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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227912/a-hybrid-discrete-continuous-model-of-in-vitro-spheroid-tumor-growth-and-drug-response
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Giorgos Tzedakis, Evangelos Liapis, Eleftheria Tzamali, Giannis Zacharakis, Vangelis Sakkalis, Giorgos Tzedakis, Evangelos Liapis, Eleftheria Tzamali, Giannis Zacharakis, Vangelis Sakkalis, Giannis Zacharakis, Vangelis Sakkalis, Evangelos Liapis, Giorgos Tzedakis, Eleftheria Tzamali
Anti-cancer therapy efficacy in solid tumors mainly depends on drug transportation through the vasculature system and the extracellular matrix, on diffusion gradients and clonal heterogeneity within the tumor mass, as well as on the responses of the individual tumor cells to drugs and their interactions with each other and their local microenvironment. In this work, we develop a mathematical predictive model for tumor growth and drug response based on 3D spheroids experiments that possess several in vivo features of tumors and are considered better for drug screening...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227869/simea-a-framework-for-simulating-neurons-on-multi-electrode-array
#2
Vafa Andalibi, Timo Aaltonen, Francois Christophe, Tommi Mikkonen, Vafa Andalibi, Timo Aaltonen, Francois Christophe, Tommi Mikkonen, Timo Aaltonen, Vafa Andalibi, Tommi Mikkonen, Francois Christophe
A Multi-Electrode Array (MEA) is a practical device for recording the extracellular activity of in-vitro biological culture. Such culture - for instance neurons - is prone to mistakes leading to irrelevant recordings or no recording at all. Additionally, with the expenses generated by in-vitro culture, minimizing risks is a must. This paper proposes a framework designed and implemented for simulating the spatial positioning of neuronal cultures on a MEA. The framework serves as a sandbox for researchers to simulate the model of their MEA experiments before its eventual in-vitro implementation...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227865/a-dce-mri-imaging-based-model-for-simulation-of-vascular-tumour-growth
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Thais Roque, Veerle Kersemans, Sean Smart, Danny Allen, Julia A Schnabel, Michael Chappell, Thais Roque, Veerle Kersemans, Sean Smart, Danny Allen, Julia A Schnabel, Michael Chappell, Sean Smart, Michael Chappell, Veerle Kersemans, Danny Allen, Julia A Schnabel, Thais Roque
Imaging-based modelling of tumour growth can serve as a powerful tool to understand and predict tumour evolution and its response to therapy. The purpose of this study was to introduce, calibrate and evaluate a multi-scale model of vascular tumour growth. The model allows for proliferation, death and spatial spread of tumour cells as well as for new vessel creation. Both the calibration and the evaluation of the tumour growth model were performed using pre-clinical longitudinal time series of dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging of colon carcinoma...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227704/comparing-glucose-and-insulin-data-from-the-two-hour-oral-glucose-tolerance-test-in-metabolic-syndrome-subjects-and-marathon-runners
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Miguel Altuve, Gilberto Perpinan, Erika Severeyn, Sara Wong, Miguel Altuve, Gilberto Perpinan, Erika Severeyn, Sara Wong, Sara Wong, Gilberto Perpinan, Erika Severeyn
Glucose is the main energy source of the body's cells and is essential for normal metabolism. Two pancreatic hormones, insulin and glucagon, are involved in glucose home-ostasis. Alteration in the plasma glucose and insulin concentrations could lead to distinct symptoms and diseases, ranging from mental function impairment to coma and even death. Type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome are typical examples of abnormal glucose metabolism that increase the risk for cardiovascular disease and mortality...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227205/low-frequency-ultrasound-radiosensitization-and-therapy-response-monitoring-of-tumors-an-in-vivo-study
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Ali Sadeghi-Naini, Martin Stanisz, Hadi Tadayyon, Jaswinder Taank, Gregory J Czarnota, Ali Sadeghi-Naini, Martin Stanisz, Hadi Tadayyon, Jaswinder Taank, Gregory J Czarnota, Jaswinder Taank, Hadi Tadayyon, Martin Stanisz, Ali Sadeghi-Naini, Gregory J Czarnota
