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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147131/transcriptional-activity-of-tumor-necrosis-factor-alpha-gene-in-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-in-patients-with-coronary-slow-flow
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Yousef Rasmi, Morteza Bagheri, Sanaz Faramarz-Gaznagh, Mohadeseh Nemati, Mohammad Hasan Khadem-Ansari, Ehsan Saboory, Mir Hossein Seyed-Mohamadzad, Alireza Shirpoor
BACKGROUND: Coronary slow flow (CSF), an angiographic phenomenon that is characterized by a delayed coronary blood flow in the absence of obstructive coronary artery stenosis, is known as a disorder of the coronary microcirculation. Inflammation has an important role in the vascular hemostasis and endothelial dysfunction especially regarding monocyte adhesion and infiltration. Pro-inflammatory cytokines released by inflammatory cells result in endothelial cell dysfunction and cardiovascular diseases...
July 2017: ARYA Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146240/channelled-tablets-an-innovative-approach-to-accelerating-drug-release-from-3d-printed-tablets
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Muzna Sadia, Basel Arafat, Waqar Ahmed, Robert E Forbes, Mohamed A Alhnan
Conventional immediate release dosage forms involve compressing the powder with a disintegrating agent that enables rapid disintegration and dissolution upon oral ingestion. Among 3D printing technologies, the fused deposition modelling (FDM) 3D printing technique has considerable potential for patient-specific dosage form. However, the use of FDM 3D printing in tablet manufacturing requires large portion of polymer, which slows down drug release through erosion and diffusion mechanisms. In this study, we demonstrate for the first time the use of a novel design approach of caplets with perforating channels to accelerate drug release from 3D printed tablets...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144050/fibroadipose-vascular-anomaly-treated-with-sirolimus-successful-outcome-in-two-patients
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Jonathan Erickson, William McAuliffe, Lewis Blennerhassett, Anne Halbert
Fibroadipose vascular anomaly (FAVA) is a rare, complex mesenchymal malformation combining fibrofatty replacement of the affected muscles and slow-flow vascular malformation. The condition is characterized by localized swelling, severe pain, phlebectasia, and contracture of the affected limb. Treatment paradigms are not well established for this rare, recently recognized condition. We report two cases of FAVA in which treatment with sirolimus produced rapid, dramatic improvement in pain and quality of life.
November 2017: Pediatric Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142809/is-left-atrial-function-affected-by-coronary-slow-flow-a-two-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiographic-study
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Flora Fallah, Sima Narimani, Shima Yarmohammadi, Ali Hosseinsabet, Arash Jalali
Background: The coronary slow flow phenomenon (CSFP) is the slow passage of the angiographic contrast agent to the distal portion of the coronary artery in the absence of significant stenosis. We evaluated the left atrial (LA) function in patients with the CSFP using two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography (2DSTE). Methods: The LA function was compared through 2DSTE between 36 patients with the CSFP and 36 participants with a normal coronary flow. The two groups were matched for age, sex, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and the left ventricular function...
October 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Echography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138867/effect-of-xanthohumol-on-th1-th2-balance-in-a-breast-cancer-mouse-model
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Wenchao Zhang, Yanlong Pan, Panhong Gou, Cheng Zhou, Lianqing Ma, Qiming Liu, Yuping Du, Jinbo Yang, Qin Wang
Xanthohumol (XN), a prenylflavonoid found in the hop plant, Humulus lupulus, exhibits a variety of biological activities. Numerous studies have reported that XN inhibits the growth of many types of cancer cells, but the effects of XN on tumor immunity have not yet been studied. We explored the effect of XN on Th1/Th2 balance and the underlying mechanism based on a BALB/c-4T1 breast cancer mouse model. The results showed that XN significantly slowed down tumor growth and inhibited expression of antitumor proliferation protein Ki-67 as well as breast cancer-specific marker cancer antigen 15-3 (CA15-3)...
