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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918326/a-surrogate-analyte-based-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-method-for-the-determination-of-endogenous-cyclic-nucleotides-in-rat-brain
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Jie Chen, Ali Tabatabaei, Doug Zook, Yan Wang, Anne Danks, Kathe Stauber
A robust high-performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) assay was developed and qualified for the measurement of cyclic nucleotides (cNTs) in rat brain tissue. Stable isotopically labeled 3',5'-cyclic adenosine-(13)C5 monophosphate ((13)C5-cAMP) and 3',5'-cyclic guanosine-(13)C,(15)N2 monophosphate ((13)C(15)N2-cGMP) were used as surrogate analytes to measure endogenous 3',5'-cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) and 3',5'-cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP). Pre-weighed frozen rat brain samples were rapidly homogenized in 0...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918088/evaluation-of-cerebrovascular-reactivity-in-subjects-with-and-without-obstructive-sleep-apnea
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Clodagh M Ryan, Anne Battisti-Charbonney, Olivia Sobczyk, David J Mikulis, James Duffin, Joseph A Fisher, Lashmi Venkatraghavan
BACKGROUND: Both obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and altered cerebrovascular reactivity (CVR) are associated with increased stroke risk. Nevertheless, the incidence of abnormal CVR in patients with OSA is uncertain due to the high variability in the way CVR is measured both within and between studies. We hypothesized that a standardized CVR with a consistent vasoactive stimulus and cerebral blood flow (CBF) measure would be reduced in patients with severe OSA compared with healthy controls...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917988/a-comprehensive-screening-platform-for-aerosolizable-protein-formulations-for-intranasal-and-pulmonary-drug-delivery
#3
Martina Röhm, Stefan Carle, Frank Maigler, Johannes Flamm, Viktoria Kramer, Chrystelle Mavoungou, Otmar Schmid, Katharina Schindowski
Aerosolized administration of biopharmaceuticals to the airways is a promising route for nasal and pulmonary drug delivery, but - in contrast to small molecules - little is known about the effects of aerosolization on safety and efficacy of biopharmaceuticals. Proteins are sensitive against aerosolization-associated shear stress. Tailored formulations can shield proteins and enhance permeation, but formulation development requires extensive screening approaches. Thus, the aim of this study was to develop a cell-based in vitro technology platform that includes screening of protein quality after aerosolization and transepithelial permeation...
September 13, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917813/structural-impacts-on-the-timing-and-amplitude-of-the-negative-bold-response
#4
David Provencher, Alexandre Bizeau, Guillaume Gilbert, Yves Bérubé-Lauzière, Kevin Whittingstall
The positive (PBR) and negative BOLD responses (NBR) arising in task-fMRI display varying magnitudes and dynamics across voxels. While the effects of structure, particularly of veins, on the PBR have been studied, little is known of NBR-structure relationships. Like the PBR, the NBR is often used as a surrogate marker of neuronal activation in both basic and clinical research and assessing its relationship with cortical structure may help interpret group differences. We therefore investigated how local structure affects BOLD amplitude and timing in PBR and NBR areas using multi-band fMRI during visual stimulation to obtain high temporal resolution (TR=0...
September 13, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917289/imaging-of-convective-drug-delivery-in-the-nervous-system
#5
REVIEW
Russell R Lonser
Convection-enhanced delivery permits the direct homogeneous delivery of small- and large-molecular-weight putative therapeutics to the nervous system in a manner that bypasses the blood-nervous system barrier. The development of co-infused surrogate imaging tracers (for computed tomography and MRI) allows for the real-time, noninvasive monitoring of infusate distribution during convective delivery. Real-time image monitoring of convective distribution of therapeutic agents insures that targeted structures/nervous system regions are adequately perfused, enhances safety, informs efficacy (or lack thereof) of putative agents, and provides critical information regarding the properties of convection-enhanced delivery in normal and various pathologic tissue states...
