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Mehrdad Namdari, Ali Eatemadi
Heart valves are currently under thorough investigation in tissue engineering (TE) research. Mechanical and biological heart valve prostheses which are recently used have several shortcomings. While allogenic and xenogenic biological prostheses are related to graft rejection, degeneration and thrombosis, resulting in a high rate of reoperation. Mechanical prostheses on the other hand are based on metallic, carbon, and polymeric components, and require continuous treatment with anticoagulant, which result in adverse reactions, e...
October 22, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Johan De Meester
From late nineteen nineties, the higher number of suitable renal transplant candidates has forced the transplant community to re-explore the whole spectrum of deceased donors after brain death (DBD) as well as after cardiac death (DCD); in practice, donors of older age and donors with more chronic diseases or "medical complexities". This new kidney donor population - finally defined as extended criteria donors (ECD) - currently comprises on average 20 to 25%. In his seminal paper in 2003 on the introduction of ECD in the US, Metzger et al...
October 25, 2016: Transplant International: Official Journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
Efrem S Lim, Daniel Brennan
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October 24, 2016: Transplantation
Ana Isabel Sánchez-Fructuoso, Isabel Pérez-Flores, Rosalia Valero, Maria Angeles Moreno, Miguel Fernandez-Arquero, Elena Urcelay, Cristina Fernández-Pérez, Jose Luis Santiago
The -308G/A SNP of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) gene affects TNF-α production. As its impact on transplant outcome remains open to debate, we decided to genotype it in a cohort of transplant subjects. A retrospective analysis of 439 first kidney recipients randomly divided into two subgroups (discovery and validation cohorts) was performed to identify the best predictors of acute rejection (AR). The effect on transplant outcome was analyzed by an adjusted logistic regression model. Carriers of the A allele, associated with elevated TNF-α production, presented a higher risk of AR (OR = 2...
2016: Journal of Immunology Research
Jillian Reardon, Trana Hussaini, Majid Alsahafi, Vladimir Marquez Azalgara, Siegfried R Erb, Nilufar Partovi, Eric M Yoshida
Aims: To systematically evaluate the literature for evidence to support the use of bile acids in non-cholestatic liver conditions. Methods: Searches were conducted on the databases of Medline (1948-March 31, 2015), Embase (1980-March 31, 2015) and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and on Google and Google Scholar to identify articles describing ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) and its derivatives for non-cholestatic hepatic indications. Combinations of the following search terms were used: ursodeoxycholic acid, ursodiol, bile acids and/or salts, non alcoholic fatty liver, non alcoholic steatohepatitis, fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, alcohol, liver disease, autoimmune, autoimmune hepatitis, liver transplant, liver graft, transplant rejection, graft rejection, ischemic reperfusion injury, reperfusion injury, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, viral hepatitis, chronic hepatitis, acute hepatitis, transaminases, alanine transaminase, liver enzymes, aspartate aminotransferase, gamma-glutamyl transferase, gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase, bilirubin, alkaline phosphatase...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology
Sgb Furness, D L Hare, A Kourakis, A M Turnley, P J Wookey
We have discovered that the accumulation of an anti-calcitonin receptor (anti-CTR) antibody conjugated to a fluorophore (mAb2C4:AF568) provides a robust signal for cells undergoing apoptotic programmed cell death (PCD). PCD is an absolute requirement for normal development of metazoan organisms. PCD is a hallmark of common diseases such as cardiovascular disease and tissue rejection in graft versus host pathologies, and chemotherapeutics work by increasing PCD. This robust signal or high fluorescent events were verified by confocal microscopy and flow cytometry in several cell lines and a primary culture in which PCD had been induced...
2016: Cell Death Discovery
Michael Ong, Andrea Marie Ibrahim, Samuel Bourassa-Blanchette, Christina Canil, Todd Fairhead, Greg Knoll
BACKGROUND: Nivolumab (Opdivo™) is a novel IgG4 subclass programmed death-1 (PD-1) inhibiting antibody that has demonstrated breakthrough-designation anti-tumor activity. To date, clinical trials of nivolumab and other checkpoint inhibitors have generally excluded patients with solid organ transplantation and patients with concurrent immunosuppression. However, organ transplant recipients are at high-risk of development of malignancy as a result of suppressed immune surveillance of cancer...
