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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449321/a-review-of-associated-controversies-surrounding-glucocorticoid-use-in-veterinary-emergency-and-critical-care
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Maya A Aharon, Jennifer E Prittie, Kate Buriko
OBJECTIVE: To review the literature in human and veterinary medicine regarding the indications for, efficacy of, and controversies surrounding glucocorticoid (GC) administration in the emergency and critical care (ECC) setting, and to provide an overview of the most commonly used synthetic GC formulations. MEDICATIONS: Synthetic GCs vary in GC and mineralocorticoid potency, hypothalamic pituitary axis suppression, duration of action, route of administration, and clinical indication for use...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449234/magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-computed-tomographic-characteristics-of-a-glioma-causing-calvarial-erosion-in-a-dog
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Alfredo Recio, Cristian de la Fuente, Martí Pumarola, Yvonne Espada, Sònia Añor
An 8-year-old female Boxer was examined for acute onset of seizures. On magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), an intra-axial mass with imaging features consistent with glioma was observed in the right cerebral hemisphere. A defect in the temporal bone adjacent to the mass was observed. Postmortem computed tomography (CT) confirmed temporal bone osteolysis and necropsy demonstrated a glioblastoma with associated calvarial erosion. Although occasionally described in human medicine, to our knowledge, this is the first description of a brain glioma causing calvarial erosion in a dog...
April 27, 2017: Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448889/studies-on-the-metabolites-difference-of-psoralen-isopsoralen-in-human-and-six-mammalian-liver-microsomes-in-vitro-by-uhplc-ms-ms
#3
Aihong Yang, Junxiu Chen, Yetao Ma, Lili Wang, Yaowen Fan, Xin He
Psoralen and isopsoralen are found in many fruits, vegetables and traditional Chinese medicines (TCM), such as Ficus carica L., Celery, Fructus Psoraleae etc. Modern pharmacological studies found that psoralen and isopsoralen can show estrogen-like activity, antitumor, and antibacterial activities etc. However, some research results also show some liver damage associated with the use of psoralen/isopsoralen or related medicines in human. Many studies focus on the pharmacological activities of psoralen/isopsoralen, while it is important to choose the suitable pharmacological models which are relevant to human in drug metabolism and pharmacokinetic process...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448819/construction-of-three-dimensional-vascularized-functional-human-liver-tissue-using-a-layer-by-layer-cell-coating-technique
#4
Kazuki Sasaki, Takami Akagi, Tadafumi Asaoka, Hidetoshi Eguchi, Yasunari Fukuda, Yoshifumi Iwagami, Daisaku Yamada, Takehiro Noda, Hiroshi Wada, Kunihito Gotoh, Koichi Kawamoto, Yuichiro Doki, Masaki Mori, Mitsuru Akashi
The creation of artificial liver tissue is an active area of research due to the shortage of donors for liver transplantation. Here we investigated whether a simple and efficient cell coating technique developed in our laboratory could be used to generate functional vascularized liver tissue. This technique creates three-dimensional tissue by loading cells sterically onto other cells that have been coated with layer-by-layer (LbL) nanofilms of fibronectin and gelatin, two extracellular matrix proteins. We used this technique to construct homogenous, dense, well-vascularized liver tissue from cryopreserved human primary hepatocytes, human umbilical vein endothelial cells, and normal human dermal fibroblasts...
February 28, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448041/mass-spectrometry-and-luminogenic-based-approaches-to-characterize-phase-i-metabolic-competency-of-in-vitro-cell-cultures
#5
Andrew Baxter, Emmanuel Minet
Xenobiotic metabolizing enzymes play a key function in the biotransformation of medicines and toxicants by adding functional groups that increase solubility and facilitate excretion. On some occasions those structural modifications lead to the formation of new toxic products. In order to reduce animal testing, chemical risk can be assessed using metabolically competent cells. The expression of metabolic enzymes, however, is not stable over time in many in vitro primary culture systems and is often partial or absent in cell lines...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447991/isolation-and-characterization-of-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-from-human-umbilical-cord-and-fetal-placenta
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Naimisha Beeravolu, Christina McKee, Ali Alamri, Sasha Mikhael, Christina Brown, Mick Perez-Cruet, G Rasul Chaudhry
The human umbilical cord (UC) and placenta are non-invasive, primitive and abundant sources of mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) that have increasingly gained attention because they do not pose any ethical or moral concerns. Current methods to isolate MSCs from UC yield low amounts of cells with variable proliferation potentials. Since UC is an anatomically-complex organ, differences in MSC properties may be due to the differences in the anatomical regions of their isolation. In this study, we first dissected the cord/placenta samples into three discrete anatomical regions: UC, cord-placenta junction (CPJ), and fetal placenta (FP)...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447755/gene-expression-profile-in-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-chondrogenic-differentiation-in-vitro-part-a
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Wiktoria Maria Suchorska, Ewelina Augustyniak, Magdalena Richter, Tomasz Trzeciak
Human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) offer promise in regenerative medicine, however more data are required to improve understanding of key aspects of the cell differentiation process, including how specific chondrogenic processes affect the gene expression profile of chondrocyte‑like cells and the relative value of cell differentiation markers. The main aims of the present study were as follows: To determine the gene expression profile of chondrogenic-like cells derived from hiPSCs cultured in mediums conditioned with HC‑402‑05a cells or supplemented with transforming growth factor β3 (TGF‑β3), and to assess the relative utility of the most commonly used chondrogenic markers as indicators of cell differentiation...
