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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793112/3d-printed-membrane-as-an-alternative-to-amniotic-membrane-for-ocular-surface-conjunctival-defect-reconstruction-an-in-vitro-in-vivo-study
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Shima Dehghani, Morteza Rasoulianboroujeni, Hamed Ghasemi, Saeed Heidari Keshel, Zohreh Nozarian, Mohammad Naser Hashemian, Mehran Zarei-Ghanavati, Golshan Latifi, Reza Ghaffari, Zhanfeng Cui, Hua Ye, Lobat Tayebi
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the surgical handling and clinical applicability of a specific 3D-printed membrane design fabricated using a gelatin, elastin and sodium hyaluronate blend for conjunctival reconstruction and compare it with amniotic membrane (AM), which is normally used in such surgeries. METHODS: 3D printing technique was employed to fabricate the membrane based on gradient design. Prior to printing, rheometry was employed to optimize the ink composition...
May 11, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792720/-experimental-processing-of-corrosion-casts-of-large-animal-organs
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R Pálek, V Liška, L Eberlová, H Mírka, M Svoboda, S Haviar, M Emingr, O Brzoň, P Mik, V Třeška
INTRODUCTION: Corrosion casts (CCs) are used for the visualization and assessment of hollow structures. CCs with filled capillaries enable (with the help of imaging methods) to obtain data for mathematical organ perfusion modelling. As the processing is more difficult in case of organs with greater volume of the vasculature, mainly organs from small animals have been cast up to now. The aim of this study was to optimize the protocol of corrosion casting of different organs of pig. Porcine organs are relatively easily accessible and frequently used in experimental medicine...
2018: Rozhledy V Chirurgii: Měsíčník Československé Chirurgické Společnosti
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791204/role-of-adenosine-signaling-in-coordinating-cardiomyocyte-function-and-coronary-vascular-growth-in-chronic-fetal-anemia
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Lowell Davis, James Musso, Divya Soman, Samantha Louey, Jonathan William Nelson, Sonnet S Jonker
Fetal anemia causes rapid and profound changes in cardiac structure and function, stimulating proliferation of the cardiac myocytes, expansion of the coronary vascular tree, and impairing early contraction and relaxation. While HIF-1α is sure to play a role, adenosine, a metabolic byproduct that increases coronary flow and growth, is implicated as a major stimulus for these adaptations. We hypothesized that genes involved in myocardial adenosine signaling would be up-regulated in chronically anemic fetuses, and that calcium handling genes would be down-regulated...
May 23, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788824/activation-of-ampk-in-human-placental-explants-impairs-mitochondrial-function-and-cellular-metabolism
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Daphne Landau, Maricela Haghiac, Judi Minium, Yelenna Skomorovska-Prokvolit, Virtu Calabuig-Navarro, Perrie O'Tierney-Ginn
OBJECTIVE: Adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is a cellular energy sensor whose phosphorylation increases energy production. We sought to evaluate the placenta-specific effect of AMPK activation on the handling of nutrients required for fetal development. METHODS: Explants were isolated from term placenta of 29 women (pregravid body mass index: 29.1 ± 9.9 kg/m2 ) and incubated for 24 hours with 0 to 100 µmol/L resveratrol or 0 to 1 mmol/L of 5-aminoimidazole-4-carboxyamide ribonucleoside (AICAR)...
January 1, 2018: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786640/vitamin-d-in-vascular-calcification-a-double-edged-sword
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Jeffrey Wang, Jimmy J Zhou, Graham R Robertson, Vincent W Lee
Vascular calcification (VC) as a manifestation of perturbed mineral balance, is associated with aging, diabetes and kidney dysfunction, as well as poorer patient outcomes. Due to the current limited understanding of the pathophysiology of vascular calcification, the development of effective preventative and therapeutic strategies remains a significant clinical challenge. Recent evidence suggests that traditional risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as left ventricular hypertrophy and dyslipidaemia, fail to account for clinical observations of vascular calcification...
