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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814057/a-study-on-the-cough-augmentation-using-a-belt-driven-assistive
#1
Sang-Yoep Lee, Kyu-Jin Cho
Coughing is one of the most important mechanisms performed in human body in that it removes mucus. The absence of enough ability to remove mucus leads to accumulation of the mucus on the airway, followed by possible complications such as pneumonia and atelectasis. Patients with diseases or disorders such as spinal cord injury have weakened ability in coughing. So far, there have been various treatments such as intubation surgery, mechanical insufflation-exsufflation or manual assistance provided by paramedic...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812548/bacteroidales-recruit-il-6-producing-intraepithelial-lymphocytes-in-the-colon-to-promote-barrier-integrity
#2
K A Kuhn, H M Schulz, E H Regner, E L Severs, J D Hendrickson, G Mehta, A K Whitney, D Ir, N Ohri, C E Robertson, D N Frank, E L Campbell, S P Colgan
Interactions between the microbiota and distal gut are important for the maintenance of a healthy intestinal barrier; dysbiosis of intestinal microbial communities has emerged as a likely contributor to diseases that arise at the level of the mucosa. Intraepithelial lymphocytes (IELs) are positioned within the epithelial barrier, and in the small intestine they function to maintain epithelial homeostasis. We hypothesized that colon IELs promote epithelial barrier function through the expression of cytokines in response to interactions with commensal bacteria...
August 16, 2017: Mucosal Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811631/development-of-a-primary-human-co-culture-model-of-inflamed-airway-mucosa
#3
Lael M Yonker, Hongmei Mou, Kengyeh K Chu, Michael A Pazos, Huimin Leung, Dongyao Cui, Jinhyeob Ryu, Rhianna M Hibbler, Alexander D Eaton, Tim N Ford, J R Falck, T Bernard Kinane, Guillermo J Tearney, Jayaraj Rajagopal, Bryan P Hurley
Neutrophil breach of the mucosal surface is a common pathological consequence of infection. We present an advanced co-culture model to explore neutrophil transepithelial migration utilizing airway mucosal barriers differentiated from primary human airway basal cells and examined by advanced imaging. Human airway basal cells were differentiated and cultured at air-liquid interface (ALI) on the underside of 3 µm pore-sized transwells, compatible with the study of transmigrating neutrophils. Inverted ALIs exhibit beating cilia and mucus production, consistent with conventional ALIs, as visualized by micro-optical coherence tomography (µOCT)...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811302/effects-of-temperature-and-uvr-on-organic-matter-fluxes-and-the-metabolic-activity-of-acropora-muricata
#4
Lucile Courtial, Christine Ferrier-Pagès, Stéphan Jacquet, Riccardo Rodolfo-Metalpa, Stéphanie Reynaud, Cécile Rottier, Fanny Houlbrèque
Coral bleaching events are predicted to occur more frequently in the coming decades with global warming. The susceptibility of corals to bleaching during thermal stress episodes depends on many factors, including the magnitude of thermal stress and irradiance. The interactions among these two factors, and in particular with ultra-violet radiation (UVR), the most harmful component of light, are more complex than assumed, and are not yet well understood. This paper explores the individual and combined effects of temperature and UVR on the metabolism of Acropora muricata, one of the most abundant coral species worldwide...
August 15, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811169/tissue-engineered-extracellular-matrices-ecms-in-urology-evolution-and-future-directions
#5
REVIEW
N F Davis, E M Cunnane, F J O'Brien, J J Mulvihill, M T Walsh
Autologous gastrointestinal tissue has remained the gold-standard reconstructive biomaterial in urology for >100 years. Mucus-secreting epithelium is associated with lifelong metabolic and neuromechanical complications when implanted into the urinary tract. Therefore, the availability of biocompatible tissue-engineered biomaterials such as extracellular matrix (ECM) scaffolds may provide an attractive alternative for urologists. ECMs are decellularised, biodegradable membranes that have shown promise for repairing defective urinary tract segments in vitro and in vivo by inducing a host-derived tissue remodelling response after implantation...
