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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516401/endovascular-crossing-of-chronic-total-occlusions-using-an-impulse-an-explorative-design-study
#1
Aimée Sakes, Marleen van der Wiel, Dimitra Dodou, Paul Breedveld
In this study we investigated whether exerting an impulse on a Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO) improves the success rate of CTO crossing as compared to the currently used method of statically pushing the guidewire against the CTO. A prototype (Ø2 mm) was developed that generates translational momentum using a spring-loaded indenter and converts it to an impulse during impact. Mechanical performance was evaluated by measuring the peak force and momentum for different spring compressions and strike distances in air and blood-mimicking fluid...
May 17, 2017: Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508376/in-vivo-and-qualitative-studies-investigating-the-translational-potential-of-microneedles-for-use-in-the-older-population
#2
Helen L Quinn, Carmel M Hughes, Ryan F Donnelly
Microneedles (MNs) are a novel transdermal drug delivery platform, rapidly progressing from a substantive evidence base, towards commercialisation. As part of this transition, it is important to consider the future use of MNs by older people in order to ensure optimal therapeutic outcomes for this unique and increasing population group. This paper, therefore, considers the use of MNs by those aged over 65 years, investigating insertion parameters in ageing skin, alongside the feasibility and acceptability of the technology...
May 15, 2017: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495800/mechanically-patterned-neuromuscular-junctions-in-a-dish-have-improved-functional-maturation
#3
Cassandra L Happe, Kevin P Tenerelli, Anastasia K Gromova, Frederic Kolb, Adam J Engler
Motor neuron (MN) diseases are progressive disorders resulting from degeneration of neuromuscular junctions (NMJs), which form the connection between MNs and muscle fibers. NMJ-in-a-dish models have been developed to examine human MN-associated dysfunction with disease; however such co-culture models have randomly oriented myotubes with immature synapses that contract asynchronously. Mechanically patterned (MP) extracellular matrix with alternating soft and stiff stripes improve current NMJ-in-a-dish models by inducing both mouse and human myoblast durotaxis to stripes where they aligned, differentiated, and fused into patterned myotubes...
May 11, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490013/sulfatase-2-modulates-fate-change-from-motor-neurons-to-oligodendrocyte-precursor-cells-through-coordinated-regulation-of-shh-signaling-with-sulfatase-1
#4
Wen Jiang, Yugo Ishino, Hirokazu Hashimoto, Kazuko Keino-Masu, Masayuki Masu, Kenji Uchimura, Kenji Kadomatsu, Takeshi Yoshimura, Kazuhiro Ikenaka
Sulfatases (Sulfs) are a group of endosulfatases consisting of Sulf1 and Sulf2, which specifically remove sulfate from heparan sulfate proteoglycans. Although several studies have shown that Sulf1 acts as a regulator of sonic hedgehog (Shh) signaling during embryonic ventral spinal cord development, the detailed expression pattern and function of Sulf2 in the spinal cord remains to be determined. In this study, we found that Sulf2 also modulates the cell fate change from motor neurons (MNs) to oligodendrocyte precursor cells (OPCs) by regulating Shh signaling in the mouse ventral spinal cord in coordination with Sulf1...
May 11, 2017: Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489798/efficacy-of-functional-microarray-of-microneedles-combined-with-topical-tranexamic-acid-for-melasma-a-randomized-self-controlled-split-face-study
#5
Yang Xu, Renyan Ma, Juliandri Juliandri, Xiaoyan Wang, Bai Xu, Daguang Wang, Yan Lu, Bingrong Zhou, Dan Luo
To evaluate the efficacy of a functional microarray of microneedles (MNs) plus topical tranexamic acid (TA) for melasma in middle-aged women in China.Thirty female subjects with melasma were enrolled in this study. The left or right side of the face was chosen randomly to be pretreated with a functional microarray of MNs, followed by topical 0.5% TA solution once per week for 12 weeks. The other half-face was the control, treated with a sham device plus topical 0.5% TA solution. At baseline and at weeks 4, 8, and 12 of treatment, clinical (photographic) evaluations and parameters determined by Visia were recorded...
