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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108960/dual-acting-biofunctionalised-scaffolds-for-applications-in-regenerative-medicine
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Camilo Chaves, Chuanyu Gao, Jerome Hunckler, Moustafa Elsawy, Josette Legagneux, Gilles Renault, Alain Charles Masquelet, Achala de Mel
Off the shelf scaffolds for replacing ultra-small diameter vascular grafts are valuable for reconstruction of diseased or damaged vessels. The limitations for such grafts include optimal handling with ready availability of varied lengths of grafts, graft patency with the ability to replace the function of active cellular mechanisms and adequate mechanical properties to maintain physicochemical function. We used a well-established, solvent casting method for potential tissue replacement scaffold fabrication with incorporated bioactive molecules, which we have previously explored to confer haemocompatibility...
February 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104718/boncat-enables-time-resolved-analysis-of-protein-synthesis-in-native-plant-tissue
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Weslee Glenn, Shannon E Stone, Samuel H Ho, Michael J Sweredoski, Annie Moradian, Sonja Hess, Julia Bailey-Serres, David A Tirrell
Proteomic plasticity undergirds stress responses in plants, and understanding such responses requires accurate measurement of the extent to which proteins levels are adjusted to counter external stimuli. Here, we adapt bioorthogonal non-canonical amino acid tagging (BONCAT) to interrogate protein synthesis in vegetative Arabidopsis thaliana seedlings. BONCAT relies on the translational incorporation of a non-canonical amino acid (ncAA) probe into cellular proteins. In this study, the probe is the methionine surrogate azidohomoalanine (Aha), which carries a reactive azide moiety in its amino acid side chain...
January 19, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103613/tissue-based-next-generation-sequencing-application-in-a-universal-healthcare-system
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REVIEW
Seán O Hynes, Brendan Pang, Jacqueline A James, Perry Maxwell, Manuel Salto-Tellez
In the context of solid tumours, the evolution of cancer therapies to more targeted and nuanced approaches has led to the impetus for personalised medicine. The targets for these therapies are largely based on the driving genetic mutations of the tumours. To track these multiple driving mutations the use of next generation sequencing (NGS) coupled with a morphomolecular approach to tumours, has the potential to deliver on the promises of personalised medicine. A review of NGS and its application in a universal healthcare (UHC) setting is undertaken as the technology has a wide appeal and utility in diagnostic, clinical trial and research paradigms...
January 19, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102596/delineation-of-ehlers-danlos-syndrome-phenotype-due-to-the-c-934c-t-p-arg312cys-mutation-in-col1a1-report-on-a-three-generation-family-without-cardiovascular-events-and-literature-review
#4
Marina Colombi, Chiara Dordoni, Marina Venturini, Arianna Zanca, Piergiacomo Calzavara-Pinton, Marco Ritelli
Classical Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (cEDS) is a rare connective tissue disorder primarily characterized by hyperextensible skin, defective wound healing, abnormal scars, easy bruising, and generalized joint hypermobility; arterial dissections are rarely observed. Mutations in COL5A1 and COL5A2 encoding type V collagen account for more than 90% of the patients so far characterized. In addition, cEDS phenotype was reported in a small number of patients carrying the c.934C>T mutation in COL1A1 that results in an uncommon substitution of a non-glycine residue in one Gly-Xaa-Yaa repeat of the pro-α1(I)-chain p...
February 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102477/potential-new-mechanisms-of-pro-arrhythmia-in-arrhythmogenic-cardiomyopathy-focus-on-calcium-sensitive-pathways
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REVIEW
C J M van Opbergen, M Delmar, T A B van Veen
Arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy, or its most well-known subform arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC), is a cardiac disease mainly characterised by a gradual replacement of the myocardial mass by fibrous and fatty tissue, leading to dilatation of the ventricular wall, arrhythmias and progression towards heart failure. ARVC is commonly regarded as a disease of the intercalated disk in which mutations in desmosomal proteins are an important causative factor. Interestingly, the Dutch founder mutation PLN R14Del has been identified to play an additional, and major, role in ARVC patients within the Netherlands...
January 19, 2017: Netherlands Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101403/quantitative-assessment-of-hemodynamic-and-structural-characteristics-of-in-vivo-brain-tissue-using-total-diffuse-reflectance-spectrum-measured-in-a-non-contact-fashion
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Yinchen Song, Sarahy Garcia, Yisel Frometa, Jessica C Ramella-Roman, Mohammad Soltani, Mohamed Almadi, Jorge J Riera, Wei-Chiang Lin
Here we present a new methodology that investigates the intrinsic structural and hemodynamic characteristics of in vivo brain tissue, in a non-contact fashion, and can be easily incorporated in an intra-operative environment. Within this methodology, relative total diffuse reflectance spectra (RTD(λ)) were acquired from targets using a hybrid spectroscopy imaging system. A spectral interpretation algorithm was subsequently applied to RTD(λ) to retrieve optical properties related to the compositional and structural characteristics of each target...
