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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923685/a-combined-cellular-and-surgical-ventricular-reconstruction-therapeutic-approach-produces-attenuation-of-remodeling-in-infarcted-rats
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Michael J Bonios, Maria Anastasiou-Nana, Despina N Perrea, Konstantinos Malliaras
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular reconstruction (LVR) has been shown to provide transient benefits in LV structure and function of infarcted hearts; however long-term results have been disappointing, as LVR-induced benefits are typically not sustained. We hypothesized that administration of cardiosphere-derived cells (CDCs), which promote myocardial repair and regeneration, may result in long-term preservation of the beneficial effects of LVR in ischemic cardiomyopathy. METHODS: Wistar Kyoto rats underwent myocardial infarction (MI) and two weeks later were randomized into 3 groups: in Group 1 (n=9) LVR was performed by plication of the infarcted apex and CDCs were injected in the infarct border zone (IBZ); group 2 animals (n=9) underwent LVR and received vehicle solution in the IBZ...
December 3, 2016: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920984/staphylococcus-lugdunensis-endocarditis-with-destruction-of-the-ventricular-septum-and-multiple-native-valves
#2
Celestine Ishiekwene, Monica Ghitan, Margaret Kuhn-Basti, Edward Chapnick, Yu Shia Lin
Staphylococcus lugdunensis (S. lugdunensis) is a coagulase negative staphylococcus (CoNS) that can cause destructive infective endocarditis. S. lugdunensis, unlike other CoNS, should be considered to be a pathogen. We report the first case of S. lugdunensis endocarditis causing ventricular septal defect and destruction of the aortic and mitral valves. A 53-year-old male with morbid obesity and COPD presented with intermittent fever and progressive shortness of breath for 2 weeks. Chest examination showed bilateral basal crepitations, and a grade 2 systolic murmur along the right sternal border...
2017: IDCases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918112/validation-of-adam10-metalloprotease-as-a-bacillus-thuringiensis-cry3aa-toxin-functional-receptor-in-colorado-potato-beetle-leptinotarsa-decemlineata
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V M Ruiz-Arroyo, I García-Robles, C Ochoa-Campuzano, G A Goig, E Zaitseva, G Baaken, A C Martínez-Ramírez, C Rausell, M D Real
Bacillus thuringiensis parasporal crystal proteins (Cry proteins) are insecticidal pore-forming toxins that bind to specific receptor molecules on the brush border membrane of susceptible insect midgut cells to exert their toxic action. In the Colorado potato beetle (CPB), a coleopteran pest, we previously proposed that interaction of Cry3Aa toxin with a CPB ADAM10 metalloprotease is an essential part of the mode of action of this toxin. Here, we annotated the gene sequence encoding an ADAM10 metalloprotease protein (CPB-ADAM10) in the CPB genome sequencing project, and using RNA interference gene silencing we demonstrated that CPB-ADAM10 is a Cry3Aa toxin functional receptor in CPB...
December 5, 2016: Insect Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908351/pim1-kinase-overexpression-enhances-ckit-cardiac-stem-cell-cardiac-repair-following-myocardial-infarction-in-swine
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Shathiyah Kulandavelu, Vasileios Karantalis, Julia Fritsch, Konstantinos E Hatzistergos, Viky Y Loescher, Frederic McCall, Bo Wang, Luiza Bagno, Samuel Golpanian, Ariel Wolf, Justin Grenet, Adam Williams, Aaron Kupin, Aaron Rosenfeld, Sadia Mohsin, Mark A Sussman, Azorides Morales, Wayne Balkan, Joshua M Hare
BACKGROUND: Pim1 kinase plays an important role in cell division, survival, and commitment of precursor cells towards a myocardial lineage, and overexpression of Pim1 in ckit(+) cardiac stem cells (CSCs) enhances their cardioreparative properties. OBJECTIVES: The authors sought to validate the effect of Pim1-modified CSCs in a translationally relevant large animal preclinical model of myocardial infarction (MI). METHODS: Human cardiac stem cells (hCSCs, n = 10), hckit(+) CSCs overexpressing Pim1 (Pim1(+); n = 9), or placebo (n = 10) were delivered by intramyocardial injection to immunosuppressed Yorkshire swine (n = 29) 2 weeks after MI...
