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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342768/role-of-the-lateral-preoptic-area-in-cardiovascular-and-neuroendocrine-responses-to-acute-restraint-stress-in-rats
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Josiane O Duarte, Karina S Gomes, Ricardo L Nunes-de-Souza, Carlos C Crestani
The lateral preoptic area (LPO) is connected with limbic structures involved in physiological and behavioral responses to stress. Accordingly, exposure to stressors stimuli activates neurons within the LPO. In spite of these evidence, an involvement of the LPO on cardiovascular and neuroendocrine adjustments during aversive threats has not yet been investigated. Therefore, in the present study we tested the hypothesis that the LPO is involved in the control of cardiovascular and neuroendocrine responses to acute restraint stress in rats...
March 22, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340496/recent-developments-in-nanomedicine-for-melanoma-treatment
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REVIEW
Jian-Qin Tang, Xiao-Yang Hou, Chun-Sheng Yang, Ya-Xi Li, Yong Xin, Wen-Wen Guo, Zhi-Ping Wei, Yan-Qun Liu, Guan Jiang
Melanoma is a most aggressive skin cancer with limited therapeutic options and its incidence is increasing rapidly in recent years. The discovery and application of new targeted therapy agents have shown significant benefits. However, adverse side-effects and resistance to chemotherapy remain formidable challenges in the clinical treatment of malignant melanoma. Nanotherapeutics offers an important prospect of overcoming these drawbacks. The anti-tumoral applications of nanomedicine are varied, including those in chemotherapy, RNA interference, photothermal therapy, and photodynamic therapy...
March 24, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340427/identification-and-characterization-of-a-%C3%AE-defensin-gene-involved-in-the-immune-defense-response-of-channel-catfish-ictalurus-punctatus
#3
Jieyao Zhu, Hong Wang, Jun Wang, Xingli Wang, Shuang Peng, Yi Geng, Kaiyu Wang, Pin Ouyang, Zhiqiong Li, Xiaoli Huang, Defang Chen
Antimicrobial peptides are small peptides that play important roles in a host's innate immune response. As an important antimicrobial peptide, β-defensin widely distribute in mammals, insects and plants with broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity. In this study, the β-defensin gene of the channel catfish, Ictalurus punctatus, was cloned, sequenced, and subjected to a bioinformatic analysis. The β-defensin gene of the channel catfish contains three exons and two introns, and encodes a precursor peptide consisting of two domains: a signal peptide of 24 amino acid residues and a mature peptide of 43 amino acid residues...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339010/effects-of-different-cellulose-membranes-regenerated-from-styela-clava-tunics-on-wound-healing
#4
Sung Hwa Song, Keum Yong Seong, Ji Eun Kim, Jun Go, Eun Kyoung Koh, Ji Eun Sung, Hong Joo Son, Young Jin Jung, Hye Sung Kim, Jin Tae Hong, Dae Youn Hwang
The aim of this study was to investigate the therapeutic effects of three different cellulose membranes (CMs) manufactured from Styela clava tunics (SCTs) on the healing of cutaneous wounds. We examined the physical properties and therapeutic effects of three CMs regenerated from SCTs (referred to as SCT‑ CMs), including normal CM (SCT‑CM), freeze-dried SCT‑CM (FSCT‑CM) and sodium alginate-supplemented SCT‑CM (ASCT‑CM) on skin regeneration and angiogenesis using Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats. FSCT‑CM exhibited an outstanding interlayered structure, a high tensile strength (1...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338958/molecular-cloning-and-characterization-of-antimicrobial-peptides-from-skin-of-hylarana-guentheri
#5
Zhu Dong, Wenjie Luo, Hengren Zhong, Manchuriga Wang, Yanting Song, Shiming Deng, Yingxia Zhang
The cDNAs encoding antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) in the skin of Hylarana guentheri were identified, namely temporin (five peptides, termed temporin-GHa-GHd and temporin-GUa), brevinin-1 (one peptide, brevinin-1GUb), and brevinin-2 (eight peptides, brevinin-2GHd-2GHj, and brevinin-2GHb). Eleven of the 14 peptides have novel primary structures. Synthesized temporin GHa-GHd have broad-spectrum antimicrobial activities against Gram-positive bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus subtilis), Gram-negative bacteria (Escherichia coli, Vibrio alginolyticus, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa), as well as fungus (Candida albicans)...
