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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332246/an-historical-perspective-of-the-discovery-of-titin-filaments-part-2
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REVIEW
Cristobal G Dos Remedios
In 2017, a Special Issue of Biophysical Reviews was devoted to "Titin and Its Binding Partners. The issue contained a review: "An historical perspective of the discovery of titin filaments" by dos Remedios and Gilmour that was intended to be a history of the discovery of the giant protein titin, previously named connectin. The review took readers back to the earliest discovery of the so-called third filament component of skeletal and cardiac muscle sarcomeres and ended in 1969. Recently, my colleague Shin'ichi Ishiwata gently reminded me of two papers published in 1990 and 1993 that were unwittingly omitted from the original historical perspective...
January 13, 2018: Biophysical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332128/pharmacologic-characterization-of-omidenepag-isopropyl-a-novel-selective-ep2-receptor-agonist-as-an-ocular-hypotensive-agent
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Tomoko Kirihara, Takazumi Taniguchi, Kenzo Yamamura, Ryo Iwamura, Kenji Yoneda, Noriko Odani-Kawabata, Atsushi Shimazaki, Takeshi Matsugi, Naveed Shams, Jin-Zhong Zhang
Purpose: The objective of this study was to investigate the pharmacologic characteristics of omidenepag isopropyl (OMDI), a compound developed as a novel intraocular pressure (IOP)-lowering agent, with better IOP control and fewer side effects than other prostanoid receptor agonists such as prostaglandin F receptor (FP) agonists. Methods: Binding activities of OMDI and its hydrolyzed form, omidenepag (OMD), to human recombinant prostanoid receptors (DP1-2, EP1-4, FP, and IP) were evaluated...
January 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331356/assessment-of-diastolic-function-using-ultrasound-elastography
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Maryam Vejdani-Jahromi, Jenna Freedman, Young-Joong Kim, Gregg E Trahey, Patrick D Wolf
Shear wave elasticity imaging (SWEI) is a novel ultrasound elastography technique for assessing tissue stiffness. In this study, we investigate the potential of SWEI for providing diastolic functional assessment. In 11 isolated rabbit hearts, pressure-volume (PV) measurements were recorded simultaneously with SWEI recordings from the left ventricle free wall before and after induction of global ischemia. PV-based end diastolic stiffness increased by 100% after ischemia (p <0.05), and SWEI stiffness showed an increase of 103% (p <0...
January 10, 2018: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330976/ranitidine-can-potentiate-the-prokinetic-effect-of-itopride-at-low-doses-an-in-vitro-study
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Aroosa Ishtiaq Butt, Bushra Tayyaba Khan, Asma Khan, Qamar-Uz-Zaman Khan
BACKGROUND: Gastroparesis and GERD occur concomitantly in 40 percent of the cases. Prokinetic drugs and acid blockers are employed as the main treatment modality. Ranitidine is an acid blocker with additional prokinetic activity and Itopride is a known prokinetic drug. This study was designed to observe the synergistic potentiating prokinetic effect of Ranitidine on itopride on isolated duodenum of rabbits. METHODS: Ranitidine (10-5-10-3) and itopride (10-6-10-5) were added in increasing concentrations to isolated duodenum of rabbits and contractions were recorded on PowerLab Data acquisition unit AHK/214...
October 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330817/effect-of-levofloxacin-pazufloxacin-enrofloxacin-and-meloxicam-on-the-immunolocalization-of-abcg-2-transporter-protein-in-rabbit-retina
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Adil Mehraj Khan, Satyavan Rampal, Naresh Kumar Sood
Adenosine triphosphate-binding cassette (ABC) sub-family G member-2 (ABCG-2) is a transporter protein, implicated for multi-drug efflux from tissues. This study evaluated the effect of fluoroquinolones; levofloxacin, pazufloxacin and enrofloxacin, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, meloxicam; on the immunolocalization of ABCG-2 transporter protein of rabbit retinas. Thirty-two male rabbits were randomly divided in to eight groups. Control group was gavaged, 2% benzyl alcohol in 5% dextrose since these chemicals are excipients of the drug preparations used in the treatment groups of this study...