December 6, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903535/magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-cardiac-strain-pattern-following-transplantation-of-human-tissue-engineered-heart-muscles
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Xulei Qin, Johannes Riegler, Malte Tiburcy, Xin Zhao, Tony Chour, Babacar Ndoye, Michael Nguyen, Jackson Adams, Mohamed Ameen, Thomas S Denney, Phillip C Yang, Patricia Nguyen, Wolfram H Zimmermann, Joseph C Wu
BACKGROUND: The use of tissue engineering approaches in combination with exogenously produced cardiomyocytes offers the potential to restore contractile function after myocardial injury. However, current techniques assessing changes in global cardiac performance after such treatments are plagued by relatively low detection ability. Since the treatment is locally performed, this detection could be improved by myocardial strain imaging that measures regional contractility. METHODS AND RESULTS: Tissue engineered heart muscles (EHMs) were generated by casting human embryonic stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes with collagen in preformed molds...
November 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900341/subventricular-zone-associated-glioblastoma-a-call-for-translational-research-to-guide-clinical-decision-making
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Andrew W Smith, Bhupesh Parashar, A Gabriella Wernicke
Glioblastoma (GBM) is both the most common and the most devastating primary cancer of the central nervous system, with an expected overall survival in most patients of about 14 months. Despite extensive research, outcomes for GBM have been largely unchanged since the introduction of temozolomide in 2005. We believe that in order to achieve a breakthrough in therapeutic management, we must begin to identify subtypes of GBM, and tailor treatment to best target a particular tumor's vulnerabilities. Our group has recently produced an examination of the clinical outcomes of radiation therapy directed at tumors that contact the subventricular zone (SVZ), the 3-5 mm lateral border of the lateral ventricles that contains the largest collection of neural stem cells in the adult brain...
2016: Neurogenesis (Austin, Tex.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900203/combined-hepatocellular-cholangiocarcinoma-with-stem-cell-features-cholangiolocellular-subtype-after-inferior-vena-cava-stent-placement-for-a-patient-with-budd-chiari-syndrome
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Makoto Sakane, Keigo Osuga, Takahiro Matsui, Hidetoshi Eguchi, Masatoshi Hori, Noriyuki Tomiyama
We report a case of combined hepatocellular-cholangiocarcinoma with stem cell features, cholangiolocellular subtype arising about 15 years after placement of an inferior vena cava stent for primary Budd-Chiari syndrome. Pre-surgical differentiation of the tumor from hepatocellular carcinoma was difficult because of elevated levels of alpha-fetoprotein and hypervascularity in the arterial phase. Histopathological examination revealed atypical cells forming ductal and alveolar structures showing a vague border with the surrounding liver...
November 2016: Acta Radiologica Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899761/rehabilitation-augments-hematoma-clearance-and-attenuates-oxidative-injury-and-ion-dyshomeostasis-after-brain-hemorrhage
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Michael R Williamson, Kristen Dietrich, Mark J Hackett, Sally Caine, Colby A Nadeau, Jasmine R Aziz, Helen Nichol, Phyllis G Paterson, Frederick Colbourne
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: We assessed the elemental and biochemical effects of rehabilitation after intracerebral hemorrhage, with emphasis on iron-mediated oxidative stress, using a novel multimodal biospectroscopic imaging approach. METHODS: Collagenase-induced striatal hemorrhage was produced in rats that were randomized to enriched rehabilitation or control intervention starting on day 7. Animals were euthanized on day 14 or 21, a period of ongoing cell death...
November 29, 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899135/analysis-of-pvama1-genes-from-china-myanmar-border-reveals-little-regional-genetic-differentiation-of-plasmodium-vivax-populations
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Xiaotong Zhu, Pan Zhao, Si Wang, Fei Liu, Jun Liu, Jian Wang, Zhaoqing Yang, Guiyun Yan, Qi Fan, Yaming Cao, Liwang Cui
BACKGROUND: With the premise of diminishing parasite genetic diversity following the reduction of malaria incidence, the analysis of polymorphic antigenic markers may provide important information about the impact of malaria control on local parasite populations. Here we evaluated the genetic diversity of Plasmodium vivax apical membrane antigen 1 (Pvama1) gene in a parasite population from the China-Myanmar border and compared it with global P. vivax populations. METHODS: We performed evolutionary analysis to examine the genetic diversity, natural selection, and population differentiation of 73 Pvama1 sequences acquired from the China-Myanmar border as well as 615 publically available Pvama1 sequences from seven global P...