March 18, 2017: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338306/implantation-of-a-biodegradable-rectum-balloon-implant-tips-tricks-and-pitfalls
#6
Ben G L Vanneste, Kees van De Beek, Ludy Lutgens, Philippe Lambin
INTRODUCTION: A rectum balloon implant (RBI) is a new device to spare rectal structures during prostate cancer radiotherapy. The theoretical advantages of a RBI are to reduce the high radiation dose to the anterior rectum wall, the possibility of a post-implant correction, and their predetermined shape with consequent predictable position. OBJECTIVE: To describe, step-by-step, our mini-invasive technique for hands-free transperineal implantation of a RBI before start of radiotherapy treatment...
March 24, 2017: International Braz J Urol: Official Journal of the Brazilian Society of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336072/microneedle-enzyme-sensor-arrays-for-continuous-in-vivo-monitoring
#7
Anthony E G Cass, Sanjiv Sharma
Microneedle enzyme sensors by virtue of their minimally invasive and hence pain-free penetration of skin allow for the measurement of metabolites, biomarkers, and drugs in the interstitial fluid that bathes the dermal tissue. Such devices if they are to be adopted widely into clinical practice need to be capable of delivering reliable measurements over extended periods of time (days) and to be fabricated by low-cost, scalable methods. Using injection molding of the base structures in polycarbonate, metal film deposition by sputtering and enzyme immobilization by electrodeposition can meet these requirements...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334906/conformational-polymorphism-or-structural-invariance-in-dna-photoinduced-lesions-implications-for-repair-rates
#8
François Dehez, Hugo Gattuso, Emmanuelle Bignon, Christophe Morell, Elise Dumont, Antonio Monari
DNA photolesions constitute a particularly deleterious class of molecular defects responsible for the insurgence of a vast majority of skin malignant tumors. Dimerization of two adjacent thymines or cytosines mostly gives rise to cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers (CPD) and pyrimidine(6-4)pyrimidone 64-PP as the most common defects. We perform all-atom classical simulations, up to 2 μs, of CPD and 64-PP embedded in a 16-bp duplex, which reveal the constrasted behavior of the two lesions. In particular we evidence a very limited structural deformation induced by CPD while 64-PP is characterized by a complex structural polymorphism...
February 28, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334762/missense-uros-mutations-causing-congenital-erythropoietic-porphyria-reduce-uros-homeostasis-that-can-be-rescued-by-proteasome-inhibition
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Jean-Marc Blouin, Ganeko Bernardo-Seisdedos, Emma Sasso, Julie Esteve, Cécile Ged, Magalie Lalanne, Arantza Sanz-Parra, Pedro Urquiza, Hubert de Verneuil, Oscar Millet, Emmanuel Richard
Congenital erythropoietic porphyria (CEP) is an inborn error of heme biosynthesis characterized by uroporphyrinogen III synthase (UROS) deficiency resulting in deleterious porphyrin accumulation in blood cells responsible for hemolytic anemia and cutaneous photosensitivity. We analyzed here the molecular basis of UROS impairment associated with twenty nine UROS missense mutations actually described in CEP patients. Using a computational and biophysical joint approach we predicted that most disease-causing mutations would affect UROS folding and stability...