October 2017: Neurosurgery Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917221/determining-the-predictive-equation-for-height-from-ulnar-length-in-the-vietnamese-population
#6
Ana Bonell, Nguyen Nguyen Huyen, Vu Dinh Phu, Heiman Wertheim, Behzad Nadjm
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Height is an essential measurement in clinical medicine. It allows the calculation of body mass index, ideal body weight, basic energy requirements and tidal volumes. In many patient groups, such as the critically ill, height cannot be measured easily and surrogate anthropometric measures are used. Regression equations estimating height are specific to ethnicity. We aimed to develop the regression equation for Vietnamese men and women to predict height from ulna length and so improve prescription of life-saving treatment in the intensive care units...
2017: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916989/comparison-of-the-recovery-profile-between-desflurane-and-sevoflurane-in-patients-undergoing-bariatric-surgery-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
#7
REVIEW
Preet Mohinder Singh, Anuradha Borle, Jason McGavin, Anjan Trikha, Ashish Sinha
Early and clear recovery from anesthesia is the crux for preventing perioperative complications in the obese undergoing bariatric surgery. Volatile inhalation agents by virtue of high lipid solubility are expected to produce residual anesthetic effects. Prospective randomized trials comparing desflurane and sevoflurane used for anesthesia maintenance (electroencephalograph guided) during bariatric surgery published till 1st of July 2017 were searched in the medical database. Comparisons were made for surrogate markers of recovery from anesthesia that included time to eye-opening (TEo), time to tracheal-extubation (TEx), and Aldrete scores on immediately shifting to recovery (Ald-I)...
September 16, 2017: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916915/inflammatory-diseases-and-bone-fragility
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REVIEW
K Briot, P Geusens, I Em Bultink, W F Lems, C Roux
Systemic osteoporosis and increased fracture rates have been described in chronic inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, inflammatory bowel diseases, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Most of these patients receive glucocorticoids, which have their own deleterious effects on bone. However, the other main determinant of bone fragility is the inflammation itself, as shown by the interactions between the inflammatory mediators, the actors of the immune system, and the bone remodelling...
September 15, 2017: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916673/radiographic-and-clinical-brain-infarcts-in-cardiac-and-diagnostic-procedures-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#9
Sung-Min Cho, Abhishek Deshpande, Vinay Pasupuleti, Adrian V Hernandez, Ken Uchino
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The incidence of periprocedural brain infarcts varies among cardiovascular procedures. In a systematic review, we compared the ratio of radiographic brain infarcts (RBI) to strokes and transient ischemic attacks across cardiac and vascular procedures. METHODS: We searched MEDLINE and 5 other databases for brain infarcts in aortic valve replacement, coronary artery bypass grafting, cardiac catheterization, and cerebral angiogram through September 2015...
September 15, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916636/electrophysiological-heterogeneity-of-pacemaker-cells-in-rabbit-intercaval-region-including-sa-node-insights-from-recording-multiple-ion-currents-in-each-cell
#10
Oliver Monfredi, Kenta Tsutsui, Bruce D Ziman, Michael D Stern, Edward G Lakatta, Victor A Maltsev
Cardiac pacemaker cells, including cells of the sinoatrial node, are heterogeneous in size, morphology and electrophysiological characteristics. The exact extent to which these cells differ electrophysiologically is unclear, yet is critical to understanding their functioning. We examined major ionic currents in individual intercaval pacemaker cells (IPC) sampled from the para-cristal, inter-caval region (including the sinoatrial node) that were spontaneously beating after enzymatic isolation from rabbit hearts...
