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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719787/in-vivo-performance-of-a-novel-anatomically-shaped-total-meniscal-prosthesis-made-of-polycarbonate-urethane-a-12-month-evaluation-in-goats
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Anne C T Vrancken, Gerjon Hannink, Wojciech Madej, Nico Verdonschot, Tony G van Tienen, Pieter Buma
BACKGROUND: Injury or loss of the meniscus generally leads to degenerative osteoarthritic changes in the knee joint. However, the treatment options for symptomatic patients with total meniscectomy are limited. Therefore, we developed a novel, anatomically shaped, total meniscal implant made of polycarbonate urethane. PURPOSE: To evaluate the in vivo performance of this novel total meniscal implant. The assessment particularly focused on the implant's response to long-term physiological loading in a goat model and its chondroprotective capacity in comparison to clinically relevant controls...
July 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719441/fourteen-day-in-vivo-testing-of-a-compliant-thoracic-artificial-lung
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David J Skoog, Joshua R Pohlmann, David S Demos, Christopher N Scipione, Amit Iyengar, Rebecca E Schewe, Ahmed B Suhaib, Kelly L Koch, Keith E Cook
The compliant thoracic artificial lung (cTAL) has been studied in acute in vivo and in vitro experiments. The cTAL's long-term function and potential use as a bridge to lung transplantation are assessed presently. The cTAL without anticoagulant coatings was attached to sheep (n = 5) via the pulmonary artery and left atrium for 14 days. Systemic heparin anticoagulation was used. Compliant thoracic artificial lung resistance, cTAL gas exchange, hematologic parameters, and organ function were recorded. Two sheep were euthanized for nondevice-related issues...
July 14, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719400/dengue-vaccines-implications-for-dengue-control
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Matthew L Robinson, Anna P Durbin
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Dengue, the most common arbovirus, is an increasingly significant cause of morbidity worldwide. After decades of research, an approved tetravalent dengue vaccine is finally available. Models constructed using recently available vaccine efficacy data allow for a data-driven discussion of the potential impact of dengue vaccine deployment on global control. RECENT FINDINGS: Phase 3 efficacy trials demonstrated that the approved dengue vaccine, chimeric yellow fever-dengue-tetravalent dengue vaccine, has an efficacy of 60% against dengue illness of any severity...
July 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719193/relationships-between-atmospheric-transport-regimes-and-pcb-concentrations-in-air-at-zeppelin-spitsbergen
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Sandy Ubl, Martin Scheringer, Konrad Hungerbühler
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are persistent hazardous chemicals that are still detected in the atmosphere and other environmental media although their production has been banned for several decades. At the long-term monitoring site, Zeppelin at Spitsbergen, different PCB congeners have been continuously measured for more than a decade. However, it is not clear what factors determine the seasonal and inter-annual variability of different (lighter vs. heavier) PCB congeners. To investigate the influence of atmospheric transport patterns on PCB-28 and PCB-101 concentrations at Zeppelin, we applied the Lagrangian Particle Dispersion Model FLEXPART and calculated "footprints'' that indicate the potential source regions of air arriving at Zeppelin...
July 18, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719040/discovering-long-term-potentiation-ltp-recollections-and-reflections-on-what-came-after
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Terje Lømo
Chance events led me to a lifelong career in scientific research. They paved the way for being the first to see long-term potentiation of synaptic efficiency (LTP) in Per Andersen's lab in Oslo in 1966. Here I describe my way to this discovery and the experiments with Tim Bliss in 1968-1969 that led to Bliss and Lømo, 1973. Surprisingly, we later failed to reproduce these results. I discuss possible reasons for this failure, which made us both leave LTP research, in my case for good, in Tim's case for several years...
July 18, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719028/sales-performance-and-athletic-outcome-in-young-thoroughbreds-with-pericarditis
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K A Sprayberry, N Slovis
BACKGROUND: Pericarditis is a sporadic but important cause of critical illness in horses of all ages. There is limited information on whether Thoroughbred horses that survive pericarditis are able to reach athletic potential. OBJECTIVES: To determine how pericarditis affected horses that had the disease as young animals with regard to selling price in public sales and the ability to race successfully. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective case series...
