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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29168915/a-novel-microdevice-for-rapid-neutrophil-purification-and-phenotyping-in-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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Hui Min Tay, Rinkoo Dalan, King Ho Holden Li, Bernhard O Boehm, Han Wei Hou
Neutrophil dysfunction is strongly linked to type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) pathophysiology, but the prognostic potential of neutrophil biomarkers remains largely unexplored due to arduous leukocyte isolation methods. Herein, a novel integrated microdevice is reported for single-step neutrophil sorting and phenotyping (chemotaxis and formation of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETosis)) using small blood volumes (fingerprick). Untouched neutrophils are purified on-chip from whole blood directly using biomimetic cell margination and affinity-based capture, and are exposed to preloaded chemoattractant or NETosis stimulant to initiate chemotaxis or NETosis, respectively...
November 23, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29168653/utilizing-biomarkers-in-colorectal-cancer-an-interview-with-ajay-goel
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Ajay Goel
Ajay Goel, PhD, is a Professor and Director, Center for Gastrointestinal Research, and Director, Center for Translational Genomics and Oncology, at the Baylor Scott & White Research Institute, Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Dr Goel has spent more than 20 years researching cancer and has been the lead author or contributor to over 240 scientific articles published in peer-reviewed international journals and several book chapters. He is also a primary inventor on more than 15 international patents aimed at developing various biomarkers for the diagnosis, prognosis and prediction of gastrointestinal cancers...
November 23, 2017: Future Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164808/a-universal-approach-to-correct-various-hbb-gene-mutations-in-human-stem-cells-for-gene-therapy-of-beta-thalassemia-and-sickle-cell-disease
#3
Liuhong Cai, Hao Bai, Vasiliki Mahairaki, Yongxing Gao, Chaoxia He, Yanfei Wen, You-Chuan Jin, You Wang, Rachel L Pan, Armaan Qasba, Zhaohui Ye, Linzhao Cheng
Beta-thalassemia is one of the most common recessive genetic diseases, caused by mutations in the HBB gene. Over 200 different types of mutations in the HBB gene containing three exons have been identified in patients with β-thalassemia (β-thal) whereas a homozygous mutation in exon 1 causes sickle cell disease (SCD). Novel therapeutic strategies to permanently correct the HBB mutation in stem cells that are able to expand and differentiate into erythrocytes producing corrected HBB proteins are highly desirable...
November 21, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164803/preclinical-evaluation-and-optimization-of-a-cell-therapy-using-human-cord-blood-derived-endothelial-colony-forming-cells-for-ischemic-retinopathies
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Emma Reid, Jasenka Guduric-Fuchs, Christina L O'Neill, Lynsey-Dawn Allen, Sarah E J Chambers, Alan W Stitt, Reinhold J Medina
Cell therapy using endothelial progenitors holds promise for vascular repair in ischemic retinopathies. Using a well-defined subpopulation of human cord blood-derived endothelial progenitors known as endothelial colony-forming cells (ECFCs), we have evaluated essential requirements for further development of this cell therapy targeting the ischemic retina, including dose response, delivery route, and toxicity. First, to evaluate therapeutic efficacy relating to cell dose, ECFCs were injected into the vitreous of mice with oxygen-induced retinopathy...
November 22, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164800/the-generation-of-human-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-t-cell-derived-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-from-whole-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cell-culture
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Daisuke Watanabe, Michiyo Koyanagi-Aoi, Mariko Taniguchi-Ikeda, Yukiko Yoshida, Takeshi Azuma, Takashi Aoi
γδT cells constitute a small proportion of lymphocytes in peripheral blood. Unlike αβT cells, the anti-tumor activities are exerted through several different pathways in a MHC-unrestricted manner. Thus, immunotherapy using γδT cells is considered to be effective for various types of cancer. Occasionally, however, ex vivo expanded cells are not as effective as expected due to cell exhaustion. To overcome the issue of T-cell exhaustion, researchers have generated induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) that harbor the same T-cell receptor (TCR) genes as their original T-cells, which provide nearly limitless sources for antigen-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs)...
