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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821154/design-and-characterization-of-a-biocompatible-physical-hydrogel-based-on-scleroglucan-for-topical-drug-delivery
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Patrizia Paolicelli, Gabriele Varani, Settimio Pacelli, Elisa Ogliani, Martina Nardoni, Stefania Petralito, Alessandra Adrover, Maria Antonietta Casadei
Physical hydrogels of a high-carboxymethylated derivative of scleroglucan (Scl-CM300) were investigated as potential systems for topical drug delivery using three different therapeutic molecules (fluconazole, diclofenac and betamethasone). Rheological tests were carried out on drug-loaded hydrogels along with in-vitro release studies in a vertical Franz cell, in order to investigate if and how different drugs may influence the rheological and release properties of Scl-CM300 hydrogels. Experimental results and theoretical modeling highlighted that, in the absence of drug/polymer interactions (as for fluconazole and betamethasone) Scl-CM300 matrices offer negligible resistance to drug diffusion and a Fickian transport model can be adopted to estimate the effective diffusion coefficient in the swollen hydrogel...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821089/preparation-and-evaluation-of-chitosan-alginate-porous-microspheres-bletilla-striata-polysaccharide-composite-hemostatic-sponges
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Chao Wang, Wenfeng Luo, Puwang Li, Sidong Li, Ziming Yang, Zhang Hu, Yangyang Liu, Ningjian Ao
We prepared a novel hemostatic material using chitosan (CS), alginate, and Bletilla striata, which showed good biocompatibility and hemostatic properties. Alginate-calcium porous microspheres (Alg) were prepared by emulsification/cross-linking methods, and Bletilla striata polysaccharide (Bsp) was extracted from the tubers by water extraction and alcohol precipitation. To improve the water absorption and accelerate the blood coagulation, Alg and Bsp were mixed with chitosan solution to form CS/Alg and CS/Alg/Bsp composite sponges by lyophilization...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820922/a-self-assembling-peptide-gel-as-a-vitreous-substitute-a-rabbit-study
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Koji Uesugi, Hirokazu Sakaguchi, Yasutaka Hayashida, Ryuhei Hayashi, Koichi Baba, Yuya Suganuma, Hidenori Yokoi, Motokazu Tsujikawa, Kohji Nishida
Purpose: To evaluate a self-assembling peptide gel as a potential vitreous substitute. Methods: PanaceaGel SPG-178, a self-assembling peptide gel, was diluted with distilled water and a balanced salt solution to achieve a final peptide concentration of 0.1%. The gel's refractive index, visible light transmission rate, and rheologic properties were investigated. The gel's biocompatibility was evaluated by examining the cellular viability (live and dead staining) and proliferation rate (alamarBlue assay)...
August 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820864/diffusion-kurtosis-imaging-and-pathology-in-spinal-cord-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-rabbits-a-case-control-study
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Daowei Li, Xiaoming Wang
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to evaluate the application of diffusion kurtosis imaging (DKI) in spinal cord ischemia/reperfusion (SCI/R) injury and to explore its association with pathology. MATERIAL AND METHODS Japanese male long-eared rabbits were chosen and divided into 7 groups (8 rabbits in each group): control group (C group), sham-operation control group (S group), and 5 experimental groups (E-2 h group, E-24 h group, E-48 h group, E-7 d group, and E-14 d group). Tarlov scoring and immunohistochemical staining were used to assess hindlimb motor function and observe the expression of glial fiber acidic protein (GFAP), respectively...
