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Kun-Ling Tsai, Ching-Hsia Hung, Shih-Hung Chan, Jhih-Yuan Shih, Yung-Hsin Cheng, Yi-Ju Tsai, Huei-Chen Lin, Pei-Ming Chu
Atherosclerosis is considered to be a form of chronic inflammation and a disorder of lipid metabolism. Oxidative transformations in the lipid and apolipoprotein B (Apo B) constituent of low density lipoprotein drive the initial step in atherogenesis due to macrophage scavenger receptors identify oxidized LDL (oxLDL) but non-oxidized LDL. The human vascular endothelial cells fact a critical role in vasodilation, provides a nonadhesive surface for circulation, reduces vascular smooth muscle proliferation, inflammation, thrombus formation and platelet aggregation...
October 20, 2016: Oncotarget
Shane Virani, Colin Russell, Megan L Bruschetta, Kevin Ngoc Hua, Brigitte M Potvin, David Cox, Stephen N Robinovitch
INTRODUCTION: Shoulder-to-head contact is the most common cause of concussions in ice hockey, accounting for 42% of cases in the National Hockey League (NHL). The goal of this project was to determine how shoulder pad stiffness, modified by adding foam padding over the shoulder cap of existing shoulder pads, affected head impact severity when participants delivered checks to an instrumented dummy. METHODS: Fifteen participants administered "the hardest shoulder checks they were comfortable delivering" to the head of a dummy equipped with tri-axial accelerometers and gyros mounted in its helmet...
October 21, 2016: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Antonis Sakellarios, Lorenz Raeber, Christos Bourantas, Themis Exarchos, Lambros Athanasiou, Gualtiero Pelosi, Oberdan Parodi, Konstantinos Koskinas, Katerina Naka, Lampros Michalis, Patrick Wjc Serruys, Hector Garcia-Garcia, Stephan Windecker, Dimitrios Fotiadis
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to explore major mechanisms of atherosclerotic plaque growth, presenting a proof-of-concept numerical model. METHODS: To this aim, a human reconstructed left circumflex coronary artery is utilized for a multi-level modeling approach. More specifically, the first level consists of the modeling of blood flow and endothelial shear stress (ESS) computation. The second level includes the modeling of low and high density lipoprotein (LDL, HDL) and monocytes transport through the endothelial membrane to vessel wall...
October 19, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
Z Hirjaková, H Šingliarová, D Bzdúšková, J Kimijanová, K Bučková, P Valkovič, F Hlavačka
The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of surgical reconstruction of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) on postural stability and responses to lower limb (LL) muscles vibrations. Centre of pressure (CoP) was measured in 17 subjects during stance on firm/foam surface with eyes open/closed and during unilateral vibrations of LL muscles (m. triceps surae - TS, m. quadriceps femoris - Q, m. quadriceps femoris and hamstrings simultaneously - QH). The measurements were performed: 1) preoperatively, 2) six weeks and 3) three months after the reconstruction...
October 24, 2016: Physiological Research
Jorge L Gutierrez-Pajares, Céline Ben Hassen, Stéphan Chevalier, Philippe G Frank
Studies have demonstrated the significant role of cholesterol and lipoprotein metabolism in the progression of cancer. The SCARB1 gene encodes the scavenger receptor class B type I (SR-BI), which is an 82-kDa glycoprotein with two transmembrane domains separated by a large extracellular loop. SR-BI plays an important role in the regulation of cholesterol exchange between cells and high-density lipoproteins. Accordingly, hepatic SR-BI has been shown to play an essential role in the regulation of the reverse cholesterol transport pathway, which promotes the removal and excretion of excess body cholesterol...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Gillian Franklin, Homero Harari, Samavi Ahsan, Dhimiter Bello, David A Sterling, Jonathan Nedrelow, Scott Raynaud, Swati Biswas, Youcheng Liu
We conducted a pilot qualitative and quantitative assessment of residual isocyanates and their potential initial exposures in neonates, as little is known about their contact effect. After a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) stockroom inventory, polyurethane (PU) and PU foam (PUF) devices and products were qualitatively evaluated for residual isocyanates using Surface SWYPE™. Those containing isocyanates were quantitatively tested for methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) species, using UPLC-UV-MS/MS method...