A new framework has been introduced in this paper for tumor radiosensitization and therapy response monitoring using low-frequency ultrasound. Human fibrosarcoma xenografts grown in severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) mice (n = 108) were treated using ultrasound-stimulated microbubbles at various concentration and exposed to different doses of radiation. Low-frequency ultrasound radiofrequency (RF) data were acquired from tumors prior to and at different times after treatment. Quantitative ultrasound (QUS) techniques were applied to generate spectral parametric maps of tumors...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226776/an-in-silico-model-of-the-effects-of-vitamin-d3-on-mycobacterium-infected-macrophage
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Maya Gough, Elebeoba May, Maya Gough, Elebeoba May, Maya Gough, Elebeoba May
Mycobacterium tuberculosis is a global health concern, causing over one million deaths a year. Alveolar macrophages, as the primary host cell of this intracellular bacterium, play an important role in the course of disease. Vitamin D3 is known to have a potent effect on macrophage behavior during infection, modulating the production of pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines and immune effector molecules. In a vitamin D3 deficient host, the immune systems response to infection is greatly impaired. We used a quantitative systems biology approach to model the intracellular effects of vitamin D3 and compared our simulation output to our in vitro model of mycobacterium infection of macrophages in the presence and absence of Vitamin D3...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226775/evaluation-of-multidrug-cancer-chronotherapy-based-on-cell-cycle-model-under-influences-of-circadian-clock
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Hiroshi Inokawa, Norihiro Katayama, Mitsuyuki Nakao, Hiroshi Inokawa, Norihiro Katayama, Mitsuyuki Nakao, Mitsuyuki Nakao, Hiroshi Inokawa, Norihiro Katayama
The intracellular circadian clock mechanisms are known to affect various substantial cellular machinery such as cell cycle progression, inflammatory response, apoptosis, and DNA repair. Cancer growth in various tissues is still under circadian control, which may be at least partly underlain by the survived connections between the intracellular machinery and the clock. Considering such findings, chronotherapy has been applied to cancer treatments, in which anti-cancer drugs are administered in scheduled circadian times so as to resolve the trade-off between damages against the normal and cancer cells...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226360/-research-progress-of-peripheral-blood-count-test-in-the-evaluation-of-prognosis-of-gastric-cancer
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Zhengshui Xu, Hua Cheng
Gastric cancer (GC) is one of the most common tumor in the world, and remains a major public health problem and one of the leading causes of death. Recently many researches have demonstrated that systemic inflammatory response is associated with prognosis and response to therapy in gastric cancer, and the peripheral blood count test can partly reflect the systemic inflammatory response. Based on the peripheral blood count test, there are a lot of research regarding the relation between the platelet count (PLT), neutrophil, lymphocyte, white blood cell (WBC), neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio(NLR), platelet to lymphocyte ratio (PLR) with their prognostic role in gastric cancer...
February 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226206/exploration-of-the-innate-immune-system-of-styela-clava-zn-2-binding-enhances-the-antimicrobial-activity-of-the-tunicate-peptide-clavanin-a
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Samuel A Juliano, Scott Pierce, James A DeMayo, Marcy J Balunas, Alfredo M Angeles-Boza
Tunicates have been used as primitive models for understanding cell mediated and humoral immunity. Clavanin A (ClavA) is a potent antimicrobial peptide produced by the solitary tunicate Styela clava. In this work, we demonstrate that ClavA utilizes Zn(2+) ions to potentiate its antimicrobial activity. A reduced concentration at which the peptide inhibits the growth of bacteria and an increase in the rate of killing is observed in the presence of Zn(2+). Membrane depolarization, β-galactosidase leakage and potassium leakage assays indicate that ClavA is membrane active, forms small pores, but induces cell death by targeting an intracellular component...