November 21, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164483/dosimetry-based-treatment-planning-for-molecular-radiotherapy-a-summary-of-the-2017-report-from-the-internal-dosimetry-task-force
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Caroline Stokke, Pablo Minguez Gabiña, Pavel Solný, Francesco Cicone, Mattias Sandström, Katarina Sjögreen Gleisner, Carlo Chiesa, Emiliano Spezi, Maria Paphiti, Mark Konijnenberg, Matt Aldridge, Jill Tipping, Michael Wissmeyer, Boudewijn Brans, Klaus Bacher, Carsten Kobe, Glenn Flux
BACKGROUND: The European directive on basic safety standards (Council directive 2013/59 Euratom) mandates dosimetry-based treatment planning for radiopharmaceutical therapies. The directive comes into operation February 2018, and the aim of a report produced by the Internal Dosimetry Task Force of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine is to address this aspect of the directive. A summary of the report is presented. RESULTS: A brief review of five of the most common therapy procedures is included in the current text, focused on the potential to perform patient-specific dosimetry...
November 21, 2017: EJNMMI Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164177/a-systems-medicine-approach-translating-emerging-science-into-individualized-wellness
#7
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J S Bland, D M Minich, B M Eck
In today's aging society, more people are living with lifestyle-related noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and cancer. Numerous opinion-leader organizations recommend lifestyle medicine as the first-line approach in NCD prevention and treatment. However, there is a strong need for a personalized approach as "one-size-fits-all" public health recommendations have been insufficient in addressing the interindividual differences in the diverse populations. Advancement in systems biology and the "omics" technologies has allowed comprehensive analysis of how complex biological systems are impacted upon external perturbations (e...
2017: Advances in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164037/guidelines-for-the-management-of-degenerative-cervical-myelopathy-and-acute-spinal-cord-injury-development-process-and-methodology
#8
Lindsay A Tetreault, Andrea C Skelly, Joseph R Dettori, Jefferson R Wilson, Allan R Martin, Michael G Fehlings
The Institute of Medicine defines clinical practice guidelines as "statements that include recommendations intended to optimize patient care that are informed by a systematic review of evidence and an assessment of the benefits and harms of alternative care options." Guidelines help clinicians implement best evidence into practice and encourage informed shared decision making with patients. Guidelines are intended to enhance the quality of patient care by discouraging ineffective and potentially harmful interventions and standardizing practice...
September 2017: Global Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162011/skeletal-muscle-injury-biomarkers-assay-qualification-efforts-and-translation-to-the-clinic
#9
Richard A Goldstein
Skeletal muscle (SKM) injury or myopathy results in structural or functional defects in SKMs that can be caused by variety of factors such as (1) genetic, (2) drug-induced, (3) disease progression (cachexia), or (4) aging (sarcopenia). Creatine kinase (CK) and aspartate transaminase (AST) activity assays have been routinely used as SKM injury biomarkers, but they lack sensitivity and tissue specificity. In collaboration with the Predictive Safety Testing Consortium, we evaluated the diagnostic performance of a muscle injury biomarker panel (MIP) compared to CK and AST and their correlation with the histology scores across 34 different rat studies...
October 2017: Toxicologic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161922/existing-issues-and-valid-concerns-in-continuous-flow-ventricular-assist-devices
#10
Roland Hetzer, Eva Maria Delmo Walter
Through concerted endeavours in the fields of surgery, medicine, and biomedical engineering, patronized by government and industry, ventricular assist devices have become an established surgical treatment to support the failing heart, which could easily and simply surpass the frequency of heart transplantation. Be it as it may, complications and adverse events have unfolded, and these facilitated the way to newer biomedically-engineered pump designs in search of the perfect support for a failing heart. Areas covered: This review focuses on the evolution of the continous-flow ventricular assist device as an accepted mode of treatment in advanced heart failure, as a bridge to myocardial recovery, as a bridge to heart transplantation and as a permanent therapy, with its attendant complications and long-term outcome...