January 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096469/super-resolution-visualization-of-caveolae-deformation-in-response-to-osmotic-stress
#7
Lu Yang, Suzanne Scarlata
Caveolae are protein dense plasma membrane domains structurally composed of caveolin -1 or -3 along with other proteins. Our previous studies have shown that caveolae enhance calcium signals generated through the Gαq/phospholipase Cβ signaling pathway, and that subjecting cells to hypo-osmotic stress reverses this enhancement. In this study, we have used super-resolution fluorescence microscopy supplemented by fluorescence correlation studies to determine the structural factors that underlie this behavior...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096166/the-role-of-renal-drug-exposure-in-polymyxin-b-induced-nephrotoxicity
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Pooja Manchandani, Jian Zhou, Jessica T Babic, Kimberly R Ledesma, Luan D Truong, Vincent H Tam
Despite dose-limiting nephrotoxic potentials, polymyxin B has re-emerged as the last line of therapy against multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacterial infections. However, the handling of polymyxin B by the kidneys is still not thoroughly understood. The objectives of this study were to evaluate the impact of renal polymyxin B exposure on nephrotoxicity and to explore the role of megalin in renal drug accumulation. Sprague-Dawley rats (225-250 g) were divided into 3 dosing groups, and polymyxin B was administered (5 mg/kg, 10 mg/kg and 20 mg/kg) subcutaneously once daily...
January 17, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093054/impact-of-psychological-stress-on-pain-perception-in-an-animal-model-of-endometriosis
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Siomara Hernandez, Myrella L Cruz, Inevy I Seguinot, Annelyn Torres-Reveron, Caroline B Appleyard
PURPOSE: Pain in patients with endometriosis is considered a significant source of stress but does not always correlate with severity of the condition. We have demonstrated that stress can worsen endometriosis in an animal model. Here, we tested the impact of a psychological stress protocol on pain thresholds and pain receptors. METHODS: Endometriosis was induced in female rats by suturing uterine horn tissue next to the intestinal mesentery. Sham rats had sutures only...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089684/the-impact-of-cystectomy-on-ovarian-reserve-a-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Roa Alammari, Michelle Lightfoot, Hye-Chun Hur
Ovarian cysts are common in the reproductive age. Pathological cysts such as endometriomas and dermoids often require surgical intervention if symptomatic. Laparoscopic cystectomy is the first line treatment for these cysts, and is associated with better pain control and less recurrence than drainage or cyst ablation procedures. There has been an emerging concern about the effect of ovarian cystectomy on ovarian reserve with some evidence of short term and long term reduction in ovarian reserve. Certain cyst characteristics (endometrioma pathology, large cyst size, bilateral presentation) are associated with greater decline in ovarian reserve after cystectomy...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080910/use-of-computed-tomography-for-investigation-of-rhinitis-and-sinusitis-in-a-greater-rhea-rhea-americana
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Anne M Meyer, Kristen Phair, Gary West
Sinusitis is a common finding in avian species; however, it presents unique treatment challenges in ratites. A 6-yr-old male greater rhea ( Rhea americana ) presented acutely with right infraorbital sinus swelling and chemosis. Oral antibiotics were prescribed based on bacterial culture results with incomplete resolution of clinical signs. A computed tomography scan of the skull demonstrated a mixed-density soft tissue mass with extensive destruction of the right nasal bone, hard palate, maxilla, and frontal bone...
December 2016: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078455/retention-of-laparoscopic-and-robotic-skills-among-medical-students-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Megan S Orlando, Lauren Thomaier, Melinda G Abernethy, Chi Chiung Grace Chen
BACKGROUND: Although simulation training beneficially contributes to traditional surgical training, there are less objective data on simulation skills retention. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the retention of laparoscopic and robotic skills after simulation training. METHODS: We present the second stage of a randomized single-blinded controlled trial in which 40 simulation-naïve medical students were randomly assigned to practice peg transfer tasks on either laparoscopic (N = 20, Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery, Venture Technologies Inc...
January 11, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071623/differentiated-thyroid-cancer-in-iran-initial-observations-histological-features-management-of-the-disease-and-tumor-recurrence-a-review-of-1689-cases
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M Moslehi, Z Shahi, S Badihian, P Jalalpour, M Sedghian, G Motamedi, G Tavakol
AIM: The main objective of this study was to define some histopathological aspects of differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC), describe the disease management, and evaluate potential predicting factors for tumor recurrence in Iran. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Medical records of 1689 patients of DTC treated over a 15-year period at a referral hospital located in the central region of Iran were reviewed retrospectively. RESULTS: The female/male ratio was 3...
