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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822340/endothelial-glycocalyx-biomarkers-increase-in-patients-with-infection-during-emergency-department-treatment
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Lisa Smart, Stephen P J Macdonald, Sally Burrows, Erika Bosio, Glenn Arendts, Daniel M Fatovich
PURPOSE: Endothelial glycocalyx (EG) shedding may promote organ failure in sepsis. This study describes temporal changes in EG biomarkers from Emergency Department (ED) arrival, and associations with clinical characteristics. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This prospective observational study included 23 patients with simple infection, 86 with sepsis and 29 healthy controls. Serum EG biomarkers included syndecan-1, syndecan-4 and hyaluronan. Samples were taken on enrolment in the ED (T0), 1 hour (T1), 3 hours (T3) and 12 to 24 hours (T24) later...
July 2, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822316/improved-middle-ear-soft-tissue-visualization-using-synchrotron-radiation-phase-contrast-imaging
#2
Mai Elfarnawany, Seyed Alireza Rohani, Soroush Ghomashchi, Daniel G Allen, Ning Zhu, Sumit K Agrawal, Hanif M Ladak
High resolution images are used as a basis for finite-element modeling of the middle-ear structures to study their biomechanical function. Commonly used imaging techniques such as micro-computed tomography (CT) and optical microscopy require extensive sample preparation, processing or staining using contrast agents to achieve sufficient soft-tissue contrast. We compare imaging of middle-ear structures in unstained, non-decalcified human temporal bones using conventional absorption-contrast micro-CT and using synchrotron radiation phase-contrast imaging (SR-PCI)...
August 5, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822299/avoidance-and-depression-vulnerability-an-examination-of-avoidance-in-remitted-and-currently-depressed-individuals
#3
Leanne Quigley, Alainna Wen, Keith S Dobson
Behavioral theories posit that depression is characterized by heightened levels of avoidance, and recent research has supported this notion. Whether avoidance persists after remission from depression is unknown, however. In this study, we investigated levels of cognitive and behavioral avoidance in remitted, currently, and never depressed individuals. We also examined relationships among avoidance and purported adaptive and maladaptive emotion regulation strategies. Remitted depressed individuals exhibited levels of cognitive and behavioral avoidance, in social and nonsocial domains, that were greater than nonclinical control individuals but lower than currently depressed individuals...
July 27, 2017: Behaviour Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822289/assessing-differences-between-ostwald-ripening-and-coalescence-by-rheology-laser-diffraction-and-multiple-light-scattering
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J Santos, N Calero, L A Trujillo-Cayado, M C Garcia, J Muñoz
This contribution deals with the study of the influence of surfactant ratio, namely triblock copolymer (Pluronic PE9400) to polyoxyethylene glycerol fatty acid ester (Levenol C201), on the stability of emulsions formulated with a mixture of two biosolvents (N,N Dimethyl Decanamide and D-limonene), which find applications as carriers of agrochemicals. Emulsions containing Pluronic, regardless of the concentration studied, underwent Ostwald ripening while coalescence controlled the destabilization process of emulsions containing Levenol C201 as the only emulsifier...
August 14, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822268/neural-precursor-cells-derived-from-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-exhibit-reduced-susceptibility-to-infection-with-a-neurotropic-coronavirus
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Vrushali Mangale, Brett S Marro, Warren C Plaisted, Craig M Walsh, Thomas E Lane
The present study examines the susceptibility of mouse induced pluripotent stem cell-derived neural precursor cells (iPSC-NPCs) to infection with the neurotropic JHM strain of mouse hepatitis virus (JHMV). Similar to NPCs derived from striatum of day 1 postnatal GFP-transgenic mice (GFP-NPCs), iPSC-derived NPCs (iPSC-NPCs) are able to differentiate into terminal neural cell types and express MHC class I and II in response to IFN-γ treatment. However, in contrast to postnatally-derived NPCs, iPSC-NPCs express low levels of carcinoembryonic antigen-cell adhesion molecule 1a (CEACAM1a), the surface receptor for JHMV, and are less susceptible to infection and virus-induced cytopathic effects...
