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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141373/-a-concentration-response-observation-of-hydromorphone-combined-with-ropivacaine-in-labor-analgesia
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Y Y Lu, H Huang, W L Mao, R H Liu, M J Hu, L X Shao, M P Hu, J Li
Objective: To investigate the median effective dose (ED(50)) of hydromorphone and the appropriate concentration of ropivacaine combined with hydromorphone in epidural labor analgesia. Methods: One hundred and forty nulliparous women undergoing labor selected for delivery with epidural analgesia were enrolled in our hospital from January to June 2016. The first of top 50 women received 0.12% ropivacaine plus 20 μg/ml hydromorphone complex solution, then sequential women were used the modified sequential method to determine the ED(50) and ED(95) of hydromorphone...
November 14, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141366/-in-vitro-early-detection-of-amyloid-plaques-in-alzheimer-s-disease-by-pittsburgh-compound-b-modified-magnetic-nanoparticles
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J Q Zeng, J Q Wu, M H Li, P J Wang
Objective: To construct magnetic nanoparticles targeting β-amyloid (Aβ) plaques, the pathological biomarker of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and to study their binding capability in vitro. Methods: Superparamagnetic nanoparticles Mn(0.6)Zn(0.4)Fe(2)O(4) (MZF) were coated with amphiphilic star-block copolymeric micelles and modified with Aβ-specific probe Pittsburgh compound B (PiB) to construct a novel magnetic nanoparticle MZF-PiB, which specifically targeted amyloid plaques. Transmission electron microscope was used to study the morphological features of MZF-PiB...
November 7, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141234/elevated-p53-activities-restrict-differentiation-potential-of-microrna-deficient-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Zhong Liu, Cheng Zhang, Maria Skamagki, Alireza Khodadadi-Jamayran, Wei Zhang, Dexin Kong, Chia-Wei Chang, Jingyang Feng, Xiaosi Han, Tim M Townes, Hu Li, Kitai Kim, Rui Zhao
Pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) deficient for microRNAs (miRNAs), such as Dgcr8(-/-) or Dicer(-/-) embryonic stem cells (ESCs), contain no mature miRNA and cannot differentiate into somatic cells. How miRNA deficiency causes differentiation defects remains poorly understood. Here, we report that miR-302 is sufficient to enable neural differentiation of differentiation-incompetent Dgcr8(-/-) ESCs. Our data showed that miR-302 directly suppresses the tumor suppressor p53, which is modestly upregulated in Dgcr8(-/-) ESCs and serves as a barrier restricting neural differentiation...
November 14, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141196/asic2a-overexpression-enhances-the-protective-effect-of-pctx1-and-apetx2-against-acidosis-induced-articular-chondrocyte-apoptosis-and-cytotoxicity
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Ren-Peng Zhou, Wen-Lin Ni, Bei-Bei Dai, Xiao-Shan Wu, Zhi-Sen Wang, Ya-Ya Xie, Zhi-Qiang Wang, Wei-Jie Yang, Jin-Fang Ge, Wei Hu, Fei-Hu Chen
Acid hydrarthrosis is another important pathological character in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and acid-sensing ion channel 1a (ASIC1a) plays a destructive role in acidosis-induced articular chondrocyte cytotoxicity. Recently, ASIC2a has been reported to possess neuroprotective effect on acidosis-induced injury of neuronal cells. However, whether ASIC2a has an enhanced effect on the protective effect of blocking ASIC1a and ASIC3 against acid-induced chondrocyte apoptosis is still unclear. The aim of present study was to investigate the chondroprotective effect of ASIC2a with PcTx1 (ASIC1a specific blocker) and APETx2 (ASIC3 specific blocker) on acidosis-induced chondrocyte apoptosis...
November 13, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141134/cellular-analysis-using-microfluidics
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Jay Sibbitts, Kathleen A Sellens, Shu Jia, Scott A Klasner, Christopher T Culbertson
Cells are the fundamental building blocks of life. Changes within a cell can propagate throughout much larger, more complex systems. Understanding how these changes arise internally within a cell and how cellular signals are transmitted through larger systems of cells, whether those systems be an organ, organism or a larger environmental assemblage, are critical, for example, to understanding how diseases arise and spread and how cells communicate and coordinate their actions. Microfluidic devices provide unique platforms from which to study many of these intra- and intercellular processes...