August 18, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820646/consequences-of-puberty-on-efficacy-of-intraocular-pressure-lowering-drugs-in-male-dutch-belted-rabbits
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Cassandra L Hays, Kingsley C Okafor, Shan Fan, Robin High, Dhirendra P Singh, Carol B Toris
PURPOSE: To investigate the changes in intraocular pressure (IOP), aqueous flow, and outflow facility, as well as efficacy of IOP-lowering drugs before and after sexual development in rabbits. METHODS: Male Dutch-belted rabbits were studied at night between the ages of 8 and 44 weeks. During these times, body weight, testicular volume, and serum testosterone were measured to monitor sexual maturity. Ocular measurements included anterior chamber depth, central corneal thickness, IOP, aqueous flow, and outflow facility...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820288/cohesive-silicone-gel-implants-with-smooth-textured-or-polyurethane-coated-surface-to-restore-volume-in-eviscerated-sockets
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Cristiano Abreu, Seizo Yamashita, Alicia Galindo-Ferreiro, Marilia Modolo, Claudia H Pellizzon, Carlos R Padovani, Mariangela E A Marques, Silvana A Schellini
The purpose of this article is to evaluate the three different surface coating on cohesive silicone gel implants in eviscerated rabbit eye sockets. Forty-five albino rabbits underwent right eye evisceration and received hemisphere-shaped cohesive silicone gel implants with smooth (Group 1), textured (Group 2), or polyurethane-coated surface (Group 3) in the socket. The animals were euthanized at 7, 30, and 90 days postoperatively. Computed tomography of the orbits was performed prior to euthanasia. Subsequently, the orbital contents were removed and underwent histologic and morphometric examination...
August 18, 2017: Orbit
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819627/pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-evaluation-of-tramadol-in-thermoreversible-gels
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Juliana Zampoli Boava Papini, Cíntia Maria Saia Cereda, José Pedrazzoli Júnior, Silvana Aparecida Calafatti, Daniele Ribeiro de Araújo, Giovana Radomille Tofoli
We evaluated pharmacokinetics (PK) and pharmacodynamics (PD) induced by new formulations of tramadol (TR) in thermoreversible gels. The poloxamer- (PL-) tramadol systems were prepared by direct dispersion of the drug in solutions with PL 407 and PL 188. The evaluated formulations were as follows: F1: TR 2% in aqueous solution and F2: PL 407 (20%) + PL 188 (10%) + TR 2%; F3: PL 407 (25%) + PL 188 (5%) + TR 2%; F4: PL 407 (20%) + TR 2%. New Zealand White rabbits were divided into four groups (n = 6) and treated by subcutaneous route with F1, F2, F3, or F4 (10 μg·kg(-1))...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819566/development-of-poly-lactic-glycolic-acid-plga-microspheres-for-controlled-release-of-rho-associated-kinase-inhibitor
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Sho Koda, Naoki Okumura, Junji Kitano, Noriko Koizumi, Yasuhiko Tabata
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the feasibility of poly lactic/glycolic acid (PLGA) as a drug delivery carrier of Rho kinase (ROCK) inhibitor for the treatment of corneal endothelial disease. METHOD: ROCK inhibitor Y-27632 and PLGA were dissolved in water with or without gelatin (W1), and a double emulsion [(W1/O)/W2] was formed with dichloromethane (O) and polyvinyl alcohol (W2). Drug release curve was obtained by evaluating the released Y-27632 by using high performance liquid chromatography...
2017: Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819134/long-term-glaucoma-drug-delivery-using-a-topically-retained-gel-microsphere-eye-drop
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Morgan V Fedorchak, Ian P Conner, Joel S Schuman, Anthony Cugini, Steven R Little
The purpose of this study was to characterize and determine the efficacy of a long-term, non-invasive gel/microsphere (GMS) eye drop for glaucoma. This novel drug delivery system is comprised of a thermoresponsive hydrogel carrier and drug-loaded polymer microspheres. In vitro release of brimonidine from the GMS drops and gel properties were quantified. A single brimonidine-loaded GMS drop was administered to 5 normotensive rabbits and intraocular pressure (IOP) was monitored for 28 days. Here we report that IOP reduction in rabbits receiving a single brimonidine GMS drop was comparable to that of rabbits receiving twice daily, standard brimonidine drops...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818642/the-expression-of-endogenous-hydrogen-sulfide-signal-during-distraction-osteogenesis-in-a-rabbit-model
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X-W Jiang, Y Zhang, Y-Z Cheng, X-S Fan, X Deng, H-Y Peng
The hydrogen sulfide (H2S) signal system plays an important role in bone metabolism. However, the role of endogenous H2S during distraction osteogenesis (DO) remains unclear. Sixty-two male New Zealand White rabbits were subjected to right mandibular DO. Before distraction, the animals were divided randomly into two groups: group A, 0.5mm twice/day for 10 days; group B, 1.25mm twice/day for 4 days. Plasma and distraction gap tissue were harvested to determine the H2S signal. The osteogenesis effect was also evaluated...