November 22, 2017: Expert Review of Medical Devices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159905/autologous-mesenchymal-stem-cell-and-islet-cotransplantation-safety-and-efficacy
#11
Hongjun Wang, Charlie Strange, Paul J Nietert, Jingjing Wang, Taylor L Turnbull, Colleen Cloud, Stefanie Owczarski, Betsy Shuford, Tara Duke, Gary Gilkeson, Louis Luttrell, Kathie Hermayer, Jyotika Fernandes, David B Adams, Katherine A Morgan
Islet engraftment after transplantation is impaired by high rates of islet/β cell death caused by cellular stressors and poor graft vascularization. We studied whether cotransplantation of ex vivo expanded autologous bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) with islets is safe and beneficial in chronic pancreatitis patients undergoing total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplantation. MSCs were harvested from the bone marrow of three islet autotransplantation patients and expanded at our current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) facility...
November 21, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159365/novel-stool-based-protein-biomarkers-for-improved-colorectal-cancer-screening-a-case-control-study
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Linda J W Bosch, Meike de Wit, Thang V Pham, Veerle M H Coupé, Annemieke C Hiemstra, Sander R Piersma, Gideon Oudgenoeg, George L Scheffer, Sandra Mongera, Jochim Terhaar Sive Droste, Frank A Oort, Sietze T van Turenhout, Ilhame Ben Larbi, Joost Louwagie, Wim van Criekinge, Rene W M van der Hulst, Chris J J Mulder, Beatriz Carvalho, Remond J A Fijneman, Connie R Jimenez, Gerrit A Meijer
Background: The fecal immunochemical test (FIT) for detecting hemoglobin is used widely for noninvasive colorectal cancer (CRC) screening, but its sensitivity leaves room for improvement. Objective: To identify novel protein biomarkers in stool that outperform or complement hemoglobin in detecting CRC and advanced adenomas. Design: Case-control study. Setting: Colonoscopy-controlled referral population from several centers...
November 21, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158376/leukemia-specific-delivery-of-mutant-notch1-targeted-therapy
#13
Giovanni Roti, Jun Qi, Samuel Kitara, Marta Sanchez-Martin, Amy Saur Conway, Anthony C Varca, Angela Su, Lei Wu, Andrew L Kung, Adolfo A Ferrando, James E Bradner, Kimberly Stegmaier
On-target drug delivery remains a challenge in cancer precision medicine; it is difficult to deliver a targeted therapy to cancer cells without incurring toxicity to normal tissues. The SERCA (sarco-endoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+) ATPase) inhibitor thapsigargin inhibits mutant NOTCH1 receptors compared with wild type in T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL), but its administration is predicted to be toxic in humans. Leveraging the addiction of ALL to folic acid, we conjugated folate to an alcohol derivative of thapsigargin via a cleavable ester linkage...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157979/artificial-apolipoprotein-corona-enables-nanoparticle-brain-targeting
#14
Roberta Dal Magro, Barbara Albertini, Silvia Beretta, Roberta Rigolio, Elisabetta Donzelli, Alessia Chiorazzi, Maurizio Ricci, Paolo Blasi, Giulio Sancini
Many potential therapeutic compounds for brain diseases fail to reach their molecular targets due to the impermeability of the blood-brain barrier, limiting their clinical development. Nanotechnology-based approaches might improve compounds pharmacokinetics by enhancing binding to the cerebrovascular endothelium and translocation into the brain. Adsorption of apolipoprotein E4 onto polysorbate(®) 80-stabilized nanoparticles to produce a protein corona allows the specific targeting of cerebrovascular endothelium...
November 17, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157753/validit%C3%A3-et-reproductibilit%C3%A3-de-deux-grilles-d%C3%A2-observation-des-comp%C3%A3-tences-cliniques-des-internes-en-des-de-m%C3%A3-decine-interne
#15
P Pottier, F Cohen Aubart, O Steichen, M Desprets, M Pha, A Espitia, S Georgin-Lavialle, A Morel, J B Hardouin
INTRODUCTION: The revision of the French medical studies' third cycle ought to be competency-based. In internal medicine, theoretical and practical knowledge will be assessed online with e-learning and e-portfolio. In parallel, a reflection about clinical skills assessment forms is currently ongoing. In this context, our aim was to assess the reproducibility and validity of two assessment forms based on direct clinical observation. METHOD: A prospective and multicentric study has been conducted from November 2015 to October 2016 aiming at evaluating the French translations of the MINI-Clinical Examination Exercice (MINI-CEX) and the Standardized Patient Satisfaction Questionnaire (SPSQ)...
