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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230380/effects-of-6-hydroxyceramides-on-the-thermotropic-phase-behavior-and-permeability-of-model-skin-lipid-membranes
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Andrej Kovacik, Michaela Silarova, Petra Pullmannová, Jaroslav Maixner, Katerina Vavrova
Ceramides (Cer) based on 6-hydroxysphingosine are important components of the human skin barrier, the stratum corneum. Although diminished concentrations of 6-hydroxyCer have been detected in skin diseases such as atopic dermatitis, our knowledge of these unusual sphingolipids, which have only been found in the skin, is limited. In this work, we investigate the biophysical behavior of N-lignoceroyl 6-hydroxysphingosine (Cer NH) in multilamellar lipid membranes composed of Cer/free fatty acids (C16-C24)/cholesterol/cholesteryl sulfate...
February 23, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229991/a-novel-mutation-in-the-pyrin-domain-of-the-nod-like-receptor-family-pyrin-domain-containing-protein-3-in-muckle-wells-syndrome
#2
Jian Hu, Yun Zhu, Jian-Zhong Zhang, Rong-Guang Zhang, Hou-Min Li
BACKGROUND: Cryopyrin-associated periodic syndrome (CAPS) is a group of rare, heterogeneous autoinflammatory disease characterized by interleukin (IL)-1β-mediated systemic inflammation and clinical symptoms involving skin, joints, central nervous system, and eyes. It encompasses a spectrum of three clinically overlapping autoinflammatory syndromes including familial cold autoinflammatory syndrome, Muckle-Wells syndrome (MWS), and neonatal-onset multisystem inflammatory disease. CAPS is associated with gain-of-function missense mutations in NOD-like receptor family pyrin domain-containing protein 3 (NLRP3), the gene encoding NLRP3...
2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229543/developmental-trajectories-of-amphibian-microbiota-response-to-bacterial-therapy-depends-on-initial-community-structure
#3
Leyla R Davis, Laurent Bigler, Douglas C Woodhams
Improving host health through microbial manipulation requires untangling factors that shape the microbiome. There is currently little understanding of how initial community structure may drive the microbiota trajectory across host development or influence bacterial therapy. Probiotic baths of surface symbionts, Pseudomonas fluorescens and Flavobacterium johnsoniae were administered to 240 tadpoles of the midwife toad, Alytes obstetricans in semi-natural outdoor mesocosms originating from geographically and genetically distinct populations in Switzerland...
February 22, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228078/nanocarriers-mediated-topical-drug-delivery-for-psoriasis-treatment
#4
Sevgi Güngör, Meriem Rezigue
BACKGROUND: Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune inflammatory skin disease affecting 2 to 3% of people worldwide. Topical therapy as first option in the management of psoriasis is an attractive strategy by delivering drugs efficiently into target sites of disease, minimizing systemic side effects of drugs and ensuring high patient compliance. However, the delivery of antipsoriatic agents via conventional topical formulations is limited due to their poor percutaneous penetration and targeting into deeper layers of the skin...
February 22, 2017: Current Drug Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228076/transdermal-drug-delivery-opportunities-and-challenges-for-controlled-delivery-of-therapeutic-agents-using-nanocarriers
#5
Balak Das Kurmi, Pawan Tekchandani, Rishi Paliwal, Shivani Rai Paliwal
BACKGROUND: Transdermal drug delivery represents an extremely attractive and innovative route across the skin owing to the possibility for achieving systemic effect of drugs. Present scenario demands a special focus on developing safe medicine with minimize toxic adverse effects related to most of the pharmacologically active agents. Transdermal drug delivery would be a focal paradigm which provides patient convenience, first-pass hepatic metabolism avoidance, local targeting and reduction in toxic effect related to various categories of drugs like, analgesics, anti-inflammatory, antibiotics, antiviral, anaesthetic, anticancer etc...