2016: Environmental Health Insights
Jongju Lee, Alex Nikolov, Darsh Wasan
Liquid films formed from a surfactant micellar solution thin in a stepwise fashion (stratify): the film thickness decreases layer-by-layer and dark spots appear (areas of the film with one micellar layer less than their surroundings). In a recent paper [Langmuir2016, 32, 4837-4847], we presented a two-dimensional diffusion model to explain the expansion of the dark spots inside the foam film formed from a nonionic surfactant micellar solution. Here, we apply the model to explain the dark spot expansion in the foam film formed from an anionic surfactant micellar solution of sodium dodecyl sulfate...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Yanzhu Zhu, Feibo Xu, Xijun Yan, Liguang Miao, Haitao Li, Chongwei Hu, Zhongying Wang, Shizhen Lian, Zhuo Feng, Yanfei Li
Aluminum (Al) exposure impairs bone formation, and bone formation is mediated by the osteoblasts. But effects of Al on the osteoblasts function remain elusive. The osteoblasts were exposed to 0, 0.0252, 0.126, 0.252mg/mL AlCl3·6H2O for 24h. The osteoblasts viability, TGF-β1, BMP-2, IGF-I and Cbfα1 mRNA expressions, and GSH-Px and SOD activities, ROS concentration were determined. The osteoblasts ultrastructural features were also observed. The results showed that AlCl3 suppressed the osteoblasts viability, TGF-β1, BMP-2, IGF-I and Cbfα1 mRNA expressions, GSH-Px and SOD activities, and elevated ROS concentration compared with the CG...
October 18, 2016: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
Mojtaba Jahanbakhshi
Mesoporous carbon foam (MCF) with particular properties was prepared via a simplistic and template-free procedure. The synthesized MCF was characterized by transmission electron microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and BET surface area techniques. Porous MCF with pores diameters of 5 to 10nm provided a perfect substrate including extensive specific surface area to modify the electrodes surface. The obtained MCF was dispersed in Salep solution to prepare a stable suspension (S-MCF)...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Joel L Kaar
Widespread interest in the use of room-temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) as solvents in anhydrous biocatalytic reactions has largely been met with underwhelming results. Enzymes are frequently inactivated in RTILs as a result of the influence of solvent on the enzyme's microenvironment, be it through interacting with the enzyme or enzyme-bound water molecules. The purpose of this chapter is to present a rational approach to mediate RTIL-enzyme interactions, which is essential if we are to realize the advantages of RTILs over conventional solvents for biocatalysis in full...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Vladimir V Apyari, Viktoria V Arkhipova, Maria V Gorbunova, Pavel A Volkov, Andrey I Isachenko, Stanislava G Dmitrienko, Yury A Zolotov
In this paper, we report on a novel type of nanocomposites based on gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and polyurethane foam (PUF), which represents an ability of AuNP aggregation on solid polymer matrix with the strongly different selectivity in comparison with aggregation of the same AuNPs in solution. This may indicate that a new type of aggregation takes place, which can be called solid-phase aggregation. A systematic study using diffuse reflectance spectroscopy revealed features of the solid-phase aggregation...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Xiangheng Niu, Jianming Pan, Fengxian Qiu, Xin Li, Yongsheng Yan, Libo Shi, Hongli Zhao, Minbo Lan
Enzyme-free electrochemical detection of glucose in alkaline media with favorable properties has been acquired by fabricating a robust and large-surface sensing platform, which is composed of anneal-shrinked Cu2O dendrites grown on porous Cu foam. On the one hand, the good compatibility of electrodeposited Cu2O architectures and Cu foam substrate, together with a post-deposition anneal at 200°C, offers a mechanically stable interface for glucose determination. On the other hand, the macropores of Cu foam that is decorated with unique Cu2O dendrites provide large active surface for electrocatalytic reaction and mass transport...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Intidhar Bkhairia, Rabeb Ben Slama Ben Salem, Rim Nasri, Mourad Jridi, Sofiane Ghorbel, Moncef Nasri
Bioactive Liza aurata protein hydrolysates (LAPHs) were prepared by treatment with Trypsine (PH-TR), Esperase (PH-ES), enzyme preparations from Pseudomonas aeruginosa A2 (PH-A2), Bacillus subtilis A26 (PH-A26) and Liza aurata (PH-LA). Their functional properties and antioxidant activities were evaluated. The hydrolysates had degree of hydrolysis (DH) values ranging from 8.15 % to 13.05 %. Reverse-phase HPLC analyses of the LAPHs showed considerable variation in peptide composition. All hydrolysates had high protein content (83...
July 2016: Journal of Food Science and Technology
Akira Katsube, Hisamitsu Hayashi, Hiroyuki Kusuhara
OBJECTIVE: ATP-binding cassette transporter A1 (ABCA1) exerts an atheroprotective action through the biogenesis of high-density lipoprotein in hepatocytes and prevents the formation of foam cells from macrophages. Controlling ABCA1 is a rational approach to improving atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Although much is known about the regulatory mechanism of ABCA1 synthesis, the molecular mechanism underpinning its degradation remains to be clearly described. APPROACH AND RESULTS: ABCA1 possesses potential sites of phosphorylation by serine/threonine-protein kinase Pim-1 (Pim-1)...