August 12, 2017: Surgeon: Journal of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Ireland
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809108/dual-regulations-of-thermo-sensitive-heparin-poloxamer-hydrogel-using-%C3%AE%C2%B5-polylysine-bioadhesivity-and-controlled-kgf-release-for-enhancing-wound-healing-of-endometrial-injury
#6
He-Lin Xu, Jie Xu, Bi-Xin Shen, Si-Si Zhang, Bing-Hui Jin, Qun-Yan Zhu, De-Li ZhuGe, Xue-Qing Wu, Jian Xiao, Yingzheng Zhao
ydrogel was not only used as an effective support matrix to prevent intrauterine adhesion (IUA) after endometrial injury but also served as scaffold to sustain release of some therapeutics, especially growth factor. However, because of the rapid turnover of the endometrial mucus, the poor retention and bad absorption of therapeutic agents in damaged endometrial cavity were two important factors hindering their pharmacologic effect. Herein, a mucoadhesive hydrogel was described by using heparin-modified poloxamer (HP) as the matrix material and ε-polylysine (EPL) as functional excipient...
August 15, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807912/safety-and-efficacy-of-mhaa4549a-a-broadly-neutralizing-monoclonal-antibody-in-a-human-influenza-a-challenge-model-a-phase-2-randomized-trial
#7
Jacqueline M McBride, Jeremy J Lim, Tracy Burgess, Rong Deng, Michael A Derby, Mauricio Maia, Priscilla Horn, Omer Siddiqui, Daniel Sheinson, Haiyin Chen-Harris, Elizabeth M Newton, Dimitri Fillos, Denise Nazzal, Carrie M Rosenberger, Maikke B Ohlson, Rob Lambkin-Williams, Hosnieh Fathi, Jeffrey M Harris, Jorge A Tavel
BACKGROUND: MHAA4549A, a human monoclonal antibody targeting the hemagglutinin stalk region of influenza A virus (IAV), is being developed as a therapeutic for patients hospitalized with severe IAV infection. Safety and efficacy of MHAA4549A were assessed in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, dose-ranging study in a human IAV-challenge model. METHODS: One hundred healthy volunteers were inoculated with A/Wisconsin/67/2005 (H3N2) IAV and, 24-36 hours later, administered a single intravenous dose of either placebo, MHAA4549A (400, 1200, or 3600 mg) or a standard oral dose of oseltamivir...
August 14, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805732/the-mechanistic-links-between-insulin-and-cystic-fibrosis-transmembrane-conductance-regulator-cftr-cl-channel
#8
REVIEW
Yoshinori Marunaka
The cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) Cl(-) channel belongs to the ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporter superfamily and regulates Cl(-) secretion in epithelial cells for water secretion. Loss-of-function mutations to the CFTR gene cause dehydrated mucus on the apical side of epithelial cells and increase the susceptibility of bacterial infection, especially in the airway and pulmonary tissues. Therefore, research on the molecular properties of CFTR, such as its gating mechanism and subcellular trafficking, have been intensively pursued...
August 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804856/toxic-effects-of-copper-on-liver-and-cholinesterase-of-clarias-gariepinus
#9
Siti Nadzirah Padrilah, Siti Aqlima Ahmad, Nur Adeela Yasid, Mohd Khalizan Sabullah, Hassan Mohd Daud, Ariff Khalid, Mohd Yunus Shukor
The release of pollutants, especially heavy metals, into the aquatic environment is known to have detrimental effects on such an environment and on living organisms including humans when those pollutants are allowed to enter the food chain. The aim of this study is to analyse the damage to Clarias gariepinus' liver caused by exposure to different concentrations of copper. In the present study, samples of C. gariepinus were exposed to sub-lethal copper sulphate (CuSO4) concentrations (from 0.2 to 20.0 mg/L) for 96 h...
August 13, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802989/do-polyethylene-microplastic-beads-alter-the-intestinal-uptake-of-ag-in-rainbow-trout-oncorhynchus-mykiss-analysis-of-the-mp-vector-effect-using-in%C3%A2-vitro-gut-sacs
#10
Farhan R Khan, David Boyle, Elisabeth Chang, Nicolas R Bury
Microplastic (MP) vector effects have been well described in the literature but surprisingly little is in known about the impact of MPs on the intestinal uptake of contaminants. The present study aimed to determine whether the intestinal fate of Ag was affected by the presence of polyethylene MP beads. Ag (added as (110m)Ag) was introduced into the lumen of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) anterior/mid-intestine gut sac preparations as Ag only, Ag and MPs (co-exposure) and Ag-incubated MPs (where Ag was adsorbed to the MP)...