February 21, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334482/minimising-central-line-associated-bloodstream-infections-clabsis-rate-in-inserting-central-venous-catheters-cvcs-in-the-adult-intensive-care-units-aicus
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REVIEW
Hedaya Hina, Joan McDowell
AIM: To investigate the procedural aspects in inserting central venous catheters that minimise central line associated bloodstream infections rates in adult intensive care units through a structured literature review. BACKGROUND: In adult intensive care units (AICU), central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) are a major cause of high mortality rates and increased in costs due to the consequences of complications. METHODS: Eligible articles were identified by combining indexed keywords using Boolean operator of "AND" under databases of Ovid and CINAHL...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333992/improved-epidermal-barrier-formation-in-human-skin-models-by-chitosan-modulated-dermal-matrices
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Arnout Mieremet, Marion Rietveld, Samira Absalah, Jeroen van Smeden, Joke A Bouwstra, Abdoelwaheb El Ghalbzouri
Full thickness human skin models (FTMs) contain an epidermal and a dermal equivalent. The latter is composed of a collagen dermal matrix which harbours fibroblasts. Current epidermal barrier properties of FTMs do not fully resemble that of native human skin (NHS), which makes these human skin models less suitable for barrier related studies. To further enhance the resemblance of NHS for epidermal morphogenesis and barrier formation, we modulated the collagen dermal matrix with the biocompatible polymer chitosan...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333672/case-report-pediatric-scar-management-after-open-heart-surgery
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Ha Phan, Beau Harger, Nick Estrada
Tetralogy of Fallot is a congenital disease caused by structural defects within the heart that can lead to cyanosis. The purpose of this case report is to discuss the use of PracaSil-Plus, a proprietary topical anhydrous silicone base containing pracaxi oil, in scar-management therapy, following open-heart surgery on a pediatric patient with tetralogy of Fallot. The Patient and Observer Scar Assessment Scale was the research instrument used to evaluate for efficacy of the scar therapy. Following 8 weeks of treatment with PracaSil-Plus, reduction in scores were observed for scar color, stiffness, thickness, and irregularity, with improvements of 87...
July 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333371/structure-dependent-behaviours-of-skin-layers-studied-by-atomic-force-microscopy
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A C Chang, B H Liu, P L Shao, J D Liao
The multilayer skin provides the physical resistance and strength against the environmental attacks, and consequently plays a significant role in maintaining the mammalian health. Currently, optical microscopy (OM) is the most common method for the research related to skin tissues while with the drawbacks including the possibility of changing the native morphology of the sample with the addition of the chemical or immunological staining and the restricted resolution of images for the direct observation of the tissue structures...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330557/loss-of-anthocyanins-and-modification-of-the-anthocyanin-profiles-in-grape-berries-of-malbec-and-bonarda-grown-under-high-temperature-conditions
#14
Inés de Rosas, María Teresa Ponce, Emiliano Malovini, Leonor Deis, Bruno Cavagnaro, Pablo Cavagnaro
Malbec and Bonarda are the two most widely cultivated grape varieties in Argentina, and their derived red wines are recognized worldwide, being their intense color a major quality trait. The temperature during fruit ripening conditions berries color intensity. In the main viticulture region of Malbec and Bonarda a 2-3°C increase in temperature has been predicted for the upcoming years as consequence of the global climate change. In the present study, this predicted temperature raise was simulated under field-crop conditions, and its effect on anthocyanin pigmentation in berries of Malbec and Bonarda was monitored by HPLC analysis throughout the ripening process, in two growing seasons...
May 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329999/bilateral-cystic-coloboma-with-microphtalmos-and-eyelid-agenesis-us-and-mri-findings
#15
Youssef Omor, Benjamin Dhaene, Veronique Toppet, Marie Cassart, Patrice Jissendi-Tchofo
INTRODUCTION: The combination of bilateral microphthalmos, cystic coloboma and eyelid agenesis is rare. The definite diagnosis of this malformation is established by fundoscopic examination and confirmed by imaging modalities such as ultrasonography (US) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This disorder may be associated with specific chromosomal abnormalities. CASE REPORT: A 1-week-old male newborn was referred for bilateral eyelid agenesis. He was born at term by caesarean for foetal distress, after an uneventful gestation...
