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Daniel Navin Olschewski, Verena Hofschröer, Nikolaj Nielsen, Daniela G Seidler, Albrecht Schwab, Christian Stock
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The peptide hormone angiotensin II (ATII) plays a prominent role in regulating vasoconstriction and blood pressure. Its primary target is the angiotensin II receptor type 1 (AT1), the stimulation of which induces an increase in cytosolic [Ca2+] and calmodulin activation. Ca2+-bound (activated) calmodulin stimulates the activity of the Na+/ H+ exchanger isoform 1 (NHE1); and increased NHE1 activity is known to promote melanoma cell motility. The competitive AT1 receptor inhibitor losartan is often used to lower blood pressure in hypertensive patients...
March 16, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Peisheng Liang, Wangyong Zhu, Tianjun Lan, Qian Tao
Saliva secretion disorder is one of the most common symptoms in primary Sjögren syndrome (pSS). Salivary biomarkers related to saliva secretion disorder were identified in a pSS murine model, NOD/ShiLtJ mouse, using differential proteomic analysis. Candidate biomarkers were screened with Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes pathway analysis and validated in saliva and salivary glands by western blotting and immunohistochemistry (IHC). Biological functions were detected using ingenuity pathway analysis (IPA)...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Shufeng Huang, Zhenping Wan, Shuiping Zou
A novel sintered cutting stainless steel fiber felt with internal channels (SCSSFFC) composed of a stainless-steel fiber skeleton, three-dimensional interconnected porous structure and multiple circular microchannels is developed. SCSSFFC has a jagged and rough surface morphology and possesses a high specific surface area, which is approximately 2.4 times larger than that of the sintered bundle-drawing stainless steel fiber felt with internal channels (SBDSSFFC) and is expected to enhance adhesive strength...
March 20, 2018: Materials
Jonathan Lichtenberger, Kathryn M Meurs, Etienne Côté
Cardiac arrhythmias often are transient and might not be detected using conventional electrocardiographic (ECG) techniques. The adhesive patch monitor (APM) is a single-lead, lightweight, up to 14-day continuous ambulatory ECG monitor. This study aimed to prospectively assess its usability in four boxer dogs considered either to be healthy or to have arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy. Optimal recording was obtained by placing the APM on the left side of the animal's thorax, at the fifth intercostal space, slightly dorsal to the costochondral junction, and oriented either vertically or parallel to the long axis of the heart...
March 20, 2018: Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association
Nichole Moyle, Zhenping He, Haibin Wu, Chung-Yuen Hui, Anand Jagota
Numerous biomimetic structures made from elastomeric materials have been developed to produce enhancement in properties such as adhesion, static friction, and sliding friction. As a property, one expects adhesion to be represented by an energy per unit area that is usually sensitive to the combination of shear and normal stresses at the crack front but is otherwise dependent only on the two elastic materials that meet at the interface. More specifically, one would expect that adhesion measured by indentation (a popular and convenient technique) could be used to predict adhesion hysteresis in the more practically important rolling geometry...
March 20, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Xiaoshuai Wu, Yan Qiao, Zhuanzhuan Shi, Wei Tang, Chang Ming Li
Interfacial electron transfer between electroactive biofilm and the electrode is crucial step for microbial fuel cells (MFCs) and other bioelectrochemical systems. Here, a hierarchically porous nitrogen-doped CNTs/reduced graphene oxide (rGO) composite with polyaniline as nitrogen source has been developed for MFCs anode. This composite possesses nitrogen atoms doped surface for improved flavin redox reaction and a three-dimensional (3D) hierarchically porous structure for rich bacterial biofilm growth. The N-CNTs/rGO anode delivers a maximum power density of 1137 mW m-2 in Shewanella putrefaciens CN32 microbial fuel cells, which is 8...
March 20, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
David Pitskhelauri, Elina Kudieva, Dmitrii Moshchev, Evgeny Ananev, Michail Shifrin, Gleb Danilov, Tatiana Melnikova-Pitskhelauri, Igor Kachkov, Andrey Bykanov, Alexander Sanikidze
OBJECTIVE: A pseudomeningocele and an incisional cerebrospinal fluid leak are considered frequent complications following neurosurgical operations. The rate of these complications especially increases following neurosurgical procedures on the posterior cranial fossae. According to some publications, the rate of pseudomeningoceles has been reported as high as 40%, whereas that of incisional cerebrospinal fluid leaks is up to 17%. For the purposes of reducing the risk of these complications after a midline suboccipital craniotomy, we propose suturing the arachnoid membrane of the cisterna magna...