August 9, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802865/interleukin-13-interleukin-4-receptor-pathway-is-crucial-for-production-of-sd-a-sialomucin-in-mouse-small-intestinal-mucosa-by-nippostrongylus-brasiliensis-infection
#11
Daigo Tsubokawa, Kenji Ishiwata, Yukinobu Goso, Takeshi Nakamura, Takeshi Hatta, Kazuhiko Ishihara, Hirotaka Kanuka, Naotoshi Tsuji
Mucin is a major component of mucus in gastrointestinal mucosa. Increase of specific sialomucins having Sd(a) blood group antigen, NeuAcα2-3(GalNAcβ1-4)Galβ1-4GlcNAcβ-, is considered to be associated with expulsion of the parasitic intestinal nematode Nippostrongylus brasiliensis. In this study, we examined the relationship between interleukin (IL)-13 pathway and expression of Sd(a)-sialomucins in small intestinal mucosa with N. brasiliensis infection. Nematode infection induced marked increases in small intestinal mucins that reacted with anti-Sd(a) antibody in wild type (wt) mice...
August 9, 2017: Parasitology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802690/nanoparticle-releasing-nanofiber-composites-for-enhanced-in%C3%A2-vivo-vaginal-retention
#12
Emily A Krogstad, Renuka Ramanathan, Christina Nhan, John C Kraft, Anna K Blakney, Shijie Cao, Rodney J Y Ho, Kim A Woodrow
Current approaches for topical vaginal administration of nanoparticles result in poor retention and extensive leakage. To overcome these challenges, we developed a nanoparticle-releasing nanofiber delivery platform and evaluated its ability to improve nanoparticle retention in a murine model. We individually tailored two components of this drug delivery system for optimal interaction with mucus, designing (1) mucoadhesive fibers for better retention in the vaginal tract, and (2) PEGylated nanoparticles that diffuse quickly through mucus...
August 1, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801844/brg1-inhibits-e-cadherin-expression-in-lung-epithelial-cells-and-disrupts-epithelial-integrity
#13
Ting Wang, Wenjing Zou, Chao Niu, Fengxia Ding, Yaping Wang, Shuang Cai, Hua Zhu, Daiyin Tian, Jihong Dai, Enmei Liu, Qing Lu, Zhou Fu, Lin Zou
Brahma-related gene-1 (Brg1), a key chromatin remodeling factor, is associated with cell proliferation and migration in kidney and heart cells, but few reports have examined its role in airway epithelial cell. Airway epithelial injury, which is involved in the entire pathological process of asthma, is an important cause of recurrent asthma. Here, we studied the function of Brg1 in an ovalbumin (OVA)-induced asthma model (lung-specific conditional Brg1 (Brg1(-/-)) knockdown mice) and human bronchial epithelial 16HBE cells stably expressing Brg1 shRNA...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801053/cervical-mucus-and-contraception-what-we-know-and-what-we-don-t
#14
REVIEW
Leo Han, Rebecca Taub, Jeffrey T Jensen
The properties of cervical mucus vary in response to both natural and artificial hormonal changes. During ovulatory cycles, cervical mucus becomes increasingly fluid and favorable to sperm penetration as estradiol levels increase. Following ovulation, as estradiol levels decrease and progesterone increases, the mucus increases in viscosity and becomes impenetrable to sperm. Cervical mucus thickening also occurs in response to synthetic progestins administered by various routes, and this is commonly believed to represent the essential contraceptive mechanism of progestin-only methods that do not block ovulation...
August 8, 2017: Contraception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799679/scanning-electron-microscope-investigation-on-the-process-of-healing-of-skin-wounds-in-cirrhinus-mrigala
#15
Neeraj Verma, Usha Kumari, Swati Mittal, Ajay Kumar Mittal
Present scanning electron microscope study, reports healing of excised skin wounds in Cirrhinus mrigala. Healing process of wounds, inflicted on head skin, using biopsy punch was observed at intervals-0 hour (h), 1, 2, 4, 6, 12 h, 1 day (d) 2 and 4 d. Accumulation of mucus in wound region within 1h after infliction of wound has been considered an immediate measure to provide protection to injured skin from microbial invasion and other external environmental hazards. On infliction of wound, mobilization of epithelial cells at wound edge is associated with disturbance of coaptive relationship of epithelial cells till original coaptive stability is reached...