2016: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
Rosa M Michel Ortega, Daynna J Wolff, Cynthia A Schandl, Harry A Drabkin
BACKGROUND: Malignancy after transplantation is an uncommon multifactorial occurrence. Immunosuppression to prevent graft rejection is described as a major risk factor in malignancy development in the post-transplant state. Donor-derived malignancy is a rare reported complication. Herein, we review our patient history and discuss diagnostic strategies and the implications of immunosuppression for donor-derived malignancy. CASE PRESENTATION: This is a 69-year-old man with post-renal-transplant urothelial carcinoma determined to be of donor origin...
2016: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
Gili Freedman, Kipling D Williams, Jennifer S Beer
Social exclusion is an interactive process between multiple people, yet previous research has focused almost solely on the negative impacts on targets. What advice is there for people on the other side (i.e., sources) who want to minimize its negative impact and preserve their own reputation? To provide an impetus for research on the interactive nature of exclusion, we propose the Responsive Theory of Social Exclusion. Our theory postulates that targets and sources' needs are better maintained if sources use clear, explicit verbal communication...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
K A Hollowed, T E Travis, M H Jordan, J W Shupp
Education of first responders and referring medical professionals is considered vital to high-quality burn care. Prior to 1999, the community education program at The Burn Center of MedStar Washington Hospital Center (MWHC) was staffed by ICU nurses who volunteered their time. As the program became more popular in the mid-1990s, the requests for lectures exceeded the capacity of a volunteer program. A request to hospital administration for a full-time education coordinator position was rejected in the climate of budget cut-backs and declining reimbursement...
December 31, 2015: Annals of Burns and Fire Disasters
Thabo Lapp, Antonia Hildebrand, Daniel Böhringer, Paola Kammrath Betancor, Günther Schlunck, Thomas Reinhard
PURPOSE: To evaluate the feasibility of anterior segment spectral domain optic coherence tomography (ASOCT) as rejection readout in a keratoplasty mouse model and to compare ASOCT against the current standard (i.e., a clinical score system). Furthermore, to compare both approaches with respect to intra- and inter-individual observer variability and to calculate a critical point that distinguishes between rejection and non-rejection in ASOCT analysis. METHODS: Allogeneic penetrating keratoplasties (PKs) were performed using C3H/He donor mice and BALB/c recipient mice; syngeneic transplantations served as controls using BALB/c donors and recipients...
2016: Molecular Vision
Janet Hoek, Jude Ball, Rebecca Gray, El-Shadan Tautolo
OBJECTIVE: Tobacco companies often assert that adults should be free to make an 'informed choice' about smoking; this argument influences public perceptions and shapes public health policy agendas by promoting educative interventions ahead of regulation. Critically analysing 'informed choice' claims is pivotal in countries that have set endgame goals and require new, more effective policies to achieve their smoke-free aims. METHODS: In-depth interviews with 15 New Zealand politicians, policy analysts and tobacco control advocates examined how they interpreted 'informed choice' arguments...
October 24, 2016: Tobacco Control
Deirdre Sawinski
HIV+ patients are at increased risk for end-stage renal disease, but HIV infection was once considered a contraindication to renal transplantation. However, contemporary studies from the United States and Europe have now demonstrated that renal transplantation is a safe and effective treatment for end-stage renal disease in HIV patients, with equivalent patient and allograft survival to those uninfected. Broader experience in transplantation in HIV+ patients has identified unique challenges including high rates of acute rejection, delayed graft function, and significant drug-drug interactions...
October 11, 2016: Transplantation Reviews
Hanen Ferjani, Hossam Draz, Salwa Abid, Abedellatif Achour, Hassen Bacha, Imen Boussema-Ayed
Tacrolimus (TAC) and mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) are common immunosuppressive drugs used to avoid immunological rejection of transplanted organs. The risk of developing cancer is the most critical complication in organ transplant recipients undergoing immunosuppressive therapy. This study aims to explore the cytotoxic and genotoxic effects of TAC and MMF alone or combined orally administrated on spleen and bone marrow of Wistar rats. Our results showed that TAC (2.4; 24 and 60mg/kg) and MMF (5; 50 and 125mg/kg) induced a genotoxic effect on rat bone marrow...