February 22, 2017: Current Drug Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227506/a-pdms-based-optical-waveguide-for-transcutaneous-powering-of-microelectrode-arrays
#6
Ali Ersen, Mesut Sahin, Ali Ersen, Mesut Sahin, Ali Ersen, Mesut Sahin
Implantable microelectrode arrays (MEAs) usually have on-site electronics that need to be powered, both in neural recording and stimulation applications. Interconnecting wires between implanted electrodes and the outside world constitute a major source of complications. Our solution to this tethering problem is to design a light waveguide that can collect the optical power transcutaneously and transmit it to the microelectrode array where it is to be converted to an electric current. A polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)-based waveguide was fabricated and its attenuation was measured in vitro and found to be 0...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227366/automated-in-vivo-3d-high-definition-optical-coherence-tomography-skin-analysis-system
#7
Ai Ping Yow, Jun Cheng, Annan Li, Ruchir Srivastava, Jiang Liu, Damon Wing Kee Wong, Hong Liang Tey, Ai Ping Yow, Jun Cheng, Annan Li, Ruchir Srivastava, Jiang Liu, Damon Wing Kee Wong, Hong Liang Tey, Ai Ping Yow, Jiang Liu, Annan Li, Hong Liang Tey, Jun Cheng, Ruchir Srivastava
The in vivo assessment and visualization of skin structures can be performed through the use of high resolution optical coherence tomography imaging, also known as HD-OCT. However, the manual assessment of such images can be exhaustive and time consuming. In this paper, we present an analysis system to automatically identify and quantify the skin characteristics such as the topography of the surface of the skin and thickness of the epidermis in HD-OCT images. Comparison of this system with manual clinical measurements demonstrated its potential for automatic objective skin analysis and diseases diagnosis...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227356/dermatologist-like-feature-extraction-from-skin-lesion-for-improved-asymmetry-classification-in-ph-2-database
#8
Rajib Chakravorty, Sisi Liang, Mani Abedini, Rahil Garnavi, Rajib Chakravorty, Sisi Liang, Mani Abedini, Rahil Garnavi, Rajib Chakravorty, Sisi Liang, Rahil Garnavi, Mani Abedini
Asymmetry is one of key characteristics for early diagnosis of melanoma according to medical algorithms such as (ABCD, CASH etc.). Besides shape information, cues such as irregular distribution of colors and structures within the lesion area are assessed by dermatologists to determine lesion asymmetry. Motivated by the clinical practices, we have used Kullback-Leibler divergence of color histogram and Structural Similarity metric as a measures of these irregularities. We have presented performance of several classifiers using these features on publicly available PH(2) dataset...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226765/generation-of-3d-thermal-models-for-dentistry-applications
#9
Mauren Abreu de Souza, Andriy Guilherme Krefer, Gustavo Benvenutti Borba, Gustavo J Vizinoni E Silva, Ana Paula G O Franco, Humberto Remigio Gamba, Mauren Abreu de Souza, Andriy Guilherme Krefer, Gustavo Benvenutti Borba, Gustavo J Vizinoni E Silva, Ana Paula G O Franco, Humberto Remigio Gamba, Gustavo Benvenutti Borba, Andriy Guilherme Krefer, Ana Paula G O Franco, Mauren Abreu de Souza, Humberto Remigio Gamba, Gustavo J Vizinoni E Silva
There are a variety of medical imaging modalities available, although each modality focus into different aspects, for example: anatomical, physiological or geometrical information. This paper presents a new imaging modality (3D THERMO-SCAN) that combines anatomical computer tomography (CT) imaging slices, together with 2D infrared thermography images and 3D scanned shaped models of the area under study. Therefore, it is presented the 3D reconstructions involving a case study of a volunteer with bruxism. Some characteristics of bruxism are the hyperactivity of the chewing muscles, which changes the dynamics of microcirculation, also changing the correspondent skin's temperature...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226380/titanium-mesh-nasal-repair-without-nasal-lining
#10
Joseph Zenga, Katherine Kao, Collin Chen, Jennifer Gross, Samuel Hahn, John J Chi, Gregory H Branham
The objective of this study was to describe outcomes for patients who underwent titanium mesh reconstruction of full-thickness nasal defects without internal lining repair. This is a retrospective cohort study. Patients with through-and-through nasal defects were identified at a single academic institution between 2008 and 2016. Nasal reconstruction was performed with either titanium mesh and external skin reconstruction without repair of the intranasal lining or traditional three-layer closure. Five patients underwent titanium mesh reconstruction and 11 underwent traditional three-layer repair...
