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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926198/serum-free-human-msc-medium-supports-consistency-in-human-but-not-in-equine-adipose-derived-multipotent-mesenchymal-stromal-cell-culture
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Susanna Schubert, Walter Brehm, Aline Hillmann, Janina Burk
For clinical applications of multipotent mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs), serum-free culture is preferable to standardize cell products and prevent contamination with pathogens. In contrast to human MSCs, knowledge on serum-free culture of large animal MSCs is limited, despite its relevance for preclinical studies and development of veterinary cellular therapeutics. This study aimed to evaluate the suitability of a commercially available serum-free human MSC medium for culturing equine adipose-derived MSCs in comparison with human adipose MSCs...
September 19, 2017: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923899/cardiovascular-risk-factors-accelerate-progression-of-vascular-aging-in-the-general-population-results-from-the-crave-study-cardiovascular-risk-factors-affecting-vascular-age
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Dimitrios Terentes-Printzios, Charalambos Vlachopoulos, Panagiotis Xaplanteris, Nikolaos Ioakeimidis, Konstantinos Aznaouridis, Katerina Baou, Despina Kardara, Georgios Georgiopoulos, Christos Georgakopoulos, Dimitrios Tousoulis
Vascular aging, as assessed by structural and functional arterial properties, is an independent predictor of cardiovascular risk. We hypothesized that the number of cardiovascular risk factors determines the progression of vascular aging. One hundred forty-two subjects (mean age 51.9 years, 94 men) without established cardiovascular disease were investigated in 2 examinations over a 2-year period. Subjects were classified at baseline according to their number of risk factors (from 0 to 2 and more). Subjects had determinations of carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity, aortic augmentation index, brachial flow-mediated dilatation, and common carotid intima-media thickness and their annual absolute changes were calculated...
September 18, 2017: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917177/formation-of-iodinated-thms-during-chlorination-of-water-and-wastewater-in-the-presence-of-different-iodine-sources
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Ioanna Pantelaki, Dimitra Voutsa
The formation potential of iodinated trihalomethanes (I-THMs) during chlorination of different organic precursors in the presence of various iodine sources was studied. Organic precursors included humic acid, natural organic matter from river water and wastewater effluent organic matter. Inorganic iodide and two iodinated X-ray contrast media compounds (iopamidol and diatrizoate) were used as iodine sources. The formation potential of I-THMs under different experimental conditions (chlorination contact time, iodide and bromide concentrations) was investigated...
September 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916720/glucose-availability-controls-adipogenesis-in-mouse-3t3-l1-adipocytes-via-upregulation-of-nicotinamide-metabolism
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Robert M Jackson, Beth A Griesel, Jami M Gurley, Luke I Szweda, Ann Louise Olson
Expansion of adipose tissue in response to a positive energy balance underlies obesity and occurs through both hypertrophy of existing cells and increased differentiation of adipocyte precursors (hyperplasia). To better understand the nutrient signals that promote adipocyte differentiation, we investigated the role of glucose availability in regulating adipocyte differentiation and maturation. 3T3-L1 preadipocytes were grown and differentiated in media containing a standard differentiation hormone cocktail and either 4 or 25mM glucose...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914997/synergistic-effect-of-l-ascorbic-acid-and-hyaluronic-acid-on-the-expressions-of-matrix-metalloproteinase-3-and-9-in-human-chondrocytes
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Teng-Le Huang, Che-Hua Yang, Goichi Yanai, Jo-Yu Liao, Shoichiro Sumi, Kai-Chiang Yang
Proinflammatory cytokines and reactive oxygen species (ROS) are known to be involved in the initiation and progression of osteoarthritis (OA). New evidence clarifying the correlation between ROS and inflammation has indicated that oxidative stress can up-regulate inflammatory cytokines. l-Ascorbic acid (AA), an antioxidant, has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects and improve matrix deposition in chondrocytes. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of hyaluronic acid (HA; 100 μg/mL) supplemented with AA (50 μg/mL) on human normal and interleukin-1 beta-stimulated (IL-1β, 10 ng/mL) chondrocytes...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912882/atorvastatin-alleviates-iodinated-contrast-media-induced-cytotoxicity-in-human-proximal-renal-tubular-epithelial-cells
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Gai-Ling Liu, Rong Lei, Shao-Bin Duan, Mi-Mi Tang, Min Luo, Qian Xu
Contrast media (CM)-induced nephropathy (CIN) is a serious complication of intravascularly applied radiocontrast media. At present, no drugs have been approved for the prevention of CIN. The present study aimed to explore the effects and potential mechanisms of atorvastatin on iodinated CM-induced cytotoxicity in the human proximal renal tubular epithelial cells. The cytotoxic effect of iohexol (50, 100 and 200 mg I/ml) and the protective effect of atorvastatin pretreatment (1, 20 and 40 µM) were assessed...