November 15, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140997/topical-anaesthesia-reduces-sensitivity-of-castration-wounds-in-neonatal-piglets
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Sabrina Lomax, Charissa Harris, Peter A Windsor, Peter J White
The aim of this study was to do determine the efficacy of the topical anaesthetic Tri-Solfen® in the amelioration of the pain of castration in piglets. The trial was conducted over a three day period, and blocked across six litters with 12 piglets treated on days one and two, and 16 on day three. The piglets were randomly allocated by weight and litter to 1 of 4 treatment groups: (i) sham castration (SHAM; n = 10); (ii) surgical castration with no anaesthetic intervention (CAST; n = 10); (iii) surgical castration with post-operative topical anaesthesia (TRI; n = 10); (iv) surgical castration with a pre-operative intra-testicular lignocaine hydrochloride injection (LIG; n = 10)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140979/ginsenoside-rg3-inhibits-angiogenesis-in-a-rat-model-of-endometriosis-through-the-vegfr-2-mediated-pi3k-akt-mtor-signaling-pathway
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Yang Cao, Qing Ye, Mengfei Zhuang, Shuwu Xie, Ruihua Zhong, Jingang Cui, Jieyun Zhou, Yan Zhu, Tingting Zhang, Lin Cao
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the link between the inhibitory effect of ginsenoside Rg3 on the ectopic endometrium growth and the VEGFR-2-mediated PI3K/Akt/mTOR signaling pathway, a mechanism known to inhibit angiogenesis and induce ectopic endometrial cell apoptosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A model of endometriosis was established by allotransplantation in rats. The rats were randomly divided into 5 groups: the ginsenoside Rg3 low-dose group (group A,5mg/kgBW/d of ginsenoside Rg3), the ginsenoside Rg3 high-dose group (group B, 10mg/kgBW/d of ginsenoside Rg3), the gestrinone group (group C, 0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140959/comparison-of-continuous-proximal-versus-distal-adductor-canal-blocks-for-total-knee-arthroplasty-a-randomized-double-blind-noninferiority-trial
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Adam W Meier, David B Auyong, Stanley C Yuan, Shin-E Lin, James M Flaherty, Neil A Hanson
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Adductor canal blocks (ACBs) are associated with improved analgesia, preserved quadriceps strength, and decreased length of hospitalization after total knee arthroplasty (TKA). However, controversy remains regarding the ideal location of a continuous block within the adductor canal, and it remains unclear whether similar clinical benefits are obtained irrespective of block location. In this randomized, double-blind, noninferiority study, we hypothesized that a continuous proximal ACB provides postoperative analgesia that is no worse than a continuous distal ACB...
November 14, 2017: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140876/evidence-based-guidance-to-assist-volunteers-working-with-at-risk-children-in-a-school-context
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Emmy De Buck, Philippe Vandekerckhove, Karin Hannes
AIM: One of the activities of the Belgian Red Cross is the 'Bridging the Gap' project, in collaboration with local schools. In this project, volunteers join the teaching staff to improve personal development goals in at-risk children with poor performance. The aim of this study was to develop evidence-based guidance for the volunteers to help them choose the right didactical approach for supporting these children. METHOD: Systematic literature searches were performed in three bibliographic databases (the Campbell Library, MEDLINE and ERIC) to find the effectiveness of 16 different didactical activities...
November 14, 2017: International Journal of Evidence-based Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140849/endoscopic-submucosal-dissection-for-superficial-proximal-esophageal-neoplasia-is-highly-successful
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Yi-Qun Zhang, Tao Chen, Chen Zhang, Quan-Lin Li, Wei-Feng Chen, Li-Qing Yao, Ping-Hong Zhou, Mei-Dong Xu
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the outcomes of endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) for superficial proximal esophageal neoplasia. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: The surgery for a tumor located in proximal esophagus is relatively difficult and leads to a high morbidity and mortality. ESD is a minimally invasive endoscopic treatment of superficial neoplasia of the gastrointestinal tract allowing en block resection with low recurrence rates; however, ESD for superficial proximal esophageal neoplasia is little known...
