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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821089/preparation-and-evaluation-of-chitosan-alginate-porous-microspheres-bletilla-striata-polysaccharide-composite-hemostatic-sponges
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Chao Wang, Wenfeng Luo, Puwang Li, Sidong Li, Ziming Yang, Zhang Hu, Yangyang Liu, Ningjian Ao
We prepared a novel hemostatic material using chitosan (CS), alginate, and Bletilla striata, which showed good biocompatibility and hemostatic properties. Alginate-calcium porous microspheres (Alg) were prepared by emulsification/cross-linking methods, and Bletilla striata polysaccharide (Bsp) was extracted from the tubers by water extraction and alcohol precipitation. To improve the water absorption and accelerate the blood coagulation, Alg and Bsp were mixed with chitosan solution to form CS/Alg and CS/Alg/Bsp composite sponges by lyophilization...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820441/genome-wide-interaction-study-of-omega-3-pufas-and-other-fatty-acids-on-inflammatory-biomarkers-of-cardiovascular-health-in-the-framingham-heart-study
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Jenna Veenstra, Anya Kalsbeek, Jason Westra, Craig Disselkoen, Caren Smith, Nathan Tintle
Numerous genetic loci have been identified as being associated with circulating fatty acid (FA) levels and/or inflammatory biomarkers of cardiovascular health (e.g., C-reactive protein). Recently, using red blood cell (RBC) FA data from the Framingham Offspring Study, we conducted a genome-wide association study of over 2.5 million single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and 22 RBC FAs (and associated ratios), including the four Omega-3 FAs (ALA, DHA, DPA, and EPA). Our analyses identified numerous causal loci...
August 18, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820028/extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-for-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-in-adults-an-analysis-of-differences-between-survivors-and-non-survivors
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Bernd Panholzer, Katrin Meckelburg, Katharina Huenges, Grischa Hoffmann, Michael von der Brelie, Nils Haake, Kevin Pilarczyk, Jochen Cremer, Assad Haneya
OBJECTIVES: Over the last decade, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) has become a promising option for patients with severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). In this single-center observational cohort study, data from a patient group with severe ARDS treated with ECMO was analyzed. METHODS: Data from 46 patients [median age 54 years (18 to 72), male: 65.2%] were evaluated retrospectively between January 2009 and September 2015. RESULTS: Diagnosis leading to ARDS was pneumonia in 63...
September 2017: Perfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819860/circulating-tumor-cells-markers-and-methodologies-for-enrichment-and-detection
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M J Alvarez Cubero, J A Lorente, I Robles-Fernandez, A Rodriguez-Martinez, J L Puche, M J Serrano
Cancer is a leading cause of disease worldwide; however, nowadays many points of its initiation processes are unknown. In this chapter, we are focusing on the role of liquid biopsies in cancer detection and progression. CTCs are one of the main components of liquid biopsies, they represent a subset of tumor cells that have acquired the ability to disseminate from the primary tumor and intravasate to the circulatory system. The greatest challenge in the detection of CTCs is their rarity in the blood. Human blood consists of white blood cells (5-10 × 10(6)/mL), red blood cells (5-9 × 10(9)/mL), and platelets (2...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819694/thoracic-corpectomy-for-neoplastic-vertebral-bodies-using-a-navigated-lateral-extracavitary-approach-a-single-center-consecutive-case-series-technique-and-analysis
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Sebastian Hartmann, Christoph Wipplinger, Anja Tschugg, Pujan Kavakebi, Alexander Örley, Pierre Pascal Girod, Claudius Thomé
Thoracic myelopathy is often caused by vertebral body fractures resulting from neoplastic conditions, traumatic events, or infectious diseases. One of the preferred procedures for treating it is the lateral extracavitary approach (LECA) with single-level or multilevel decompressive corpectomy and reconstruction. The aim of this retrospective study was to analyze the thoracic lateral extracavitary approach with corpectomy using vertebral body replacement systems (VBR-S) and dorsal reconstruction. Twenty-four patients with metastatic or primary lesions of thoracic vertebrae T2-T12 underwent spinal decompression and ventral column reconstruction with correction of spinal deformity via a LECA...