November 13, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137566/a-novel-exercise-device-for-venous-thromboembolism-prophylaxis-improves-venous-flow-in-bed-versus-ankle-movement-exercises-in-healthy-volunteers
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Yukiyo Shimizu, Hiroshi Kamada, Masataka Sakane, Shizu Aikawa, Hirotaka Mutsuzaki, Kenta Tanaka, Hajime Mishima, Akihiro Kanamori, Tomofumi Nishino, Naoyuki Ochiai, Masashi Yamazaki
PURPOSE: Venous thromboembolism prophylaxis is crucial. To facilitate active ankle movement in postoperative and bedridden patients, we developed a novel leg exercise apparatus (LEX). We investigated the effect of the LEX by comparing increases in lower extremity venous flow during different modes of exercise using the LEX. METHODS: In eight healthy participants, we measured venous flow volume and velocity in the femoral vein using duplex ultrasonography at 1, 10, 20, and 30 min after completing three modes of 1-min LEX exercises...
September 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135959/intratumoral-delivery-of-doxorubicin-on-folate-conjugated-graphene-oxide-by-in-situ-forming-thermo-sensitive-hydrogel-for-breast-cancer-therapy
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Yi Teng Fong, Chih-Hao Chen, Jyh-Ping Chen
By taking advantage of the pH-sensitive drug release property of graphene oxide (GO) after intracellular uptake, we prepared folic acid (FA)-conjugated GO (GOFA) for targeted delivery of the chemotherapeutic drug doxorubicin (DOX). GOFA-DOX was further encapsulated in an injectable in-situ forming thermo-sensitive hyaluronic acid-chitosan-g-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (HACPN) hydrogel for intratumoral delivery of DOX. As the degradation time of HACPN could be extended up to 3 weeks, intratumoral delivery of GOFA-DOX/HACPN could provide controlled and targeted delivery of DOX through slow degradation HACPN and subsequent cellular uptake of released GOFA-DOX by tumor cells through interactions of GOFA with folate receptors on the tumor cell's surface...
November 14, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134553/biological-characterization-of-a-novel-hybrid-copolymer-carrier-system-based-on-glycogen
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Markéta Jirátová, Aneta Pospíšilová, Maria Rabyk, Martin Pařízek, Jan Kovář, Andrea Gálisová, Martin Hrubý, Daniel Jirák
The effective drug delivery systems for cancer treatment are currently on high demand. In this paper, biological behavior of the novel hybrid copolymers based on polysaccharide glycogen were characterized. The copolymers were modified by fluorescent dyes for flow cytometry, confocal microscopy, and in vivo fluorescence imaging. Moreover, the effect of oxazoline grafts on degradation rate was examined. Intracellular localization, cytotoxicity, and internalization route of the modified copolymers were examined on HepG2 cell line...
November 13, 2017: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134135/polypoidal-choroidal-vasculopathy-on-swept-source-optical-coherence-tomography-angiography-with-variable-interscan-time-analysis
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Carl B Rebhun, Eric M Moult, Eduardo A Novais, Carlos Moreira-Neto, Stefan B Ploner, Ricardo N Louzada, ByungKun Lee, Caroline R Baumal, James G Fujimoto, Jay S Duker, Nadia K Waheed, Daniela Ferrara
Purpose: To use a novel optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) algorithm termed variable interscan time analysis (VISTA) to evaluate relative blood flow speeds in polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV). Methods: Prospective cross-sectional study enrolling patients with confirmed diagnosis of PCV. OCTA of the retina and choroid was obtained with a prototype swept-source OCT system. The acquired OCT volumes were centered on the branching vascular network (BVN) and polyps as determined by indocyanine-green angiography (ICGA)...
November 2017: Translational Vision Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133858/pumpless-microfluidic-system-driven-by-hydrostatic-pressure-induces-and-maintains-mouse-spermatogenesis-in-vitro
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Mitsuru Komeya, Kazuaki Hayashi, Hiroko Nakamura, Hiroyuki Yamanaka, Hiroyuki Sanjo, Kazuaki Kojima, Takuya Sato, Masahiro Yao, Hiroshi Kimura, Teruo Fujii, Takehiko Ogawa
Three-dimensional aggregation and organ culture methods are critical for recreating in vivo cellular phenomena outside the body. Previously, we used the conventional gas liquid interphase organ culture method to induce complete mouse spermatogenesis. After incorporating microfluidic systems, we achieved a significant increase in efficiency and duration of spermatogenesis. One of the major drawbacks preventing the popularization of microfluidics, however, is the use of a power-pump to generate medium flow. In this study, we produced a pumpless microfluidic device using hydrostatic pressure and a resistance circuit to facilitate slow, longer lasting medium flow...
