bastani, Tara Bourke, Frieder Braunschweig, Nikola Drca, Kristjan Gudmundsson, Per Insulander, Anette Jemtrén, Göran Kennebäck, Ott Saluveer, Jonas Schwieler, Jari Tapanainen, Christer Wredlert, Mats Jensen-Urstad
Aims: The transseptal approach is used for left atrial access during the ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) and other left-sided arrhythmia substrates. Transseptal puncture (TP) is commonly performed with fluoroscopic guidance, contrast injection, and pressure monitoring. In many centres, additional techniques [intracardiac echocardiography (ICE), transoesophageal echocardiography (TEE), radiofrequency needle] are used to facilitate TP but its use adds costs. In this retrospective study, we studied the safety and complication rate when TP was routinely done with fluoroscopic guidance, contrast injection, and pressure monitoring using ICE or TEE only in selected cases...
March 10, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339935/nephrotoxicity-of-anticancer-treatment
#8
Jolanta Malyszko, Klaudia Kozlowska, Leszek Kozlowski, Jacek Malyszko
Severe adverse systemic drug events occur commonly as a result of treatment of cancer patients. Nephrotoxicity of chemotherapeutic agents remains a significant complication limiting the efficacy of the treatment. A variety of renal disease and electrolyte disorders can result from the drugs that are used to treat malignant disease. The kidneys are a major elimination pathway for many antineoplastic drugs and their metabolites. Tumour lysis syndrome, an emergency in haematooncology, occurs most often after the initiation of cytotoxic therapy in patients with high-grade lymphomas and acute lymphoblastic leukaemia...
October 6, 2016: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337989/post-hoc-study-intravenous-hydration-treatment-in-chinese-patients-with-high-risk-of-contrast-induced-nephropathy-following-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
#9
Weijie Bei, Hualong Li, Kaiyang Lin, Kun Wang, Shiqun Chen, Xiaosheng Guo, Yong Liu, Ning Tan, Jiyan Chen
Contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) develops after the injection of iodinated contrast media. This is a post hoc analysis of the data obtained from the TRUST study, which was a prospective, multicentre, observational study conducted to evaluate the safety and tolerability of the contrast medium iopromide in patients undergoing cardiac catheterization from August 2010 to September 2011 in China, conducted to explore the current status, trends and risk predictors of hydration treatment. The status of hydration to prevent CIN in each patient was recorded...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332831/layer-by-layer-assembly-of-amine-reactive-multilayers-using-an-azlactone-functionalized-polymer-and-small-molecule-diamine-linkers
#10
Yashira M Zayas-Gonzalez, Benjamin J Ortiz, David M Lynn
We report the reactive layer-by-layer assembly of amine-reactive polymer multilayers using an azlactone-functionalized polymer and small-molecule diamine linkers. This approach yields crosslinked polymer/linker-type films that can be further functionalized, after fabrication, by treatment with functional primary amines, and provides opportunities to incorporate other useful functionality that can be difficult to introduce using other polyamine building blocks. Films fabricated using poly(2-vinyl-4,4-dimethylazlactone) (PVDMA) and three model non-degradable aliphatic diamine linkers yielded reactive thin films that were stable upon incubation in physiologically relevant media...
March 23, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330645/design-of-fixed-dose-combination-and-physicochemical-characterization-of-enteric-coated-bilayer-tablet-with-circadian-rhythmic-variations-containing-telmisartan-and-pravastatin-sodium
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Daoqi Luo, Joo Hee Kim, Chulhun Park, Euichaul Oh, Jun Bum Park, Jing-Hao Cui, Qing-Ri Cao, Beom-Jin Lee
The aim of this study was to investigate a fixed dose combination (FDC) of telmisartan (TEL) and pravastatin sodium (PRA) in enteric-coated bilayer tablets, which was designed for once-daily bedtime dose in order to match circadian rhythmic variations of hypertension and cholesterol synthesis and optimize the patient friendly dosing treatment. Due to the poor aqueous solubility of TEL, a ternary solid dispersions (SD) consisting of TEL, polyethylene glycol 6000 (PEG 6000) and magnesium oxide (MgO) were designed to enhance its dissolution rate in intestinal fluid...