December 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140753/a-mutated-recombinant-subunit-vaccine-protects-mice-and-guinea-pigs-against-botulinum-type-a-intoxication
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Chi Ho Yu, Dong Hyun Song, Jun Young Choi, Hae Eun Joe, Woo Hyeon Jeong, Gyeung Haeng Hur, Young Kee Shin, Seong Tae Jeong
Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs) are the most potent toxins to mammals. A toxoid vaccine was previously used for prevention of botulinum intoxication; however, this vaccine is no longer available. Currently, no approved botulinum vaccines are available from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Recently, a recombinant host cell receptor-binding subunit created for use as a potential vaccine completed phase 2 clinical trials. The current study designed a vaccine candidate against BoNT type A (BoNT/A) using a structural design...
November 15, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140680/helicity-inversion-of-supramolecular-hydrogels-induced-by-achiral-substituents
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Guofeng Liu, Xin Li, Jianhui Sheng, Pei-Zhou Li, Wee Kong Ong, Soo Zeng Fiona Phua, Hans Ågren, Liangliang Zhu, Yanli Zhao
Probing the supramolecular chirality of assemblies and controlling their handedness are closely related to the origin of chirality at supramolecular level and the development of smart materials with desired handedness. However, it remains unclear how achiral residues covalently bonded to chiral amino acids can function in the chirality inversion of supramolecular assemblies. Herein, we report macroscopic chirality and dynamic manipulation of chiroptical activity of hydrogels self-assembled from phenylalanine derivatives, together with the inversion of their handedness achieved solely by exchanging achiral substituents between oligo(ethylene glycol) and carboxylic acid groups...
November 15, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140595/modulation-of-quorum-sensing-in-a-gram-positive-pathogen-by-linear-imprinted-copolymers-with-anti-infective-properties
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Anfal Motib, Antonio Guerreiro, Firas Al-Bayati, Elena Piletska, Irfan Manzoor, Sulman Shafeeq, Anagha Kadam, Oscar Kuipers, Luisa Hiller, Todd Cowen, Sergey Piletsky, Peter Andrew, Hasan Yesilkaya
Here we describe the development, characterization and biological testing of a new type of linear molecularly imprinted polymer (LMIP) designed to act as anti-infective by blocking the quorum sensing (QS) mechanism and so preventing virulence of the pathogen Streptococcus pneumoniae. The LMIP is prepared (polymerized) in presence of a template molecule, but unlike in traditional molecular imprinting approaches no cross-linker is used. This results in soluble low molecular weight polymer that can act as drug agent in vitro and in vivo...
November 15, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140567/human-adipose-derived-stromal-cell-isolation-methods-and-use-in-osteogenic-and-adipogenic-in-vivo-applications
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Elizabeth Brett, Ruth Tevlin, Adrian McArdle, Eun Young Seo, Charles K F Chan, Derrick C Wan, Michael T Longaker
Adipose tissue represents an abundant and easily accessible source of multipotent cells, which may serve as excellent building blocks for tissue engineering. This article presents a newly described protocol for isolating adipose-derived stromal cells (ASCs) from human lipoaspirate, compared to the standard protocol for harvesting ASCs established in 2001. Human ASC isolation is performed using two methods, and resultant cells are compared through cell yield, cell viability, cell proliferation and regenerative potential...
November 15, 2017: Current Protocols in Stem Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140499/simple-arithmetic-not-so-simple-for-highly-math-anxious-individuals
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Hyesang Chang, Lisa Sprute, Erin A Maloney, Sian L Beilock, Marc G Berman
Fluency with simple arithmetic, typically achieved in early elementary school, is thought to be one of the building blocks of mathematical competence. Behavioral studies with adults indicate that math anxiety (feelings of tension or apprehension about math) is associated with poor performance on cognitively demanding math problems. However, it remains unclear whether there are fundamental differences in how high and low math anxious individuals approach overlearned simple arithmetic problems that are less reliant on cognitive control...
