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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821069/preparation-and-pharmacological-evaluation-of-norcantharidin-conjugated-carboxymethyl-chitosan-in-mice-bearing-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Zhiwen Jiang, Jinhua Chi, Baoqin Han, Wanshun Liu
In this study, norcantharidin (NCTD), a small-molecule anticancer drug derived from Chinese traditional medicine blister beetle (Mylabris), was conjugated covalently onto carboxymethyl chitosan (CMCS). Then the hepatocellular carcinoma therapeutic properties and liver-protective effects were investigated through orthotopic transplantation tumor model. Results showed that the obtained CMCS-NCTD demonstrated remarkable anti-growth efficacy against hepatocellular 22 in mice. Significant improvement of the liver injury caused by cancer cells was observed in tumor-bearing mice administrated with CMCS-NCTD...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815542/long-noncoding-rnas-in-pluripotency-of-stem-cells-and-cell-fate-specification
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Debosree Pal, M R S Rao
Since the annotation of the mouse genome (FANTOM project) [Kawai J et al (2001) Functional annotation of a full-length mouse cDNA collection. Nature 409(6821):685-690] or the human genome [An integrated encyclopedia of DNA elements in the human genome. (2012) Nature 489(7414):57-74; Harrow J et al (2012) GENCODE: the reference human genome annotation for the ENCODE project. Genome Res 22(9):1760-1774], the roles of long noncoding RNAs in coordinating specific signaling pathways have been established in a wide variety of model systems...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812385/increased-acetaminophen-related-calls-to-finnish-pic-better-reflect-acetaminophen-sales-than-serious-poisonings
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Mikko J Parry, Helena Isoniemi, Anna-Maria Koivusalo, Kalle Hoppu
OBJECTIVE: Acetaminophen (APAP) or paracetamol is a commonly encountered medicine in poisonings. We studied the changes in APAP related calls to the Finnish poison information centre (FPIC), and serious intoxications, involving hepatotoxicity or death in 2001-2014. These data were compared with paracetamol sales in Finland. METHODS: This is a retrospective analysis of the FPIC database calls, national cause of death registry, registries of liver transplantations and molecular adsorbent recycling system (MARS)-treated patients from Helsinki University Hospital together with the National Institute of Health and Welfare registry of patients hospitalized...
August 16, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807264/deconstructing-interstitial-fibrosis-and-tubular-atrophy-a-step-toward-precision-medicine-in-renal-transplantation
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Michael Mengel
The prerequisite for successful treatment is an accurate diagnosis, a concept coined precision medicine. Progression of interstitial fibrosis and tubular atrophy is widely considered the natural course for all transplanted kidneys. In this issue, Gosset et al. describe discrete disease entities in individual patients and their contribution to interstitial fibrosis and tubular atrophy and its progression. This represents a major step forward in stratifying patients for targeted treatment trials (i.e., a step toward precision medicine in renal transplantation)...
September 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802248/utility-of-rapid-whole-exome-sequencing-in-the-diagnosis-of-neonatal-niemann-pick-disease-type-c-presenting-with-fetal-hydrops-and-liver-failure
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Mersedeh Rohanizadegan, Sarah El-Almery, Anne O'Donnell-Luria, Ivana Mihalek, Peggy Chen, Marilyn Sanders, Kristen Leeman, Megan Cho, Christina Hung, Olaf Bodamer
Rapid whole exome sequencing (rWES) is increasingly used in critically ill newborn infants to inform about diagnosis, clinical management and prognosis. Here we report a male newborn infant with hydrops, pancytopenia and acute liver failure who was listed for liver transplantation. Given the acuity of the presentation, the procedure related morbidity and mortality and lack of diagnosis we employed rWES in the proband and both parents with a turn-around time of 10 business days. rWES returned one maternally inherited, likely pathogenic and one paternally inherited, likely pathogenic variant in NPC1 suggestive of a diagnosis of Niemann Pick disease type C (NPC)...