September 15, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916466/a-multi-centered-epidemiological-study-evaluating-the-validity-of-the-treatment-difficulty-indices-developed-by-the-japan-prosthodontic-society
#11
Takuo Kuboki, Tetsuo Ichikawa, Kazuyoshi Baba, Masanori Fujisawa, Hironobu Sato, Hideki Aita, Shigeto Koyama, Masayuki Hideshima, Yuji Sato, Hiroyuki Wake, Aya Kimura-Ono, Kan Nagao, Yorika Kodaira-Ueda, Katsushi Tamaki, Shinsuke Sadamori, Kazuhiro Tsuga, Yasuhiro Nishi, Takashi Sawase, Hisashi Koshino, Shin-Ichi Masumi, Kaoru Sakurai, Kanji Ishibashi, Takashi Ohyama, Yasumasa Akagawa, Toshihiro Hirai, Keiichi Sasaki, Kiyoshi Koyano, Hirofumi Yatani, Hideo Matsumura
PURPOSE: The Japan Prosthodontic Society developed a multi-axis assessment protocol to evaluate the complex variations in patients who need prosthodontic care, and to classify the level of treatment difficulty. A previous report found the protocol to be sufficiently reliable. The purpose of this multi-center cohort study was to evaluate the validity of this multi-axis assessment protocol. METHODS: The treatment difficulty was evaluated using the multi-axis assessment protocol before starting prosthodontic treatment...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Prosthodontic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916449/bio-scaffolds-in-organ-regeneration-clinical-potential-and-current-challenges
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REVIEW
S Yesmin, M B Paget, H E Murray, R Downing
Cadaveric organ transplantation represents the definitive treatment option for end-stage disease but is restricted by the shortage of clinically-viable donor organs. This limitation has, in part, driven current research efforts for in vitro generation of transplantable tissue surrogates. Recent advances in organ reconstruction have been facilitated by the re-purposing of decellularized whole organs to serve as three-dimensional bio-scaffolds. Notably, studies in rodents indicate that such scaffolds retain native extracellular matrix components that provide appropriate biochemical, mechanical and physical stimuli for successful tissue/organ reconstruction...
September 12, 2017: Current Research in Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916437/sex-specific-99th-percentiles-derived-from-the-aacc-universal-sample-bank-for-the-roche-gen-5-ctnt-assay-comorbidities-and-statistical-methods-influence-derivation-of-reference-limits
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Ian L Gunsolus, Allan S Jaffe, Anne Sexter, Karen Schulz, Ranka Ler, Brittany Lindgren, Amy K Saenger, Sara A Love, Fred S Apple
OBJECTIVES: Our purpose was to determine a) overall and sex-specific 99th percentile upper reference limits (URL) and b) influences of statistical methods and comorbidities on the URLs. METHODS: Heparin plasma from 838 normal subjects (423 men, 415 women) were obtained from the AACC (Universal Sample Bank). The cobas e602 measured cTnT (Roche Gen 5 assay); limit of detection (LoD), 3ng/L. Hemoglobin A1c (URL 6.5%), NT-proBNP (URL 125ng/L) and eGFR (60mL/min/1.73m(2)) were measured, along with identification of statin use, to better define normality...
September 12, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916397/computational-assessment-of-model-based-wave-separation-using-a-database-of-virtual-subjects
#14
Bernhard Hametner, Magdalena Schneider, Stephanie Parragh, Siegfried Wassertheurer
The quantification of arterial wave reflection is an important area of interest in arterial pulse wave analysis. It can be achieved by wave separation analysis (WSA) if both the aortic pressure waveform and the aortic flow waveform are known. For better applicability, several mathematical models have been established to estimate aortic flow solely based on pressure waveforms. The aim of this study is to investigate and verify the model-based wave separation of the ARCSolver method on virtual pulse wave measurements...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916378/clinical-pharmacology-of-anti-angiogenic-drugs-in-oncology
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REVIEW
P Gougis, J Wassermann, J P Spano, N Keynan, C Funck-Brentano, J E Salem
Abnormal vasculature proliferation is one of the so-called hallmarks of cancer. Angiogenesis inhibitor therapies are one of the major breakthroughs in cancer treatment in the last two decades. Two types of anti-angiogenics have been approved: monoclonal antibodies and derivatives, which are injected and target the extracellular part of a receptor, and protein kinase inhibitors, which are orally taken small molecules targeting the intra-cellular Adenosine Triphosphate -pocket of different kinases. They have become an important part of some tumors' treatment, both in monotherapy or in combination...
