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Johan U Lind, Travis A Busbee, Alexander D Valentine, Francesco S Pasqualini, Hongyan Yuan, Moran Yadid, Sung-Jin Park, Arda Kotikian, Alexander P Nesmith, Patrick H Campbell, Joost J Vlassak, Jennifer A Lewis, Kevin K Parker
Biomedical research has relied on animal studies and conventional cell cultures for decades. Recently, microphysiological systems (MPS), also known as organs-on-chips, that recapitulate the structure and function of native tissues in vitro, have emerged as a promising alternative. However, current MPS typically lack integrated sensors and their fabrication requires multi-step lithographic processes. Here, we introduce a facile route for fabricating a new class of instrumented cardiac microphysiological devices via multimaterial three-dimensional (3D) printing...
October 24, 2016: Nature Materials
Rachel Boxio, Julien Wartelle, Béatrice Nawrocki-Raby, Brice Lagrange, Laurette Malleret, Timothee Hirche, Clifford Taggart, Yves Pacheco, Gilles Devouassoux, Abderrazzaq Bentaher
BACKGROUND: In acutely injured lungs, massively recruited polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMNs) secrete abnormally neutrophil elastase (NE). Active NE creates a localized proteolytic environment where various host molecules are degraded leading to impairment of tissue homeostasis. Among the hallmarks of neutrophil-rich pathologies is a disrupted epithelium characterized by the loss of cell-cell adhesion and integrity. Epithelial-cadherin (E-cad) represents one of the most important intercellular junction proteins...
October 17, 2016: Respiratory Research
Kemal Atasayan, Tevfik Yoldemir, Sedef Ramoglu, Dilek Gogas Yavuz
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the endothelial function and structure in patients with hirsutism in reproductive age. STUDY DESIGN: The study was conducted on 69 consecutive women admitted with complaints of hirsutism and 63 voluntary healthy women, as controls. A total of 132 subjects who applied to the Gynecology and Infertility Outpatient Clinics were included. Participants with modified Ferriman Gallway (mFG) score over 8 were considered to be hirsute. The demographic, metabolic, hormonal characteristics, risk factors of cardiovascular disease, CIMT (carotis intima media thickness) and FMD (flow-mediated dilatation) were compared between hirsute women and those in the control group...
October 3, 2016: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Maria Amalia Di Castro, Flavia Trettel, Giampaolo Milior, Laura Maggi, Davide Ragozzino, Cristina Limatola
Chemokines have several physio-pathological roles in the brain. Among them, the modulation of synaptic contacts and neurotransmission recently emerged as crucial activities during brain development, in adulthood, upon neuroinflammation and neurodegenerative diseases. CXCL16 is a chemokine normally expressed in the brain, where it exerts neuroprotective activity against glutamate-induced damages through cross communication with astrocytes and the involvement of the adenosine receptor type 3 (A3R) and the chemokine CCL2...
October 10, 2016: Scientific Reports
Wim G M Bastiaanssen, Pasquale Steduto
Scarce water resources are one of the major constraints to achieve more food production. Food production needs therefore also to be evaluated in terms of water consumption, besides the conventional unit of land. Crop Water Productivity (CWP) is defined as the crop yield per unit of water evaporated. Contrary to crop yield, local benchmark values for CWP do not exist. This paper shows how operational earth observation satellites can measure CWP indirectly on a pixel-by-pixel basis, which provides an opportunity to define local, regional and global benchmark values...
October 3, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Masoud Bahrami
BACKGROUND: Cancer is the third main cause of death in Iran only after cardiovascular diseases and accidents. OBJECTIVES: The main aim of this research study was to identify nurses' understanding of cancer patients' Quality of Life (QoL) in an Iranian context. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This descriptive correlational study was conducted in an educative referral oncology center affiliated to Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran in 2013...