May 22, 2018: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783980/automated-extraction-of-biomarker-information-from-pathology-reports
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Jeongeun Lee, Hyun-Je Song, Eunsil Yoon, Seong-Bae Park, Sung-Hye Park, Jeong-Wook Seo, Peom Park, Jinwook Choi
BACKGROUND: Pathology reports are written in free-text form, which precludes efficient data gathering. We aimed to overcome this limitation and design an automated system for extracting biomarker profiles from accumulated pathology reports. METHODS: We designed a new data model for representing biomarker knowledge. The automated system parses immunohistochemistry reports based on a "slide paragraph" unit defined as a set of immunohistochemistry findings obtained for the same tissue slide...
May 21, 2018: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783145/electrochemical-biosensor-system-using-a-cmos-microelectrode-array-provides-high-spatially-and-temporally-resolved-images
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William Tedjo, Jasmine E Nejad, Rachel Feeny, Lang Yang, Charles S Henry, Stuart Tobet, Tom Chen
The ability to view biological events in real time has contributed significantly to research in the life sciences. While video capture of real time changes in anatomical relationships is important, it is equally important to visualize real time changes in the chemical communications that drive cell behaviors. This paper describes an electrochemical imaging system capable of capturing changes in chemical gradients in live tissue slices. The system consists of a CMOS microchip with 8192 configurable Pt surface electrodes, on-chip potentiostat, on-chip control logic, and a microfluidic device designed to interface with the CMOS chip to support ex vivo tissue experimentation...
April 10, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782487/systematic-interrogation-of-diverse-omic-data-reveals-interpretable-robust-and-generalizable-transcriptomic-features-of-clinically-successful-therapeutic-targets
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Andrew D Rouillard, Mark R Hurle, Pankaj Agarwal
Target selection is the first and pivotal step in drug discovery. An incorrect choice may not manifest itself for many years after hundreds of millions of research dollars have been spent. We collected a set of 332 targets that succeeded or failed in phase III clinical trials, and explored whether Omic features describing the target genes could predict clinical success. We obtained features from the recently published comprehensive resource: Harmonizome. Nineteen features appeared to be significantly correlated with phase III clinical trial outcomes, but only 4 passed validation schemes that used bootstrapping or modified permutation tests to assess feature robustness and generalizability while accounting for target class selection bias...
May 21, 2018: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774069/a-large-switchable-optical-clearing-skull-window-for-cerebrovascular-imaging
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Chao Zhang, Wei Feng, Yanjie Zhao, Tingting Yu, Pengcheng Li, Tonghui Xu, Qingming Luo, Dan Zhu
Rationale: Intravital optical imaging is a significant method for investigating cerebrovascular structure and function. However, its imaging contrast and depth are limited by the turbid skull. Tissue optical clearing has a great potential for solving this problem. Our goal was to develop a transparent skull window, without performing a craniotomy, for use in assessing cerebrovascular structure and function. Methods: Skull optical clearing agents were topically applied to the skulls of mice to create a transparent window within 15 min...
2018: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774036/the-pattern-and-distribution-of-induced-mutations-in-j-curcas-using-reduced-representation-sequencing
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Fatemeh Maghuly, Stephan Pabinger, Julie Krainer, Margit Laimer
Mutagenesis in combination with Genotyping by Sequencing (GBS) is a powerful tool for introducing variation, studying gene function and identifying causal mutations underlying phenotypes of interest in crop plant genomes. About 400 million paired-end reads were obtained from 82 ethylmethane sulfonate (EMS) induced mutants and 14 wild-type accessions of Jatropha curcas for the detection of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) and Insertion/Deletions (InDels) by two different approaches (nGBS and ddGBS) on an Illumina HiSeq 2000 sequencer...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772535/untangling-thyroid-autoimmunity-through-modeling-and-simulation
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Stephen J Merrill, Balamurugan Pandiyan
Thyroid autoimmunity is characterized by a large number of identified factors, and determining the relative importance of genetics and environment, for instance, can be difficult. In addition, the definition and progression of the individual diseases can also be challenging, and questions such as "when to begin treatment" or even "should treatment be begun" can be problematic. One approach to handling situations in which there are many factors is utilizing mathematical modeling. In a model, quantities that are clinically measurable are related through equations, based on known and inferred relationships between the systems involved...