May 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485376/effect-of-adding-cerium-on-microstructure-and-morphology-of-ce-based-inclusions-formed-in-low-carbon-steel
#6
Z Adabavazeh, W S Hwang, Y H Su
Intra-granular Acicular Ferrite (IAF), as one of the most well-known desirable microstructure of ferrite with a chaotic crystallographic orientation, can not only refine the microstructure and retard the propagation of cleavage crack but also provide excellent combination of strength and toughness in steel. The effect of adding cerium on microstructure and controlling proper cerium-based inclusions in order to improve properties in low-carbon commercial steel (SS400) were investigated. The type of inclusions can be controlled by changing S/O ratio and Ce content...
May 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470318/mechanochemical-synthesis-of-nanostructured-metal-nitrides-carbonitrides-and-carbon-nitride-a-combined-theoretical-and-experimental-study
#7
Seyyed Amin Rounaghi, Danny E P Vanpoucke, Hossein Eshghi, Sergio Scudino, Elaheh Esmaeili, Steffen Oswald, Jürgen Eckert
Nowadays, the development of highly efficient routes for the low cost synthesis of nitrides is greatly growing. Mechanochemical synthesis is one of those promising techniques which is conventionally employed for the synthesis of nitrides by long term milling of metallic elements under a pressurized N2 or NH3 atmosphere (A. Calka and J. I. Nikolov, Nanostruct. Mater., 1995, 6, 409-412). In the present study, we describe a versatile, room-temperature and low-cost mechanochemical process for the synthesis of nanostructured metal nitrides (MNs), carbonitrides (MCNs) and carbon nitride (CNx)...
May 17, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465261/challenges-in-the-evaluation-of-thiol-reactive-inhibitors-of-human-protein-disulfide-isomerase
#8
Celia K Foster, Colin Thorpe
This paper addresses how to evaluate the efficacy of the growing inventory of thiol-reactive inhibitors of mammalian protein disulfide Isomerase (PDI) enzymes under realistic concentrations of potentially competing thiol-containing peptides and proteins. For this purpose, we introduce a variant of the widely-used reductase assay by using a commercially-available cysteine derivative (BODIPY FL L-Cystine; BD-SS) that yields a 55-fold increase in fluorescence (excitation/emission; 490/513nm) on scission of the disulfide bond...
April 30, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464360/structure-selective-cation-exchange-in-the-synthesis-of-zincblende-mns-and-cos-nanocrystals
#9
Julie L Fenton, Raymond E Schaak
The ability to selectively form one crystal structure among several options in a polymorphic system is an important goal in solid-state synthesis. Nanocrystal cation exchange, which proceeds rapidly under mild conditions, can retain key structural features and yield otherwise inaccessible phases, but the extent to which crystal structure can be retained and therefore selectively targeted during such reactions has been limited. Here, we show that nanocrystals of digenite Cu2-x S transform to zincblende MnS and CoS upon cation exchange...
May 2, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464102/effects-of-feeding-different-levels-of-dried-orange-pulp-and-recycled-poultry-bedding-on-the-performance-of-fattening-lambs
#10
Z Tadayon, Y Rouzbehan, J Rezaei
The effects of dietary feeding different levels of recycled poultry bedding (RPB) and dried orange pulp (DOP) on the performance of fattening Shal lambs (initial BW of 28 ± 2.2 kg) were assessed using a factorial experiment (2 × 3) with a completely randomized design. Six diets, containing different levels of RPB (0 or 160 g/kg of DM) and DOP (0, 110, or 220 g/kg of DM), were randomly assigned to 6 groups of 6 lambs each for a 74-d period (14 d for adaptation and 60 d for data collection). Diets were offered as total mixed ration to ensure 10% of orts...