February 2017: Facial Plastic Surgery: FPS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226373/microvascular-flaps-in-nasal-reconstruction
#11
Irene A Kim, Kofi D O Boahene, Patrick J Byrne, Shaun C Desai
Nasal reconstruction for subtotal and total rhinectomy defects is a challenging endeavor, which requires technical finesse, a keen artistic eye, and the ability to anticipate long-term changes that accompany postoperative healing. While local and regional flaps have traditionally been utilized to reconstitute missing nasal elements, certain situations may not provide sufficient or acceptable tissue for optimal reconstruction. In these situations, the three major components of the nose-lining, structural support, and external skin-may require reconstruction with tissues harvested from distant sites through microvascular free tissue transfer...
February 2017: Facial Plastic Surgery: FPS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226368/local-cutaneous-flaps-in-nasal-reconstruction
#12
Guanning Nina Lu, J David Kriet, Clinton D Humphrey
Facial plastic surgeons use a variety of reconstruction techniques to overcome challenges in restoring the function, structural integrity, and intricate nasal contour in nasal reconstruction. Local cutaneous flaps provide excellent skin texture, thickness, and color match in nasal reconstruction. They offer an excellent cosmetic appearance for small- to medium-sized defects and are preferentially utilized when feasible. This article aims to provide an updated review of local cutaneous flaps for nasal defect repair and describe the major principles related to flap selection...
February 2017: Facial Plastic Surgery: FPS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226366/principles-of-nasal-reconstruction
#13
Emily Spataro, Gregory H Branham
The rise in cutaneous malignancies over the past 20 years has led to significant advances in reconstructing the nose from an aesthetic and functional standpoint. The principles of nasal reconstruction center on application of the nasal subunit principle, three-layered reconstruction, nasal skin characteristics, and patient factors. Reconstructive planning starts with proper defect analysis, followed by application of the reconstructive ladder for soft-tissue repair, adequate structural support, and repair of nasal lining deficits...
February 2017: Facial Plastic Surgery: FPS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225091/phase-separation-in-ceramide-np-containing-lipid-model-membranes-neutron-diffraction-and-solid-state-nmr
#14
Annett Schroeter, Sören Stahlberg, Barbora Školová, Stefan Sonnenberger, Adina Eichner, Daniel Huster, Kateřina Vávrová, Thomas Hauß, Bodo Dobner, Reinhard H H Neubert, Alexander Vogel
The stratum corneum is the outermost layer of the skin and protects the organism against external influences as well as water loss. It consists of corneocytes embedded in a mixture of ceramides, fatty acids, and cholesterol in a molar ratio of roughly 1 : 1 : 1. The unique structural and compositional arrangement of these stratum corneum lipids is responsible for the skin barrier properties. Many studies investigated the organization of these barrier lipids and, in particular, the exact conformation of ceramides...