June 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771083/-the-clinical-assessment-of-regional-resection-in-the-benign-tumor-of-parotid-gland
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H B Gu, E M Zhao, T C Li, H Shen, T C Cong, Y Qin, Y H Liu, S F Xiao
Objective: To evaluate the clinical assessment of regional resection and superficial lobe total resection in the treatment of benign tumors of the parotid gland. Method: One hundred and nighty-five patients operated in the First Hospital of Peking University from January 1998 to March 2017 with benign tumor of the parotid gland were retrospectively analyzed. There were 189 patients with single side tumor and 6 patients with bilateral sides, 157 cases underwent regional resection and the other 44 cases underwent superficial lobe total resection...
May 2018: Journal of Clinical Otorhinolaryngology, Head, and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768045/mfe-hi-adipose-tissue-macrophages-compensate-for-tissue-iron-pertubations-in-mice
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Merla J Hubler, Keith M Erikson, Arion J Kennedy, Alyssa H Hasty
Resident adipose tissue macrophages (ATMs) play multiple roles to maintain tissue homeostasis, such as removing excess FFAs and regulation of extracellular matrix. The phagocytic nature and oxidative resiliency of macrophages not only allows them to function as innate immune cells but also to respond to specific tissue needs, such as iron homeostasis. MFehi ATMs are a subtype of resident ATMs that we recently identified to have twice the intracellular iron content as other ATMs and elevated expression of iron handling genes...
May 16, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765425/production-of-adult-human-synovial-fluid-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-stirred-suspension-culture
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Kristen D Jorgenson, David A Hart, Roman Krawetz, Arindom Sen
The chondrogenic potential of synovial fluid-derived mesenchymal stem cells (SF-MSCs) supports their use in cartilage regeneration strategies. However, their paucity in synovial fluid necessitates their proliferation in culture to generate clinically relevant quantities. Here it was determined that 125 mL stirred suspension bioreactors utilizing Cytodex-3 microcarrier beads represent a viable platform for the proliferation of these cells. During the inoculation phase, a bead loading of 2 g/L, an inoculation ratio of 4...
2018: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762551/a-pair-of-datasets-for-microrna-expression-profiling-to-examine-the-use-of-careful-study-design-for-assigning-arrays-to-samples
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Li-Xuan Qin, Huei-Chung Huang, Liliana Villafania, Magali Cavatore, Narciso Olvera, Douglas A Levine
We set out to demonstrate the logistic feasibility of careful experimental design for microarray studies and its level of scientific benefits for improving the accuracy and reproducibility of data inference. Towards this end, we conducted a study of microRNA expression using endometrioid endometrial tumours (n=96) and serous ovarian tumours (n=96) that were primary, untreated, and collected from 2000 to 2012 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. The same set of tumour tissue samples were profiled twice using the Agilent microRNA microarrays: once under an ideal experimental condition with balanced array-to-sample allocation and uniform handling; a second time by mimicking typical practice, with arrays assigned in the order of sample collection and processed by two technicians in multiple batches...