November 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131290/nesfatin-1-levels-in-patients-with-slow-coronary-flow
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Mevlüt Serdar Kuyumcu, Aliye Kuyumcu, Çağrı Yayla, Mustafa Bilal Özbay, Mehmet Alagöz, Sefa Ünal, Burak Açar, Özcan Özeke, Gülhan Samur
BACKGROUND: Nesfatin-1 is a novel found anorectic neuropeptide with potent metabolic regulatory effects. AIM: We aimed to evaluate the relationship between Nesfatin-1 levels and slow coronary flow (SCF). METHODS: A total of 60 consecutive patients with SCF and 60 consecutive patients with the normal coronary flow (NCF) were enrolled into the study. Nesfatin-1 level was measured from blood serum samples using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay test...
November 13, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127405/atomistic-structure-of-mineral-nano-aggregates-from-simulated-compaction-and-dewatering
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Tuan Anh Ho, Jeffery A Greathouse, Yifeng Wang, Louise J Criscenti
The porosity of clay aggregates is an important property governing chemical reactions and fluid flow in low-permeability geologic formations and clay-based engineered barrier systems. Pore spaces in clays include interlayer and interparticle pores. Under compaction and dewatering, the size and geometry of such pore spaces may vary significantly (sub-nanometer to microns) depending on ambient physical and chemical conditions. Here we report a molecular dynamics simulation method to construct a complex and realistic clay-like nanoparticle aggregate with interparticle pores and grain boundaries...
November 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125464/off-policy-reinforcement-learning-optimal-operational-control-for-two-time-scale-industrial-processes
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Jinna Li, Bahare Kiumarsi, Tianyou Chai, Frank L Lewis, Jialu Fan
Industrial flow lines are composed of unit processes operating on a fast time scale and performance measurements known as operational indices measured at a slower time scale. This paper presents a model-free optimal solution to a class of two time-scale industrial processes using off-policy reinforcement learning (RL). First, the lower-layer unit process control loop with a fast sampling period and the upper-layer operational index dynamics at a slow time scale are modeled. Second, a general optimal operational control problem is formulated to optimally prescribe the set-points for the unit industrial process...
December 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123858/development-of-new-equipment-for-intra-arrest-brain-cooling-that-uses-cooled-oxygen-in-the-lungs-volunteer-study
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Atsushi Sakurai, Rumi Tagami, Shingo Ihara, Junko Yamaguchi, Atsunori Sugita, Nami Sawada, Tomohide Komatsu, Satoshi Hori, Kosaku Kinoshita
Aims: Many experimental studies have reported that intra-arrest cooling during cardiac arrest is a promising treatment to mitigate brain injury. However, there is no clinically established method for cooling the brain during cardiac arrest. We hypothesized that, as blood flow in the lungs must be very slow during cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the blood could be cooled by ventilating the lungs with cooled oxygen like a radiator, and that this cooled blood would in turn cool the brain...
April 2017: Acute Medicine & Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122582/biorelevant-media-slows-the-solution-mediated-phase-transformation-of-amorphous-spironolactone
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Mary S Kleppe, Roy J Haskell, Robin H Bogner
Solution-mediated phase transformation (SMPT) can reduce the high drug concentration expected from amorphous formulations, eliminating the improvement in drug absorption one hoped to gain from this high energy drug state. The differences in SMPT of a supersaturating system were compared in biorelevant media (Fasted State Simulated Intestinal Fluid (FaSSIF) and Fed State Simulated Intestinal Fluid (FeSSIF)) and USP compendial medium, Simulated Intestinal Fluid without pancreatin (SIFsp). Amorphous spironolactone underwent SMPT to the same hydrate of spironolactone in all three media which was confirmed by the decrease in dissolution rates assessed in a flow-through dissolution apparatus, as well as by the appearance of crystals on the amorphous solid surface detected by polarized light microscopy...
