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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424884/principle-and-basic-property-of-the-sequential-flow-pump
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Shintaro Hara, Erina Maeno, Xinyang Li, Terumi Yurimoto, Takashi Isoyama, Itsuro Saito, Toshiya Ono, Yusuke Abe
In the emergency care field, early treatment of acute heart or respiratory failure has been a global concern. In severe cases, patients are frequently required to be on an extracorporeal membrane oxygenator (ECMO) life support. To make the ECMO system more compact and portable, we proposed a sequential flow-type centrifugal pump named the sequential flow pump (SFP). In this study, principle and basic properties of this novel blood pump were examined by computational fluid dynamic (CFD) analysis and an experimental model...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Artificial Organs: the Official Journal of the Japanese Society for Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419946/water-immiscible-bioinert-coatings-and-film-formation-from-aqueous-dispersions-of-poly-2-methoxyethyl-acrylate-microspheres
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Takuma Kureha, Seina Hiroshige, Shusuke Matsui, Daisuke Suzuki
Poly(2-methoxyethyl acrylate) (pMEA) microspheres are prepared through facile free-radical polymerization in water without additives and impurities, such as surfactants, other polymers, and organic solvents, which are usually used to synthesize pMEA chains. Clean and pure (non-factionalized and non-cross-linking) pMEA microspheres exhibit plasma-protein adsorption resistances on their surface regardless of their charged state. They are characterized in terms of the adsorbed amounts of proteins at pH 7. In addition, these soft and deformable pMEA microspheres are suitable for forming substrates coated with pMEA microspheres and free-standing films by injecting pMEA dispersion and evaporating the aqueous medium through fusion between the pMEA chains at the surface without the precoating agent and cross-linker...
April 10, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401176/evaluation-of-a-projection-domain-lung-nodule-insertion-technique-in-thoracic-computed-tomography
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Chi Ma, Lifeng Yu, Baiyu Chen, Chi Wan Koo, Edwin A Takahashi, Joel G Fletcher, David L Levin, Ronald S Kuzo, Lyndsay D Viers, Stephanie A Vincent-Sheldon, Shuai Leng, Cynthia H McCollough
Task-based assessment of computed tomography (CT) image quality requires a large number of cases with ground truth. Prospective case acquisition can be time-consuming. Inserting lesions into existing cases to simulate positive cases is a promising alternative. The aim was to evaluate a recently developed projection-based lesion insertion technique in thoracic CT. In total, 32 lung nodules of various attenuations were segmented from 21 patient cases, forward projected, inserted into projections, and reconstructed...
January 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388308/identification-of-type-iii-interferon-ifn-%C3%AE-in-chinese-goose-gene-structure-age-dependent-expression-profile-and-antiviral-immune-characteristics-in-vivo-and-in-vitro
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Qin Zhou, Wei Zhang, Shun Chen, Anqi Wang, Lipei Sun, Mingshu Wang, Renyong Jia, Dekang Zhu, Mafeng Liu, Kunfeng Sun, Qiao Yang, Ying Wu, Xiaoyue Chen, Anchun Cheng
Type III interferons (IFN-λ1/λ2/λ3, also known as IL-29/28A/28B, and IFN-λ4) are a recently discovered interferon group. In this study, we first identified the Chinese goose IFN-λ (goIFN-λ). The full-length sequence of goIFN-λ was found to be 823 bp. There was only one open reading frame that contained 570 bp, and, encoded 189 amino acids. The predicted goIFN-λ protein showed 78%, 67%, and 40% amino acid identity with duIFN-λ, chIFN-λ, and hIFN-λ3, respectively. The tissue distribution of goIFN-λ existed as a parallel distribution with goIFNLR1 as its functional receptor, which was mainly expressed in epithelium-rich tissues, such as lung, gizzard, proventriculus, skin and pancreas, and immune tissues, such as harderian gland and thymus...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Interferon & Cytokine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383772/aberrant-expression-of-mico1-and-mico1os-in-deceased-somatic-cell-nuclear-transfer-calves
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Guan-Nan Wang, Wen-Zhi Yang, Da Xu, Dong-Jie Li, Cui Zhang, Wei-Na Chen, Shi-Jie Li
Incomplete reprogramming of a donor nucleus following somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) results in aberrant expression of developmentally important genes, and is the primary source of the phenotypic abnormalities observed in cloned animals. Expression of non-coding RNAs in the murine Dlk1-Dio3 imprinted domain was previously shown to correlate with the pluripotency of mouse induced pluripotent stem cells. In this study, we examined the transcription of the bovine orthologs from this locus, MICO1 (Maternal intergenic circadian oscillating 1) and MICO1OS (MICO1 opposite strand), in tissues from artificially inseminated and SCNT calves that died during the perinatal period...
