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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811641/joint-inflammation-related-citrullination-of-functional-arginines-in-extracellular-proteins
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Kalle H Sipilä, Vipin Ranga, Pekka Rappu, Markku Mali, Laura Pirilä, Ilona Heino, Johanna Jokinen, Jarmo Käpylä, Mark S Johnson, Jyrki Heino
We report the extent, specific sites and structural requirements of joint inflammation related citrullination in extracellular proteins. A total of 40 synovial fluid samples derived from chronically inflamed human joints were analysed by heparin-agarose fractionation and LC-MS/MS. Citrullination of 55 arginines in extracellular proteins was detected. Importantly, 20% of the sites have a characterized function related to the hallmarks of destructive joint inflammation. E.g. four arginine residues, shown here to be citrullinated, are also affected by mutations in inherited diseases causing haemolysis or blood clotting dysfunction...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808156/the-identification-of-staphylococcus-aureus-factors-required-for-pathogenicity-and-growth-in-human-blood
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John Connolly, Emma Boldock, Lynne R Prince, Stephen A Renshaw, Moira K Whyte, Simon J Foster
Staphylococcus aureus is a human commensal but also has devastating potential as an opportunist pathogen. S. aureus bacteraemia is often associated with an adverse outcome. To identify potential targets for novel control approaches we have identified S. aureus components that are required for growth on human blood. An ordered transposon mutant library was screened, identifying 9 genes involved specifically in haemolysis or growth on human blood agar compared to the parental strain. Three genes (purA, purB and pabA) were subsequently found to be required for pathogenesis in the zebrafish embryo infection model...
August 14, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802207/the-effect-of-aluminium-and-sodium-impurities-on-the-in-vitro-toxicity-and-pro-inflammatory-potential-of-cristobalite
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C Nattrass, C J Horwell, D E Damby, D Brown, V Stone
BACKGROUND: Exposure to crystalline silica (SiO2), in the form of quartz, tridymite or cristobalite, can cause respiratory diseases, such as silicosis. However, the observed toxicity and pathogenicity of crystalline silica is highly variable. This has been attributed to a number of inherent and external factors, including the presence of impurities. In cristobalite-rich dusts, substitutions of aluminium (Al) for silicon (Si) in the cristobalite structure, and impurities occluding the silica surface, have been hypothesised to decrease its toxicity...
August 9, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800448/biphasic-to-monophasic-successive-co-assembly-approach-to-yolk-shell-structured-mesoporous-organosilica-nanoparticles
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Meng Dang, Zhaogang Teng, Xiaodan Su, Jun Tao, Qing Hao, Xiaobo Ma, Yunlei Zhang, Yanjiao Li, Ying Tian, Junjie Zhang, Guangming Lu, Lianhui Wang
In this work, we report a facile biphasic-to-monophasic successive co-assembly approach to synthesize yolk-shell structured mesoporous organosilica nanoparticles (MONs). The yolk-shell structured MONs possess ethane-bridged frameworks, high surface area (1023m(2)g(-1)), radially oriented mesochannels (3.8nm), large pore volume (0.99cm(3)g(-1)), and tunable diameter (147-324nm) and shell thickness (23-53nm). The biphasic-to-monophasic successive co-assembly method is intrinsically simple and requires neither sacrificial templates nor multistep coating processes...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797255/barriers-to-routine-g6pd-testing-prior-to-treatment-with-primaquine
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Benedikt Ley, Kamala Thriemer, Jessica Jaswal, Eugenie Poirot, Mohammad Shafiul Alam, Ching Swe Phru, Wasif Ali Khan, Lek Dysoley, Gao Qi, Chong Chee Kheong, Ummi Kalthom Shamsudin, Ingrid Chen, Jimee Hwang, Roly Gosling, Ric N Price
BACKGROUND: Primaquine is essential for the radical cure of vivax malaria, however its broad application is hindered by the risk of drug-induced haemolysis in individuals with glucose-6-phosphate-dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency. Rapid diagnostic tests capable of diagnosing G6PD deficiency are now available, but these are not used widely. METHODS: A series of qualitative interviews were conducted with policy makers and healthcare providers in four vivax-endemic countries...
August 10, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776393/superiority-of-amino-modified-chiral-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles-in-delivering-indometacin
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Jing Li, Yingyu Guo, Heran Li, Lei Shang, Sanming Li
The present study established indometacin (IMC) delivery system with chiral mesoporous silica nanoparticles (CMSNs) and amino-modified chiral mesoporous silica nanoparticles (Amino-CMSNs) that previously reported as pharmaceutical excipients, and their systemic biological effects, mainly consisting of in vitro drug intestinal permeability, haemolysis assay, in vivo pharmacokinetics, anti-inflammation pharmacodynamics and gastric irritation, were addressed. It turned out that the two IMC delivery systems established by CMSN and Amino-CMSN significantly improved drug intestinal permeability due to the improved drug dissolution caused by conversion of drug crystalline state to amorphous phase...