April 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463115/decreased-microrna-levels-lead-to-deleterious-increases-in-neuronal-m2-muscarinic-receptors-in-spinal-muscular-atrophy-models
#11
Patrick J O'Hern, Inês do Carmo G Gonçalves, Johanna Brecht, Eduardo Javier López Soto, Jonah Simon, Natalie Chapkis, Diane Lipscombe, Min Jeong Kye, Anne C Hart
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is caused by diminished Survival of Motor Neuron (SMN) protein, leading to neuromuscular junction (NMJ) dysfunction and spinal motor neuron (MN) loss. Here, we report that reduced SMN function impacts the action of a pertinent microRNA and its mRNA target in MNs. Loss of the C. elegans SMN ortholog, SMN-1, causes NMJ defects. We found that increased levels of the C. elegans Gemin3 ortholog, MEL-46, ameliorates these defects. Increased MEL-46 levels also restored perturbed microRNA (miR-2) function in smn-1(lf) animals...
May 2, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461268/formulation-and-characterisation-of-dissolving-microneedles-for-the-transdermal-delivery-of-therapeutic-peptides
#12
Colin Dillon, Helen Hughes, Niall J O'Reilly, Peter McLoughlin
The highly effective barrier properties of the stratum corneum (SC) limit the application of transdermal delivery to relatively small, lipophilic molecules. Microneedles (MNs) however, offer a route to effectively deliver a wide range of pharmaceuticals through the skin, bypassing the SC in a non-invasive and pain-free manner. This study presents a dissolving MN system composed of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and trehalose to encapsulate active pharmaceutical peptides within the MN matrix. Rapid systemic delivery is then achieved once the needles have penetrated the SC and dissolved in the interstitial fluid of the skin...
April 28, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460215/mirror-neuron-activation-of-musicians-and-non-musicians-in-response-to-motion-captured-piano-performances
#13
Jiancheng Hou, Ravi Rajmohan, Dan Fang, Karl Kashfi, Kareem Al-Khalil, James Yang, William Westney, Cynthia M Grund, Michael W O'Boyle
Mirror neurons (MNs) activate when performing an action and when an observer witnesses the same action performed by another individual. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and presentation of motion captured piano performances were used to identify differences in MN activation for musicians/non-musicians when viewing piano pieces played in a "Correct" mode (i.e., emphasis on technical correctness) or an "Enjoyment" mode (i.e., simply told to "enjoy" playing the piece). Results showed greater MN activation in a variety of brain regions for musicians, with these differences more pronounced in the "Enjoyment" mode...
April 28, 2017: Brain and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455693/therapeutic-strategies-under-development-targeting-inflammatory-mechanisms-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#14
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Sebastiano Giuseppe Crisafulli, Simona Brajkovic, Maria Sara Cipolat Mis, Valeria Parente, Stefania Corti
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurological disease characterized by the progressive loss of cortical, bulbar, and spinal motor neurons (MNs). The cardinal manifestation of ALS is a progressive paralysis which leads to death within a time span of 3 to 5 years after disease onset. Despite similar final output of neuronal death, the underlying pathogenic causes are various and no common cause of neuronal damage has been identified to date. Inflammation-mediated neuronal injury is increasingly recognized as a major factor that promotes disease progression and amplifies the MN death-inducing processes...
April 28, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451636/the-isl1-lhx3-complex-promotes-motor-neuron-specification-by-activating-transcriptional-pathways-that-enhance-its-own-expression-and-formation
#15
Madalynn Erb, Bora Lee, So Yeon Seo, Jae W Lee, Seunghee Lee, Soo-Kyung Lee
Motor neuron (MN) progenitor cells rapidly induce high expression of the transcription factors Islet-1 (Isl1), LIM-homeobox 3 (Lhx3), and the transcriptional regulator LMO4, as they differentiate. While these factors are critical for MN specification, the mechanisms regulating their precise temporal and spatial expression patterns are not well characterized. Isl1 and Lhx3 form the Isl1-Lhx3 complex, which induces the transcription of genes critical for MN specification and maturation. Here, we report that Isl1, Lhx3, and Lmo4 are direct target genes of the Isl1-Lhx3 complex...