April 6, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373602/data-analysis-of-electronic-nose-technology-in-lung-cancer-generating-prediction-models-by-means-of-aethena
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Sharina Kort, Marjolein Brusse-Keizer, Jan-Willem Gerritsen, Job van der Palen
INTRODUCTION: Only 15% of lung cancer cases present with potentially curable disease. Therefore, there is large interest in a fast, non-invasive tool to detect lung cancer earlier. Exhaled breath analysis by electronic nose technology measures volatile organic compounds (VOC's) in exhaled breath which are associated with lung cancer. METHODS: The diagnostic accuracy of the Aeonose™ is currently being studied in a multi-centre, prospective study in 210 subjects suspected for lung cancer, where approximately half will have a confirmed diagnosis and the other half will have a rejected diagnosis of lung cancer...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Breath Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363058/investigation-of-the-presence-of-atoxoplasma-spp-in-blue-crowned-laughingthrush-dryonastes-courtoisi-adults-and-neonates
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Florence Mohr, Martha Betson, Benoit Quintard
Between 1996 and 2013, 71 blue-crowned laughingthrush (Dryonastes courtoisi) chicks, a small passerine bird endemic to China, were born at Mulhouse Zoo in northeast France. None of them survived past 1 yr, and 82% died between 0 and 6 days old of an unidentified cause and despite an attempt to establish an artificial breeding protocol. Atoxoplasma spp., causing a disease known as systemic isosporosis, is a coccidian parasite that can infect several species of birds. Mulhouse's adult birds were suspected to be infected with Atoxoplasma spp...
March 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359655/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-evaluation-of-a-novel-integrated-wearable-artificial-lung
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Shalv P Madhani, Brian J Frankowski, Greg W Burgreen, Jim F Antaki, Robert Kormos, Jonathan D'Cunha, William J Federspiel
BACKGROUND: Conventional extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is cumbersome and is associated with high morbidity and mortality. We are currently developing the Pittsburgh Ambulatory Assist Lung (PAAL), which is designed to allow for ambulation of lung failure patients during bridge to transplant or recovery. In this study, we investigated the in vitro and acute in vivo performance of the PAAL. METHODS: The PAAL features a 1.75-inch-diameter, cylindrical, hollow-fiber membrane (HFM) bundle of stacked sheets, with a surface area of 0...
March 4, 2017: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359376/living-without-lungs-bilateral-pneumonectomy-and-dual-circulatory-support-a-step-forward-in-the-search-for-a-total-artificial-lung
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Christian A Bermudez, Maria M Crespo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355417/organosilane-based-coating-of-quartz-species-from-the-traditional-ceramics-industry-evidence-of-hazard-reduction-using-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-tests
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Christina Ziemann, Alberto Escrig, Giuliana Bonvicini, Maria Jesús Ibáñez, Eliseo Monfort, Arturo Salomoni, Otto Creutzenberg
The exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS), e.g. quartz, in industrial settings can induce silicosis and may cause tumours in chronic periods. Consequently, RCS in the form of quartz and cristobalite has been classified as human lung carcinogen category 1 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer in 1997, acknowledging differences in hazardous potential depending on source as well as chemical, thermal, and mechanical history. The physico-chemical determinants of quartz toxicity are well understood and are linked to density and abundance of surface silanol groups/radicals...