February 22, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225814/e-npp3-controls-plasmacytoid-dendritic-cell-numbers-in-the-small-intestine
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Yoki Furuta, Shih-Han Tsai, Makoto Kinoshita, Kosuke Fujimoto, Ryu Okumura, Eiji Umemoto, Yosuke Kurashima, Hiroshi Kiyono, Hisako Kayama, Kiyoshi Takeda
Extracellular adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATP) performs multiple functions including activation and induction of apoptosis of many cell types. The ATP-hydrolyzing ectoenzyme ecto-nucleotide pyrophosphatase/phosphodiesterase 3 (E-NPP3) regulates ATP-dependent chronic allergic responses by mast cells and basophils. However, E-NPP3 is also highly expressed on epithelial cells of the small intestine. In this study, we showed that E-NPP3 controls plasmacytoid dendritic cell (pDC) numbers in the intestine through regulation of intestinal extracellular ATP...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225808/epileptogenesis-in-organotypic-hippocampal-cultures-has-limited-dependence-on-culture-medium-composition
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Jing Liu, Yero Saponjian, Mark M Mahoney, Kevin J Staley, Yevgeny Berdichevsky
Rodent organotypic hippocampal cultures spontaneously develop epileptiform activity after approximately 2 weeks in vitro and are increasingly used as a model of chronic post-traumatic epilepsy. However, organotypic cultures are maintained in an artificial environment (culture medium), which contains electrolytes, glucose, amino acids and other components that are not present at the same concentrations in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Therefore, it is possible that epileptogenesis in organotypic cultures is driven by these components...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225789/non-melanoma-skin-cancer-and-risk-of-alzheimer-s-disease-and-all-cause-dementia
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Sigrun A J Schmidt, Anne G Ording, Erzsébet Horváth-Puhó, Henrik T Sørensen, Victor W Henderson
Cancer patients may be at decreased risk of Alzheimer's disease. This hypothesis is best developed for non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC), but supportive epidemiological data are sparse. We therefore conducted a nationwide cohort study of the association between NMSC and Alzheimer's disease (main outcome) and all-cause dementia. Using Danish medical databases, we identified adults diagnosed with NMSC between 1 January 1980 and 30 November 2013 (n = 216,221) and a comparison cohort of five individuals matched to each NMSC patient by sex and birth year (n = 1,081,097)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225751/lower-cystic-fibrosis-transmembrane-conductance-regulator-cftr-promotes-the-proliferation-and-migration-of-endometrial-carcinoma
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Xian Xia, Jie Wang, Yuan Liu, Ming Yue
BACKGROUND The incidence and death rates of endometrial cancer are alarmingly increasing. The diagnosis and treatment of endometrial cancer is crucial to decreasing mortality. Cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) belongs to the adenosine triphosphate (ATP)-binding cassette transporter family and plays an essential role in anion regulation and tissue homeostasis of various epithelia. This study explored the expression of CFTR in endometrial carcinoma and the role of CFTR in proliferation and migration of endometrial carcinoma cells...
February 22, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225265/targeting-brain-eating-amoebae-infections
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Naveed Ahmed Khan, Timothy Yu Yee Ong, Ruqaiyyah Siddiqui
Brain infections due to Acanthamoeba spp., Balamuthia mandrillaris, and Naegleria fowleri often lead to death. Despite differences in the preferential sites of infection in the brain, the mode of delivery of drugs is often intravenous. Here, we discuss targeted therapeutic approach to affect parasite viability without affecting the host cells, with an eye to improve formulation of drugs and/or administration of drugs against brain-eating amoebae.
February 22, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225103/beneficial-effects-of-lycium-barbarum-polysaccharide-on-spermatogenesis-by-improving-antioxidant-activity-and-inhibiting-apoptosis-in-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-male-mice
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Guang-Jiang Shi, Jie Zheng, Jing Wu, Hai-Qi Qiao, Qing Chang, Yang Niu, Tao Sun, Yu-Xiang Li, Jian-Qiang Yu
Spermatogenic dysfunction is one of the major secondary complications of diabetes. L. barbarum polysaccharide (LBP) has long been considered to possess anti-apoptotic activities and antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and fertility-enhancing properties in traditional medical practices in China. The aim of the current study was to seek out scientific evidence to determine if LBP also contributes to the recovery from spermatogenic dysfunction in diabetic individuals. We investigated whether the oral administration of LBP in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced type-1 diabetic male mice would reverse spermatogenic dysfunction and improve histological damage in testes...
