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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646865/development-of-stereo-endoscope-system-with-its-innovative-master-interface-for-continuous-surgical-operation
#1
Myungjoon Kim, Chiwon Lee, Nhayoung Hong, Yoon Jae Kim, Sungwan Kim
BACKGROUND: Although robotic laparoscopic surgery has various benefits when compared with conventional open surgery and minimally invasive surgery, it also has issues to overcome and one of the issues is the discontinuous surgical flow that occurs whenever control is swapped between the endoscope system and the operating robot arm system. This can lead to problems such as collision between surgical instruments, injury to patients, and increased operation time. To achieve continuous surgical operation, a wireless controllable stereo endoscope system is proposed which enables the simultaneous control of the operating robot arm system and the endoscope system...
June 24, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645925/strangulated-gastric-prolapse-through-a-gastrostomy-site-requiring-emergent-partial-gastrectomy
#2
Shepard Peir Johnson, Benjamin Roose, Mary-Margaret Brandt, Harry Linne Anderson
Strangulated gastric prolapse through a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tract is a rare and potentially life-threatening complication that requires surgical intervention. We describe a case of a 74-year-old woman who was debilitated and ventilator-dependent and who presented with acute gastric prolapse with resultant ischaemic necrosis. The patient underwent an emergent exploratory laparotomy, partial gastrectomy, repair of gastrostomy defect and placement of a gastrojejunostomy feeding tube remote to the previous location...
June 22, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645754/tunable-separations-based-on-a-molecular-size-effect-for-biomolecules-by-poly-ethylene-glycol-gel-based-capillary-electrophoresis
#3
Takuya Kubo, Naoki Nishimura, Hayato Furuta, Kei Kubota, Toyohiro Naito, Koji Otsuka
We report novel capillary gel electrophoresis (CGE) with poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG)-based hydrogels for the effective separations of biomolecules containing sugars and DNAs based on a molecular size effect. The gel capillaries were prepared in a fused silica capillary modified with 3-(trimethoxysilyl)propylmethacrylate using a variety of the PEG-based hydrogels. After the fundamental evaluations in CGE regarding the separation based on the molecular size effect depending on the crosslinking density, the optimized capillary provided the efficient separation of glucose ladder (G1 to G20)...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644009/multi-harmonic-imaging-in-the-second-near-infrared-window-of-nanoparticle-labeled-stem-cells-as-monitoring-tool-in-tissue-depth
#4
Laurence Dubreil, Isabelle Leroux, Mireille Ledevin, Cindy Schleder, Lydie Lagalice, Claire Lovo, Romain Fleurisson, Solène Passemard, Vasyl Kilin, Sandrine Gerber-Lemaire, Marie-Anne Colle, Luigi Bonacina, Karl Rouger
In order to assess the therapeutic potential of cell-based strategies, it is of paramount importance to elaborate and validate tools for monitoring the behavior of injected cells in terms of tissue dissemination and engraftment properties. Here, we apply Bismuth Ferrite harmonic nanoparticles (BFO HNPs) to \textit{in vitro} expanded human skeletal muscle-derived stem cells (hMuStem cells), an attractive therapeutic avenue for patients suffering from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). We demonstrate the possibility of stem cell labeling with HNPs...
June 23, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643920/analysis-of-polycaprolactone-scaffolds-fabricated-via-precision-extrusion-deposition-for-control-of-craniofacial-tissue-mineralization
#5
C W Fedore, L Y L Tse, H K Nam, K L Barton, N E Hatch
OBJECTIVES: Recurrence of cranial bone fusion following surgical resection in craniosynostosis patients commonly requires additional surgical procedures. Surgical implantation of engineered 3D scaffolds that control tissue mineralization could be utilized to diminish recurrence of fusion. This study investigated the ability of composite scaffolds to control tissue mineralization when cultured in vitro. SETTING AND SAMPLE POPULATION: Precision-engineered scaffolds with calvarial cells were cultured in vitro at the Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, University of Michigan...
June 2017: Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643570/home-based-neurologic-music-therapy-for-arm-hemiparesis-following-stroke-results-from-a-pilot-feasibility-randomized-controlled-trial
#6
Alexander J Street, Wendy L Magee, Andrew Bateman, Michael Parker, Helen Odell-Miller, Jorg Fachner
OBJECTIVE: To assess the feasibility of a randomized controlled trial to evaluate music therapy as a home-based intervention for arm hemiparesis in stroke. DESIGN: A pilot feasibility randomized controlled trial, with cross-over design. Randomization by statistician using computer-generated, random numbers concealed in opaque envelopes. SETTING: Participants' homes across Cambridgeshire, UK. SUBJECTS: Eleven people with stroke and arm hemiparesis, 3-60 months post stroke, following discharge from community rehabilitation...
June 1, 2017: Clinical Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643467/a-core-shell-satellite-structured-fe3-o4-g-c3-n4-ucnps-peg-for-t1-t2-weighted-dual-modal-mri-guided-photodynamic-therapy
#7
Lili Feng, Dan Yang, Fei He, Shili Gai, Chunxia Li, Yunlu Dai, Piaoping Yang
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) produced in the specific tumor site plays the key role in photodynamic therapy (PDT). Herein, a multifunctional nanoplatform is designed by absorbing ultrasmall upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) on mesoporous graphitic-phase carbon nitride (g-C3 N4 ) coated superparamagnetic iron oxide nanospheres, then further modified with polyethylene glycol (PEG)molecules (abbreviated as Fe3 O4 @g-C3 N4 -UCNPs-PEG). The inert g-C3 N4 layer between Fe3 O4 core and outer UCNPs can substantially depress the quenching effect of Fe3 O4 on the upconversion emission...