May 1, 2017: Annals of Work Exposures and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343335/a-new-infant-hybrid-respiratory-simulator-preliminary-evaluation-based-on-clinical-data
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Barbara Stankiewicz, Krzysztof J Pałko, Marek Darowski, Krzysztof Zieliński, Maciej Kozarski
A new hybrid (numerical-physical) simulator of the respiratory system, designed to simulate spontaneous and artificial/assisted ventilation of preterm and full-term infants underwent preliminary evaluation. A numerical, seven-compartmental model of the respiratory system mechanics allows the operator to simulate global and peripheral obstruction and restriction of the lungs. The physical part of the simulator is a piston-based construction of impedance transformer. LabVIEW real-time software coordinates the work of both parts of the simulator and its interaction with a ventilator...
March 25, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334523/transformable-nanomaterials-as-an-artificial-extracellular-matrix-for-inhibiting-tumor-invasion-and-metastasis
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Xiao-Xue Hu, Ping-Ping He, Guo-Bin Qi, Yu-Juan Gao, Yao-Xin Lin, Chao Yang, Pei-Pei Yang, Hongxun Hao, Lei Wang, Hao Wang
Tumor metastasis is one of the big challenges in cancer treatment and is often associated with high patient mortality. Until now, there is an agreement that tumor invasion and metastasis are related to degradation of extracellular matrix (ECM) by enzymes. Inspired by the formation of natural ECM and the in situ self-assembly strategy developed in our group, herein, we in situ constructed an artificial extracellular matrix (AECM) based on transformable Laminin (LN)-mimic peptide 1 (BP-KLVFFK-GGDGR-YIGSR) for inhibition of tumor invasion and metastasis...
March 28, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281366/artificial-pneumothorax-a-safe-and-simple-method-to-relieve-pain-during-microwave-ablation-of-subpleural-lung-malignancy
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Xiaowei Hou, Xingjun Zhuang, Haiwen Zhang, Kai Wang, Yuanxin Zhang
BACKGROUND: Microwave ablation has been extensively used for eliminating pulmonary tumors; however, it is usually associated with severe pain under local anesthesia. Decreasing the power and shortening the ablation time can help to relieve the pain; however, this leads to incomplete ablation and an increasing recurrence rate. This research aims to employ an artificial pneumothorax to increase both the curative effect and pain relief during the ablation procedure. MATERIAL AND METHODS: From July 2013 to January 2015, nine patients presenting with 10 subpleural lung tumors (age: 44-78 years) with a high possibility of severe pain underwent the artificial pneumothorax during microwave ablation...
February 14, 2017: Minimally Invasive Therapy & Allied Technologies: MITAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272485/construction-and-immunogenicity-of-a-recombinant-swinepox-virus-expressing-a-multi-epitope-peptide-for-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-virus
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Huixing Lin, Zhe Ma, Xin Hou, Lei Chen, Hongjie Fan
To characterize neutralizing mimotopes, phages were selected from a 12-mer phage display library using three anti-porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) neutralizing monoclonal antibodies: (1) A1; (2) A2; and (3) A7. Of these, A2 and A7 recognize the mimotope, P2, which contains the SRHDHIH motif, which has conserved consensus sequences from amino acid positions 156 to 161 in the N-terminal ectodomain of GP3. The artificial multi-epitope gene, mp2, was designed by combining three repeats of the mimotope P2...
March 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265740/reconstruction-with-scapular-hemiarthroplasty-endoprosthesis-after-scapulectomy-for-malignant-tumour
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Li Min, Yong Zhou, Fan Tang, Wenli Zhang, Yi Luo, Hong Duan, Chongqi Tu
PURPOSE: Recently, endoprosthesis reconstruction has been used for scapular malignant tumours. Our aim is to present and evaluate the clinical indications, peri-operative technique, and mid-term clinical results. METHODS: Scapular hemiarthroplasty after total scapulectomy has been performed in 15 patients between 2011 and 2014. Clinical records and radiographs were evaluated retrospectively. RESULTS: The average follow-up was 41.2 months...