March 18, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329275/tissue-characterization-by-t1-and-t2-mapping-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging-to-monitor-myocardial-inflammation-in-healing-myocarditis
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S Bohnen, U K Radunski, G K Lund, F Ojeda, Y Looft, M Senel, L Radziwolek, M Avanesov, E Tahir, C Stehning, B Schnackenburg, G Adam, S Blankenberg, K Muellerleile
Aims: Monitoring disease activity in myocarditis is important for tailored therapeutic strategies. This study evaluated the ability of T1 and T2 mapping cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) to monitor the course of myocardial inflammation in healing myocarditis. Methods and results: Forty-eight patients with strictly defined acute myocarditis underwent CMR at 1.5 T in the acute stage, at 3-months (n = 39), and at 12-months follow-up (FU) (n = 21). Normal values were obtained in a control group of 27 healthy subjects...
March 8, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328242/human-airway-epithelial-cells-direct-significant-rhinovirus-replication-in-monocytic-cells-by-enhancing-icam1-expression
#13
Xu Zhou, Lingxiang Zhu, Rosa Lizarraga, Yin Chen
Human rhinovirus (RV) is the major cause of common cold, and it also plays a significant role in asthma and asthma exacerbation. Airway epithelium is the primary site of RV infection and production. In contrast, monocytic cells (e.g. monocytes and macrophages) are believed to be non-permissive for RV replication. Instead, RV has been shown to modulate inflammatory gene expressions in these cells via a replication-independent mechanism. In the present study, RV16 (a major-group RV) replication was found to be significantly enhanced in monocytes when co-cultivated with airway epithelial cells...
March 22, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320487/the-application-of-contrast-media-for-in-vivo-feature-enhancement-in-x-ray-computed-tomography-of-soil-grown-plant-roots
#14
Samuel D Keyes, Neil J Gostling, Jessica H Cheung, Tiina Roose, Ian Sinclair, Alan Marchant
The use of in vivo X-ray microcomputed tomography (μCT) to study plant root systems has become routine, but is often hampered by poor contrast between roots, soil, soil water, and soil organic matter. In clinical radiology, imaging of poorly contrasting regions is frequently aided by the use of radio-opaque contrast media. In this study, we present evidence for the utility of iodinated contrast media (ICM) in the study of plant root systems using μCT. Different dilutions of an ionic and nonionic ICM (Gastrografin 370 and Niopam 300) were perfused into the aerial vasculature of juvenile pea plants via a leaf flap (Pisum sativum)...
March 21, 2017: Microscopy and Microanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319203/relationship-between-low-tube-voltage-70-kv-and-the-iodine-delivery-rate-idr-in-ct-angiography-an-experimental-in-vivo-study
#15
Michael M Lell, Ulrike Fleischmann, Hubertus Pietsch, Johannes G Korporaal, Ulrike Haberland, Andreas H Mahnken, Thomas G Flohr, Michael Uder, Gregor Jost
OBJECTIVE: Very short acquisition times and the use of low-kV protocols in CTA demand modifications in the contrast media (CM) injection regimen. The aim of this study was to optimize the use of CM delivery parameters in thoraco-abdominal CTA in a porcine model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Six pigs (55-68 kg) were examined with a dynamic CTA protocol (454 mm scan length, 2.5 s temporal resolution, 70 s total acquisition time). Four CM injection protocols were applied in a randomized order...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317160/contrast-enhanced-ultrasonography-vs-b-mode-ultrasound-for-visualization-of-intima-media-thickness-and-detection-of-plaques-in-human-carotid-arteries
#16
Benoy N Shah, Navtej S Chahal, Jaspal S Kooner, Roxy Senior
BACKGROUND: Carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) and plaque are recognized markers of increased risk for cerebrovascular events. Accurate visualization of the IMT and plaques is dependent upon image quality. Ultrasound contrast agents improve image quality during echocardiography-this study assessed whether contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) improves carotid IMT visualization and plaque detection in an asymptomatic population. METHODS & RESULTS: Individuals free from known cardiovascular disease, enrolled in a community study, underwent B-mode and CEUS carotid imaging...