August 4, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772710/haemocompatibility-of-modified-nanodiamonds
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Michał Wąsowicz, Mateusz Ficek, Maciej S Wróbel, Ruchira Chakraborty, Dror Fixler, Paweł Wierzba, Małgorzata Jędrzejewska-Szczerska
This study reports the interactions of modified nanodiamond particles in vitro with human blood. Modifications performed on the nanodiamond particles include oxygenation with a chemical method and hydrogenation upon chemical vapor deposition (CVD) plasma treatment. Such nanodiamonds were later incubated in whole human blood for different time intervals, ranging from 5 min to 5 h. The morphology of red blood cells was assessed along with spectral measurements and determination of haemolysis. The results showed that no more than 3% of cells were affected by the nanodiamonds...
March 28, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772075/coating-graphene-oxide-with-lipid-bilayers-greatly-decreases-its-hemolytic-properties
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Bingen G Monasterio, Beatriz Alonso, Jesús Sot, Aritz B García-Arribas, David Gil-Cartón, Mikel Valle, Amaia Zurutuza, Félix M Goñi
Toxicity evaluation for the proper use of graphene oxide (GO) in biomedical applications involving intravenous injections is crucial, but the GO circulation time and blood interactions are largely unknown. It is thought that GO may cause physical disruption (hemolysis) of red blood cells. The aim of this work is to characterize the interaction of GO with model and cell membranes and use this knowledge to improve GO hemocompatibility. We have found that GO interacts with both neutral and negatively charged lipid membranes; binding is decreased beyond a certain concentration of negatively charged lipids and favored in high-salt buffers...
August 11, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771429/the-key-incident-monitoring-and-management-system-history-and-role-in-quality-improvement
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Tony Badrick, Stephanie Gay, Mark Mackay, Ken Sikaris
BACKGROUND: The determination of reliable, practical Quality Indicators (QIs) from presentation of the patient with a pathology request form through to the clinician receiving the report (the Total Testing Process or TTP) is a key step in identifying areas where improvement is necessary in laboratories. METHODS: The Australasian QIs programme Key Incident Monitoring and Management System (KIMMS) began in 2008. It records incidents (process defects) and episodes (occasions at which incidents may occur) to calculate incident rates...
August 3, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764172/clinico-haematological-profile-of-hereditary-haemolytic-anaemias-in-a-tertiary-health-care-hospital-in-south-india
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Chaitra Venkataswamy, Am Shanthala Devi
INTRODUCTION: Hereditary haemolytic anaemia is a common inherited disorder causing varying degree of morbidity and mortality. This includes disorders due to haemoglobin defect, membrane defect, and enzyme defect. Among them haemoglobinopathies, a single gene disorder, constitutes the major part of the disorder and is distributed worldwide with an incidence of 5%. These inherited disorders pose a major public health problem and increase the burden both on the patient and the society. Presently, these disorders are not curable but can only be prevented...
June 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756562/life-history-written-in-blood-erythrocyte-parameters-in-a-small-hibernator-the-edible-dormouse
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Nadine Havenstein, Franz Langer, Joanna Fietz
The oxygen delivery system is one major determinant of the performance of vertebrates and responds sensitively to a variety of internal and environmental factors. To understand physiological mechanisms underlying variations of fitness, we investigated effects of demanding conditions associated with certain life-history events, food availability, and population density on the oxygen delivery system in free-ranging edible dormice (Glis glis). We sampled blood (n = 248) and urine (n = 319), performed an erythrocyte haemogram and visually determined the presence of haemoglobinuria...
July 29, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749067/haemolysis-in-haemodialysis
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REVIEW
Dhakshayini Tharmaraj, Peter G Kerr
Haemolysis in haemodialysis, although rare in current times, is associated with significant mortality and morbidity. As such prompt recognition, treatment, analysis of root cause and correction of underlying causative factors is crucial. Dialysate, extracorporeal circuit and patient related factors all contribute to haemolysis risk. Haemolysis can manifest with non-specific signs and symptoms including but not restricted to hypertension, nausea, pain (abdominal, chest, back) and dyspnoea. It may present acutely during the dialysis session or may take a protracted course...
July 27, 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732864/blood-coagulation-evaluation-of-n-alkylated-chitosan
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Zihao Chen, Xinpei Yao, Lu Liu, Jing Guan, Mengyuan Liu, Zhihong Li, Jian Yang, Shujie Huang, Jimin Wu, Feng Tian, Miaolei Jing
N-Alkylated chitosan (NACS) may improve the haemostatic efficiency of chitosan (CS). To study its coagulation capability and function, a series of NACS with various carbon chain lengths and substitution degrees (SD) of alkyl groups were synthesized and characterized by FTIR, NMR, and elemental analysis. Haemolysis and toxicity assays revealed that NACS showed good biocompatibility. In vitro blood clotting tests indicated that NACS had better haemostatic activity than CS, of which N-octadecyl CS with 3.85% SD showed the best results...