October 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910387/epstein-barr-virus-latent-membrane-protein-1-enhances-dendritic-cell-therapy-lymph-node-migration-activation-and-il-12-secretion
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James M Termini, Sachin Gupta, Francesca N Raffa, Elizabeth Guirado, Margaret A Fischl, Liguo Niu, Saravana Kanagavelu, Geoffrey W Stone
Dendritic cells (DC) are a promising cell type for cancer vaccines due to their high immunostimulatory capacity. However, improper maturation of DC prior to treatment may account for the limited efficacy of DC vaccine clinical trials. Latent Membrane Protein-1 (LMP1) of Epstein-Barr virus was examined for its ability to mature and activate DC as a gene-based molecular adjuvant for DC vaccines. DC were transduced with an adenovirus 5 vector (Ad5) expressing LMP1 under the control of a Tet-inducible promoter...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900045/gbcas-and-risk-for-nephrogenic-systemic-fibrosis-a-literature-review
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Asher Street Beam, Kristi G Moore, Savannah N Gillis, Kala F Ford, Tyler Gray, Anne Howard Steinwinder, Alexa Graham
PURPOSE: To examine the risks of using of gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) in magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and explore strategies to reduce the likeliness of adverse effects in patients who might be at risk for developing nephrogenic system fibrosis (NSF). METHODS: A search of 3 scholarly databases was performed to identify articles that discuss adverse reactions to GBCAs, specifically relating to kidney function, in MR examinations. A total of 20 peer-reviewed articles were analyzed...
July 2017: Radiologic Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900020/petrobactin-is-exported-from-bacillus-anthracis-by-the-rnd-type-exporter-apex
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A K Hagan, A Tripathi, D Berger, D H Sherman, P C Hanna
Bacillus anthracis-a Gram-positive, spore-forming bacterium-causes anthrax, a highly lethal disease with high bacteremia titers. Such rapid growth requires ample access to nutrients, including iron. However, access to this critical metal is heavily restricted in mammals, which requires B. anthracis to employ petrobactin, an iron-scavenging small molecule known as a siderophore. Petrobactin biosynthesis is mediated by asb gene products, and import of the iron-bound (holo)-siderophore into the bacterium has been well studied...
September 12, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894591/efficacy-of-oral-contrast-agents-for-upper-gastrointestinal-signal-suppression-in-mrcp-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
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Anne Frisch, Thula C Walter, Bernd Hamm, Timm Denecke
BACKGROUND: Orally administered substances which suppress signals from gastrointestinal fluid can be used to enhance image quality in magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP). In daily practice, the available substances range from commercial products to regular viands such as fruit juices. PURPOSE: To provide an overview on the significance of and the substances used as gastrointestinal fluid signal suppressors in MRCP. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A systematic review of the existing literature was performed to evaluate the efficacy and efficiency of oral T2-signal suppressors in MRCP...