August 11, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Molecular Case Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801972/brief-report-a-differential-transcriptomic-profile-of-ex-vivo-expanded-adult-human-hematopoietic-stem-cells-empowers-them-for-engraftment-better-than-their-surface-phenotype
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Nikoletta Psatha, Grigorios Georgolopoulos, Susan Phelps, Thalia Papayannopoulou
Transplantation of small cord blood (CB) units, or of autologous ex vivo-genetically modified adult hematopoietic stem cells (HSC), face the common challenge of suboptimal HSC doses for infusion and impaired engraftment of the transplanted cells. Ex vivo expansion of HSCs, using either cell-based coculture approaches or especially small molecules have been successfully tested mainly in CB and in prolonged cultures. Here, we explored whether innovative combinations of small molecules can sufficiently, after short culture, expand adult HSCs while retaining their functionality in vivo...
August 11, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799844/tissue-engineering-the-vascular-tree
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Mahama A Traore, Steven C George
A major hurdle in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine remains the design and construction of larger (> 1 cm(3)) in vitro tissues for biological studies and transplantation. While there has been success in creating three-dimensional (3D) capillary networks, relatively large arteries (diameter >3-5 mm), and more recently small arteries (diameter 500 μm-1 mm), there has been no success in the creation of a living dynamic blood vessel network comprising of arterioles (diameter 40-300 μm), capillaries, and venules...
August 11, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part B, Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798841/microfluidic-engineering-of-neural-stem-cell-niches-for-fate-determination
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Yachen Wang, Jingyun Ma, Na Li, Liang Wang, Liming Shen, Yu Sun, Yajun Wang, Jingyuan Zhao, Wenjuan Wei, Yan Ren, Jing Liu
Neural stem cell (NSC) transplantation has great therapeutic potential for neurodegenerative diseases and central nervous system injuries. Successful NSC replacement therapy requires precise control over the cellular behaviors. However, the regulation of NSC fate is largely unclear, which severely restricts the potential clinical applications. To develop an effective model, we designed an assembled microfluidic system to engineer NSC niches and assessed the effects of various culture conditions on NSC fate determination...
January 2017: Biomicrofluidics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795139/elevated-preoperative-serum-bilirubin-improves-reperfusion-injury-and-survival-postliver-transplantation
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Vinzent Spetzler, Nicolas Goldaracena, Johann Moritz Kaths, Max Marquez, Markus Selzner, Nazia Selzner
BACKGROUND: The cytoprotective effects of hemeoxygenase-1 and its product biliverdin/bilirubin are widely acknowledged in experimental transplant medicine. However, its potentially beneficial effect during organ reperfusion is not established. METHODS: In a matched study, we compared markers of reperfusion injury (alanine aminotransferase/aspartate aminotransferase) and transplantation outcome (complication rates, liver function, and survival) between recipient groups with "normal" versus "increased" preoperative bilirubin values...
August 2017: Transplantation Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793833/synergistic-therapeutic-effect-of-three-dimensional-stem-cell-clusters-and-angiopoietin-1-on-promoting-vascular-regeneration-in-ischemic-region
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Jungmi Kang, Jeong-Kee Yoon, Seung Ja Oh, Byung-Soo Kim, Sang-Heon Kim
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is an ischemic disease characterized by reduced blood flow to the legs, feet, and hands. Human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are an attractive cell source to treat PAD in regenerative medicine. However, in clinical applications, the use of adult stem cells has several limitations, such as low cell viability and low therapeutic efficiency. In the present study, we described an innovative method of culturing three-dimensional stem cell clusters (AngioclusterTM, AC), demonstrated the potential for ACs to differentiate into vascular cells, and assessed the synergistic effects of ACs and angiopoietin-1 (Ang-1) on angiogenesis in ischemic animal models...