June 2016: Iranian Journal of Cancer Prevention
Noa Raz, Netta Levin
Despite the fact that almost one-third of patients suffer from visual deficits following brain damage; neuro-visual rehabilitation to compensate for visual field deficits is relatively neglected in the clinical setting. This is in contrast to physio and speech therapies, which are the bread and butter of rehabilitative programs. Likewise, programs that address coping with dementia usually concentrate on language, memory and cognitive skills, but often fail to address the deficits experienced by the subset of patients suffering from progressive cortico-visual dysfunction...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Neurology
D Di Martino, S Zullino, D Casati, A S Grimaldi, C Mastroianni, V Sterpi, E Rosti, M Garbin, E Ferrazzid
AIMS: To compare maternal hemodynamic profile during pregnancy and at 6-12 months after delivery in pregnancies with different HDP phenotypes or severe IUGR. METHODS: We enrolled patients between 24 and 38 weeks of gestation: HDP with appropriate for gestational age foetuses (HDP-AGAf), HDP with IUGR (HDP-IUGR), severe IUGR and Controls matched for gestational age. Severe IUGR was defined as abdominal circumference <5th centile and a PI in umbilical artery42SD...
August 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Ken-Lin Chang, Xi-Mei Chen, Jian Sun, Jing-Yong Liu, Shui-Yu Sun, Zuo-Yi Yang, Yin Wang
Spent mushroom substrate (SMS) is a bulky waste byproduct of commercial mushroom production, which can cause serious environmental problems and, therefore, poses a significant barrier to future expansion of the mushroom industry. In the present study, we explored the use of SMS as a biochar to improve the quality of bio-fertilizer. Specifically, we performed a series of experiments using composting reactors to investigate the effects of SMS biochar on the physio-chemical properties of bio-fertilizer. Biochar was derived from dry SMS pyrolysed at 500°C and mixed with pig manure and rice straw...
September 27, 2016: Environmental Technology
Robert Trevor Marshall, Hemang Kotecha, Takuyo Chiba, Joseph Tennyson
This is a report of a thoracic vertebral fracture in a 79-year-old male survivor of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest with chest compressions provided by a LUCAS 2 (Physio-Control Inc.; Lund Sweden) device. This is the first such report in the literature of a vertebral fracture being noted in a survivor of cardiac arrest where an automated compression device was used. Marshall RT , Kotecha H , Chiba T , Tennyson J . Thoracic spine fracture in a survivor of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest with mechanical CPR. Prehosp Disaster Med...
September 19, 2016: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Akiko Tanaka, Keigo Kawaji, Amit R Patel, Takeyoshi Ota
OBJECTIVES: An extracellular matrix patch was implanted in the porcine right ventricle for in situ myocardial regeneration. A newly developed cardiovascular magnetic resonance protocol was utilized to investigate the regional physio-mechanical function of the patch. METHODS: Cardiovascular magnetic resonance was performed at 60-day after the porcine right ventricular wall full thickness substitution with an extracellular matrix cardiac patch (n = 5). Dacron patches and remote normal right ventricle served as control (n = 5/each)...
September 13, 2016: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Bipin Gaihre, Ambalangodage C Jayasuriya
In this study we developed carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) microparticles through ionic crosslinking with the aqueous ion complex of zirconium (Zr) and further complexing with chitosan (CS) and determined the physio-chemical and biological properties of these novel microparticles. In order to assess the role of Zr, microparticles were prepared in 5% and 10% (w/v) zirconium tetrachloride solution. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDS) results showed that Zr was uniformly distributed on the surface of the microparticles as a result of which uniform groovy surface was obtained...
December 1, 2016: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Ahnryul Choi, David D McPherson, Hyunggun Kim
Mitral regurgitation (MR) is a result of mitral valve (MV) pathology. Its etiology can be categorized as degenerative or functional MR. Ring annuloplasty aims to reconfigure a dilated mitral annulus to its normal size and shape. We investigated the effect of annuloplasty ring shape on MR outcome using our established 3-dimensional (3-D) echocardiography-based computational MV evaluation protocols. Virtual patient MV models were created from 3-D transesophageal echocardiographic data in patients with MR because of mitral annular dilation...
September 7, 2016: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
Quinton Smith, Sharon Gerecht
Uncoupling synergistic interactions between physio-chemical cues that guide stem cell fate may improve efforts to direct their differentiation in culture. Using supramolecular hydrogels, Alakpa et al. (2016) demonstrate that mesenchymal stem cell differentiation is paired to depletion of bioactive metabolites, which can be utilized to chemically induce osteoblast and chondrocyte fate.