March 6, 2017: International Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248570/the-diacetyl-exposed-human-airway-epithelial-secretome-new-insights-into-flavoring-induced-airways-disease
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David M Brass, William M Gwinn, Ashlee M Valente, Francine L Kelly, Christie D Brinkley, Andrew E Nagler, M Arthur Moseley, Daniel L Morgan, Scott M Palmer, Matthew W Foster
Bronchiolitis obliterans (BO) is an increasingly important lung disease characterized by fibroproliferative airway lesions and decrements in lung function. Occupational exposure to the artificial food flavoring ingredient diacetyl, commonly used to impart a buttery flavor to microwave popcorn, has been associated with BO development. In the occupational setting, diacetyl vapor is first encountered by the airway epithelium. To better understand the effects of diacetyl vapor on the airway epithelium we used an unbiased proteomic approach to characterize both the apical and basolateral secretomes of air liquid interface cultures of primary human airway epithelial cells from four unique donors after exposure to an occupationally relevant ~1100 ppm of diacetyl vapor or PBS as a control on alternating days...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243966/robustness-of-two-different-methods-of-monitoring-respiratory-system-compliance-during-mechanical-ventilation
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Gaetano Perchiazzi, Christian Rylander, Mariangela Pellegrini, Anders Larsson, Göran Hedenstierna
Robustness measures the performance of estimation methods when they work under non-ideal conditions. We compared the robustness of artificial neural networks (ANNs) and multilinear fitting (MLF) methods in estimating respiratory system compliance (C RS) during mechanical ventilation (MV). Twenty-four anaesthetized pigs underwent MV. Airway pressure, flow and volume were recorded at fixed intervals after the induction of acute lung injury. After consecutive mechanical breaths, an inspiratory pause (BIP) was applied in order to calculate CRS using the interrupter technique...
February 27, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243535/modeling-using-clinical-examination-indicators-predicts-interstitial-lung-disease-among-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
#18
Yao Wang, Wuqi Song, Jing Wu, Zhangming Li, Fengyun Mu, Yang Li, He Huang, Wenliang Zhu, Fengmin Zhang
Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is a severe extra-articular manifestation of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) that is well-defined as a chronic systemic autoimmune disease. A proportion of patients with RA-associated ILD (RA-ILD) develop pulmonary fibrosis (PF), resulting in poor prognosis and increased lifetime risk. We investigated whether routine clinical examination indicators (CEIs) could be used to identify RA patients with high PF risk. A total of 533 patients with established RA were recruited in this study for model building and 32 CEIs were measured for each of them...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223376/bactericidal-and-fungicidal-activity-of-n-chlorotaurine-is-enhanced-in-cystic-fibrosis-sputum-medium
#19
Martina Gruber, Ivan Moser, Markus Nagl, Michaela Lackner
Lung infections with multiresistant pathogens are a major problem of patients suffering from cystic fibrosis (CF). N-chlorotaurine (NCT), a microbicidal active chlorine compound with no resistance development, is well tolerated upon inhalation. The aim of this study was to investigate NCT on its bactericidal and fungicidal activity in vitro in artificial sputum medium (ASM) mimicking the composition of cystic fibrosis mucus.The medium was inoculated with bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus including some MRSA strains, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli) or spores of fungi (Aspergillus fumigatus, Aspergillus terreus, Candida albicans, Scedosporium apiospermum, Scedosporium boydii, Lomentospora prolificans, Scedosporium aurantiacum, Scedosporium minutisporum, Exophiala dermatitidis, Geotrichum sp...
February 21, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215891/thoracic-ultrasound-assessment-of-lung-consolidation-at-weaning-in-holstein-dairy-heifers-reproductive-performance-and-survival
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A G V Teixeira, J A A McArt, R C Bicalho
The objective of this study was to determine the association of lung consolidation at weaning with later reproductive performance and survival. Ultrasonography of the lungs was performed at 60 d of life in recently weaned Holstein heifer calves from a single farm in New York State. Thoracic screening covered the right 2nd through 10th and left 3rd through 9th intercostal spaces and was performed using a 6.2-MHz linear transducer. Each calf was classified as not having lung consolidation (hyperechoic line with reverberation artifact with or without comet tail) or with lung consolidation (any detectable heterogeneous hypoechoic area)...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
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