August 17, 2017: Neurosurgical Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819664/antimicrobial-carbon-nanospheres
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Yao-Wen Jiang, Ge Gao, Xiaodong Zhang, Hao-Ran Jia, Fu-Gen Wu
Carbon nanomaterials have found numerous applications in various fields. However, their synthesis and functionalization usually require complicated procedures or tough experimental conditions. Herein, we report for the first time the synthesis of a new type of functional nanomaterial, quaternized carbon nanospheres (QCNSs), with superior antibacterial activity via a one-pot hydrothermal treatment of chitosan and hexadecylbetaine (abbreviated as BS-16). During the hydrothermal process, the direct reaction and carbonization between the amine-containing chitosan and the carboxyl-containing BS-16 were realized within only one step...
August 18, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819361/unilateral-headache-status-after-intra-aortic-balloon-pump-placement
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Garret M Weber, Alan L Gass, Shalvi B Parikh
INTRODUCTION: Intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) counterpulsation is a catheter-based treatment for coronary artery disease and decompensated heart failure to increase coronary blood flow and improve cardiac output. IABP is generally well tolerated, and complications are usually related to peripheral vasculature or red blood cell and platelet consumption. The usual insertion site via femoral artery renders the patient bedbound. Recently, axillary artery has been used in patients with atherosclerotic peripheral vascular disease and documented small arteries or in those awaiting transplant to ensure ambulation and prevent deconditioning...
2017: Case Reports in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819319/gamma-glutamyl-transpeptidase-to-platelet-ratio-is-not-superior-to-apri-fib-4-and-rpr-for-diagnosing-liver-fibrosis-in-chb-patients-in-china
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Rui Huang, Guiyang Wang, Chen Tian, Yong Liu, Bei Jia, Jian Wang, Yue Yang, Yang Li, Zhenhua Sun, Xiaomin Yan, Juan Xia, Yali Xiong, Peixin Song, Zhaoping Zhang, Weimao Ding, Chao Wu
The gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase to platelet ratio (GPR) is a novel index to estimate liver fibrosis in chronic hepatitis B (CHB). Few studies compared diagnostic accuracy of GPR with other non-invasive fibrosis tests based on blood parameters. We analyzed diagnostic values of GPR for detecting liver fibrosis and compared diagnostic performances of GPR with APRI (aspartate aminotransferase-to-platelet ratio index), FIB-4 (fibrosis index based on the four factors), NLR (neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio), AAR (aspartate aminotransferase/alanine aminotransferase ratio) and RPR (red cell distribution width-to-platelet ratio) in HBeAg positive CHB and HBeAg negative CHB...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819200/periostin-binding-dna-aptamer-treatment-attenuates-renal-fibrosis-under-diabetic-conditions
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Jae Eun Um, Jung Tak Park, Bo Young Nam, Jung Pyo Lee, Jong Ha Jung, Youndong Kim, Seonghun Kim, Jimin Park, Meiyan Wu, Seung Hyeok Han, Tae-Hyun Yoo, Shin-Wook Kang
Diabetic nephropathy, the major cause of chronic kidney disease, is associated with progressive renal fibrosis. Recently, accumulation of periostin, an extracellular matrix protein, was shown to augment renal fibrosis. Aptamers have higher binding affinities without developing the common side effects of antibodies. Thus, we evaluated the effect of periostin inhibition by an aptamer-based inhibitor on renal fibrosis under diabetic conditions. In vitro, transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) treatment significantly upregulated periostin, fibronectin, and type I collagen mRNA and protein expressions in inner medullary collecting duct (IMCD) cells...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818807/early-treatment-initiation-in-lower-risk-myelodysplastic-syndromes-produces-an-earlier-and-higher-rate-of-transfusion-independence
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Christopher R Cogle, Sheila R Reddy, Eunice Chang, Elya Papoyan, Michael S Broder, Michael McGuire, Gary Binder
Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are characterized by ineffective hematopoiesis resulting in refractory cytopenias. Red blood cell (RBC) transfusions can improve anemia; however, prolonged transfusion dependence (TD) is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Disease-modifying therapy (DMT) for MDS can reduce transfusion requirements, although the optimum timing of DMT initiation is unclear. This retrospective study analyzed linked SEER registry and Medicare claims (2006-2012) to estimate the impact of DMT-initiation (azacitidine, decitabine, or lenalidomide) timing (≤ 3 vs...