March 16, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447476/mtbvac-from-discovery-to-clinical-trials-in-tuberculosis-endemic-countries
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Dessislava Marinova, Jesus Gonzalo-Asensio, Nacho Aguilo, Carlos Martin
BCG remains the only vaccine against tuberculosis (TB) in use today and despite its impressive global coverage, the nature of BCG protection against the pulmonary forms of TB remains subject to ongoing debate. Because of the limitations of BCG, novel TB vaccine candidates have been developed and several have reached the clinical pipeline. One of these candidates is MTBVAC, the first and only TB vaccine in the clinical pipeline to date based on live-attenuated Mycobacterium tuberculosis that has successfully entered clinical evaluation, a historic milestone in human vaccinology...
April 27, 2017: Expert Review of Vaccines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447136/-environmental-health-relevance-of-airborne-microorganisms-in-ambient-and-indoor-air
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REVIEW
Sandra M Walser, Bernhard Brenner, Stefanie Heinze, Regine Szewzyk, Eike Wolter, Caroline E W Herr
Airborne microorganisms occur ubiquitously in the ambient air. Besides allergic and irritative-toxic effects, they can cause infections after inhalation. Occupational studies have shown that an increased incidence of respiratory diseases is found in adequately exposed workers. In addition to respiratory diseases, severe systemic infections can also occur in particular cases, such as in the case of a hantavirus infection that is recognized as an occupational disease. In studies from environmental medicine, respiratory diseases have also been observed in residents living in the vicinity of livestock facilities and evaporative cooling towers...
April 26, 2017: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447115/human-genetics-as-a-model-for-target-validation-finding-new-therapies-for-diabetes
#10
REVIEW
Soren K Thomsen, Anna L Gloyn
Type 2 diabetes is a global epidemic with major effects on healthcare expenditure and quality of life. Currently available treatments are inadequate for the prevention of comorbidities, yet progress towards new therapies remains slow. A major barrier is the insufficiency of traditional preclinical models for predicting drug efficacy and safety. Human genetics offers a complementary model to assess causal mechanisms for target validation. Genetic perturbations are 'experiments of nature' that provide a uniquely relevant window into the long-term effects of modulating specific targets...
April 26, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447035/novel-therapeutic-approaches-rett-syndrome-and-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-technology
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REVIEW
Mohan Gomathi, Vellingiri Balachandar
Recent advances in induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) technology target screening and discovering of therapeutic agents for the possible cure of human diseases. Human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSC) are the right kind of platform for testing potency of specific active compounds. Ayurveda, the Indian traditional system of medicine developed between 2,500 and 500 BC, is a science involving the intelligent formulations of herbs and minerals. It can serve as a "goldmine" for novel neuroprotective agents used for centuries to treat neurological disorders...
2017: Stem Cell Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446224/immunosuppressive-capacity-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-correlates-with-metabolic-activity-and-can-be-enhanced-by-valproic-acid
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Madeleine C Killer, Philipp Nold, Katharina Henkenius, Lea Fritz, Tabea Riedlinger, Christina Barckhausen, Miriam Frech, Holger Hackstein, Andreas Neubauer, Cornelia Brendel
BACKGROUND: Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have entered the clinic as an Advanced Therapy Medicinal Product and are currently evaluated in a wide range of studies for tissue regeneration or in autoimmune disorders. Various efforts have been made to standardize and optimize expansion and manufacturing processes, but until now reliable potency assays for the final MSC product are lacking. Because recent findings suggest superior therapeutic efficacy of freshly administered MSCs in comparison with frozen cells, we sought to correlate the T-cell suppressive capacity of MSCs with their metabolic activity...
April 26, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446157/natural-products-isolated-from-tetragonula-carbonaria-cerumen-modulate-free-radical-scavenging-and-5-lipoxygenase-activities-in-vitro
#13
Karina D Hamilton, Peter R Brooks, Steven M Ogbourne, Fraser D Russell
BACKGROUND: Propolis and cerumen are plant-derived products found in honeybees and stingless bees, respectively. Although propolis is an ancient folk medicine, the bioactivities of cerumen obtained from Australian native stingless bees (Tetragonula carbonaria) have not been widely studied. Therefore, we investigated selected anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of T. carbonaria cerumen. METHODS: A methanolic extract was prepared from the combined cerumen of 40 T...