November 29, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895617/understanding-the-ng2-glial-scar-after-spinal-cord-injury
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Amber R Hackett, Jae K Lee
NG2 cells, also known as oligodendrocyte progenitor cells, are located throughout the central nervous system and serve as a pool of progenitors to differentiate into oligodendrocytes. In response to spinal cord injury (SCI), NG2 cells increase their proliferation and differentiation into remyelinating oligodendrocytes. While astrocytes are typically associated with being the major cell type in the glial scar, many NG2 cells also accumulate within the glial scar but their function remains poorly understood. Similar to astrocytes, these cells hypertrophy, upregulate expression of chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans, inhibit axon regeneration, contribute to the glial-fibrotic scar border, and some even differentiate into astrocytes...
2016: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895177/ox40-cooperates-with-icos-to-amplify-follicular-th-cell-development-and-germinal-center-reactions-during-infection
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Vikas Tahiliani, Tarun E Hutchinson, Georges Abboud, Michael Croft, Shahram Salek-Ardakani
Cognate interactions between T follicular helper (Tfh) cells and B cells are essential for promoting protective Ab responses. Whereas costimulatory receptors such as ICOS are accepted as being important for the induction of Tfh cell fate decision, other molecules may play key roles in amplifying or maintaining the Tfh phenotype. In this study, with vaccinia virus infection in mice, we show that OX40 was expressed on Tfh cells that accumulated at the T/B borders in the white pulp of the spleen and that OX40-dependent signals directly shaped the magnitude and quality of the their response to viral Ags...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892649/thresholding-methods-for-lesion-segmentation-of-basal-cell-carcinoma-in-dermoscopy-images
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R Kaur, R LeAnder, N K Mishra, J R Hagerty, R Kasmi, R J Stanley, M E Celebi, W V Stoecker
PURPOSE: Algorithms employed for pigmented lesion segmentation perform poorly on dermoscopy images of basal cell carcinoma (BCC), the most common skin cancer. The main objective was to develop better methods for BCC segmentation. METHODS: Fifteen thresholding methods were implemented for BCC lesion segmentation. We propose two error metrics that better measure the type II error: Relative XOR Error and Lesion Capture Ratio. RESULTS: On training/test sets of 305 and 34 BCC images, respectively, five new techniques outperform two state-of-the-art methods used in segmentation of melanomas, based on the new error metrics...
November 28, 2016: Skin Research and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891438/blastomycosis-like-pyoderma-a-rare-case-report
#13
Amrita A Hongal, Somashekar Gejje
Blastomycosis-like pyoderma is a rare, cutaneous bacterial infection of skin, seen in malnourished individuals, in a poor state of health and manifests as vegetating skin lesions. It is an unusual tissue reaction possibly to bacterial infection, the most common organism being Staphylococcus aureus. This case report is of a 35-year-old male who presented with thick verrucous surfaced plaques and papules on trunk and extremities since 2 months. Investigations revealed anaemia with hypochromasia, neutrophilic leucocytosis, hypo-proteinemia and hypo-albuminemia with reversal of A/G ratio...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888360/identification-of-symplasmic-domains-in-the-embryo-and-seed-of-sedum-acre-l-crassulaceae
#14
Justyna Wróbel-Marek, Ewa Kurczyńska, Bartosz J Płachno, Małgorzata Kozieradzka-Kiszkurno
Our study demonstrated that symplasmic communication between Sedum acre seed compartments and the embryo proper is not uniform. The presence of plasmodesmata (PD) constitutes the structural basis for information exchange between cells, and symplasmic communication is involved in the regulation of cell differentiation and plant development. Most recent studies concerning an analysis of symplasmic communication between seed compartments and the embryo have been predominantly performed on Arabidopsis thaliana...
November 25, 2016: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886077/magnetofection-enhances-lentiviral-mediated-transduction-of-airway-epithelial-cells-through-extracellular-and-cellular-barriers
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Stefano Castellani, Clara Orlando, Annalucia Carbone, Sante Di Gioia, Massimo Conese
Gene transfer to airway epithelial cells is hampered by extracellular (mainly mucus) and cellular (tight junctions) barriers. Magnetofection has been used to increase retention time of lentiviral vectors (LV) on the cellular surface. In this study, magnetofection was investigated in airway epithelial cell models mimicking extracellular and cellular barriers. Bronchiolar epithelial cells (H441 line) were evaluated for LV-mediated transduction after polarization onto filters and dexamethasone (dex) treatment, which induced hemicyst formation, with or without magnetofection...