August 1, 2017: Leukemia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818801/development-and-validation-of-a-reliable-method-for-thiopurine-methyltransferase-tpmt-enzyme-activity-in-human-whole-blood-by-lc-ms-ms-an-application-for-phenotypic-and-genotypic-correlations
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Supaporn Wiwattanakul, Santirhat Prommas, Nuttawut Jenjirattithigarn, Siwalee Santon, Apichaya Puangpetch, Samart Pakakasama, Usanarat Anurathapan, Chonlaphat Sukasem
A liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method was developed for the determination of thiopurine methyltransferase (TPMT) activity in human whole blood lysate, based on conversion of 6-mercaptopurine (6-MP) by TPMT to 6-methylmercaptopurine (6-MMP) using S-adenosyl-l-methionine (SAM) as the methyl donor. This method was improved from the previous laborious method for washing of red cell lysate preparation to develop whole blood EDTA lysate. In addition, the TPMT incubation was optimized and the chromatography was performed in a short runtime of 7min on a C18-column by detection via triple quadrupole mass spectrometry...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816806/autologous-blood-transfusion-for-postpartum-hemorrhage
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Julia A Greenawalt, Denise Zernell
Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is a leading contributor to maternal morbidity and mortality in the United States and globally. Although the rate of PPH is generally decreasing nationally, severity of PPH appears to be increasing, potentially related to the various comorbidities associated with women of childbearing age. There is increasing evidence of risks associated with allogeneic blood transfusion, which has historically been the classic therapeutic approach for treatment to PPH. Pregnant women are particularly susceptible to the implications of sensitization to red cell antigens, a common sequela to allogenic blood transfusion...
September 2017: MCN. the American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816299/-application-of-intraoperative-cell-salvage-combined-with-leukocyte-depletion-filter-on-radical-nephrectomy-for-renal-carcinoma-with-inferior-vena-cava-tumor-thrombus-2-case-reports
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H Zeng, X Y Rong, X Q Zhang, X Y Guo
Intraoperative cell salvage (IOCS) has been widely used to reduce allogeneic blood transfusion and prevent blood transfusion related complications during surgery. However, due to the risk of transfusion related reaction, contamination, and immunological reaction, its use for tumor patients has been controversial and limited. To explore the feasibility of the application of IOCS in cancer patients, we reported 2 cases of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) with tumor embolism in IVC that underwent radical nephrectomy,and inferior caval venous thrombectomy receiving IOCS combined with leukocyte depletion filter (LDF) from August 2016 to November 2016 in our hospital...
August 18, 2017: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816272/-radical-nephrectomy-and-thrombectomy-for-mayo-clinic-stage-iii-tumor-thrombus-a-surgical-technique-and-clinical-experience
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Z Liu, L L Ma, X J Tian, G L Wang, X F Hou, S D Zhang, S H Deng
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of radical nephrectomy and inferior vena cava thrombectomy in the treatment of patients with Mayo III tumor thrombus, and to introduce our experience and surgical technique. METHODS: The clinical data of 8 patients with Mayo III tumor thrombus from October 2014 to September 2016 were analyzed retrospectively. Of the 8 patients, 3 were male and 5 were female. The average age was (50.8±18.7) years (18 to 77 years)...
August 18, 2017: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816101/measurement-of-total-hemoglobin-reduces-red-cell-transfusion-in-hospitalized-patients-undergoing-cardiac-surgery-a-retrospective-database-analysis
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Christopher Craver, Kathy W Belk, Gerard J Myers
INTRODUCTION: Historically, perioperative hemoglobin monitoring has relied on calculated saturation, using blood gas devices that measure plasma hematocrit (Hct). Co-oximetry, which measures total hemoglobin (tHb), yields a more comprehensive assessment of hemodilution. The purpose of this study was to examine the association of tHb measurement by co-oximetry and Hct, using conductivity with red blood cell (RBC) transfusion, length of stay (LOS) and inpatient costs in patients having major cardiac surgery...