August 10, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792249/induced-neural-stem-cells-as-a-means-of-treatment-in-huntington-s-disease
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Kyung-Ah Choi, Sunghoi Hong
Huntington's disease (HD) is an inherited neurodegenerative disease characterized by chorea, dementia, and depression caused by progressive nerve cell degeneration, which is triggered by expanded CAG repeats in the huntingtin (Htt) gene. Currently, there is no cure for this disease, nor is there an effective medicine available to delay or improve the physical, mental, and behavioral severities caused by it. Areas covered: In this review, the authors describe the use of induced neural stem cells (iNSCs) by direct conversion technology, which offers great advantages as a therapeutic cell type to treat HD...
August 9, 2017: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772390/physico-chemical-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-evaluation-of-a-3d-unidirectional-porous-hydroxyapatite-scaffold-for-bone-regeneration
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Manabu Tanaka, Hisao Haniu, Takayuki Kamanaka, Takashi Takizawa, Atsushi Sobajima, Kazushige Yoshida, Kaoru Aoki, Masanori Okamoto, Hiroyuki Kato, Naoto Saito
The unidirectional porous hydroxyapatite HAp (UDPHAp) is a scaffold with continuous communicated pore structure in the axial direction. We evaluated and compared the ability of the UDPHAp as a three-dimensional (3D) bone tissue engineering scaffold to the interconnected calcium porous HAp ceramic (IP-CHA). To achieve this, we evaluated in vitro the compressive strength, controlled rhBMP-2 release behavior, adherent cell morphology, cell adhesion manner, and cell attachment of UDPHAp. As a further in vivo experiment, UDPHAp and IP-CHA with rhBMP-2 were transplanted into mouse calvarial defects to evaluate their bone-forming ability...
January 3, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771645/opportunity-for-collaboration-between-radiation-injury-treatment-network-centers-and-medical-toxicology-specialists
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Elizabeth Davlantes, Samuel Shartar, Jennifer Venero, Alaina Steck, Amelia Langston, Ziad N Kazzi
OBJECTIVES: The Radiation Injury Treatment Network (RITN) comprises >50 centers across the United States that are poised to care for victims of a radiation emergency. The network is organized around bone marrow transplant centers because these facilities excel in both radiation medicine and the care of patients with severe bone marrow depression. A radiation emergency may cause not only irradiation from an external source but also internal contamination with radioactive material. Because medical toxicologists are trained in radiation injury management and have expertise in the management of internal contamination, RITN centers may benefit from partnerships with medical toxicology resources, which may be located at academic medical centers, hospital inpatient clinical services, outpatient clinics, or poison control centers...
August 2017: Southern Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769083/human-adipose-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-seeded-into-a-collagen-hydroxyapatite-scaffold-promote-bone-augmentation-after-implantation-in-the-mouse
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Giovanna Calabrese, Raffaella Giuffrida, Stefano Forte, Claudia Fabbi, Elisa Figallo, Lucia Salvatorelli, Lorenzo Memeo, Rosalba Parenti, Massimo Gulisano, Rosario Gulino
Traumatic injury or surgical excision of diseased bone tissue usually require the reconstruction of large bone defects unable to heal spontaneously, especially in older individuals. This is a big challenge requiring the development of biomaterials mimicking the bone structure and capable of inducing the right commitment of cells seeded within the scaffold. In particular, given their properties and large availability, the human adipose-derived stem cells are considered as the better candidate for autologous cell transplantation...
August 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767533/gender-equity-in-transplantation-a-report-from-the-women-in-transplantation-workshop-of-the-transplantation-society-of-australia-and-new-zealand
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Karen M Dwyer, Carolyn Clark, Kelli MacDonald, Miranda A Paraskeva, Natasha Rogers, Jessica Ryan, Angela Webster, Germaine Wong
The exponential growth of young talented females choosing science and medicine as their professional career over the past decade is substantial. Currently, more than half of the Australian medical doctoral graduates and early career researchers are comprised of women, but less than 20% of all academic professorial staff are female. The loss of female talent in the hierarchical ladder of Australian academia is a considerable waste of government investment, productivity and scientific innovation. Gender disparity in the professional workforce composition is even more striking within the field of transplantation...