January 12, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330770/decoding-selection-bias-imparted-by-unpaired-cysteines-a-tug-of-war-between-expression-and-affinity
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B Vijayalakshmi Ayyar, Stephen Hearty, Richard O'Kennedy
In a recombinant antibody scFv format, the presence of an unpaired cysteine (Cys) is implicated in reduced soluble expression and inefficient presentation in phage display. Compared to other species, antibodies derived from rabbits are more likely to contain this unpaired Cys residue at position 80 (Cys80), when generated in a scFv format. In a screening campaign to isolate rabbit scFv against cardiac troponin I (cTnI), it was found that, a large proportion of isolated cTnI-specific clones contained unpaired Cys80...
January 12, 2018: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330343/treatment-of-osteomyelitis-defects-by-a-vancomycin-loaded-gelatin-%C3%AE-tricalcium-phosphate-composite-scaffold
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J Zhou, X G Zhou, J W Wang, H Zhou, J Dong
OBJECTIVE: In the present study, we aimed to assess whether gelatin/β-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) composite porous scaffolds could be used as a local controlled release system for vancomycin. We also investigated the efficiency of the scaffolds in eliminating infections and repairing osteomyelitis defects in rabbits. METHODS: The gelatin scaffolds containing differing amounts of of β-TCP (0%, 10%, 30% and 50%) were prepared for controlled release of vancomycin and were labelled G-TCP0, G-TCP1, G-TCP3 and G-TCP5, respectively...
January 2018: Bone & Joint Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330129/estradiol-up-regulates-l-type-ca2-channels-via-membrane-bound-estrogen-receptor-phosphoinositide-3kinase-akt-camp-response-element-binding-protein-signaling-pathway
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Xiaoyan Yang, Xiaofang Mao, Gao Xu, Shasha Xing, Ansuman Chattopadhyay, Si Jin, Guy Salama
BACKGROUND: In long QT type-2 (LQT2), women are more prone to lethal arrhythmias called Torsade de Pointes (TdP) than men. We previously reported that 17-β-estradiol (E2) upregulates L-type Ca2+-channels and current (ICa,L) (∼30%) in rabbit ventricular myocytes by a classical genomic-mechanism mediated by estrogen-receptor-α (ER)α. In LQT2 ( IKr-blockade or bradycardia), the higher Ca2+ influx via ICa,L, causes Ca2+-overload, spontaneous sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+-release, and re-activation of ICa,L that trigger early afterdepolarizations (EADs) and TdP...
January 9, 2018: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329389/in-vivo-daptomycin-efficacy-against-experimental-vancomycin-resistant-enterococcus-faecium-endocarditis
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Sophie Reissier, Azzam Saleh-Mghir, François Guerin, Laurent Massias, Idir Ghout, Clara Sinel, Vincent Cattoir, Anne-Claude Cremieux
Objectives: Daptomycin has become a first-line therapeutic option for vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium infective endocarditis (IE). Although high doses (≥8 mg/kg) are often recommended, optimal doses, particularly for strains with MICs close to the susceptibility breakpoint (4 mg/L), are still debated. Methods: Daptomycin efficacy at doses equivalent to 8 mg/kg daptomycin (DAP8) and 12 mg/kg daptomycin (DAP12) in humans was evaluated in a rabbit model of aortic valve IE induced by 108 cfu of E...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328216/photoacoustic-and-hyperspectral-dual-modality-endoscope
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Ning Liu, Sihua Yang, Da Xing
We have developed a dual-modality endoscope composed of photoacoustic (PA) and hyperspectral imaging, capable of visualizing both structural and functional properties of bio-tissue. The endoscope's composition and scanning mechanism was described, and the feasibility of the dual-modality endoscope was verified by mimic phantom experiments. Lately, we demonstrated its endoscopic workability through in vivo experiments. The experimental results showed that the proposed herein hybrid endoscope can provide optical imaging of the surface and tomography imaging for the deeper features, and a functional oxygen saturation rate map of the same imaging area...