August 16, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822267/a-similar-pro-anti-inflammatory-cytokine-balance-is-present-in-the-airways-of-competitive-athletes-and-non-exercising-asthmatics
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Marcin Kurowski, Janusz Jurczyk, Agnieszka Olszewska-Ziąber, Marzanna Jarzębska, Hubert Krysztofiak, Marek L Kowalski
PURPOSE: Intensive exercise modifies airway inflammation and infection susceptibility. We aimed to determine the effect of exercise on pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokine (TNF-α, IL-1ra, IL-10) and innate immunity protein (HSPA1, sCD14) levels in exhaled breath condensate (EBC) and nasal secretions of competitive athletes, non-exercising asthmatics and healthy controls (HC). MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study group consisted of 15 competitive athletes (five speed skaters and ten swimmers) aged 15-25...
August 16, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822218/locally-produced-xenin-and-the-neurotensinergic-system-in-pancreatic-islet-function-and-%C3%AE-cell-survival
#7
Dawood Khan, Srividya Vasu, R Charlotte Moffett, Victor A Gault, Peter R Flatt, Nigel Irwin
Modulation of neuropeptide receptors is important for pancreatic β-cell function. Here, islet distribution and effects of the neurotensin (NT) receptor modulators, xenin and NT, was examined. Xenin, but not NT, significantly improved glucose disposal and insulin secretion, in mice. However, both peptides stimulated insulin secretion from rodent β-cells at 5.6 mM glucose, with xenin having similar insulinotropic actions at 16.7 mM glucose. In contrast, NT inhibited glucose-induced insulin secretion. Similar observations were made in human 1...
August 28, 2017: Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822172/-safflower-s-origin-and-changes-of-producing-areas
#8
Chao-Xiang Ren, Yi-Yun Wu, Xiao-Hui Tang, Jing Hu, Jiang Chen, Qing-Hua Wu, Jin Pei
Human's application of safflower (Carthamus tinctorius) has a long history, but the origin remains unclear. Safflower was introduced into China for traditional Chinese medicine, and Sichuan was major producing area. However, in recent years, the main producing area is in Xinjiang province, in contrast Sichuan safflower is difficult to find. By reading relevant document literature and the production and marketing information of safflower, and having field investigation in the main producing areas, the origin of safflower and the reasons of producing areas' changes were explored...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822141/applicability-of-quantitative-optical-imaging-techniques-for-intraoperative-perfusion-diagnostics-a-comparison-of-laser-speckle-contrast-imaging-sidestream-dark-field-microscopy-and-optical-coherence-tomography
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Sanne M Jansen, Daniel M de Bruin, Dirk J Faber, Iwan J G G Dobbe, Erik Heeg, Dan M J Milstein, Simon D Strackee, Ton G van Leeuwen
Patient morbidity and mortality due to hemodynamic complications are a major problem in surgery. Optical techniques can image blood flow in real-time and high-resolution, thereby enabling perfusion monitoring intraoperatively. We tested the feasibility and validity of laser speckle contrast imaging (LSCI), optical coherence tomography (OCT), and sidestream dark-field microscopy (SDF) for perfusion diagnostics in a phantom model using whole blood. Microvessels with diameters of 50, 100, and 400  μm were constructed in a scattering phantom...
August 2017: Journal of Biomedical Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822091/effect-of-ap102-a-subtype-2-and-5-specific-somatostatin-analog-on-glucose-metabolism-in-rats
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Erika Tarasco, Petra Seebeck, Svende Pfundstein, Adrian F Daly, Philippe J Eugster, Alan G Harris, Eric Grouzmann, Thomas A Lutz, Christina N Boyle
PURPOSE: Somatostatin analogs are widely used to treat conditions associated with hormonal hypersecretion such as acromegaly and metastatic neuroendocrine tumors. First generation somatostatin analogs, such as octreotide and lanreotide, have high affinity for somatostatin receptor subtype 2 (SSTR2), but have incomplete efficacy in many patients. Pasireotide targets multiple SSTRs, having the highest affinity for SSTR5, but causes hyperglycemia and diabetes mellitus in preclinical and clinical studies...
