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Gabriele Picco, Consalvo Petti, Francesco Sassi, Katia Grillone, Giorgia Migliardi, Teresa Rossi, Claudio Isella, Federica Di Nicolantonio, Ivana Sarotto, Anna Sapino, Alberto Bardelli, Livio Trusolino, Andrea Bertotti, Enzo Medico
BACKGROUND: The NEDD8 conjugation pathway modulates the ubiquitination and activity of a wide range of intracellular proteins, and its blockade by pevonedistat is emerging as a promising therapeutic approach in various cancer settings. However, systematic characterization of pevonedistat efficacy in specific tumor types and definition of response predictors are still missing. METHODS: We investigated in vitro sensitivity to pevonedistat in 122 colorectal cancer (CRC) cell lines by an ATP-based proliferation assay and evaluated apoptosis and DNA content by flow cytometry...
February 2017: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Mustafa Topuz, Fahrettin Oz, Oguz Akkus, Omer Sen, Ayse Nur Topuz, Atilla Bulut, Suleyman Ozbicer, Sefa Okar, Mevlut Koc, Mustafa Gur
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to investigate the compliance of plasma apelin-12 levels to show angiographic properties and hospital MACE in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). MATERIAL AND METHODS: The association of apelin-12 levels with the N/L ratio on admission was assessed in 170 consecutive patients with primary STEMI undergoing primary PCI. All patient SYNTAX scores and thrombolysis in myocardial infarction (TIMI) flow grades were also assessed...
October 20, 2016: Perfusion
Karen K Yam, Angela Brewer, Virginie Bleau, Édith Beaulieu, Corey P Mallett, Brian J Ward
We investigated the long-term immune profiles of dose-sparing, AS03-adjuvanted vaccines compared to a traditional high-dose, unadjuvated influenza vaccine formulations. BALB/c mice received 2 IM injections of influenza A/Uruguay/716/2007 (H3N2) split vaccine antigen: high-dose (HD) (3 µg hemagglutinin (HA)/dose) or low-dose (LD) formulations (0.03 µg or 0.003 µg HA) with AS03 and were followed to 34 weeks post-boost (pb). We examined serologic responses, spleen and bone marrow (BM) HA-specific antibody-secreting cells (ASCs) by ELISpot, influenza-specific cytokine/chemokine production in re-stimulated splenocytes by multiplex ELISA, and antigen-specific CD4+ T cells that express cytokines (IL-2, IFNγ, TNFa and IL-5) by flow cytometry...
October 21, 2016: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
M Li, H E Muñoz, A Schmidt, B Guo, C Lei, K Goda, D Di Carlo
Euglena gracilis (E. gracilis) has recently been attracting attention as a potential renewable source for the production of biofuels, livestock feed, cosmetics, and dietary supplements. Research has focused on strain isolation, productivity improvement, nutrient and resource allocation, and co-product production, key steps that ultimately determine the economic viability and compatibility of the biomass produced. To achieve these characteristics, approaches to select E. gracilis mutants with desirable properties, such as high wax ester content, high growth rate, and high environmental tolerance for biodiesel and biomass production, are needed...
October 21, 2016: Lab on a Chip
Beatriz Gómez-Nieto, Mª Jesús Gismera, Mª Teresa Sevilla, Jesús R Procopio
A simple method based on FAAS was developed for the sequential multi-element determination of Cu, Zn, Mn, Mg and Si in beverages and food supplements with successful results. The main absorption lines for Cu, Zn and Si and secondary lines for Mn and Mg were selected to carry out the measurements. The sample introduction was performed using a flow injection system. Using the choice of the absorption line wings, the upper limit of the linear range increased up to 110mgL(-1) for Mg, 200mgL(-1) for Si and 13mgL(-1) for Zn...
March 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
Asad Mohammadzadeh, Adel Spotin, Mahmoud Mahami-Oskouei, Ali Haghighi, Nozhat Zebardast, Kobra Kohansal
In the microevolutionary scales of Entamoeba isolates, the gene migration shows how Entamoeba spp. has epidemiologically drifted among border countries. Five hundred fecal samples were taken from patients suffering gastrointestinal disorders, abdominal pain, and diarrhea at Saggez, northwest Iran located within the border Iraq country. Following parasitological techniques, DNA samples were extracted and amplified by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) of 18S rRNA region to identify Entamoeba infections. To distinguish the Entamoeba spp...