November 23, 2016: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876791/an-amino-acid-based-oral-rehydration-solution-aa-ors-enhanced-intestinal-epithelial-proliferation-in-mice-exposed-to-radiation
#16
Liangjie Yin, Reshu Gupta, Lauren Vaught, Astrid Grosche, Paul Okunieff, Sadasivan Vidyasagar
Destruction of clonogenic cells in the crypt following irradiation are thought to cause altered gastrointestinal function. Previously, we found that an amino acid-based oral rehydration solution (AA-ORS) improved gastrointestinal function in irradiated mice. However, the exact mechanisms were unknown. Electrophysiology, immunohistochemistry, qPCR, and Western blot analysis were used to determine that AA-ORS increased proliferation, maturation, and differentiation and improved electrolyte and nutrient absorption in irradiated mice...
November 23, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873361/effect-of-hiv-infection-in-the-microuclei-frequency-on-the-oral-mucosa
#17
Celina Faig Lima, Monica Ghislaine Oliveira Alves, Juvencio Jose Duailibe Furtado, Marcelo Marcucci, Ivan Balducci, Janete Dias Almeida
BACKGROUND: the genotoxic impact of HIV infection on the oral cavity malignancies is unknown. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of HIV infection in micronuclei (MN) frequency on the oral mucosa of HIV+ patients and establish a relationship with early cytogenetic changes in oral carcinogenesis. METHODS: 30 HIV + individuals who are under highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) and 30 non HIV patients were evaluated. Two smears were taken from the lateral border of the tongue and mouth floor and stained by Feulgen...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873085/quantitative-analysis-of-supporting-cell-subtype-labeling-among-creer-lines-in-the-neonatal-mouse-cochlea
#18
Melissa M McGovern, Joseph Brancheck, Auston C Grant, Kaley A Graves, Brandon C Cox
Four CreER lines that are commonly used in the auditory field to label cochlear supporting cells (SCs) are expressed in multiple SC subtypes, with some lines also showing reporter expression in hair cells (HCs). We hypothesized that altering the tamoxifen dose would modify CreER expression and target subsets of SCs. We also used two different reporter lines, ROSA26 (tdTomato) and CAG-eGFP, to achieve the same goal. Our results confirm previous reports that Sox2 (CreERT2) and Fgfr3-iCreER (T2) are not only expressed in neonatal SCs but also in HCs...
November 21, 2016: Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology: JARO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869114/a-radial-map-of-multi-whisker-correlation-selectivity-in-the-rat-barrel-cortex
#19
Luc Estebanez, Julien Bertherat, Daniel E Shulz, Laurent Bourdieu, Jean-François Léger
In the barrel cortex, several features of single-whisker stimuli are organized in functional maps. The barrel cortex also encodes spatio-temporal correlation patterns of multi-whisker inputs, but so far the cortical mapping of neurons tuned to such input statistics is unknown. Here we report that layer 2/3 of the rat barrel cortex contains an additional functional map based on neuronal tuning to correlated versus uncorrelated multi-whisker stimuli: neuron responses to uncorrelated multi-whisker stimulation are strongest above barrel centres, whereas neuron responses to correlated and anti-correlated multi-whisker stimulation peak above the barrel-septal borders, forming rings of multi-whisker synchrony-preferring cells...
November 21, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865621/menaquinone-4-vitamin-k2-up-regulates-expression-of-human-intestinal-alkaline-phosphatase-in-caco-2-cells
#20
Seiko Noda, Asako Yamada, Rieko Tanabe, Kanae Nakaoka, Takayuki Hosoi, Masae Goseki-Sone
Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) hydrolyzes several monophosphate esters into inorganic acid and alcohol. In humans, 4 kinds of ALP isozymes have been identified: tissue-nonspecific ALP, intestinal ALP, placental ALP, and germ cell ALP. Intestinal ALP is expressed at a high concentration in the brush border membrane of intestinal epithelial cells and is known to be affected by several kinds of nutrients, such as lipids, but the physiological function of intestinal ALP has remained elusive. Vitamin K is an essential cofactor for the posttranslational carboxylation of glutamate residues into γ-carboxy glutamate...
October 14, 2016: Nutrition Research
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