March 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443698/impact-of-maternal-nutritional-supplementation-in-conjunction-with-a-breastfeeding-support-program-on-breastfeeding-performance-birth-and-growth-outcomes-in-a-vietnamese-population
#16
Dieu T T Huynh, Nga T Tran, Lam T Nguyen, Yatin Berde, Yen Ling Low
PURPOSE: This study aimed to evaluate the effects of maternal nutritional supplementation (MNS) in conjunction with a breastfeeding support program on birth outcomes and breastfeeding performance. METHODS: A total of 228 singleton Vietnamese mothers aged 20 to 35 years at 26 to 29 weeks of gestation with pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI) <25.0 kg/m(2) were randomized to the intervention (n = 114), receiving MNS (252 kcal/day) daily up to 12 weeks postpartum and 4 breastfeeding education and support sessions or to the control (n = 114), receiving standards of care...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435341/empowering-patients-of-a-mental-rehabilitation-center-in-a-low-resource-context-a-moroccan-experience-as-a-case-study
#17
Hicham Khabbache, Abdelhak Jebbar, Nadia Rania, Marie-Chantal Doucet, Ali Assad Watfa, Joël Candau, Mariano Martini, Anna Siri, Francesco Brigo, Nicola Luigi Bragazzi
Mental, neurological and substance use (MNS) disorders represent a major source of disability and premature mortality worldwide. However, in developing countries patients with MNS disorders are often poorly managed and treated, particularly in marginalized, impoverished areas where the mental health gap and the treatment gap can reach 90%. Efforts should be made in promoting help by making mental health care more accessible. In this article, we address the challenges that psychological and psychiatric services have to face in a low-resource context, taking our experience at a Moroccan rehabilitation center as a case study...
2017: Psychology Research and Behavior Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434892/effective-humoral-immune-response-from-a-h1n1-dna-vaccine-delivered-to-the-skin-by-microneedles-coated-with-plga-based-cationic-nanoparticles
#18
HaeYong Seok, Jin Yong No, Dae Yong Lee, Sung Jin Kim, Chang Seon Song, Yeu Chun Kim
Intradermal DNA vaccination is a promising method of immunization that overcomes some practical drawbacks of conventional intramuscular vaccinations. However, it is difficult to deliver DNA vaccines to target cells in the skin and polyplexes. This study outlines the development of an intradermal pH1N1 DNA vaccine delivery platform using microneedles (MNs) coated with a polyplex containing poly lactic-co-glycolic acid/polyethyleneimine (PLGA/PEI) nanoparticles (NPs). Stainless steel MNs with enhanced hydrophilicity have been manufactured by silanization, which improves coating efficiency...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422845/response-to-benzodiazepines-and-the-clinical-course-in-malignant-catatonia-associated-with-schizophrenia-a-case-report
#19
Kazutaka Ohi, Aki Kuwata, Takamitsu Shimada, Toshiki Yasuyama, Yusuke Nitta, Takashi Uehara, Yasuhiro Kawasaki
BACKGROUND: Malignant catatonia (MC) is a disorder consisting of catatonic symptoms, hyperthermia, autonomic instability, and altered mental status. Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) caused by antipsychotics is considered a variant of MC. Benzodiazepine (BZD) medications are safe and effective treatments providing rapid relief from MC. This case study reports a detailed clinical course of a case of MC associated with schizophrenia initially diagnosed as NMS that responded successfully to BZDs but not to dantrolene...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418236/novel-approach-of-using-near-infrared-responsive-pegylated-gold-nanorod-coated-poly-l-lactide-microneedles-to-enhance-the-antitumor-efficiency-of-docetaxel-loaded-mpeg-pdlla-micelles-for-treating-an-a431-tumor
#20
Ying Hao, MingLing Dong, TaoYe Zhang, JinRong Peng, YanPeng Jia, YiPing Cao, ZhiYong Qian
The combination of chemotherapy and photothermal therapy (PTT) plays a significant role in synergistic tumor therapy. However, a high dosage of chemotherapy drugs or photothermal agents may cause series side effects. To overcome these challenges, we designed a near-infrared (NIR) responsive PEGylated gold nanorod (GNR-PEG) coated poly(l-lactide) microneedle (PLLA MN) system (GNR-PEG@MN) to enhance antitumor efficiency of docetaxel-loaded MPEG-PDLLA (MPEG-PDLLA-DTX) micelles for treating an A431 tumor. The as-made GNR-PEG@MNs contained only 31...
April 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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