July 18, 2017: Equine Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719024/the-immunoproteasome-an-old-player-with-a-novel-and-emerging-role-in-alloimmunity
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S K Eskandari, M A J Seelen, G Lin, J R Azzi
Modern treatment strategies for the maintenance of allograft acceptance frequently target ubiquitously-expressed pathways, leading to significant side-effects and poor long-term allograft outcomes. Constitutive proteasome inhibitors, which have recently been introduced for the treatment of antibody-mediated rejection, target the ubiquitously-expressed proteasome. To limit off-target effects and serious mechanism-based toxicity, however, these inhibitors are administered intermittently and suboptimally. Immunoproteasomes, which are an inducible subset of proteasomes enriched in immune cells, replace constitutive proteasomes after cell exposure to proinflammatory cytokines such as interferon-γ...
July 18, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718614/emergency-management-of-renal-and-genitourinary-trauma-best-practices-update
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Whitney K. Bryant, Sanjay Shewakramani
In up to 10% of patients who experience abdominal trauma, renal and urogenital systems will be involved. In polytrauma patients with other potentially life-threatening injuries, renal and genitourinary trauma may be overlooked initially, but a delayed or missed diagnosis of these injuries may result in preventable complications. This review provides a best-practice approach to the diagnosis and management of renal and genitourinary injuries, with an emphasis on the systematic approach needed to identify subtle injuries and avoid long-term urinary sequelae such as hypertension, incontinence, erectile dysfunction, chronic kidney disease, and nephrectomy...
August 2017: Emergency Medicine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718371/changes-in-the-expression-of-genes-involved-in-cell-cycle-regulation-and-the-relative-telomere-length-in-the-process-of-canceration-induced-by-omethoate
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Xiaoran Duan, Yongli Yang, Sihua Wang, Xiaolei Feng, Tuanwei Wang, Pengpeng Wang, Suxiang Liu, Lei Li, Wu Yao, Liuxin Cui, Wei Wang
Organophosphorous pesticides (OPs), with high efficiency, broad-spectrum and low residue, are widely used in China. Omethoate is a broad category of organophosphorous pesticides and is more domestically utilized which has chronic toxic effect on human health caused by long-term, low-dose exposure to Ops, recently its potential genotoxicity has attracted wide attention which can cause chromosomal DNA damage. Thus, the aim of this study is screen susceptible biomarkers and explore the mechanism of canceration induced by omethoate...
July 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718005/sunscreens-block-cutaneous-vitamin-d-production-with-only-a-minimal-effect-on-circulating-25-hydroxyvitamin-d
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Florence Libon, Justine Courtois, Caroline Le Goff, Pierre Lukas, Neus Fabregat-Cabello, Laurence Seidel, Etienne Cavalier, Arjen F Nikkels
A 50+ SPF sunscreen decreased significantly cutaneous vitamin D production following a single narrow-band (nb)UVB exposure, independently from the body surface area exposed. In contrast, the circulating 25(OH)D3 levels were only minimally affected. It is probable that another endogenous source of precursors is selected when skin-originated precursors are lacking. PURPOSE: Sunscreen use, highly advocated for preventing cutaneous carcinogenesis, is potentially leading to an aggravation of vitamin D deficiency with its consequences on bone health...
December 2017: Archives of Osteoporosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717969/decreasing-the-expression-of-gabaa-%C3%AE-5-subunit-containing-receptors-partially-improves-cognitive-electrophysiological-and-morphological-hippocampal-defects-in-the-ts65dn-model-of-down-syndrome
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Verónica Vidal, Susana García-Cerro, Paula Martínez, Andrea Corrales, Sara Lantigua, Rebeca Vidal, Noemí Rueda, Laurence Ozmen, Maria-Clemencia Hernández, Carmen Martínez-Cué
Trisomy 21 or Down syndrome (DS) is the most common cause of intellectual disability of a genetic origin. The Ts65Dn (TS) mouse, which is the most commonly used and best-characterized mouse model of DS, displays many of the cognitive, neuromorphological, and biochemical anomalies that are found in the human condition. One of the mechanisms that have been proposed to be responsible for the cognitive deficits in this mouse model is impaired GABA-mediated inhibition. Because of the well-known modulatory role of GABAA α5 subunit-containing receptors in cognitive processes, these receptors are considered to be potential targets for improving the intellectual disability in DS...