August 14, 2017: International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818634/mining-na%C3%A3-ve-rabbit-antibody-repertoires-by-phage-display-for-monoclonal-antibodies-of-therapeutic-utility
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Haiyong Peng, Thomas Nerreter, Jing Chang, Junpeng Qi, Xiuling Li, Pabalu Karunadharma, Gustavo Martinez, Mohammad Fallahi, Jo Soden, Jim Freeth, Roger R Beerli, Ulf Grawunder, Michael Hudecek, Christoph Rader
Owing to their high affinities and specificities, rabbit monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) have demonstrated value and potential primarily as basic research and diagnostic reagents, but in some cases also as therapeutics. To accelerate access to rabbit mAbs bypassing immunization, we generated a large naïve rabbit antibody repertoire represented by a phage display library encompassing >10 billion independent antibodies in chimeric rabbit/human Fab format and validated it by next-generation sequencing. Panels of rabbit mAbs selected from this library against two emerging cancer targets, ROR1 and ROR2, revealed high diversity, affinity, and specificity...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818293/transaortic-mitral-valve-surgery-going-down-the-rabbit-hole-again
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Daniel G Swistel, Eugene A Grossi
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July 19, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818066/hepatoprotective-and-antioxidant-effects-of-single-clove-garlic-against-ccl4-induced-hepatic-damage-in-rabbits
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Khalid Mohammed Naji, Elham Shukri Al-Shaibani, Fatima A Alhadi, Safa'a Abdulrzaq Al-Soudi, Myrene R D'souza
BACKGROUND: The increase in demand and consumption of single clove garlic or 'Solo garlic' (Allium sativum) has resulted in an increase in research on its therapeutic properties. The present study aims to evaluate the antioxidant activities, oxidant-scavenging efficiency and preventive effects of SCG (single clove garlic) and MCG (multi clove garlic) on CCl4-induced acute hepatotoxicity in male rabbits. METHODS: For this purpose, rabbits were orally administered with 3 ml of CCl4 /kg of body weight, followed by 0...
August 17, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817732/enhanced-inflammation-in-new-zealand-white-rabbits-when-mers-cov-reinfection-occurs-in-the-absence-of-neutralizing-antibody
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Katherine V Houser, Andrew J Broadbent, Lisa Gretebeck, Leatrice Vogel, Elaine W Lamirande, Troy Sutton, Kevin W Bock, Mahnaz Minai, Marlene Orandle, Ian N Moore, Kanta Subbarao
The Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is a zoonotic betacoronavirus that was first detected in humans in 2012 as a cause of severe acute respiratory disease. As of July 28, 2017, there have been 2,040 confirmed cases with 712 reported deaths. While many infections have been fatal, there have also been a large number of mild or asymptomatic cases discovered through monitoring and contact tracing. New Zealand white rabbits are a possible model for asymptomatic infection with MERS-CoV. In order to discover more about non-lethal infections and to learn whether a single infection with MERS-CoV would protect against reinfection, we inoculated rabbits with MERS-CoV and monitored the antibody and inflammatory response...