January 1, 2018: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328001/gamma-knife-radiosurgery-of-saccular-aneurysms-in-a-rabbit-model
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Mark D Meadowcroft, Timothy K Cooper, Sebastian Rupprecht, Thaddeus C Wright, Elizabeth E Neely, Michele Ferenci, Weimin Kang, Qing X Yang, Robert E Harbaugh, James R Connor, James McInerney
OBJECTIVE Intracranial aneurysms are vascular abnormalities associated with neurological morbidity and mortality due to risk of rupture. In addition, many aneurysm treatments have associated risk profiles that can preclude the prophylactic treatment of asymptomatic lesions. Gamma Knife radiosurgery (GKRS) is a standard treatment for trigeminal neuralgia, tumors, and arteriovenous malformations. Aneurysms associated with arteriovenous malformations have been noted to resolve after treatment of the malformation...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327677/autologous-smooth-muscle-progenitor-cells-enhance-regeneration-of-tissue-engineered-bladder
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Liuhua Zhou, Jiadong Xia, Pengji Wang, Ruipeng Jia, Jun Hua Zheng, Xudong Yao, Yun Chen, Yutian Dai, Bin Yang
Tissue engineering techniques provide a great potential to de novo construct a histological bladder. Smooth muscle regeneration is extremely important for the functional recovery of engineered neo-bladder. However, many challenges remain for the use of bladder smooth muscle cells (SMCs) as the cell sources. Recent evidences showed that smooth muscle progenitor cells (SPCs) in the peripheral blood have the capacity of differentiating into SMCs, while their use for bladder regeneration hasn't yet been reported...
January 12, 2018: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327113/storage-stability-study-of-porcine-hepatic-and-intestinal-cytochrome-p450-isoenzymes-by-use-of-a-newly-developed-and-fully-validated-highly-sensitive-hplc-ms-ms-method
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Wim Schelstraete, Mathias Devreese, Siska Croubels
Microsomes are an ideal medium to investigate cytochrome P450 (CYP450) enzyme-mediated drug metabolism. However, before microsomes are prepared, tissues can be stored for a long time. Studies about the stability of these enzymes in porcine hepatic and intestinal tissues upon storage are lacking. To be able to investigate CYP450 stability in microsomes prepared from these tissues, a highly sensitive and rapid HPLC-MS/MS method for the simultaneous determination of six CYP450 metabolites in incubation medium was developed and validated...
January 11, 2018: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326508/effect-of-ultraviolet-irradiation-on-the-osseointegration-of-a-titanium-alloy-with-bone
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Ashish Yadav, Ranjana Yadav, Aratee Gupta, Akash Baranwal, Atul Bhatnagar, Vakil Singh
Introduction: Attempt has been made to analyze the potential of titanium (Ti) alloy for osteointegration by the effect of surface photo functionalization in different aspects as follows: in Ringer's solution, in vitro cell growth, and in vivo study on rabbit. The present study was aimed to investigate the influence of ultraviolet (UV) light on surface topography, corrosion behavior, and bioactivity of indigenously manufactured samples of Ti alloy mini-implant. Materials and Methods: The study includes surface modification of Ti samples by UV treatment, corrosion testing of the specimens using Potentiostat (GAMRY System), qualitative examination of modified surface topography using scanning electron microscope, and cellular viability test on Ti alloy surface (3-(4,5-Dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide ASSAY)...
October 2017: Contemporary Clinical Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325977/role-of-apamin-sensitive-small-conductance-calcium-activated-potassium-currents-in-long-term-cardiac-memory-in-rabbits
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Dechun Yin, Mu Chen, Na Yang, Adonis Z Wu, Dongzhu Xu, Wei-Chung Tsai, Yuan Yuan, Zhipeng Tian, Yi-Hsin Chan, Changyu Shen, Zhenhui Chen, Shien-Fong Lin, James N Weiss, Peng-Sheng Chen, Thomas H Everett
BACKGROUND: Apamin-sensitive small conductance calcium-activated K current (IKAS) is upregulated during ventricular pacing and masks short-term cardiac memory (CM). OBJECTIVE: - To determine the role of IKAS in long-term CM. METHODS: - CM was created with 3-5 weeks of ventricular pacing and defined by a flat or inverted T-wave off pacing. Epicardial optical mapping was performed in both paced and normal ventricles. Action potential duration (APD80) was determined during RA pacing...