August 18, 2017: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822061/co-ultramicronized-palmitoylethanolamide-luteolin-facilitates-the-development-of-differentiating-and-undifferentiated-rat-oligodendrocyte-progenitor-cells
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Stephen D Skaper, Massimo Barbierato, Laura Facci, Mila Borri, Gabriella Contarini, Morena Zusso, Pietro Giusti
Oligodendrocytes, the myelin-producing cells of the central nervous system (CNS), have limited capability to bring about repair in chronic CNS neuroinflammatory demyelinating disorders such as multiple sclerosis (MS). MS lesions are characterized by a compromised pool of undifferentiated oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs) unable to mature into myelin-producing oligodendrocytes. An attractive strategy may be to replace lost OLs and/or promote their maturation. N-palmitoylethanolamine (PEA) is an endogenous fatty acid amide signaling molecule with anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective actions...
August 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822040/the-effect-of-sources-and-air-mass-transport-on-the-variability-of-trace-element-deposition-in-central-poland-a-cluster-based-approach
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Patrycja Siudek, Marcin Frankowski
Measurements of trace element (As, Cu, Cd, Cr, Ni, Pb, Zn) deposition fluxes were conducted simultaneously in two contrasted environments, i.e., urban and forest, between April 2013 and October 2014. This was the first such project in central Poland, aimed at long-term observations of trace elements in the atmosphere and their distribution, transport, and deposition pattern. The receptor sites were different in terms of local meteorological conditions, emission potential, and distance to major anthropogenic sources...
August 19, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822016/in-situ-imaging-reveals-properties-of-purinergic-signalling-in-trigeminal-sensory-ganglia-in-vitro
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Arletta Nowodworska, Arn M J M van den Maagdenberg, Andrea Nistri, Elsa Fabbretti
Chronic pain is supported by sterile inflammation that induces sensitisation of sensory neurons to ambient stimuli including extracellular ATP acting on purinergic P2X receptors. The development of in vitro methods for drug screening would be useful to investigate cell crosstalk and plasticity mechanisms occurring during neuronal sensitisation and sterile neuroinflammation. Thus, we studied, at single-cell level, membrane pore dilation based on the uptake of a fluorescent probe following sustained ATP-gated P2X receptor function in neurons and non-neuronal cells of trigeminal ganglion cultures from wild-type (WT) and R192Q CaV2...
August 18, 2017: Purinergic Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821993/segmentation-of-breast-ultrasound-images-based-on-active-contours-using-neutrosophic-theory
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Mahsa Lotfollahi, Masoumeh Gity, Jing Yong Ye, A Mahlooji Far
PURPOSE: Ultrasound imaging is an effective approach for diagnosing breast cancer, but it is highly operator-dependent. Recent advances in computer-aided diagnosis have suggested that it can assist physicians in diagnosis. Definition of the region of interest before computer analysis is still needed. Since manual outlining of the tumor contour is tedious and time-consuming for a physician, developing an automatic segmentation method is important for clinical application. METHODS: The present paper represents a novel method to segment breast ultrasound images...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821963/myocardial-regenerative-therapy-using-a-scaffold-free-skeletal-muscle-derived-cell-sheet-in-patients-with-dilated-cardiomyopathy-even-under-a-left-ventricular-assist-device-a-safety-and-feasibility-study
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Yasushi Yoshikawa, Shigeru Miyagawa, Koichi Toda, Atsuhiro Saito, Yasushi Sakata, Yoshiki Sawa
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Despite promising experimental results, clinically, intramyocardial myoblast injection failed to reverse remodeling and it induced arrhythmogenicity. In contrast, scaffold-free skeletal muscle-derived cell (SC) sheets attenuated cardiac dysfunction and arrhythmogenicity via paracrine effects. We report the first clinical trial of SC sheet implantation (SCSI) conducted in four patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) supported by a left ventricular assist device (LVAD)...