October 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719999/comparison-of-anticancer-activity-of-biocompatible-zno-nanoparticles-prepared-by-solution-combustion-synthesis-using-aqueous-leaf-extracts-of-abutilon-indicum-melia-azedarach-and-indigofera-tinctoria-as-biofuels
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G K Prashanth, P A Prashanth, B M Nagabhushana, S Ananda, G M Krishnaiah, H G Nagendra, H M Sathyananda, C Rajendra Singh, S Yogisha, S Anand, Y Tejabhiram
Recently, there has been an upsurge in the use of naturally available fuels for solution combustion synthesis (SCS) of nanoparticles. Although many reports suggest that these biofuels pose less harm to the environment, their strategic advantages and reliability for making NPs has not been discussed. In the present work, we try to address this issue using plant extracts as biofuels for the SCS of zinc oxide nanoparticles as a model system. In the present work, combustion synthesis of ZnO NPs using lactose and aqueous leaf extracts of Abutilon indicum, Melia azedarach, Indigofera tinctoria as biofuels has been carried out...
July 18, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718358/an-updated-method-for-the-jugular-catheterization-of-grower-pigs-for-repeated-blood-sampling-following-an-oral-glucose-tolerance-test
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Anton M Pluschke, Gregory S Simmons, Helen L Keates, Ranald D A Cameron, Dagong Zhang, John D Wright, Barbara A Williams
Jugular catheterization is a common procedure used under experimental conditions. However, there is considerable variation in the reported techniques, particularly for grower pigs (>40 kg and <60 kg) when larger volumes of blood per sample (>10 mL) are required. This paper provides a complete methodology including the use of current equipment and anaesthetic regimen for grower pigs. This surgical jugular catheterization method was carried out in 30 large white grower pigs. Firstly, the pigs were habituated to human handling for at least two weeks prior to surgery...
August 2017: Laboratory Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718265/haemoglobinuria-and-portal-venous-thrombosis-in-a-young-male
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Zain Ul Abideen, Munnam Sohail Jafar, Nasir Hameed, Ahmad Malik
Paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria is a non-malignant stem cell disorder due to acquired somatic mutations in cell surface anchored proteins CD55 and CD59. Both have a compliment inhibitory role and their deficiency leads to intravascular haemolysis. This paper reports a challenging case of a 25 years old male who presented with generalized weakness, exertional dyspnoea and episodic early morning haematuria. Recently, he started developing progressive abdominal distention and dull generalized abdominal pain...
April 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716750/hexadecylphosphocholine-miltefosine-stabilized-chitosan-modified-ampholipospheres-as-prototype-co-delivery-vehicle-for-enhanced-killing-of-l-donovani
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Priyanka Tripathi, Anil Kumar Jaiswal, Anuradha Dube, Prabhat Ranjan Mishra
Lipid nanoparticles are stable, biodegradable and biocompatible carriers offering excellent therapeutic efficacy. Here, a novel effort has been made to develop Miltefosine (HePC- hexadecylphosphocholine) stabilized chitosan anchored nanostructured lipid carriers (NLC) of Amphotericin B (AmB) as co-delivery vehicle to enhance killing of L. donovani. The entrapment efficiency of AmB was achieved upto 85.3% for HePC-AmB-CNLCs with mean particle size of 150.8±8.4nm, and zeta potential value of +28.2±1.1mV, respectively...
July 14, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712916/targeting-lipodisks-enable-selective-delivery-of-anticancer-peptides-to-tumor-cells
#18
Sara Ahlgren, Karin Reijmar, Katarina Edwards
Issues concerning non-specificity, degradation and hemolysis severely hamper the development of membranolytic amphiphilic peptides into safe and efficient anticancer agents. To increase the therapeutic potential, we have previously developed a strategy based on formulation of the peptides in biocompatible nanosized lipodisks. Studies using melittin as model peptide show that the proteolytic degradation and hemolytic effect of the peptide are substantially reduced upon loading in lipodisks. Here, we explored the possibilities to increase the specificity and boost the cytotoxicity of melittin to tumor cells by use of targeting lipodisk...
July 13, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710456/genomic-insights-into-the-virulence-and-salt-tolerance-of-staphylococcus-equorum
#19
Do-Won Jeong, Sojeong Heo, Sangryeol Ryu, Jochen Blom, Jong-Hoon Lee
To shed light on the genetic background behind the virulence and salt tolerance of Staphylococcus equorum, we performed comparative genome analysis of six S. equorum strains. Data on four previously published genome sequences were obtained from the NCBI database, while those on strain KM1031 displaying resistance to multiple antibiotics and strain C2014 causing haemolysis were determined in this study. Examination of the pan-genome of five of the six S. equorum strains showed that the conserved core genome retained the genes for general physiological processes and survival of the species...
July 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694734/case-report-of-unexplained-hypocalcaemia-in-a-slightly-haemolysed-sample
#20
Michael Cornes
The case presented highlights a common pre-analytical problem identified in the laboratory that was initially missed. It concerns a young, generally healthy adult patient with no significant medical history and no significant family history. They presented with common flu like symptoms to their primary care clinician who considered this was most likely a viral problem that would pass with time. The clinician, however, did some routine bloods to reassure the patient despite a lack of clinical indication. When the sample was analysed the sample was haemolysed with strikingly low calcium...
June 15, 2017: Biochemia Medica: časopis Hrvatskoga Društva Medicinskih Biokemičara
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