August 17, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817629/maldi-tof-ms-identification-of-anopheles-gambiae-giles-blood-meal-crushed-on-whatman-filter-papers
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Sirama Niare, Lionel Almeras, Fatalmoudou Tandina, Amina Yssouf, Affane Bacar, Ali Toilibou, Ogobara Doumbo, Didier Raoult, Philippe Parola
BACKGROUND: Identification of the source of mosquito blood meals is an important component for disease control and surveillance. Recently, matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) profiling has emerged as an effective tool for mosquito blood meal identification, using the abdomens of freshly engorged mosquitoes. In the field, mosquito abdomens are crushed on Whatman filter papers to determine the host feeding patterns by identifying the origin of their blood meals...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817485/anti-diabetic-drug-alogliptin-protects-the-heart-against-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-via-glp-1-receptor-dependent-and-independent-pathways-involving-no-production-in-rabbits
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Shinya Baba, Masamitsu Iwasa, Kenshi Higashi, Shingo Minatoguchi, Yoshihisa Yamada, Hiromitsu Kanamori, Masanori Kawasaki, Kazuhiko Nishigaki, Shinya Minatoguchi
GLP-1 has been reported to be cardioprotective against ischemia-reperfusion injury. We aimed to examine the effect of alogliptin, which may produce GLP-1, on ischemia-reperfusion injury and its mechanisms. Rabbits were fed a normal chow (control group) and a chow containing alogliptin (2 mg/kg/day: alogliptin-L group, and 20 mg/kg/day: alogliptin-H group) for 7 days. The rabbits underwent 30 min of coronary occlusion and 48 h of reperfusion. Exendin (9-39) (5 or 50μg/kg, i.v., alogliptin-H+exendin (9-39)-L group and alogliptin-H+exendin (9-39)-H group) or L-NAME(10 mg/kg, i...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817483/time-course-study-on-left-ventricular-function-in-a-rabbit-model-of-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-with-morphine-preconditioning
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Baihua Zhao, Chengxiao Liu, Darong Pu, Shi Zeng, Xi Dai, Minghui Liu
AIMS: The study aimed to analyze the left ventricular longitudinal function in a rabbit model of myocardial ischemia-reperfusion with morphine preconditioning through strain rate imaging and evaluate the effect of morphine preconditioning. METHODS: A myocardial ischemia-reperfusion model was induced by occlusion and recanalization of the coronary artery in forty male New Zealand white rabbits, which were divided into a sham group, morphine group, and vehicle control group...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816717/comparison-of-negative-pressure-wound-therapy-and-conventional-therapy-for-cranial-bone-exposed-wounds-in-rabbits
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Lin Chen, Guorui Li, Sha Liu, Xianjie Ma, Xueyong Li, Yingjun Su, Shuzhong Guo
BACKGROUND: Bone-exposed wounds with intact or defected periosteum are difficult to heal. To provide relevant experimental evidence for guidance of clinical therapy, we established a rabbit model to compare the efficacies of negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) and conventional guaze dressing therapy on the healing of cranial bone-exposed wounds. METHODS: Full-thickness excisional circular wounds of 2.0 cm in diameter with exposed bones covered with or without periosteum were created at the parietal regions in 88 rabbits that were further randomly divided into the following treatment groups: periosteum-intact wounds treated with conventional vaseline gauze dressings (P + Control group), periosteum-intact wounds treated with NPWT (P + NPWT group), periosteum-lacking wounds treated with conventional vaseline gauze dressings (P-Control group), and periosteum-lacking wounds treated with NPWT (P-NPWT group)...
August 14, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816624/comparison-of-two-rabbit-models-with-deficiency-of-corneal-epithelium-and-limbal-stem-cells-established-by-different-methods
#19
Hening Zhang, Shaochun Lin, Min Zhang, Qijiong Li, Weihua Li, Wencong Wang, Minglei Zhao, Yaojue Xie, Zhiquan Li, Mian Huang, Zhichong Wang, Xiulan Zhang, Bing Huang
Limbal stem cell defect model is an important animal model that provides a basis for the study of ocular surface diseases. The rabbit cornea is of moderate size and is widely used in such studies as an experimental animal model. At present, the main modeling methods are alkali burns, and corneal limbus girdling and corneal epithelium doctoring. Each method has its own characteristics. In this study, we observed rabbit models with severe ocular surface defect established by the two methods and changes after amniotic membrane transplantation...
August 14, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815890/a-semi-synthetic-glycoconjugate-vaccine-candidate-for-carbapenem-resistant-klebsiella-pneumoniae
#20
Peter H Seeberger, Claney L Pereira, Naeem Khan, Guozhi Xiao, Elizabeth Diago-Navarro, Katrin Reppe, Bastian Opitz, Bettina C Fries, Martin Witzenrath
Hospital acquired infections are an increasingly serious health concern. Infections caused by carpabenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (CR-Kp) are especially problematic, with a 50% average survival rate. CR-Kp are isolated from patients with ever greater frequency: 7% within the EU but 62% in Greece. At a time when antibiotics are becoming less effective, no vaccines to protect from this severe bacterial infection exist. Here, we describe the convergent [3+3] synthesis of the hexasaccharide repeating unit from its capsular polysaccharide and related sequences...
August 16, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
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