March 20, 2018: Acta Neurochirurgica
José Ascención Arenas-Ruiz, Horus Martinez-Maldonado, Vicente Gonzalez-Carranza, Samuel Torres-García, Fernando Chico-Ponce de Leon
INTRODUCTION: Focal hydrocephalus including trapped temporal horn (TTH), isolated lateral and fourth ventricles, is caused by obstruction and/or adhesion related to various etiologies. With the advent of the neuroendoscope, endoscopic procedures have become an alternative in selected cases. CASE REPORT: A 2-year-old male from a rural town in México was referred to our institution because of multiple supra- and infra-tentorial abscesses and hydrocephalus. The patient had progressive deterioration and developed bilateral trapped temporal horn related to multi-septated hydrocephalus, so we performed an endoscopic ventricular-cistern-ventriculostomy through a single right temporal burr hole...
March 20, 2018: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
Erdem Kucukal, Jane A Little, Umut A Gurkan
Non-adherence and deformability are the key intrinsic biomechanical features of the red blood cell (RBC), which allow it to tightly squeeze and pass through even the narrowest of microcirculatory networks. Blockage of microcirculatory flow, also known as vaso-occlusion, is a consequence of abnormal cellular adhesion to the vascular endothelium. In sickle cell disease (SCD), an inherited anaemia, even though RBCs have been shown to be heterogeneous in adhesiveness and deformability, this has not been studied in the context of physiologically relevant dynamic shear gradients at the microscale...
March 20, 2018: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
Ping Yao, Peng Li, Jun-Jian Jiang, Hong-Ye Li
Scar hyperplasia at the suture site is an important reason for hindering the repair effect of peripheral nerve injury anastomosis. To address this issue, two repair methods are often used. Biological agents are used to block nerve sutures and the surrounding tissue to achieve physical anti-adhesion effects. Another agent is glucocorticosteroid, which can prevent scar growth by inhibiting inflammation. However, the overall effect of promoting regeneration of the injured nerve is not satisfactory. In this regard, we envision that these two methods can be combined and lead to shared understanding for achieving improved nerve repair...
February 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
Jingyu Jin, Sharada Tilve, Zhonghai Huang, Libing Zhou, Herbert M Geller, Panpan Yu
As one major component of extracellular matrix (ECM) in the central nervous system, chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans (CSPGs) have long been known as inhibitors enriched in the glial scar that prevent axon regeneration after injury. Although many studies have shown that CSPGs inhibited neurite outgrowth in vitro using different types of neurons, the mechanism by which CSPGs inhibit axonal growth remains poorly understood. Using cerebellar granule neuron (CGN) culture, in this study, we evaluated the effects of different concentrations of both immobilized and soluble CSPGs on neuronal growth, including cell adhesion, spreading and neurite growth...
February 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
Przemyslaw J Kotyla
Objective Statins, a class of 3-hydroxy-3 methyl-glutaryl-coenzyme A reductase inhibitors, are widely used for the treatment of atherosclerosis. Less is known about the role of statins in the treatment of vascular complication in systemic sclerosis (SSc). We therefore performed a short-term interventional study with simvastatin in patients with the diffuse variant of SSc and normal lipid profiles. Methods Twenty-five patients with diffuse SSc were enrolled and received simvastatin at a daily dose of 20 mg for 28 days...
January 1, 2018: Journal of International Medical Research
Bram Verstockt, Marc Ferrante, Séverine Vermeire, Gert Van Assche
The advent of anti-TNF agents has dramatically changed the treatment algorithms for IBD in the last 15 years, but primarily and more importantly secondary loss of response is often observed. Fortunately , new treatment options have been actively explored and some have already entered our clinical practice. In the class of anti-cytokine agents, the anti-IL12/IL23 monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) have entered clinical practice with the anti-p40 mAb ustekinumab in Crohn's disease (CD). Also, more selective anti-IL23 agents (anti-p19) have shown efficacy and are being further developed, in contrast to agents inhibiting IL-17 downstream which have failed in clinical trials despite their clear efficacy in psoriasis (Verstockt et al...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Gastroenterology
Hitendra S Solanki, Remya Raja, Alex Zhavoronkov, Ivan V Ozerov, Artem V Artemov, Jayshree Advani, Aneesha Radhakrishnan, Niraj Babu, Vinuth N Puttamallesh, Nazia Syed, Vishalakshi Nanjappa, Tejaswini Subbannayya, Nandini A Sahasrabuddhe, Arun H Patil, T S Keshava Prasad, Daria Gaykalova, Xiaofei Chang, Rachana Sathyendran, Premendu Prakash Mathur, Annapoorni Rangarajan, David Sidransky, Akhilesh Pandey, Evgeny Izumchenko, Harsha Gowda, Aditi Chatterjee
EGFR-based targeted therapies have shown limited success in smokers. Identification of alternate signaling mechanism(s) leading to TKI resistance in smokers is critically important. We observed increased resistance to erlotinib in H358 NSCLC (non-small cell lung carcinoma) cells chronically exposed to cigarette smoke (H358-S) compared to parental cells. SILAC-based mass-spectrometry approach was used to study altered signaling in H358-S cell line. Importantly, among the top phosphosites in H358-S cells we observed hyperphosphorylation of EGFR (Y1197) and non-receptor tyrosine kinase FAK (Y576/577)...