July 17, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717914/association-of-elevated-pre-operative-hemoglobin-a1c-and-post-operative-complications-in-non-diabetic-patients-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Negar Karimian, Petru Niculiseanu, Alexandre Amar-Zifkin, Francesco Carli, Liane S Feldman
IMPORTANCE: Pre-operative hyperglycemia is associated with post-operative adverse outcomes in diabetic and non-diabetic patients. Current pre-operative screening includes random plasma glucose, yet plasma glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) is a better measure of long-term glycemic control. It is not clear whether pre-operative HbA1c can identify non-diabetic patients at risk of post-operative complications. OBJECTIVE: The systematic review summarizes the evidence pertaining to the association of suboptimal pre-operative HbA1c on post-operative outcomes in adult surgical patients with no history of diabetes mellitus...
July 17, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717403/the-potential-role-of-adult-stem-cells-in-the-management-of-the-rheumatic-diseases
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REVIEW
Tiziana Franceschetti, Cosimo De Bari
Adult stem cells are considered as appealing therapeutic candidates for inflammatory and degenerative musculoskeletal diseases. A large body of preclinical research has contributed to describing their immune-modulating properties and regenerative potential. Additionally, increasing evidence suggests that stem cell differentiation and function are disrupted in the pathogenesis of rheumatic diseases. Clinical studies have been limited, for the most part, to the application of adult stem cell-based treatments on small numbers of patients or as a 'salvage' therapy in life-threatening disease cases...
July 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Musculoskeletal Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717386/understanding-low-radiation-background-biology-through-controlled-evolution-experiments
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Nathanael Lampe, Vincent Breton, David Sarramia, Télesphore Sime-Ngando, David G Biron
Biological experiments conducted in underground laboratories over the last decade have shown that life can respond to relatively small changes in the radiation background in unconventional ways. Rapid changes in cell growth, indicative of hormetic behaviour and long-term inheritable changes in antioxidant regulation have been observed in response to changes in the radiation background that should be almost undetectable to cells. Here, we summarize the recent body of underground experiments conducted to date, and outline potential mechanisms (such as cell signalling, DNA repair and antioxidant regulation) that could mediate the response of cells to low radiation backgrounds...
August 2017: Evolutionary Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717355/correlation-of-creatine-kinase-levels-with-clinical-features-and-survival-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Hongfei Tai, Liying Cui, Yuzhou Guan, Mingsheng Liu, Xiaoguang Li, Dongchao Shen, Dawei Li, Bo Cui, Jia Fang, Qingyun Ding, Kang Zhang, Shuangwu Liu
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate serum creatine kinase (CK) levels of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients and to explore the relationship between CK levels and the clinical characteristics and survival prognosis of ALS patients. METHODS: We analyzed the CK levels of 185 ALS patients who underwent long-term follow-up. The relationship between CK levels and clinical features including sex, age, disease duration, site of onset, body mass index (BMI), serum creatinine (Cr), and spontaneous electromyographic activity was analyzed by univariate analysis and multiple linear regression...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716996/long-term-benzodiazepine-and-z-drugs-use-in-the-uk-a-survey-of-general-practice
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James Davies, Todd C Rae, Luke Montagu
BACKGROUND: Current British National Formulary (BNF) guidelines state that benzodiazepines and zolpidem, zopiclone, and zaleplon, commonly known as Z-drugs (BZD), be prescribed for no more than 4 weeks, although anecdotal data suggest that many patients are prescribed BZDs for much longer. As there are no recent, evidence-based estimates of long-term (>12 months) BZD use in the UK, the scale of this potential problem is unknown. AIM: To produce the first reliable, evidence-based estimate of long-term BZD use in the UK...