November 11, 2017: Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140444/safety-and-immunogenicity-of-different-formulations-of-norovirus-vaccine-candidate-in-healthy-adults-a-randomized-controlled-double-blind-clinical-trial
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G Leroux-Roels, J P Cramer, P M Mendelman, J Sherwood, R Clemens, A Aerssens, I De Coster, A Borkowski, F Baehner, P Van Damme
Background: We investigated safety and immunogenicity of 1-2 doses of different bivalent virus-like particle (VLP) norovirus vaccine candidate (NoV) formulations in healthy 18-64-year-olds. Methods: On Days 1 and 28 participants (n=420) randomized to 14 equal groups received intramuscular control vaccine (hepatitis A) or one of 11 NoV formulations contained varying dosages of GI.1 and GII.4c genotype VLP antigens with Al(OH)3, and 0μg, 15μg or 50μg MPL. Immunogenicity was assessed on Days 1, 28, 56, 208 and 393...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140277/enantioselective-biosynthesis-of-l-phenyllactic-acid-by-whole-cells-of-recombinant-escherichia-coli
#17
Yibo Zhu, Ying Wang, Jiayuzi Xu, Jiahao Chen, Limei Wang, Bin Qi
BACKGROUND: l-Phenyllactic acid (l-PLA)-a valuable building block in the pharmaceutical and chemical industry-has recently emerged as an important monomer in the composition of the novel degradable biocompatible material of polyphenyllactic acid. However, both normally chemically synthesized and naturally occurring phenyllactic acid are racemic, and the product yields of reported l-PLA synthesis processes remain unsatisfactory. METHODS: We developed a novel recombinant Escherichia coli strain, co-expressing l-lactate dehydrogenase (l-LDH) from Lactobacillus plantarum subsp...
November 15, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140182/tgf-%C3%AE-1-and-cxcl12-modulate-proliferation-and-chemotherapy-sensitivity-of-acute-myeloid-leukemia-cells-co-cultured-with-multipotent-mesenchymal-stromal-cells
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Roland Christian Schelker, Sabine Iberl, Gunnar Müller, Christina Hart, Wolfgang Herr, Jochen Grassinger
OBJECTIVES: Multipotent mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) play a central role within the bone marrow (BM) niche, supporting hematopoiesis via soluble factors like cytokines and chemokines. In our study, we sought to investigate the effect of blocking transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-β1) and C-X-C motif chemokine 12 (CXCL12) receptor CXCR4 on acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cells in an MSC co-culture system. METHODS: Human MSCs were obtained by BM aspirates and their phenotype and functional properties were confirmed in vitro...
November 15, 2017: Hematology (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140156/conditioned-medium-from-human-gingival-mesenchymal-stem-cells-protects-motor-neuron-like-nsc-34-cells-against-scratch-injury-induced-cell-death
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Thangavelu Soundara Rajan, Francesca Diomede, Placido Bramanti, Oriana Trubiani, Emanuela Mazzon
Neuronal cell death is a normal process during central nervous system (CNS) development and is also involved in the death of motor neurons in diverse spinal motor neuron degenerative diseases. Here, we investigated the neuroprotective effect of secretory factors released from human gingival mesenchymal stem cells (hGMSCs) in mechanically injured murine motor-neuron-like NSC-34 cells. The cells were exposed to scratch injury and the markers for apoptosis and oxidative stress were examined. Immunocytochemistry results showed that proapoptotic markers cleaved caspase-3 and Bax were elevated while anti-apoptotic protein Bcl-2 was suppressed in scratch-injured NSC-34 cells...
November 1, 2017: International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140132/mediation-of-the-single-walled-carbon-nanotubes-induced-pulmonary-fibrogenic-response-by-osteopontin-and-tgf-%C3%AE-1
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Timur O Khaliullin, Elena R Kisin, Ashley R Murray, Naveena Yanamala, Michael R Shurin, Dmitriy W Gutkin, Liliya M Fatkhutdinova, Valerian E Kagan, Anna A Shvedova
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: A number of in vivo studies have shown that pulmonary exposure to carbon nanotubes (CNTs) may lead to an acute local inflammatory response, pulmonary fibrosis, and granulomatous lesions. Among the factors that play direct roles in initiation and progression of fibrotic processes are epithelial-mesenchymal transition and myofibroblasts recruitment/differentiation, both mediated by transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1). Yet, other contributors to TGF-β1 associated signaling, such as osteopontin (OPN) has not been fully investigated...
October 2017: Experimental Lung Research
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