August 1, 2017: Perfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815969/-318c-t-polymorphism-of-the-ctla-4-gene-is-an-independent-risk-factor-for-rbc-alloimmunization-among-sickle-cell-disease-patients
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V B Oliveira, M R Dezan, F C A Gomes, S F Menosi Gualandro, J E Krieger, A C Pereira, J D Marsiglia, J E Levi, V Rocha, A Mendrone-Junior, E C Sabino, C L Dinardo
Cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated antigen 4 (CTLA-4) molecule is expressed on T-lymphocyte membrane and negatively influences the antigen-presenting process. Reduced expression of CTLA-4 due to gene polymorphisms is associated with increased risk of autoimmune disorders, whose physiopathology is similar to that of post-transfusion red blood cell (RBC) alloimmunization. Our goal was to evaluate if polymorphisms of CTLA-4 gene that affect protein expression are associated with RBC alloimmunization. This was a case-control study in which 134 sickle cell disease (SCD) patients and 253 non-SCD patients were included...
August 17, 2017: International Journal of Immunogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815904/comparative-in-vitro-study-on-cytotoxicity-of-recombinant-%C3%AE-hairpin-peptides
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Denis V Kuzmin, Anna A Emelianova, Mariana B Kalashnikova, Pavel V Panteleev, Sergey V Balandin, Ekaterina O Serebrovskaya, Oksana Yu Belogurova-Ovchinnikova, Tatiana V Ovchinnikova
Natural antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are important components of the innate immune system with a wide spectrum of biological activity. In this study, we investigated the cytotoxic effect of three recombinant β-hairpin cationic AMPs: arenicin-1 from the polychaeta Arenicola marina, tachyplesin I from the horseshoe crab Tachypleus tridentatus, and gomesin from the spider Acanthoscurria gomesiana. All the three β-hairpin AMPs were overexpressed in E. coli. Different cell lines were incubated with various concentrations of the investigated AMPs in order to evaluate their cytotoxic activity...
August 16, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815621/red-blood-cell-sedimentation-of-apheresis-granulocytes
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Michelle A Lodermeier, Karen M Byrne, Willy A Flegel
Sedimentation of Apheresis Granulocyte components removes red blood cells. It is used to increase the blood donor pool when blood group-compatible donors cannot be recruited for a patient because of a major ABO incompatibility or incompatible red blood cell antibodies in the recipient. Because granulocytes have little ABO and few other red blood cell antigens on their membrane, such incompatibility lies mostly with the contaminating red blood cells. Video Clip S1 shows the process of red blood cell sedimentation of an Apheresis Granulocyte component...
August 16, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815426/identification-and-red-blood-cell-automated-counting-from-blood-smear-images-using-computer-aided-system
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Vasundhara Acharya, Preetham Kumar
Red blood cell count plays a vital role in identifying the overall health of the patient. Hospitals use the hemocytometer to count the blood cells. Conventional method of placing the smear under microscope and counting the cells manually lead to erroneous results, and medical laboratory technicians are put under stress. A computer-aided system will help to attain precise results in less amount of time. This research work proposes an image-processing technique for counting the number of red blood cells. It aims to examine and process the blood smear image, in order to support the counting of red blood cells and identify the number of normal and abnormal cells in the image automatically...
August 17, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815406/successful-management-of-a-hydropic-fetus-with-severe-anemia-and-thrombocytopenia-caused-by-anti-cd36-antibody
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Xiuzhang Xu, Lin Li, Wenjie Xia, Haoqiang Ding, Dawei Chen, Jing Liu, Jing Deng, Yangkai Chen, Zhiming He, Jiali Wang, Yuan Shao, Sentot Santoso, Xin Ye, Qun Fang
Cases of CD36 deficiency are not rare in Asian populations, foetal and neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (FNAIT) caused by anti-CD36 isoantibodies appears more frequent than other HPA alloantibodies. However, little is known about the treatment of anti-CD36 mediated FNAIT in this region. A Chinese male foetus, whose mother had a history of multiple intrauterine foetal demise and/or hydrops, was diagnosed with severe FNAIT at 27 weeks of gestational age. Immunological analysis revealed total absence of CD36 on platelets and monocytes from mother, caused by a 329-330delAC mutation of the CD36 gene...
August 16, 2017: International Journal of Hematology
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