July 17, 2017: British Journal of General Practice: the Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716984/the-risk-of-ischemic-events-increased-in-patients-with-asymptomatic-carotid-stenosis-with-decreased-cerebrovascular-reserve
#17
Shulan Liu, Jing Cai, Fugui Ge, Wei Yue
Identifying high-risk patients with asymptomatic carotid stenosis (ACS) is necessary regardless of whether intensive medical therapy or aggressive treatment is applied. In order to assess the relationship between cerebrovascular reserve (CVR) measured by perfusion CT with inhalation of CO2 and the risk of ischemic events in ACS, this long-term follow-up study was conducted. Forty-five patients with ACS who underwent the examination of CVR measured by perfusion CT with inhalation of CO2 were collected and followed-up for at least 5 years...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Investigative Medicine: the Official Publication of the American Federation for Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716896/poor-prognosis-indicated-by-venous-circulating-tumor-cell-clusters-in-early-stage-lung-cancers
#18
Vasudha Murlidhar, Rishindra M Reddy, Shamileh Fouladdel, Lili Zhao, Martin K Ishikawa, Svetlana Grabauskiene, Zhuo Zhang, Jules Lin, Andrew C Chang, Philip W Carrott, William R Lynch, Mark B Orringer, Chandan Kumar-Sinha, Nallasivam Palanisamy, David G Beer, Max S Wicha, Nithya Ramnath, Ebrahim Azizi, Sunitha Nagrath
Early detection of metastasis can be aided by circulating tumor cells (CTCs), which also show potential to predict early relapse. Due to the limited CTC numbers in peripheral blood in early stages, we investigated CTCs in pulmonary vein blood accessed during surgical resection of tumors. Pulmonary vein (PV) and peripheral vein (Pe) blood specimens from patients with lung cancer were drawn during the perioperative period and assessed for CTC burden using a microfluidic device. From 108 blood samples analyzed from 36 patients, PV had significantly higher number of CTCs compared to pre-operative Pe (p<0...
July 17, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716813/inhibition-of-heparanase-in-pediatric-brain-tumor-cells-attenuates-their-proliferation-invasive-capacity-and-in-vivo-tumor-growth
#19
Argyris Spyrou, Soumi Kundu, Lulu Haseeb, Di Yu, Tommie Olofsson, Keith Dredge, Edward Hammond, Uri Barash, Israel Vlodavsky, Karin Forsberg-Nilsson
Curative therapy for medulloblastoma and other pediatric embryonal brain tumors has improved, but the outcome still remains poor and current treatment causes long-term complications. Malignant brain tumors infiltrate the healthy brain tissue and, thus despite resection, cells that have already migrated cause rapid tumor regrowth. Heparan sulfate proteoglycans (HSPG), major components of the extracellular matrix (ECM), modulate the activities of a variety of proteins. The major enzyme that degrades HS, heparanase (HPSE), is an important regulator of the ECM...
July 17, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716749/the-targeting-properties-of-folate-conjugate-pluronic-f127-poly-lactic-co-glycolic-nanoparticles
#20
Yue Yuan Luo, Xiang Yuan Xiong, Feng Cheng, Yan Chun Gong, Zi Ling Li, Yu Ping Li
Novel Folated Pluronic F127/poly (lactic-co-glycolic) (FA-F127-PLGA) and PLGA-F127-PLGA block copolymer were synthesized and nanoparticles self-assembled from these two copolymers were prepared by dialysis method. Paclitaxel (PTX) was successfully encapsulated in these two nanoparticles. According to in vitro release studies of PTX-loaded nanoparticles, after an initial burst release during the first 11h, the entrapped PTX released slowly in the following 82h. The cytotoxicity studies demonstrated that the in vitro antitumor effect of PTX could be improved by encapsulating PTX into PLGA-F127-PLGA nanoparticles...
July 14, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
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