September 1, 2017: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916372/tracking-and-controlling-soft-surface-contamination-in-health-care-settings
#16
Jonathan D Sexton, Amanda M Wilson, Hannah P Sassi, Kelly A Reynolds
BACKGROUND: Study objectives were to track the transfer of microbes on soft surfaces in health care environments and determine the efficiency of an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered soft surface sanitizer in the health care environment. METHODS: Soft surfaces at 3 health care facilities were sampled for heterotrophic plate count (HPC) bacteria, Staphylococcus spp, Streptococcus pyogenes, and Escherichia coli followed by a tracer study with a virus surrogate seeded onto volunteer hands and commonly touched surfaces...
September 12, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916288/anti-apoptotic-and-moderate-anti-inflammatory-effects-of-berberine-in-sulfur-mustard-exposed-keratinocytes
#17
Simon Lang, Tanja Popp, Christian Silvester Kriegs, Annette Schmidt, Frank Balszuweit, Georg Menacher, Kai Kehe, Horst Thiermann, Thomas Gudermann, Dirk Steinritz
Skin affections after sulfur mustard (SM) exposure include erythema, blister formation and severe inflammation. An antidote or specific therapy does not exist. Anti-inflammatory compounds as well as substances counteracting SM-induced cell death are under investigation. In this study, we investigated the benzylisoquinoline alkaloide berberine (BER), a metabolite in plants like berberis vulgaris, which is used as herbal pharmaceutical in Asian countries, against SM toxicity using a well-established in vitro approach...
September 12, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916181/replicability-of-time-varying-connectivity-patterns-in-large-resting-state-fmri-samples
#18
Anees Abrol, Eswar Damaraju, Robyn L Miller, Julia M Stephen, Eric D Claus, Andrew R Mayer, Vince D Calhoun
The past few years have seen an emergence of approaches that leverage temporal changes in whole-brain patterns of functional connectivity (the chronnectome). In this chronnectome study, we investigate the replicability of the human brain's inter-regional coupling dynamics during rest by evaluating two different dynamic functional network connectivity (dFNC) analysis frameworks using 7 500 functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) datasets. To quantify the extent to which the emergent functional connectivity (FC) patterns are reproducible, we characterize the temporal dynamics by deriving several summary measures across multiple large, independent age-matched samples...
September 12, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915818/the-impact-of-cardiovascular-co-morbidities-and-duration-of-diabetes-on-the-association-between-microvascular-function-and-glycaemic-control
#19
F Casanova, D D Adingupu, F Adams, K M Gooding, H C Looker, K Aizawa, F Dove, S Elyas, J J F Belch, P E Gates, R C Littleford, M Gilchrist, H M Colhoun, A C Shore, F Khan, W D Strain
BACKGROUND: Good glycaemic control in type 2 diabetes (T2DM) protects the microcirculation. Current guidelines suggest glycaemic targets be relaxed in advanced diabetes. We explored whether disease duration or pre-existing macrovascular complications attenuated the association between hyperglycaemia and microvascular function. METHODS: 743 participants with T2DM (n = 222), cardiovascular disease (CVD = 183), both (n = 177) or neither (controls = 161) from two centres in the UK, underwent standard clinical measures and endothelial dependent (ACh) and independent (SNP) microvascular function assessment using laser Doppler imaging...
September 15, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915364/nosocomial-multidrug-resistant-klebsiella-pneumoniae-strains-isolated-from-mexico-city-produce-robust-biofilms-on-abiotic-surfaces-but-not-on-human-lung-cells
#20
Martha Lorena Ostria-Hernandez, Karla Cecilia Juárez-de la Rosa, Patricia Arzate-Barbosa, Antonino Lara-Hernández, Fuminori Sakai, J Antonio Ibarra, Graciela Castro-Escarpulli, Jorge E Vidal
BACKGROUND: Klebsiella pneumoniae (Kpn) strains are a leading cause of hospital-acquired infections, including ventilator-associated pneumonia. Resistance to antibiotics, biofilm formation, and the production of certain fimbriae play an important role in the pathogenesis. AIM: We investigated the genetic relatedness, antibiotic resistance, virulence potential, and ability to form biofilms of Kpn strains isolated from hospital-acquired infections (n = 76). Strains were isolated at three major hospitals serving the largest metropolitan urban area in Mexico City, Mexico...
September 15, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
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