August 1, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761232/medication-adherence-in-kidney-transplant-recipients-in-an-urban-indian-setting
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U R Adhikari, A Taraphder, A Hazra, T Das
Medication nonadherence is a known problem after renal transplantation and can vary from one setting to another. Since it can lead to negative outcomes, it is important to develop intervention strategies to enhance adherence in a given setting using determinants identified through exploratory studies. We explored nonadherence in renal transplant recipients. A longitudinal survey was done with adult renal transplant recipients at a tertiary care public and two private hospitals of Kolkata. Subjects were followed-up for 1 year...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759964/extracorporeal-perfusion-reduced-to-a-one-way-infusion
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Christian D Taeger, Oliver Friedrich, Raymund E Horch, Caroline Drechsler, Annika Weigand, Fabio Hopf, Carol I Geppert, Frank Münch, Torsten Birkholz, Carina Wenzel, Sebastian Geis, Lukas Prantl, Rainer Buchholz, Konstantin Präbst
BACKGROUND: Extracorporeal perfusion (EP) is moving into focus of research in reconstructive and transplantation medicine for the preservation of amputates and free tissue transplants. The idea behind EP is the reduction of ischemia-related cell damage between separation from blood circulation and reanastomosis of the transplant. Most experimental approaches are based on a complex system that moves the perfusate in a circular course. OBJECTIVE AND METHODS: In this study, we aimed to evaluate if a simple perfusion by an infusion bag filled with an electrolyte solution can provide acceptable results in terms of flow stability, oxygen supply and viability conservation for EP of a muscle transplant...
July 25, 2017: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757167/chemical-cocktails-enable-hepatic-reprogramming-of-mouse-fibroblasts-with-a-single-transcription-factor
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Ren Guo, Wei Tang, Qianting Yuan, Lijian Hui, Xin Wang, Xin Xie
Liver or hepatocytes transplantation is limited by the availability of donor organs. Functional hepatocytes independent of the donor sources may have wide applications in regenerative medicine and the drug industry. Recent studies have demonstrated that chemical cocktails may induce reprogramming of fibroblasts into a range of functional somatic cells. Here, we show that mouse fibroblasts can be transdifferentiated into the hepatocyte-like cells (iHeps) using only one transcription factor (TF) (Foxa1, Foxa2, or Foxa3) plus a chemical cocktail...
August 8, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755405/serum-ifn-%C3%AE-predicts-the-therapeutic-effect-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-transplantation-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-patients
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Dandan Wang, Shiying Wang, Saisai Huang, Zhuoya Zhang, Xinran Yuan, Xuebing Feng, Liwei Lu, Lingyun Sun
Umbilical cord (UC) derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) show immunoregulatory properties on various immune cells and display therapeutic effects on various autoimmune diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of SLE environment on UC MSCs and to identify the possible serum biomarker to predict the therapeutic effect. UC MSCs were cocultured with peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from active lupus patients and the proliferation, apoptosis and surface markers of UC MSCs were observed...
July 29, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751837/anmco-sic-consensus-document-cardiology-networks-for-outpatient-heart-failure-care
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Nadia Aspromonte, Michele Massimo Gulizia, Andrea Di Lenarda, Andrea Mortara, Ilaria Battistoni, Renata De Maria, Michele Gabriele, Massimo Iacoviello, Alessandro Navazio, Daniela Pini, Giuseppe Di Tano, Marco Marini, Renato Pietro Ricci, Gianfranco Alunni, Donatella Radini, Marco Metra, Francesco Romeo
Changing demographics and an increasing burden of multiple chronic comorbidities in Western countries dictate refocusing of heart failure (HF) services from acute in-hospital care to better support the long inter-critical out-of- hospital phases of HF. In Italy, as well as in other countries, needs of the HF population are not adequately addressed by current HF outpatient services, as documented by differences in age, gender, comorbidities and recommended therapies between patients discharged for acute hospitalized HF and those followed-up at HF clinics...
May 2017: European Heart Journal Supplements: Journal of the European Society of Cardiology
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