September 2017: Acta Radiologica Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887230/multiparticulate-system-combining-taste-masking-and-immediate-release-properties-for-the-aversive-compound-praziquantel
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Magdalena Münster, Corinna Schoch, Carsten Schmidt, Jörg Breitkreutz
The taste of pharmaceuticals is of particular importance as it highly affects the compliance of patients, especially for patient groups like children. In view of oral solid dosage forms, various taste masking techniques can be applied encapsulating the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) to prevent the interaction with the taste buds. Despite a delayed drug release in saliva, an immediate drug release in gastrointestinal media is desirable for efficient drug absorption. This combinatory approach is of particular interest for poorly soluble drugs still demonstrating an aversive, bitter taste, e...
September 5, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884630/fetal-and-placental-dna-stimulation-of-tlr9-a-mechanism-possibly-contributing-to-the-pro-inflammatory-events-during-parturition
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Ilona Telefus Goldfarb, Sharareh Adeli, Tucker Berk, Mark Phillippe
INTRODUCTION: While there is evidence for a relationship between cell-free fetal DNA (cffDNA) and parturition, questions remain regarding whether cffDNA could trigger a pro-inflammatory response on the pathway to parturition. We hypothesized that placental and/or fetal DNA stimulates toll-like receptor 9 (TLR9) leading to secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines by macrophage cells. METHODS: Four in vitro DNA stimulation studies were performed using RAW 264.7 mouse peritoneal macrophage cells incubated in media containing the following DNA particles: an oligodeoxynucleotide (ODN2395), intact genomic DNA (from mouse placentas, fetuses and adult liver), mouse DNA complexed with DOTAP (a cationic liposome forming compound), and telomere-depleted mouse DNA...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882432/analysis-of-ambient-ph-stress-response-mediated-by-iron-and-copper-intake-in-schizosaccharomyces-pombe
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Yujiro Higuchi, Hikari Mori, Takeo Kubota, Kaoru Takegawa
The molecular mechanism of tolerance to alkaline pH is well studied in model fungi Aspergillus nidulans and Saccharomyces cerevisiae. However, how fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe survives under alkaline stress remains largely unknown, as the genes involved in the alkaline stress response pathways of A. nidulans and S. cerevisiae were not found in the genome of this organism. Since uptake of iron and copper into cells is important for alkaline tolerance in S. cerevisiae, here we examined whether iron and copper uptake processes were involved in conferring tolerance to alkaline stress in S...
September 4, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882389/pore-scale-simulations-of-concentration-tails-in-heterogeneous-porous-media
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Paolo Roberto Di Palma, Andrea Parmigiani, Christian Huber, Nicolas Guyennon, Paolo Viotti
The retention of contaminants in the finest and less-conductive regions of natural aquifer is known to strongly affect the decontamination of polluted aquifers. In fact, contaminant transfer from low to high mobility regions at the back end of a contaminant plume (i.e. back diffusion) is responsible for the long-term release of contaminants during remediation operation. In this paper, we perform pore-scale calculations for the transport of contaminant through heterogeneous porous media composed of low and high mobility regions with two objectives: (i) study the effect of permeability contrast and solute transport conditions on the exchange of solutes between mobile and immobile regions and (ii) estimate the mass of contaminants sequestered in low mobility regions based on concentration breakthrough curves...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Contaminant Hydrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882110/serum-osteoprotegerin-in-prevalent-hemodialysis-patients-associations-with-mortality-atherosclerosis-and-cardiac-function
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Sílvia Collado, Elisabeth Coll, Carlos Nicolau, Manel Azqueta, Mercedes Pons, Josep M Cruzado, Bernat de la Torre, Ramón Deulofeu, Sergi Mojal, Julio Pascual, Aleix Cases
BACKGROUND: To assess whether serum osteoprotegerin (OPG) and/or fetuin-A predict mortality and cardiovascular (CV) morbidity and mortality in hemodialysis patients. METHODS: Multicenter, observational, prospective study that included 220 hemodialysis patients followed up for up to 6 years. Serum OPG and fetuin-A levels were measured at baseline and their possible association with clinical characteristics, CV risk biomarkers, carotid ultrasonographic findings, as well as their association with overall and CV mortality and CV events were assessed...