October 20, 2016: Parasitology Research
Dhananjai Saranadhi, Dayong Chen, Justin A Kleingartner, Siddarth Srinivasan, Robert E Cohen, Gareth H McKinley
Skin friction drag contributes a major portion of the total drag for small and large water vehicles at high Reynolds number (Re). One emerging approach to reducing drag is to use superhydrophobic surfaces to promote slip boundary conditions. However, the air layer or "plastron" trapped on submerged superhydrophobic surfaces often diminishes quickly under hydrostatic pressure and/or turbulent pressure fluctuations. We use active heating on a superhydrophobic surface to establish a stable vapor layer or "Leidenfrost" state at a relatively low superheat temperature...
October 2016: Science Advances
Jin-Jer Chen, Wen-Rui Hao, Kuan-Cheng Chang, Ju-Chi Liu
OBJECTIVE: Cardiac fibrosis is the major pathophysiological process, contributing to the development of diastolic heart failure. We examine the role of macrophage-derived galectin-3 (gal-3) in cardiac fibrosis and diastolic function in response to transverse aortic constriction (TAC). DESIGN AND METHOD: wild-type (WT) and gal-3 knock-out (KO) mice subjected to TAC; immunohistochemistry for myocardial macrophage infiltration,gal-3,and CTGF (connective tissue growth factor) expression; picrosirius red stain for myocardial fibrosis; FACS flow- cytometry for defining the origin of myocardial macrophages...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Mehdi Molaei, Jian Sheng
Understanding how bacteria move close to a surface under various stimuli is crucial for a broad range of microbial processes including biofilm formation, bacterial transport and migration. While prior studies focus on interactions between single stimulus and bacterial suspension, we emphasize on compounding effects of flow shear and solid surfaces on bacterial motility, especially reorientation and tumble. We have applied microfluidics and digital holographic microscopy to capture a large number (>10(5)) of 3D Escherichia coli trajectories near a surface under various flow shear...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Henrik Vase, Steffen Christensen, Aage Christiansen, Christian Juhl Therkelsen, Evald Høj Christiansen, Hans Eiskjær, Steen Hvidtfeldt Poulsen
INTRODUCTION: Mechanical circulatory support may be considered as a therapeutic option in selected patients with refractory cardiac arrest (rCA). Animal studies suggest a potential role for the Impella(®) left ventricular assist device in this setting, but so far no human data have been published. METHODS: Eight patients with rCA were treated with the Impella CP(®) device at our institution from November 2014 to October 2015. The Impella CP(®) was used at the discretion of the treating physicians in patients with rCA and pulseless electrical activity with presumed primary left ventricular failure...
October 14, 2016: Resuscitation
Ljiljana S Sulovic, Meho Mahmutovic, Snezana Lazic, Nenad Sulovic
: Aims "Athlete's heart" is a cardiac adaptation to long-term intensive training. The aims of this study were to show the prevalence of left ventricular hypertrophy in teenagers who participate in sports, to define the different types of cardiac re-modelling, and to differentiate between physiological and pathological hypertrophy. METHOD: Echocardiographic measurements were obtained by M-mode, two dimensional, and Doppler techniques of participants from sports and control groups...
October 18, 2016: Cardiology in the Young
Nikolaos Th Skoulikidis, Leonidas Vardakas, Yorgos Amaxidis, Panagiotis Michalopoulos
Desiccation and re-flooding processes play a key role on hydrological features of non-perennial rivers. This study addresses the effects of these processes on the aquatic quality and unravels underlying biogeochemical processes of an intermittent river reach in southern Greece containing a spring-fed pool. Combined spatio-temporal sampling for physicochemical parameters, major ions and nutrients and high frequency automatic monitoring during a hydrological year (2010-2011) indicate that during the dry period, solute variation was controlled by "concentration" processes (i...
October 13, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Carlos A Teixeira, Gabriela Furlan Giordano, Maisa B Beltrame, Luis Carlos Silveira Vieira, Angelo Luiz Gobbi, Renato Sousa Lima
The contamination, passivation, or fouling of the detection electrodes is a serious problem undermining the analytical performance of electroanalytical devices. The methods to regenerate the electrochemical activity of the solid electrodes involve mechanical, physical, or chemical surface treatments that usually add operational time, complexity, chemicals, and further instrumental re-quirements to the analysis. In this paper, we describe for the first time a reproducible method for renewing solid electrodes when-ever their morphology or composition are non-specifically changed without any surface treatment...
October 17, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Abhishek Raval, Bhavesh Thakkar, Tarun Madan, Nilesh Oswal, Rajiv Garg, Rhshikesh Umalkar, Komal Shah, Bhumika Maheriya
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to study the feasibility and outcomes of ductal stenting in patients with duct-dependent pulmonary blood flow (PBF). METHODS: Duct-dependent hypoxic patients with confluent pulmonary artery (PA) branches were enrolled for ductal stenting and followed regularly. RESULTS: Sixty patients, with a median age of 12 (1-1095) days and weight of 2.8 (2.2-8.9) kg, were enrolled. Median right PA (RPA) and left PA (LPA) Z-scores were -1...