October 20, 2016: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
Kristin Forner, Carl Roos, David Dahlgren, Filippos Kesisoglou, Moritz A Konerding, Johanna Mazur, Hans Lennernäs, Peter Langguth
CONTEXT: Prediction of the in vivo absorption of poorly soluble drugs may require simultaneous dissolution/permeation experiments. In vivo predictive media have been modified for permeation experiments with Caco-2 cells, but not for excised rat intestinal segments. OBJECTIVE: The present study aimed to improve the setup of dissolution/permeation experiments with excised rat intestinal segments by assessing suitable donor and receiver media. METHODS: The regional compatibility of rat intestine in Ussing chambers with modified Fasted and Fed State Simulated Intestinal Fluids (Fa/FeSSIFmod) as donor media was evaluated via several parameters that reflect the viability of the excised intestinal segments...
October 20, 2016: Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy
Christian Demitri, Antonella Giuri, Vincenzo Maria De Benedictis, Maria Grazia Raucci, Daniela Giugliano, Alessandro Sannino, Luigi Ambrosio
In this study, a new foaming method, based on physical foaming combined with microwave-induced curing, is proposed in combination with a surface bioactivation to develop scaffold for bone tissue regeneration. In the first step of the process, a stable physical foaming was induced using a surfactant (Pluronic) as blowing agent of a homogeneous blend of Chitosan and polyethylene glycol diacrylate (PEGDA700) solutions. In the second step, the porous structure of the foaming was chemically stabilized by radical polymerization induced by homogeneous heating of the sample in a microwave reactor...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Umakant M Patil, Ravindra V Ghorpade, Min Sik Nam, Archana C Nalawade, Sangrae Lee, Haksoo Han, Seong Chan Jun
The current paper describes enhanced electrochemical capacitive performance of chemically grown Cobalt hydroxide (Co(OH)2) nanorods (NRs) decorated porous three dimensional graphitic carbon foam (Co(OH)2/3D GCF) as a supercapacitor electrode. Freestanding 3D porous GCF is prepared by carbonizing, high internal phase emulsion (HIPE) polymerized styrene and divinylbenzene. The PolyHIPE was sulfonated and carbonized at temperature up to 850 °C to obtain graphitic 3D carbon foam with high surface area (389 m(2) g(-1)) having open voids (14 μm) interconnected by windows (4 μm) in monolithic form...
October 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
Daniel Zysset, Benjamin Weber, Silvia Rihs, Jennifer Brasseit, Stefan Freigang, Carsten Riether, Yara Banz, Adelheid Cerwenka, Cedric Simillion, Pedro Marques-Vidal, Adrian F Ochsenbein, Leslie Saurer, Christoph Mueller
Triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells-1 (TREM-1) is a potent amplifier of pro-inflammatory innate immune responses, but its significance in non-infectious diseases remains unclear. Here, we demonstrate that TREM-1 promotes cardiovascular disease by exacerbating atherosclerosis. TREM-1 is expressed in advanced human atheromas and is highly upregulated under dyslipidemic conditions on circulating and on lesion-infiltrating myeloid cells in the Apoe(-/-) mouse model. TREM-1 strongly contributes to high-fat, high-cholesterol diet (HFCD)-induced monocytosis and synergizes with HFCD serum-derived factors to promote pro-inflammatory cytokine responses and foam cell formation of human monocyte/macrophages...
October 20, 2016: Nature Communications
Andrew M Murray, Thomas W Jones, Cosmin Horobeanu, Anthony P Turner, John Sproule
BACKGROUND: Physiotherapists and other practitioners commonly prescribe foam rolling as an intervention, but the mechanistic effects of this intervention are not known. PURPOSE: The aim of this investigation was to establish if a single bout of foam rolling affects flexibility, skeletal muscle contractility and reflected temperature. METHODS: Twelve adolescent male squash players were evaluated on two separate occasions (treatment and control visits) and were tested on both legs for flexibility of the hip flexors and quadriceps, muscle contractility (as measured by tensiomyography) and temperature of the quadriceps (assessed via thermography) at repeated time points pre- and post a 60s rolling intervention (pre-, immediately post, 5, 10, 15, and 30 minutes post)...
October 2016: International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy
Maria Grazia Piccioni, Lucia Riganelli, Valentina Filippi, Eliana Fuggetta, Vanessa Colagiovanni, Ludovica Imperiale, Jlenia Caccetta, Pierluigi Benedetti Panici, Maria Grazia Porpora
PURPOSE: To compare sonohysterosalpingography (sono-HSG) with foam instillation (HyFoSy) versus saline solution (HyCoSy) in the evaluation of tubal patency. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled 37 infertile women, scheduled for laparoscopy. The women were randomized into two groups: HyFoSy (group I) and HyCoSy (group II). The patients of both groups underwent laparoscopy with dye test. We assessed the diagnostic performance (sensitivity, specificity, and overall accuracy) of HyFoSy and HyCoSy, compared with laparoscopy and dye test, in the assessment of tubal patency...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Clinical Ultrasound: JCU
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