March 2017: Journal of Neuroradiology. Journal de Neuroradiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328705/novel-approach-to-treating-androgenetic-alopecia-in-females-with-photobiomodulation-low-level-laser-therapy
#16
Shelly Friedman, Patricia Schnoor
BACKGROUND: Photobiomodulation, also referred to as low-level laser therapy (LLLT), has been studied and used for (among other diseases) the promotion of hair regrowth. OBJECTIVE/MATERIALS AND METHODS/RESULTS: A clinical study was developed to define the physiologic effects that occur when the human hair follicle and surrounding tissue structures are exposed to laser light using a novel device that is fitted with an array of laser diode sources operating at 650 nm and placed inside a sports cap to promote discretion while in use...
March 21, 2017: Dermatologic Surgery: Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327611/biomimetic-surface-structuring-using-cylindrical-vector-femtosecond-laser-beams
#17
Evangelos Skoulas, Alexandra Manousaki, Costas Fotakis, Emmanuel Stratakis
We report on a new, single-step and scalable method to fabricate highly ordered, multi-directional and complex surface structures that mimic the unique morphological features of certain species found in nature. Biomimetic surface structuring was realized by exploiting the unique and versatile angular profile and the electric field symmetry of cylindrical vector (CV) femtosecond (fs) laser beams. It is shown that, highly controllable, periodic structures exhibiting sizes at nano-, micro- and dual- micro/nano scales can be directly written on Ni upon line and large area scanning with radial and azimuthal polarization beams...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327087/nt5c2-novel-splicing-variant-expands-the-phenotypic-spectrum-of-spastic-paraplegia-spg45-case-report-of-a-new-member-of-thin-corpus-callosum-spg-subgroup
#18
Mahmoud F Elsaid, Khalid Ibrahim, Nader Chalhoub, Ahmed Elsotouhy, Noora El Mudehki, Alice Abdel Aleem
BACKGROUND: Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP) is a genetically heterogeneous group of neurodegenerative diseases. Thin Corpus Callosum (TCC) associated HSP is a distinguished subgroup of complex forms. Purines and pyrimidine, the basic DNA and RNA components, are regulating the cell metabolism, having roles in signal transduction, energy preservation and cellular repair. Genetic defects in nucleotide metabolism related genes have been only recently implicated in brain and neurodegenerative diseases' pathogenesis...
March 21, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325446/segmentation-of-elastic-fibres-in-images-of-vessel-wall-sections-stained-with-weigert-s-resorcin-fuchsin
#19
Pablo Hernández-Morera, Carlos M Travieso-González, Irene Castaño-González, Blanca Mompeó-Corredera, Francisco Ortega-Santana
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The elastic fibres are an essential component of the extracellular matrix in blood vessel walls that allows a long-range of deformability and passive recoil without energy input. The quantitative determination of elastic fibres will provide information on the state of the vascular wall and to determine the role and behaviour of this key structural element in different physiological and pathological vascular processes. METHODS: We present a segmentation method to identify and quantify elastic fibres based on a local threshold technique and some morphological characteristics measured on the segmented objects that facilitate the discrimination between elastic fibres and other image components...
April 2017: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325356/primary-cutaneous-spindle-cell-b-cell-lymphoma-a-report-of-three-cases-and-review-of-the-literature
#20
Cynthia M Magro, Shabnam Momtahen
Primary cutaneous spindle cell lymphoma is a rare variant of primary cutaneous B-cell lymphoma (PCBCL). Herein, we present 3 cases of primary cutaneous spindle cell B cell lymphoma, 2 males and one female (age range 66-76years). The patients presented with solitary skin lesions, distributed in the head and neck area and chest. The dominant cell size was in the intermediate to large cell size range. While the main cell type was a spindled one, other cells with a nuclear morphology quite typical for a centroblast were noted and as well careful inspection in the three cases revealed a focal residuum of germinal center-like structures...
April 2017: Annals of Diagnostic Pathology
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