November 1, 2016: Mutation Research
Tobias Hey, Niada Bajraktari, Jörg Vogel, Claus Hélix Nielsen, Jes la Cour Jansen, Karin Jönsson
Raw municipal wastewater from a full-scale wastewater treatment plant was physicochemically pretreated in a large pilot-scale system comprising coagulation, flocculation, microsieve and microfiltration operated in various configurations. The produced microsieve filtrates and microfiltration permeates were then concentrated using forward osmosis (FO). Aquaporin Inside(TM) FO membranes were used for both the microsieve filtrate and microfiltration permeates, and Hydration Technologies Inc.-thin-film composite membranes for the microfiltration permeate using only NaCl as the draw solution...
October 24, 2016: Environmental Technology
Mani Nagarajan, Sakthirajan Ramanathan, Jeyachandran Dhanapriya, Thanigachalam Dineshkumar, T Bala Subramaniyan, Natarajan Gopalakrishnan
BACKGROUND: Acute kidney injury (AKI) is one of the major determinants of graft survival in kidney transplantation (KTx). Renal Transplant recipients are more vulnerable to develop AKI than general population. AKI in the transplant recipient differs from community acquired, in terms of risk factors, etiology and outcome. Our aim was to study the incidence, risk factors, etiology, outcome and the impact of AKI on graft survival. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of 219 renal transplant recipients (both live and deceased donor) was done...
October 24, 2016: Renal Failure
Tulin Akagun, Halil Yazici, Yasar Caliskan, Yasemin Ozluk, Sevgi Sahin, Aydin Turkmen, Isın Kılıcaslan, Mehmet Sukru Sever
BACKGROUND: Antibody-mediated rejection is a frequent cause of graft failure; however, prognostic indications of this complication have not been well defined. The aim of this study was to evaluate the association of histopathological and clinical features and to determine the effect of these findings on allograft survival in patients with AMR. METHODS: Fifty-two patients suffered from AMR (30 male; mean age 39 ± 11 years) were included in the study. Data were investigated retrospectively and graft survival was analyzed...
October 24, 2016: Renal Failure
Simon R Knight, Leanne Metcalfe, Katriona O'Donoghue, Simon T Ball, Angela Beale, William Beale, Rachel Hilton, Keith Hodkinson, Graham W Lipkin, Fiona Loud, Lorna P Marson, Peter J Morris
BACKGROUND: It has been suggested that the research priorities of those funding and performing research in transplantation may differ from those of end service users such as patients, carers and healthcare professionals involved in day-to-day care. The Kidney Transplant Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) was established with the aim of involving all stakeholders in prioritising future research in the field. METHODS: The PSP methodology is as outlined by the James Lind Alliance...
2016: PloS One
Sanjay K Agarwal, Dipankar Bhowmik, Sandeep Mahajan, Soumita Bagchi
INTRODUCTION: Tuberculosis (TB) is an important cause of morbidity and mortality in renal transplant recipient (RTR). Immunosuppressive drugs are one of the most important risk factor for post-transplant tuberculosis (PTTB). A paucity of data exists about the impact of the type of calcineurin inhibitor on PTTB. METHODS: In this retrospective study, all adult patients on calcineurin inhibitor-based immunosuppression were included. Patients receiving TB chemoprophylaxis were excluded...
October 24, 2016: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
Taro Yamashita, Kentaro Waki, Shigehito Miki, Robert A Kirkwood, Robert H Hadfield, Hirotaka Terai
We present superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors (SSPDs) on non-periodic dielectric multilayers, which enable us to design a variety of wavelength dependences of optical absorptance by optimizing the dielectric multilayer. By adopting a robust simulation to optimize the dielectric multilayer, we designed three types of SSPDs with target wavelengths of 500 nm, 800 nm, and telecom range respectively. We fabricated SSPDs based on the optimized designs for 500 and 800 nm, and evaluated the system detection efficiency at various wavelengths...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
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