August 18, 2017: Surgery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821947/the-influence-of-microvascular-injury-on-native-t1-and-t2-relaxation-values-after-acute-myocardial-infarction-implications-for-non-contrast-enhanced-infarct-assessment
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Lourens F H J Robbers, Robin Nijveldt, Aernout M Beek, Paul F A Teunissen, Maurits R Hollander, P Stefan Biesbroek, Henk Everaars, Peter M van de Ven, Mark B M Hofman, Niels van Royen, Albert C van Rossum
OBJECTIVES: Native T1 mapping and late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) imaging offer detailed characterisation of the myocardium after acute myocardial infarction (AMI). We evaluated the effects of microvascular injury (MVI) and intramyocardial haemorrhage on local T1 and T2* values in patients with a reperfused AMI. METHODS: Forty-three patients after reperfused AMI underwent cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) at 4 [3-5] days, including native MOLLI T1 and T2* mapping, STIR, cine imaging and LGE...
August 18, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821940/videoendoscopy-worsens-swallowing-function-a-videofluoroscopic-study-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#17
Kazuo Adachi, Toshiro Umezaki, Yoshikazu Kikuchi
Aspiration pneumonia is a cause of mortality in the elderly. Evaluating swallowing function is important. Videofluoroscopy and flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing are comparable; however, observing all swallowing dynamics is impossible using the latter approach. We examined the significance of flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing using videofluoroscopy. Thirty-seven patients with dysphagia [70.0 ± 8.9 (range 49-84) years] were included. In random order, patients underwent videofluoroscopy with 10 cc contrast material, once without, and once with an endoscope inserted...
August 18, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821920/tspo-pet-for-glioma-imaging-using-the-novel-ligand-18-f-ge-180-first-results-in-patients-with-glioblastoma
#18
Nathalie L Albert, M Unterrainer, D F Fleischmann, S Lindner, F Vettermann, A Brunegraf, L Vomacka, M Brendel, V Wenter, C Wetzel, R Rupprecht, J-C Tonn, C Belka, P Bartenstein, M Niyazi
OBJECTIVE: The 18-kDa mitochondrial translocator protein (TSPO) was reported to be upregulated in gliomas. (18)F-GE-180 is a novel 3rd generation TSPO receptor ligand with improved target-to-background contrast compared to previous tracers. In this pilot study, we compared PET imaging with (18)F-GE-180 and MRI of patients with untreated and recurrent pretreated glioblastoma. METHODS: Eleven patients with histologically confirmed IDH wildtype gliomas (10 glioblastomas, 1 anaplastic astrocytoma) underwent (18)F-GE-180 PET at initial diagnosis or recurrence...
August 19, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821897/erratum-to-signal-intensity-at-unenhanced-t1-weighted-magnetic-resonance-in-the-globus-pallidus-and-dentate-nucleus-after-serial-administrations-of-a-macrocyclic-gadolinium-based-contrast-agent-in-children
#19
Maria Camilla Rossi Espagnet, Bruno Bernardi, Luca Pasquini, Lorenzo Figà-Talamanca, Paolo Tomà, Antonio Napolitano
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 18, 2017: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821876/transcriptomic-biochemical-and-physio-anatomical-investigations-shed-more-light-on-responses-to-drought-stress-in-two-contrasting-sesame-genotypes
#20
Komivi Dossa, Donghua Li, Linhai Wang, Xiaomin Zheng, Aili Liu, Jingyin Yu, Xin Wei, Rong Zhou, Daniel Fonceka, Diaga Diouf, Boshou Liao, Ndiaga Cissé, Xiurong Zhang
Sesame is an important oilseed crop with a high oil quality. It is prone to drought stress in the arid and semi-arid areas where it is widely grown. This study aims to decipher the response of tolerant (DT) and sensitive (DS) genotypes to progressive drought based on transcriptome, biochemical and physio-anatomical characterizations. Results indicated that under severe stress, DT relied on a well-functioning taproot while DS displayed a disintegrated root due to collapsed cortical cells. This was attributed to a higher accumulation of osmoprotectants and strong activity of antioxidant enzymes especially peroxidases in DT...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
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