August 11, 2017: Microscopy Research and Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798951/histomorphological-description-of-the-digestive-system-of-pebbly-fish-alestes-baremoze-joannis-1835
#16
Nasser Kasozi, Gerald Iwe Degu, Julius Mukalazi, Charles Drago Kato, Majid Kisekka, Akisoferi Owori Wadunde, Godfrey Kityo, Victoria Tibenda Namulawa
Histomorphological studies of the digestive system of Alestes baremoze captured from Lake Albert, Uganda, were done using standard procedures. These revealed that A. baremoze has a fleshy-lipped terminal small mouth, large molar, short oesophagus, a three-lobed liver, pouch-like stomach, a nine-fingered caeca, and a long tubular intestine. A stratified squamous epithelium with numerous mucus-secreting cells lined the lips with no taste buds. Stratified squamous epithelia lined the oesophagus in the anterior portion which turned into a columnar epithelium towards the stomach...
2017: TheScientificWorldJournal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798532/adenocarcinoma-of-barrett-s-esophagus-in-a-dog
#17
James K Chambers, Tsubasa Saito, Kenjiro Fukushima, Shigeru Kakuta, Jun Nakayama, Koichi Ohno, Hajime Tsujimoto, Hiroyuki Nakayama, Kazuyuki Uchida
An endoscopic examination revealed a mass in the distal esophagus of a 9-year-old intact male bulldog. Histopathologically, the mass was composed of cuboidal to columnar neoplastic epithelial cells and extended from the squamous epithelium of the esophageal mucosa, indicating that the tumor was derived from Barrett's esophagus. Moreover, highly atypical foci that exhibited a cribriform pattern and high mitotic indices were also observed. The epithelial cells on the surface of the lesion often produced mucus that was positive for Alcian blue and immunohistochemically positive for MUC5AC...
July 2017: Journal of Toxicologic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798252/pollen-induced-oxidative-dna-damage-response-regulates-mirnas-controlling-allergic-inflammation
#18
Leopoldo Aguilera-Aguirre, Wenjing Hao, Lang Pan, Xiaoxue Li, Alfredo Saavedra-Molina, Attila Bacsi, Zsolt Radak, Sanjiv Sur, Allan R Brasier, Xueqing Ba, Istvan Boldogh
A mucosal oxidative burst is a hallmark response to pollen exposure that promotes allergic inflammatory responses. Reactive species constituents of oxidative stress signal via the modification of cellular molecules including nucleic acids. One of the most abundant oxidative genomic base damage is 8-oxo-7,8-dihydroguanine (8-oxoG), which is removed from DNA by 8-oxoguanine DNA glycosylase1 (OGG1). OGG1 in complex with 8-oxoG acts as a GDP-GTP exchange factor and induces acute inflammation; however, the mechanism(s) by which OGG1 signaling regulates allergic airway inflammation is not known...
August 10, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795606/hydrogen-rich-saline-inhibits-tobacco-smoke-induced-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-by-alleviating-airway-inflammation-and-mucus-hypersecretion-in-rats
#19
Zibing Liu, Wenye Geng, Chuanwei Jiang, Shujun Zhao, Yong Liu, Ying Zhang, Shucun Qin, Chenxu Li, Xinfang Zhang, Yanhong Si
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease induced by tobacco smoke has been regarded as a great health problem worldwide. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the protective effect of hydrogen-rich saline, a novel antioxidant, on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and explore the underlying mechanism. Sprague-Dawley rats were made chronic obstructive pulmonary disease models via tobacco smoke exposure for 12 weeks and the rats were treated with 10 ml/kg hydrogen-rich saline intraperitoneally during the last 4 weeks...
January 1, 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794695/water-filtered-infrared-a-wira-overcomes-swallowing-disorders-and-hypersalivation-a-case-report
#20
Gerd Hoffmann
Case description: A patient with a Barrett oesophageal carcinoma and a resection of the oesophagus with gastric pull-up developed swallowing disorders 6 years and 2 months after the operation. Within 1 year and 7 months two recurrences of the tumor at the anastomosis were found and treated with combined chemoradiotherapy or chemotherapy respectively. 7 years and 9 months after the operation local tumor masses and destruction were present with no ability to orally drink or eat (full feeding by jejunal PEG tube): quality of life was poor, as saliva and mucus were very viscous (pulling filaments) and could not be swallowed and had to be spat out throughout the day and night resulting in short periods of sleep (awaking from the necessity to spit out)...
2017: German Medical Science: GMS E-journal
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