October 13, 2016: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
Mónica Catalá-Icardo, Carmen Gómez-Benito, Ernesto Francisco Simó-Alfonso, José Manuel Herrero-Martínez
This paper describes a novel and sensitive method for extraction, preconcentration, and determination of two important widely used fungicides, azoxystrobin, and chlorothalonil. The developed methodology is based on solid-phase extraction (SPE) using a polymeric material functionalized with gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) as sorbent followed by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with diode array detector (DAD). Several experimental variables that affect the extraction efficiency such as the eluent volume, sample flow rate, and salt addition were optimized...
October 15, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
M M C da Silva, R A Corcha, A M Oliveira da Silva, F J B Z Franco, J R de Souza Almeida, I F S F Boin
BACKGROUND: Patients in the immediate post-operative liver transplantation (LxT) period can develop respiratory and functional complications. In the postoperative months, these functions tend to improve. Nevertheless, there are few studies that evaluate precisely and specifically respiratory function in post-LxT long-term after surgery. The objective of the study was to describe the respiratory profile of patients 1 to 6 months after LxT, accompanied by LxT outpatients. METHODS: We included patients between 25 and 60 years old...
September 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
Tibor Becske, Matthew B Potts, Maksim Shapiro, David F Kallmes, Waleed Brinjikji, Isil Saatci, Cameron G McDougall, István Szikora, Giuseppe Lanzino, Christopher J Moran, Henry H Woo, Demetrius K Lopes, Aaron L Berez, Daniel J Cher, Adnan H Siddiqui, Elad I Levy, Felipe C Albuquerque, David J Fiorella, Zsolt Berentei, Miklós Marosföi, Saruhan H Cekirge, Peter K Nelson
OBJECTIVE The long-term effectiveness of endovascular treatment of large and giant wide-neck aneurysms using traditional endovascular techniques has been disappointing, with high recanalization and re-treatment rates. Flow diversion with the Pipeline Embolization Device (PED) has been recently used as a stand-alone therapy for complex aneurysms, showing significant improvement in effectiveness while demonstrating a similar safety profile to stent-supported coil treatment. However, relatively little is known about its long-term safety and effectiveness...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery
A Nakajima, M Ishida, T Fujimori, Y Wakamoto, S Sawai
Studies of chemotactic cell migration rely heavily on various assay systems designed to evaluate the ability of cells to move in response to attractant molecules. In particular, the development of microfluidics-based devices in recent years has made it possible to spatially distribute attractant molecules in graded profiles that are sufficiently stable and precise to test theoretical predictions regarding the accuracy and efficiency of chemotaxis and the underlying mechanism of stimulus perception. However, because the gradient is fixed in a direction orthogonal to the laminar flow and thus the chamber geometry, conventional devices are limited for the study of cell re-orientation to gradients that move or change directions...
October 13, 2016: Lab on a Chip
Line S Bisgaard, Christina K Mogensen, Alexander Rosendahl, Helena Cucak, Lars Bo Nielsen, Salka E Rasmussen, Tanja X Pedersen
Macrophages are heterogeneous and can polarize into specific subsets, e.g. pro-inflammatory M1-like and re-modelling M2-like macrophages. To determine if peritoneal macrophages (PEMs) or bone marrow derived macrophages (BMDMs) resembled aortic macrophages from ApoE-/- mice, their M1/M2 phenotype, inflammatory status, and lipid metabolism signatures were compared. oxLDL accumulation was similar in PEMs and BMDMs. On protein expression level, BMDMs showed an M2-like CD206(high)CD11c(low) profile, while cholesterol loading led to enhanced CD11c expression and reduced MCP-1 secretion...
October 13, 2016: Scientific Reports
Yasushi Yamada, Jun Furusawa, Yoshiki Sugimura, Isao Kuromastu
PURPOSE: To evaluate the long-term outcomes and safety photoselective vaporization of the prostate (PVP). PATIENTS AND METHODS: From April 2005 to December 2015, a total of 1154 patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) underwent PVP. The type of Green Light laser was an 80W potassium-titanyl-phosphate (KTP) laser and later a 120W lithium triborate (LBO) laser. Before and after surgery, the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS), maximum urinary flow rate (Qmax), post-void residual volume (PVR), prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level and prostate volume were assessed regularly...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Endourology
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