September 1, 2016: Cell Stem Cell
Jie Yuan, Jialu Liu, Qi Song, Dan Wang, Wensheng Xie, Hao Yan, Junfeng Zhou, Yen Wei, Xiaodan Sun, Lingyun Zhao
Mild hyperthermia has shown great advantages when combined with chemotherapy. The development of a multifunctional platform for the integration of mild hyperthermia capability into a drug-loading system is a key issue for cancer multimodality treatment application. Herein, a facile one-pot in situ fabrication protocol of docetaxel (DTX)-loaded poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA)/polypyrrole (PPy) nanocomposites was developed. While the PLGA nanoparticles (NPs) allow efficient drug loading, the PPy nanobulges embedded within the surface of the PLGA NPs, formed by in situ pyrrole polymerization without the introduction of other template agents, can act as ideal mediators for photoinduced mild hyperthermia...
September 21, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
John P Savaryn, Timothy K Toby, Neil L Kelleher
Mass spectrometry (MS) is widely recognized as a powerful analytical tool for molecular research. MS is used by researchers around the globe to identify, quantify, and characterize biomolecules like proteins from any number of biological conditions or sample types. As instrumentation has advanced, and with the coupling of liquid chromatography (LC) for high-throughput LC-MS/MS, a proteomics experiment measuring hundreds to thousands of proteins/protein groups is now commonplace. While expert practitioners who best understand the operation of LC-MS systems tend to have strong backgrounds in physics and engineering, consumers of proteomics data and technology are not exposed to the physio-chemical principles underlying the information they seek...
September 2016: Proteomics
Silvia Martínez-Miró, Fernando Tecles, Marina Ramón, Damián Escribano, Fuensanta Hernández, Josefa Madrid, Juan Orengo, Silvia Martínez-Subiela, Xavier Manteca, José Joaquín Cerón
BACKGROUND: In recent decades there has been a growing concern about animal stress on intensive pig farms due to the undesirable consequences that stress produces in the normal physiology of pigs and its effects on their welfare and general productive performance. This review analyses the most important types of stress (social, environmental, metabolic, immunological and due to human handling), and their biological consequences for pigs. The physio-pathological changes associated with stress are described, as well as the negative effects of stress on pig production...
2016: BMC Veterinary Research
Zhisheng Wu, Duanwei Liang, Xinjing Tang
Two fluorescent chemosenors, Mito-HS and Lyso-HS, were rationally designed and synthesized with positive charge at physiological conditions. The positive charge showed triple functions as target moieties for subcellular mitochondria and lysosome of living cells, soluble moieties for chemosenors, as well as effective sequesters of HS(-) (H2S at physiological conditions). These two probes showed faster and more efficient fluorescence H2S detection than the similar literature-reported probe without positive charge...
September 20, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Saba Shahab, Diana-Felicia Nicolici, Alva Tang, Paul Katz, Linda Mah
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of depression on functional recovery in geriatric patients who have completed an inpatient rehabilitation program. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: Inpatient rehabilitation unit of a university-affiliated geriatric hospital. PARTICIPANTS: Convenience sample of patients (N=65; mean age, 81.6y; 25 men) admitted to rehabilitation over a 10-month period. Patients >60 years of age who were proficient in English and capable of providing informed consent were eligible to participate in the study...
August 13, 2016: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Alessandro Soloperto, Marta Bisio, Gemma Palazzolo, Michela Chiappalone, Paolo Bonifazi, Francesco Difato
The technological advancement of optical approaches, and the growth of their applications in neuroscience, has allowed investigations of the physio-pathology of neural networks at a single cell level. Therefore, better understanding the role of single neurons in the onset and progression of neurodegenerative conditions has resulted in a strong demand for surgical tools operating with single cell resolution. Optical systems already provide subcellular resolution to monitor and manipulate living tissues, and thus allow understanding the potentiality of surgery actuated at single cell level...
2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
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