January 8, 2018: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325343/-expression-and-significance-of-autophagy-in-rabbit-model-of-tracheal-stenosis
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E Y Qin, L M Gan, J H Gan, Y Li, W T Li, C C Hou, X Y Meng, L Zhou, G N Liu
Objective: To investigate the expression and significance of autophagy in rabbit model of tracheal stenosis. Methods: A total of 18 rabbits were equally divided into 3 groups (blank control group, saline group, erythromycin group) in accordance with the random number table. After rabbit model of tracheal stenosis was established, no treatment was done with blank control group. Saline group was atomized with saline (0.54 mg/kg, 2 times/day), and erythromycin group was fed on erythromycin (7.5 mg/kg, 2 times/day) for 7 days before and 10 days after the operation...
December 26, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325329/-feasibility-of-using-blood-oxygen-level-dependent-magnetic-resonance-imaging-to-evaluate-renal-fibrosis-of-ureteral-obstruction-of-rabbits
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T T Zha, Z Y Xing, J Chen, W Xing, J G Zhang, X J Tian
Objective: To investigate the feasibility of blood oxygen level-dependent MR (MR-BOLD) in assessing renal fibrosis of ureteral obstruction of rabbits. Methods: Forty healthy New Zealand rabbits were randomly divided into control group (n=8) and unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO) group (n=32). The rabbits in the UUO group were subjected to unilateral ureteral obstruction of the left kidney.Coronal T(2) weighted imaging (T(2)WI) and axial BOLD examinations were performed before operation, 2, 4, 6 and 8 W after operation (each subgroup n=8)...
December 19, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325102/elevated-proportions-of-deleterious-genetic-variation-in-domestic-animals-and-plants
#18
Takashi Makino, Carl-Johan Rubin, Miguel Carneiro, Erik Axelsson, Leif Andersson, Matthew T Webster
A fraction of genetic variants segregating in any population are deleterious, which negatively impacts individual fitness. The domestication of animals and plants is associated with population bottlenecks and artificial selection, which are predicted to increase the proportion of deleterious variants. However, the extent to which this is a general feature of domestic species is unclear. Here we examine the effects of domestication on the prevalence of deleterious variation using pooled whole-genome resequencing data from five domestic animal species (dog, pig, rabbit, chicken and silkworm) and two domestic plant species (rice and soybean) compared to their wild ancestors...
January 9, 2018: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324051/anti-il-8-antibody-potentiates-the-effect-of-exogenous-surfactant-in-respiratory-failure-caused-by-meconium-aspiration
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Pavol Mikolka, Jana Kopincova, Petra Kosutova, Maros Kolomaznik, Andrea Calkovska, Daniela Mokra
AIM: Meconium aspiration syndrome (MAS) is life-threatening respiratory failure of newborns which can be treated by exogenous surfactant. In response to meconium, increased levels of chemokine IL-8 (CXCL8) stimulate massive neutrophil infiltration of the lungs. Local accumulation and activation of neutrophils, on-going inflammation, lung edema, and oxidative damage contribute to inactivation of endogenous and therapeutically given surfactants. Therefore, we have hypothesized that addition of monoclonal anti-IL-8 antibody into exogenous surfactant can mitigate the neutrophil-induced local injury and the secondary surfactant inactivation and may finally result in improvement of respiratory functions...
January 11, 2018: Experimental Lung Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323741/stainless-steel-wear-debris-of-a-scoliotic-growth-guidance-system-has-little-local-and-systemic-effect-in-an-animal-model
#20
Vaneet Singh, Jeremy Rawlinson, Nadim Hallab
Options to treat early-onset scoliosis include guided-growth systems with sliding action between rods and pedicle screws. The wear was previously measured in an in vitro test, and in this in vivo rabbit model, we evaluated the local and systemic biological response to the stainless steel debris. Compared to the previous study, a relatively higher volume of representative wear particles with a median particle size of 0.84 µm were generated. Bolus dosages were injected into the epidural space at L4-L5 for a minimum of 36 rabbits across three treatment groups (negative control, 1...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
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