September 7, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882034/one-step-fast-synthesis-of-nanoparticles-for-mri-coating-chemistry-as-the-key-variable-determining-positive-or-negative-contrast
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Juan Pellico, Jesús Ruiz-Cabello, Irene Fernández-Barahona, Lucía Gutiérrez, Ana V Lechuga-Vieco, Jose A Enríquez, M Puerto Morales, Fernando Herranz
Iron oxide nanomaterial is a typical example of a magnetic resonance imaging probe for negative contrast. It has also been shown how this nanomaterial can be synthesized for positive contrast by modification of the composition and size of the core. However, the role of the organic coating in the relaxometric properties is largely unexplored. Here, maghemite nanoparticles with either excellent positive or very good negative contrast performance are obtained by modifying coating thickness while the core is kept unchanged...
September 18, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28881643/critical-analysis-of-the-major-and-ancillary-imaging-features-of-li-rads-on-127-proven-hccs-evaluated-with-functional-and-morphological-mri-lights-and-shadows
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Vincenza Granata, Roberta Fusco, Antonio Avallone, Francesco Filice, Fabiana Tatangelo, Mauro Piccirillo, Roberto Grassi, Francesco Izzo, Antonella Petrillo
PURPOSE: To report a critical analysis of major and ancillary MR imaging features in assessment of HCC. METHODS: Retrospectively we evaluated 70 cirrhotic patients with 173 nodules, which were subjected to MR study at 0 time (MR0), after 3 (MR3) and 6 months (MR6) using two different contrast media. EOB-GD-DTPA was injected at MR0 and MR6, while Gd-BT-DO3A at MR3. Three expert hepatic radiologists reviewed all images, recording, according to LI-RADS, the size, the presence and quality of arterial-phase hyperenhancement, washout and capsule appearance, threshold growth...
August 1, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879627/the-effect-of-viscosity-friction-and-sonication-on-the-morphology-and-metabolite-production-from-aspergillus-terreus-atcc-20542
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Muhamad Hafiz Abd Rahim, Hanan Hasan, Hanis H Harith, Ali Abbas
This study investigates the effects of viscosity, friction, and sonication on the morphology and the production of lovastatin, (+)-geodin, and sulochrin by Aspergillus terreus ATCC 20542. Sodium alginate and gelatine were used to protect the fungal pellet from mechanical force by increasing the media viscosity. Sodium alginate stimulated the production of lovastatin by up to 329.0% and sulochrin by 128.7%, with inhibitory effect on (+)-geodin production at all concentrations used. However, the use of gelatine to increase viscosity significantly suppressed lovastatin, (+)-geodin, and sulochrin's production (maximum reduction at day 9 of 42...
September 6, 2017: Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28876979/general-anaesthesia-for-patients-with-a-history-of-a-contrast-medium-induced-anaphylaxis-a-useful-prophylaxis
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Ingrid Boehm, Knud Nairz, John Morelli, Patricia Silva Hasembank Keller, Johannes Thomas Heverhagen
Contrast-enhanced radiological examinations are important diagnostic tools in modern medicine. Currently, all approved and available iodinated and gadolinium-based contrast agents are safe and well tolerated by most patients. However, approximately 2% of patients receiving iodinated contrast media (CM) exhibit hypersensitivity reactions. Patients with a history of such a reaction are at increased risk upon re-exposure. Therefore, they are subjected to a prophylaxis such as injection of anti-allergy drugs or general anesthesia...
September 6, 2017: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28876909/challenges-in-coupling-acidity-and-salinity-transport-in-porous-media
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Colin Joseph McNeece, Marc A Hesse
Salinity is an increasingly prescient issue in reactive transport, from low salinity water flooding to fracking brine leakage. Of primary concern is the effect of salinity on surface chemistry. Transport and batch experiments show a strong coupling of salinity and acidity through chemical interactions at the mineral-liquid interface. This coupling is ascribed to the combined effects of ionic strength on electrostatic behaviour of the interface and competitive sorption between protons and other cations for binding sites on the surface...
September 6, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
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