November 17, 2017: La Revue de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156508/validity-and-reliability-of-the-turkish-version-of-the-readiness-for-hospital-discharge-scale-short-form
#16
Sıdıka Kaya, Gulay Sain Guven, Mesut Teleş, Cahit Korku, Seda Aydan, Ahmet Kar, Nazan Kartal, Gülsüm Şeyma Koca, Ahmet Yıldız
AIM: The aim of this study is to test the validity and reliability of the Turkish version of the readiness for hospital discharge scale/short form. BACKGROUND: Assessment of readiness for discharge from the patient's perspective is becoming increasingly important for patient safety, satisfaction and various patient outcomes such as readmission, health service utilization and mortality. The readiness for hospital discharge scale/short form allows health care providers to determine patients' discharge readiness...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Nursing Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155160/%C3%AE-v%C3%AE-3-and-%C3%AE-5%C3%AE-1-integrin-specific-ligands-from-tumor-angiogenesis-inhibitors-to-vascularization-promoters-in-regenerative-medicine
#17
REVIEW
Luís A Rocha, David A Learmonth, Rui A Sousa, António J Salgado
Integrins are cell adhesion receptors predominantly important during normal and tumor angiogenesis. A sequence present on several extracellular matrix proteins composed of Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD) has attracted attention due to its role in cell adhesion mediated by integrins. The development of ligands that can bind to integrins involved in tumor angiogenesis and brake disease progression has resulted in new investigational drug entities reaching the clinical trial phase in humans. The use of integrin-specific ligands can be useful for the vascularization of regenerative medicine constructs, which remains a major limitation for translation into clinical practice...
November 15, 2017: Biotechnology Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155091/dynamic-molecular-events-associated-to-plasmodium-berghei-gametogenesis-through-proteomic-approach
#18
Carlos H S Garcia, Delphine Depoix, Rayner M L Queiroz, Jaques M F Souza, Wagner Fontes, Marcelo V de Sousa, Marlon D M Santos, Paulo C Carvalho, Philippe Grellier, Sébastien Charneau
Plasmodium mature sexual cycle occurs in the vector mosquitoes and ensures the transmission to a new host. Gametogenesis takes place within minutes in the vector midgut. Gametocytes have to complete a deep nuclear reorganization, quick differentiation, and in the case of male gametocytes, intracytoplasmic flagellum assembly that results in free-swimming microgametes required for macrogamete fertilization. In efforts to improve our knowledge of molecular mechanisms involved in gamete morphogenesis, we carried out a nanoLC/MSMS based quantitative proteomic analysis throughout the xanthurenic acid-induced gametogenesis of the rodent parasite P...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154141/novel-genes-associated-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-diagnostic-and-clinical-implications
#19
REVIEW
Ruth Chia, Adriano Chiò, Bryan J Traynor
BACKGROUND: The disease course of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is rapid and, because its pathophysiology is unclear, few effective treatments are available. Genetic research aims to understand the underlying mechanisms of ALS and identify potential therapeutic targets. The first gene associated with ALS was SOD1, identified in 1993 and, by early 2014, more than 20 genes had been identified as causative of, or highly associated with, ALS. These genetic discoveries have identified key disease pathways that are therapeutically testable and could potentially lead to the development of better treatments for people with ALS...
November 16, 2017: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151616/polymeric-biomaterials-diverse-functions-enabled-by-advances-in-macromolecular-chemistry
#20
Yingkai Liang, Linqing Li, Rebecca A Scott, Kristi L Kiick
Biomaterials have been extensively used to leverage beneficial outcomes in various therapeutic applications, such as providing spatial and temporal control over the release of therapeutic agents in drug delivery as well as engineering functional tissues and promoting the healing process in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. This perspective presents important milestones in the development of polymeric biomaterials with defined structures and properties. Contemporary studies of biomaterial design have been reviewed with focus on constructing materials with controlled structure, dynamic functionality, and biological complexity...
January 24, 2017: Macromolecules
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