January 2018: Oncoscience
Cem Gabay, Jérôme Msihid, Moshe Zilberstein, Caroline Paccard, Yong Lin, Neil M H Graham, Anita Boyapati
Introduction: Interleukin-6 (IL-6) orchestrates formation of an inflammatory pannus, leading to joint damage in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Sarilumab is a human monoclonal antibody blocking the IL-6Rα. In TARGET (NCT01709578), a phase 3 study in adults with moderate-to-severe RA and inadequate response or intolerance to tumour necrosis factor inhibitors, subcutaneous sarilumab 200 mg or 150 mg every 2 weeks (q2w) plus conventional synthetic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (csDMARDs) significantly reduced disease activity versus placebo plus csDMARDs...
2018: RMD Open
Mathias Montenarh, Claudia Götz
Ecto-protein kinases, including protein kinase CK2 (former name, casein kinase 2), have been the focus of research for more than 30 years. At the beginning of the ecto-kinase research their identification was performed with substrates and inhibitors whose specificity under the current knowledge was rather limited. Since all currently known ecto-kinases, including ecto-CK2, have intracellular counterparts, one has to exclude that an ecto-localization originates from intracellular counterparts after cell damage...
April 2018: Biomedical Reports
Fei Yan, Yu Sun, Yang Mao, Meiying Wu, Zhiting Deng, Shuai Li, Xin Liu, Li Xue, Hairong Zheng
Cardiovascular diseases resulting from atherosclerosis have become a serious threat to human health. It is well-known that an ongoing inflammatory response is involved during atherosclerosis progression that ultimately results in the accumulation of lipids and formation of plaques. Monitoring the pathological changes during the inflammatory response will be of great significance for early diagnosis and therapeutic evaluation of atherosclerosis. Targeted contrast-enhanced ultrasonography has been shown to be a promising noninvasive imaging technique for evaluating the degree of atherosclerosis and may potentially be translated to clinical imaging in the future...
2018: Theranostics
Wei Zhang, Xinyan Xie, Huijing Mi, Jinwan Sun, Shaoxue Ding, Lijuan Li, Hui Liu, Huaquan Wang, Rong Fu, Zonghong Shao
Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are clonal stem cell disorders characterized by ineffective hematopoiesis that lead to leukemia. Disorders of the immune system serve important functions in the pathophysiology and progression of this disease. Different levels or mechanisms of natural killer (NK) cells in patients with MDS have been measured in previous studies, making it challenging to understand the pathogenesis of NK cytotoxicity. The present study investigated the frequency of NK cell-mediated antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity and explored the function of NK cells by their activating receptors, inhibition signals, degranulation and cytotoxicity factors...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Tong Zhu, Xueqian Hu, Pinkang Wei, Guangzhi Shan
Gastric cancer (GC) is one of the deadliest types of cancer in the world. Lymph node (LN) metastasis is a complex and malignant behavior of GC, involving a sequence of biological processes, including decreased adherence to adjacent cells, extracellular matrix (ECM) degradation and lymphatic channel permeation. LN metastasis is directly associated with the treatment response, local recurrence and long-term survival of patients with GC. Therefore, the molecular mechanisms of LN metastasis in GC development require further investigation...
March 2018: Oncology Letters
Salvatore Risitano, Luigi Sabatini, Francesco Atzori, Alessandro Massè, Pier Francesco Indelli
Periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) is a serious complication in total knee arthroplasty (TKA) and represents one of the most common causes of revision. The challenge for surgeons treating an infected TKA is to quickly obtain an infection-free joint in order to re-implant, when possible, a new TKA. Recent literature confirms the role of local antibiotic-loaded beads as a strong bactericidal, allowing higher antibiotic elution when compared with antibiotic loaded spacers only. Unfortunately, classical Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) beads might allow bacteria adhesion, secondary development of antibiotic resistance and eventually surgical removal once antibiotics have eluted...
June 2018: Journal of Orthopaedics
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