February 22, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225062/cationic-polymethacrylate-modified-liposomes-significantly-enhanced-doxorubicin-delivery-and-antitumor-activity
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Wenxi Wang, Anna Shao, Nan Zhang, Jinzhang Fang, Jennifer Jin Ruan, Benfang Helen Ruan
Liposome (LP) encapsulation of doxorubicin (DOX) is a clinically validated method for cancer drug delivery, but its cellular uptake is actually lower than the free DOX. Therefore, we modified DOX-LP with a cationic polymer (Eudragit RL100; ER) to improve its cellular uptake and antitumor activity. The resulting DOX-ERLP was a 190 nm nanoparticle that was absorbed efficiently and caused cancer cell death in 5 hrs. Growth as measured by the MTT assay or microscopic imaging demonstrated that DOX-ERLP has at least a two-fold greater potency than the free DOX in inhibiting the growth of a DOX resistant (MCF7/adr) cell and an aggressive liver cancer H22 cell...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224343/amphotericin-b-increases-transglutaminase-2-expression-associated-with-upregulation-of-endocytotic-activity-in-mouse-microglial-cell-line-bv-2
#17
Kenji Kawabe, Katsura Takano, Mitsuaki Moriyama, Yoichi Nakamura
Amphotericin B (AmB), a polyene antibiotic, is reported to cause the microglial activation to induce nitric oxide (NO) production and proinflammatory cytokines expression, and change neurotrophic factors expression in cultured microglia (Motoyoshi et al. in Neurochem Int 52:1290-1296, 2008). On the other hand, tissue-type transglutaminase (TG2) is involved in connection to phagocytes with apoptotic cells. Engulfment of neurons by activated microglia is thought to cause neurodegenerative diseases but detail is unclear, and involvement of TG2 in phagocytosis has been reported in our previous study using lipopolysaccharide-stimulated BV-2 cells (Kawabe et al...
February 21, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224336/influence-of-silver-nanoparticles-and-liberated-silver-ions-on-nitrifying-sludge-ammonia-oxidation-inhibitory-kinetics-and-mechanism
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Nguyen Thanh Giao, Tawan Limpiyakorn, Pattaraporn Kunapongkiti, Pumis Thuptimdang, Sumana Siripattanakul-Ratpukdi
Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are widely used in commercial products because of their excellent antimicrobial activity. Entrance of AgNPs and its released Ag ions (Ag(+)) into wastewater treatment plants could harm ammonia oxidation (AO) process resulting in environmental problems. This study investigated inhibitory kinetics and mechanism of AO from nitrifying sludge influenced by AgNPs and Ag(+). The findings demonstrated that AgNPs and Ag(+) adversely influenced on AO. Silver ions were more toxic to AO than AgNPs, which was indicated by the lower inhibitory constant (K i ) of 0...
February 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224334/the-trpm4-channel-is-functionally-important-for-the-beneficial-cardiac-remodeling-induced-by-endurance-training
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Mélanie Gueffier, Justin Zintz, Karen Lambert, Amanda Finan, Franck Aimond, Nourdine Chakouri, Christophe Hédon, Mathieu Granier, Pierre Launay, Jérôme Thireau, Sylvain Richard, Marie Demion
Cardiac hypertrophy (CH) is an adaptive process that exists in two distinct forms and allows the heart to adequately respond to an organism's needs. The first form of CH is physiological, adaptive and reversible. The second is pathological, irreversible and associated with fibrosis and cardiomyocyte death. CH involves multiple molecular mechanisms that are still not completely defined but it is now accepted that physiological CH is associated more with the PI3-K/Akt pathway while the main signaling cascade activated in pathological CH involves the Calcineurin-NFAT pathway...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Muscle Research and Cell Motility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224327/effects-of-in-vivo-and-in-vitro-administration-of-neuro-behcet-s-disease-igg
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Ece Erdağ, Ceren Şahin, Cem İsmail Küçükali, Sinem Bireller, Melike Küçükerden, Murat Kürtüncü, Recai Türkoğlu, Bedia Cakmakoglu, Erdem Tüzün, Feyza Arıcıoğlu
Antibodies directed against membrane antigens of neuronal axonal processes (neuropil) have been recently identified in neuro-Behcet's disease (NBD) patients. To delineate the potential pathogenic action of these antibodies, pooled sera from seven NBD patients with neuropil antibodies and seven healthy controls were divided into purified IgG and IgG-depleted serum (IgG-DS) fractions and each fraction was administered into lateral ventricles of rats. NBD IgG-injected rats showed reduced locomotor activity in the open field test as compared to NBD IgG-DS, healthy control IgG, healthy control IgG-DS and PBS injected rats (n = 10 for each group)...
February 21, 2017: Neurological Sciences
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