November 6, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118422/river-bed-armouring-as-a-granular-segregation-phenomenon
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Behrooz Ferdowsi, Carlos P Ortiz, Morgane Houssais, Douglas J Jerolmack
River bed-load transport is a kind of dense granular flow, and such flows are known to segregate grains. While gravel-river beds typically have an "armoured" layer of coarse grains on the surface, which acts to protect finer particles underneath from erosion, the contribution of granular physics to river-bed armouring has not yet been investigated. Here we examine these connections in a laboratory river with bimodal sediment size, by tracking the motion of particles from the surface to deep inside the bed, and find that armour develops by two distinct mechanisms...
November 8, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116760/the-relative-propensities-of-cytochrome-c-oxidase-and-cobalt-corrins-for-reaction-with-cyanide-and-oxygen-implications-for-amelioration-of-cyanide-toxicity
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Quan Yuan, Linda Lorraine Pearce, Jim Peterson
In aqueous media at neutral pH, the binding of two cyanide molecules per cobinamide can be described by two formation constants, Kf1 = 1.1 (±0.6) × 105 M-1 and Kf2 = 8.5 (±0.1) × 104 M-1, or an overall cyanide binding constant of ~1 × 1010 M-2. In comparison, the cyanide binding constants for cobalamin and a fully oxidized form of cytochrome c oxidase, each binding a single cyanide anion, were found to be 7.9 (±0.5) × 104 M-1 and 1.6 (±0.2) × 107 M-1, respectively. An examination of the cyanide-binding properties of cobinamide at neutral pH by stopped-flow spectrophotometry revealed two kinetic phases, rapid and slow, with apparent second-order rate constants of 3...
November 8, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115987/cancer-cell-soluble-factors-reprogram-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-to-slow-cycling-chemoresistant-cells-with-a-more-stem-like-state
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Ahmed El-Badawy, Mohamed A Ghoneim, Mahmoud M Gabr, Radwa Ayman Salah, Ihab K Mohamed, Marwa Amer, Nagwa El-Badri
BACKGROUND: Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) play different roles in modulating tumor progression, growth, and metastasis. MSCs are recruited to the tumor site in large numbers and subsequently have an important microenvironmental role in modulating tumor progression and drug sensitivity. However, the effect of the tumor microenvironment on MSC plasticity remains poorly understood. Herein, we report a paracrine effect of cancer cells, in which they secrete soluble factors that promote a more stem-like state in bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs)...
November 7, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115446/effects-of-dermatopontin-gene-silencing-on-apoptosis-and-proliferation-of-osteosarcoma-mg%C3%A2-63-cells
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Li-Cheng Xi, Yun-Xi Ji, Dong Yin, Zi-Xing Zhao, Si-Cheng Huang, Shao-Lin Yu, Bo-Yu Liu, Hong-Yu Li
The present study aimed to investigate the effect of Dermatopontin (DPT) gene silencing on the apoptosis and proliferation of osteosarcoma MG‑63 cells. Three eukaryotic expression vectors of short hairpin (sh)RNA fragments targeting different loci of DPT were designed and transfected into an osteosarcoma cell line MG‑63. The cells were assigned to a blank, shRNA‑control, DPT‑shRNA‑a, DPT‑shRNA‑b or DPT‑shRNA‑c group. The shRNA with the highest silencing efficiency was screened using reverse transcription‑quantitative polymerase chain reaction and western blotting...
October 25, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114181/kinetic-modelling-of-infection-tracers-18-f-fdg-68-ga-ga-citrate-11-c-methionine-and-11-c-donepezil-in-a-porcine-osteomyelitis-model
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Lars Jødal, Svend B Jensen, Ole L Nielsen, Pia Afzelius, Per Borghammer, Aage K O Alstrup, Søren B Hansen
Introduction: Positron emission tomography (PET) is increasingly applied for infection imaging using [(18)F]FDG as tracer, but uptake is unspecific. The present study compares the kinetics of [(18)F]FDG and three other PET tracers with relevance for infection imaging. Methods: A juvenile porcine osteomyelitis model was used. Eleven pigs underwent PET/CT with 60-minute dynamic PET imaging of [(18)F]FDG, [(68)Ga]Ga-citrate, [(11)C]methionine, and/or [(11)C]donepezil, along with blood sampling...
2017: Contrast Media & Molecular Imaging
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