May 15, 2018: Scientific Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761349/intracochlear-administration-of-steroids-with-a-catheter-during-human-cochlear-implantation-a-safety-and-feasibility-study
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Nils K Prenzler, Rolf Salcher, Max Timm, Lutz Gaertner, Thomas Lenarz, Athanasia Warnecke
Suppression of foreign body reaction, improvement of electrode-nerve interaction, and preservation of residual hearing are essential research topics in cochlear implantation. Intracochlear pharmaco- or cell-based therapies can open new horizons in this field. Local drug delivery strategies are desirable as higher local concentrations of agents can be realized and side effects can be minimized compared to systemic administrations. When administered locally at accessible, basal parts of the cochlea, drugs reach apical regions later and in much lower concentrations due to poor diffusion patterns in cochlear fluids...
May 14, 2018: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760587/the-role-of-adipokines-in-skeletal-muscle-inflammation-and-insulin-sensitivity
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REVIEW
Thomas Nicholson, Chris Church, David J Baker, Simon W Jones
Background: There is currently an unmet clinical need to develop better pharmacological treatments to improve glucose handling in Type II Diabetes patients with obesity. To this end, determining the effect of obesity-associated adipokines on skeletal muscle insulin sensitivity has emerged as an important area of drug discovery research. This review draws together the data on the functional role of adipokines on skeletal muscle insulin signalling, highlights several understudied novel adipokines and provides a perspective on the direction of future research...
2018: Journal of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757281/analyses-of-mitochondrial-calcium-influx-in-isolated-mitochondria-and-cultured-cells
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Joshua T Maxwell, Chin-Hsien Tsai, Tahmina A Mohiuddin, Jennifer Q Kwong
Ca2+ handling by mitochondria is a critical function regulating both physiological and pathophysiological processes in a broad spectrum of cells. The ability to accurately measure the influx and efflux of Ca2+ from mitochondria is important for determining the role of mitochondrial Ca2+ handling in these processes. In this report, we present two methods for the measurement of mitochondrial Ca2+ handling in both isolated mitochondria and cultured cells. We first detail a plate reader-based platform for measuring mitochondrial Ca2+ uptake using the Ca2+ sensitive dye calcium green-5N...
April 27, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29752948/functional-and-transcriptomic-insights-into-pathogenesis-of-r9c-phospholamban-mutation-using-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes
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Delaine K Ceholski, Irene C Turnbull, Chi-Wing Kong, Simon Koplev, Joshua Mayourian, Przemek A Gorski, Francesca Stillitano, Angelos A Skodras, Mathieu Nonnenmacher, Ninette Cohen, Johan L M Björkegren, Daniel R Stroik, Razvan L Cornea, David D Thomas, Ronald A Li, Kevin D Costa, Roger J Hajjar
Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) can be caused by mutations in the cardiac protein phospholamban (PLN). We used CRISPR/Cas9 to insert the R9C PLN mutation at its endogenous locus into a human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) line from an individual with no cardiovascular disease. R9C PLN hiPSC-CMs display a blunted β-agonist response and defective calcium handling. In 3D human engineered cardiac tissues (hECTs), a blunted lusitropic response to β-adrenergic stimulation was observed with R9C PLN. hiPSC-CMs harboring the R9C PLN mutation showed activation of a hypertrophic phenotype, as evidenced by expression of hypertrophic markers and increased cell size and capacitance of cardiomyocytes...
May 9, 2018: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29751568/cyanogenesis-in-arthropods-from-chemical-warfare-to-nuptial-gifts
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REVIEW
Mika Zagrobelny, Érika Cristina Pinheiro de Castro, Birger Lindberg Møller, Søren Bak
Chemical defences are key components in insect⁻plant interactions, as insects continuously learn to overcome plant defence systems by, e.g., detoxification, excretion or sequestration. Cyanogenic glucosides are natural products widespread in the plant kingdom, and also known to be present in arthropods. They are stabilised by a glucoside linkage, which is hydrolysed by the action of β-glucosidase enzymes, resulting in the release of toxic hydrogen cyanide and deterrent aldehydes or ketones. Such a binary system of components that are chemically inert when spatially separated provides an immediate defence against predators that cause tissue damage...
May 3, 2018: Insects
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