February 22, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223803/protein-nanocoatings-on-synthetic-polymeric-nanofibrous-membranes-designed-as-carriers-for-skin-cells
#15
Marketa Bacakova, Julia Pajorova, Denisa Stranska, Daniel Hadraba, Frantisek Lopot, Tomas Riedel, Eduard Brynda, Margit Zaloudkova, Lucie Bacakova
Protein-coated resorbable synthetic polymeric nanofibrous membranes are promising for the fabrication of advanced skin substitutes. We fabricated electrospun polylactic acid and poly(lactide-co-glycolic acid) nanofibrous membranes and coated them with fibrin or collagen I. Fibronectin was attached to a fibrin or collagen nanocoating, in order further to enhance the cell adhesion and spreading. Fibrin regularly formed a coating around individual nanofibers in the membranes, and also formed a thin noncontinuous nanofibrous mesh on top of the membranes...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223414/the-flavonoid-cyanidin-blocks-binding-of-the-cytokine-interleukin-17a-to-the-il-17ra-subunit-to-alleviate-inflammation-in-vivo
#16
Caini Liu, Liang Zhu, Koichi Fukuda, Suidong Ouyang, Xing Chen, Chenhui Wang, Cun-Jin Zhang, Bradley Martin, Chunfang Gu, Luke Qin, Suguna Rachakonda, Mark Aronica, Jun Qin, Xiaoxia Li
Cyanidin, a key flavonoid that is present in red berries and other fruits, attenuates the development of several diseases, including asthma, diabetes, atherosclerosis, and cancer, through its anti-inflammatory effects. We investigated the molecular basis of cyanidin action. Through a structure-based search for small molecules that inhibit signaling by the proinflammatory cytokine interleukin-17A (IL-17A), we found that cyanidin specifically recognizes an IL-17A binding site in the IL-17A receptor subunit (IL-17RA) and inhibits the IL-17A/IL-17RA interaction...
February 21, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223386/surveillance-of-omadacycline-activity-tested-against-clinical-isolates-from-a-global-north-america-europe-latin-america-and-asia-western-pacific-collection-2010-2011
#17
Michael A Pfaller, Michael D Huband, Paul R Rhomberg, Robert K Flamm
Omadacycline is a broad spectrum aminomethylcycline in late-stage clinical development for acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections and community-acquired pneumonia as both an oral and intravenous, once-daily formulation. In this report omadacycline and comparators were tested against 69,246 non-duplicate bacterial isolates collected prospectively during 2010 and 2011 from medical centers in Asia-Pacific (11,397 isolates), Europe (23,490 isolates), Latin America (8,038 isolates) and North America (26,321 isolates)...
February 21, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222994/palliative-care-and-palliative-radiation-therapy-education-in-radiation-oncology-a-survey-of-us-radiation-oncology-program-directors
#18
Randy L Wei, Lauren E Colbert, Joshua Jones, Margarita Racsa, Gabrielle Kane, Steve Lutz, Neha Vapiwala, Kavita V Dharmarajan
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to assess the state of palliative and supportive care (PSC) and palliative radiation therapy (RT) educational curricula in radiation oncology residency programs in the United States. METHODS AND MATERIALS: We surveyed 87 program directors of radiation oncology residency programs in the United States between September 2015 and November 2015. An electronic survey on PSC and palliative RT education during residency was sent to all program directors...
December 1, 2016: Practical Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221044/tunable-volumetric-density-and-porous-structure-of-spherical-poly-%C3%A9-caprolactone-microcarriers-as-applied-in-human-mesenchymal-stem-cell-expansion
#19
Jian Li, Alan Tin-Lun Lam, Jessica Pei Wen Toh, Shaul Reuveny, Steve Kah-Weng Oh, William R Birch
Polymeric microspheres may serve as microcarrier matrices, for the expansion of anchorage-dependent stem cells. They require surface properties that both promote initial cell adhesion and the subsequent spreading of cells, which is a prerequisite for successful expansion. When implemented in a three-dimensional culture environment, under agitation, their suspension under low shear rates depends on the microcarriers having a modest negative buoyancy, with a density of 1.02-1.05 g/cm(3). Bioresorbable polycaprolactone (PCL), with a density of 1...
February 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219806/structural-characterization-and-viscoelastic-constitutive-modeling-of-skin
#20
Vincent R Sherman, Yizhe Tang, Shiteng Zhao, Wen Yang, Marc A Meyers
: A fascinating material, skin has a tensile response which exhibits an extended toe region of minimal stress up to nominal strains that, in some species, exceed 1, followed by significant stiffening until a roughly linear region. The large toe region has been attributed to its unique structure, consisting of a network of curved collagen fibers. Investigation of the structure of rabbit skin reveals that it consists of layers of wavy fibers, each one with a characteristic orientation. Additionally, the existence of two preferred layer orientations is suggested based on the results of small angle x-ray scattering...
February 17, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
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