March 19, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306544/acute-ischemic-stroke-mimicking-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-after-coronary-angioplasty
#17
Ana Piršić, Tomislav Šipić, Krešimr Štambuk, Hrvoje Budinčević
Use of non-ionic contrast media (CM) in coronary arteriography has been reported to cause transient cortical blindness, confusion, amnesia and very rare focal deficits. We report a 69-year old patient with stabile angina pectoris who underwent coronary angioplasty with stent placement due to in-stent thrombosis of the right coronary artery who developed stroke symptoms with radiological suspicion of subarachnoid hemorrhage. No vascular malformations were detected on CT cerebral angiography. Dual antiplatelet treatment was continued...
March 16, 2017: Romanian Journal of Internal Medicine, Revue Roumaine de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306287/optical-phase-conjugation-with-less-than-a-photon-per-degree-of-freedom
#18
M Jang, C Yang, I M Vellekoop
We demonstrate experimentally that optical phase conjugation can be used to focus light through strongly scattering media even when far less than a photon per optical degree of freedom is detected. We found that the best achievable intensity contrast is equal to the total number of detected photons, as long as the resolution of the system is high enough. Our results demonstrate that phase conjugation can be used even when the photon budget is extremely low, such as in high-speed focusing through dynamic media or imaging deep inside tissue...
March 3, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303649/transforming-sugars-into-fat-lipid-biosynthesis-using-different-sugars-in-yarrowia-lipolytica
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Piotr Hapeta, Magdalena Rakicka, Remi Dulermo, Heber Gamboa-Meléndez, Anne-Marie Crutz-Le Coq, Jean-Marc Nicaud, Zbigniew Lazar
In an era of ever-increasing energy demands, a promising technology is being developed: the use of oleaginous microorganisms such as Yarrowia lipolytica to convert waste materials into biofuels. Here, we constructed two Y. lipolytica strains that displayed both increased lipid accumulation and a more efficient use of biomass-derived sugars, including glucose, fructose, galactose, and inulin. The first strain, Y. lipolytica YLZ150, was derived from the French wild-type strain W29. It had inhibited triacylglycerol mobilization (∆tgl4) and β-oxidation (∆pox1-6), and it overexpressed GPD1, DGA2, HXK1, the native Leloir pathway, SUC2 from Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and INU1 from Kluyveromyces marxianus...
March 17, 2017: Yeast
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303004/serum-fabp5-concentration-is-a-potential-biomarker-for-residual-risk-of-atherosclerosis-in-relation-to-cholesterol-efflux-from-macrophages
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Masato Furuhashi, Masatsune Ogura, Megumi Matsumoto, Satoshi Yuda, Atsuko Muranaka, Mina Kawamukai, Akina Omori, Marenao Tanaka, Norihito Moniwa, Hirofumi Ohnishi, Shigeyuki Saitoh, Mariko Harada-Shiba, Kazuaki Shimamoto, Tetsuji Miura
Cholesterol efflux capacity (CEC) from macrophages, the first step in the reverse cholesterol transport pathway, is inversely associated with residual risk for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Fatty acid-binding protein 4 (FABP4) and FABP5 are expressed in both adipocytes and macrophages and play significant roles in the development of insulin resistance and atherosclerosis. Both FABP4 and FABP5 are secreted from cells, and their circulating levels are associated with insulin resistance and atherosclerosis...
March 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
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