April 26, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445815/lc-ms-ms-determination-of-tranexamic-acid-in-human-plasma-after-phospholipid-clean-up
#14
Nicolas Fabresse, Fanta Fall, Isabelle Etting, Philippe Devillier, Jean-Claude Alvarez, Stanislas Grassin-Delyle
Tranexamic acid is a widely used antifibrinolytic drug but its pharmacology and pharmacokinetics remains poorly understood. Owing to the recent knowledge on phospholipid-induced matrix effects during human plasma analysis, our aim was to develop a liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry method for the quantitation of tranexamic acid after efficient sample clean-up. Sample preparation consisted in phospholipid removal and protein precipitation. Hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography was used and the detection was achieved with multiple reaction monitoring...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445615/status-epilepticus-in-dogs-and-cats-part-1-etiopathogenesis-epidemiology-and-diagnosis
#15
Susan Blades Golubovic, John H Rossmeisl
OBJECTIVE: To review current knowledge of the etiopathogenesis, diagnosis, and consequences of status epilepticus (SE) in veterinary patients. DATA SOURCES: Human and veterinary literature, including clinical and laboratory research and reviews. ETIOPATHOGENESIS: Status epilepticus is a common emergency in dogs and cats, and may be the first manifestation of a seizure disorder. It results from the failure of termination of an isolated seizure...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445220/catalyzing-interdisciplinary-research-and-training-initial-outcomes-and-evolution-of-the-affinity-research-collaboratives-model
#16
Katya Ravid, Francesca Seta, David Center, Gloria Waters, David Coleman
Team science has been recognized as critical to solving increasingly complex biomedical problems and advancing discoveries in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of human disease. In 2009, the Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research (ECIBR) was established in the Department of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine as a new organizational paradigm to promote interdisciplinary team science. The ECIBR is made up of affinity research collaboratives (ARCs), consisting of investigators from different departments and disciplines who come together to study biomedical problems that are relevant to human disease and not under interdisciplinary investigation at the university...
April 25, 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445049/inflammation-modulatory-phorbol-esters-from-the-seeds-of-aquilaria-malaccensis
#17
Vitthal D Wagh, Michal Korinek, I-Wen Lo, Yu-Ming Hsu, Shu-Li Chen, Hsue-Yin Hsu, Tsong-Long Hwang, Yang-Chang Wu, Bing-Hung Chen, Yuan-Bin Cheng, Fang-Rong Chang
The tree Aquilaria malaccensis is a valuable source of agarwood, which is used in herbal medicinal preparations. Phytochemical research on A. malaccensis seeds has led to the isolation of four new phorbol esters (1-4), two known phorbol esters (5, isolated from Nature for the first time, and 6), and two known glycerides (7 and 8). The structures of these isolates were elucidated by means of spectroscopic data interpretation. The inflammation-modulatory activities of the isolates on elastase release and superoxide anion generation in human neutrophils were evaluated...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444805/2d-multi-spectral-imaging-for-fast-mri-near-metal
#18
Brian A Hargreaves, Valentina Taviani, Daniel V Litwiller, Daehyun Yoon
PURPOSE: To develop a fast 2D method for MRI near metal with reduced B0 in-plane and through-slice artifacts. METHODS: Multi-spectral imaging (MSI) approaches reduce artifacts in MR images near metal, but require 3D imaging of multiple excited volumes regardless of imaging geometry or artifact severity. The proposed 2D MSI method rapidly excites a limited slice and spectral region using gradient reversal between excitation and refocusing pulses, then uses standard 2D imaging, with the process repeating to cover multiple spectral offsets that are combined as in other MSI techniques...
April 25, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444790/aloe-emodin-induces-apoptosis-in-human-liver-hl-7702-cells-through-fas-death-pathway-and-the-mitochondrial-pathway-by-generating-reactive-oxygen-species
#19
Xiaoxv Dong, Jing Fu, Xingbin Yin, Chunjing Yang, Jian Ni
Aloe-emodin (1,8-dihydroxy-3-hydroxymethyl-anthraquinone) is one of the primary active compounds in total rhubarb anthraquinones isolated from some traditional medicinal plants such as Rheum palmatum L. and Cassia occidentalis, which induce hepatotoxicity in rats. Thus, the aim of this study was to determine the potential cytotoxic effects and the underlying mechanism of aloe-emodin on human normal liver HL-7702 cells. The CCK-8 assays demonstrated that aloe-emodin decreased the viability of HL-7702 cells in a dose-dependent and time-dependent manner...
April 26, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444679/membranes-derived-from-human-umbilical-cord-wharton-s-jelly-stem-cells-as-novel-bioengineered-tissue-like-constructs
#20
B D Jaimes-Parra, I Garzón, V Carriel, D Durand-Herrera, M A Martín-Piedra, J M García, M C Sánchez-Quevedo, M Alaminos, A Campos
Cell-derived matrices were recently described as novel biomaterials generated by human cells allowed to grow and synthetize their own extracellular matrix in culture. In the present work, we generated and evaluated a novel tissue-like substitute (WDM) consisting of a membrane derived from cultured human Wharton's jelly stem cells. WDM were evaluated ex vivo and in vivo by histochemistry and immunohistochemistry for several mesenchymal cell markers and fibrillar and non-fibrillar extracellular matrix components...
April 26, 2017: Histology and Histopathology
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