April 2016: Indian Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057514/systemic-effects-of-subtilase-cytotoxin-produced-by-escherichia-coli-o113-h21
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E Abril Seyahian, Gisela Oltra, Federico Ochoa, Santiago Melendi, Ricardo Hermes, James C Paton, Adrienne W Paton, Nestor Lago, Mauricio Castro Parodi, Alicia Damiano, Cristina Ibarra, Elsa Zotta
: Subtilase cytotoxin (SubAB) is a member of the AB5 cytotoxin family and is produced by certain strains of Shiga toxigenic Escherichia coli. The toxin is known to be lethal to mice, but the pathological mechanisms that contribute to Uremic Hemolytic Syndrome (HUS) are poorly understood. In this study we show that intraperitoneal injection of a sublethal dose of SubAB in rats triggers a systemic response, with ascitic fluid accumulation, heart hypertrophy and damage to the liver, colon and kidney...
January 3, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052436/quantification-of-1-h-mrs-signals-based-on-sparse-metabolite-profiles-in-the-time-frequency-domain
#15
Mohammad Ali Parto Dezfouli, Mohsen Parto Dezfouli, Alireza Ahmadian, Alejandro F Frangi, Melika Esmaeili Rad, Hamidreza Saligheh Rad
MRS is an analytical approach used for both quantitative and qualitative analysis of human body metabolites. The accurate and robust quantification capability of proton MRS ((1) H-MRS) enables the accurate estimation of living tissue metabolite concentrations. However, such methods can be efficiently employed for quantification of metabolite concentrations only if the overlapping nature of metabolites, existing static field inhomogeneity and low signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) are taken into consideration. Representation of (1) H-MRS signals in the time-frequency domain enables us to handle the baseline and noise better...
January 4, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052050/planning-four-dimensional-intensity-modulated-arc-therapy-for-tumor-tracking-with-a-multileaf-collimator
#16
Ying Niu, Gregory Betzel, Xiaocheng Yang, Minzhi Gui, William Parke, Byong Yi, Cedric Yu
This study introduces a practical four-dimensional (4D) planning scheme of IMAT using 4D computed tomography (4D CT) for planning tumor tracking with dynamic multileaf beam collimation. We assume that patients can breathe regularly, i.e., the same way as during 4D CT with an unchanged period and amplitude, and that the start of 4D-IMAT delivery can be synchronized with a designated respiratory phase. Each control point of the IMAT-delivery process can be associated with an image set of 4D CT at a specified respiratory phase...
January 4, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050829/vnd6-induced-xylem-cell-differentiation-in-arabidopsis-cell-cultures
#17
Yoshihisa Oda
In vitro xylem differentiation is a powerful technique that can be used to elucidate the process of xylem development that occurs deep inside plant tissues in nature. The experimental procedure described here is designed to induce metaxylem vessel differentiation at exceptionally high frequency and synchronicity using genetically engineered Arabidopsis cell suspensions. By triggering a transcriptional switch, over 80 % of the cells synchronously differentiate into xylem cells within 32 h of treatment with estradiol...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050824/experimental-and-theoretical-methods-to-approach-the-study-of-vascular-patterning-in-the-plant-shoot
#18
Norma Fàbregas, Pau Formosa-Jordan, Marta Ibañes, Ana I Caño-Delgado
The plant vascular system provides transport and mechanical support functions that are essential for suitable plant growth and development. In Arabidopsis thaliana (Arabidopsis), the vascular tissues at the shoot inflorescence stems are disposed in organized vascular bundles. The vascular patterning emergence and development within the shoot inflorescence stems is under the control of plant growth regulators (De Rybel et al., Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol 17:30-40, 2016; Caño-Delgado et al., Annu Rev Cell Dev Biol 26:605-637, 2010)...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047445/su-f-j-172-hybrid-mr-ct-compatible-phantom-for-mr-only-based-radiotherapy
#19
M Kim, S Lee, K Song, S Park, T Suh
PURPOSE: Development of hybrid MR/CT compatible phantom was introduced to fully establish MR image only radiation treatment and this suggested technique using in-house developed hybrid MR/CT compatible phantom image would utilize to generate radiation treatment planning and perform dose calculation without multi-modal registration process or generation of pseudo CT. METHODS: Fundamental characteristics for "hybrid MR/CT compatible phantom" was established: Relaxation times equivalent to human tissue, dielectric properties, homogeneous relaxation times, sufficient strength to fabricate a torso, ease of handling, a wide variety of density material for calibration, chemical and physical stability over an extended time...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046263/su-f-t-620-development-of-a-convolution-superposition-dose-engine-for-cyberknife-system
#20
Y Li, B Liu, T Song, S Xu, J Piao, B Liang, X Xu, B Guo, R Wei, F Zhou
PURPOSE: Current CyberKnife treatment planning system (TPS) provided two dose calculation algorithms: Ray-tracing and Monte Carlo. Ray-tracing algorithm is fast, but less accurate, and also can't handle irregular fields since a multi-leaf collimator system was recently introduced to CyberKnife M6 system. Monte Carlo method has well-known accuracy, but the current version still takes a long time to finish dose calculations. The purpose of this paper is to develop a GPU-based fast C/S dose engine for CyberKnife system to achieve both accuracy and efficiency...
June 2016: Medical Physics
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