June 23, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643367/facile-one-pot-synthesis-of-functional-giant-polymeric-vesicles-controlled-by-oscillatory-chemistry
#8
Bishnu Bastakoti, Juan Perez-Mercader
We introduce a novel application of an oscillatory chemical reaction to the synthesis of block copolymers. The Belousov-Zhabotinsky (B-Z) reaction is coupled with the polymerization of an amphiphilic block copolymer. Radicals generated in the B-Z reaction initiate the polymerization between a polyethylene glycol (PEG) macro reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer agent and butyl acrylate monomers. The growth of the hydrophobic block on PEG undergoes self-assembly to form spherical micelles. The nanoscale micelles transform into submicron vesicles and grow to giant vesicles as a consequence of the oscillatory behavior of the B-Z reaction...
June 22, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643149/surface-modification-minimizes-the-toxicity-of-silver-nanoparticles-an-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-study
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Balaram Das, Satyajit Tripathy, Jaydeep Adhikary, Sourav Chattopadhyay, Debasis Mandal, Sandeep Kumar Dash, Sabyasachi Das, Aditi Dey, Sankar Kumar Dey, Debasis Das, Somenath Roy
Currently toxicological research in Silver nanoparticle is a leading issue in medical science. The surface chemistry and physical dimensions of silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) play an important role in toxicity. The aim of this present study was to evaluate the in vitro and in vivo toxicity of Ag-NPs as well as the alteration of toxicity profile due to surface functionalization (PEG and BSA) and the intracellular signaling pathways involved in nanoparticles mediated oxidative stress and apoptosis in vitro and in vivo system...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: JBIC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642202/engineering-of-multifunctional-temperature-sensitive-liposomes-for-synergistic-photothermal-photodynamic-and-chemotherapeutic-effects
#10
Tuan Hiep Tran, Hanh Thuy Nguyen, Nam Van Le, Thi Thu Phuong Tran, Jong Seong Lee, Sae Kwang Ku, Han-Gon Choi, Chul Soon Yong, Jong Oh Kim
Heterogeneity of cancer cells and drug resistance require multiple therapeutic approaches for comprehensive treatment. In this study, temperature-sensitive liposomes containing anti-cancer agent tanespimycin (17-AAG) and photosensitizer IR 820 were developed for combination of phototherapy and chemotherapy. The temperature-sensitive liposomes composed of DPPC, cholesterol, DSPE-PEG, 17-AAG, and IR 820 (LP-AI) at weight ratio of 35/15/3/2/2 were formulated as a thin film using extrusion and evaluated for particle size, morphology and drug release profile...
June 19, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642041/interaction-of-polyhedral-oligomeric-silsesquioxanes-and-dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine-at-the-air-water-interface-thermodynamic-and-rheological-study
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M Skrzypiec, G As Georgiev, M Rojewska, K Prochaska
Polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS) derivatives containing open silsesquioxane cage bear great potential for biomedical applications and therefore their lateral interactions with phospholipids, major biomembranes and drug vehicles constituent, should be studied in detail. That is why the properties of surface films by two POSS-derivatives, POSS-polyethylene glycol (POSS-PEG) and POSS-perfluoroalkyl (POSS-OFP), pure and in presence of 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycerol-3-phosphocholine (DPPC) were studied using Langmuir surface balance...
June 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640986/antimonene-quantum-dots-synthesis-and-application-as-near-infrared-photothermal-agents-for-effective-cancer-therapy
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Wei Tao, Xiaoyuan Ji, Xiaoding Xu, Mohammad Ariful Islam, Zhongjun Li, Si Chen, Phei Er Saw, Han Zhang, Zameer Bharwani, Zilei Guo, Jinjun Shi, Omid Farokhzad
Photothermal therapy (PTT) has shown significant potential for cancer therapy. However, developing nanomaterials (NMs)-based photothermal agents (PTAs) with satisfactory photothermal conversion efficacy (PTCE) and biocompatibility remains a key challenge. Herein, a new generation of PTAs based on two-dimensional (2D) antimonene quantum dots (AMQDs) was developed by a novel liquid exfoliation method. Surface modification of AMQDs with polyethylene glycol (PEG) significantly enhanced both biocompatibility and stability in physiological medium...
June 22, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640834/overexpression-of-gmfdl19-enhances-tolerance-to-drought-and-salt-stresses-in-soybean
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Yuanyuan Li, Quanzhen Chen, Haiyang Nan, Xiaoming Li, Sijia Lu, Xiaohui Zhao, Baohui Liu, Changhong Guo, Fanjiang Kong, Dong Cao
The basic leucine zipper (bZIP) family of transcription factors plays an important role in the growth and developmental process as well as responds to various abiotic stresses, such as drought and high salinity. Our previous work identified GmFDL19, a bZIP transcription factor, as a flowering promoter in soybean, and the overexpression of GmFDL19 caused early flowering in transgenic soybean plants. Here, we report that GmFDL19 also enhances tolerance to drought and salt stress in soybean. GmFDL19 was determined to be a group A member, and its transcription expression was highly induced by abscisic acid (ABA), polyethylene glycol (PEG 6000) and high salt stresses...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640588/calcitonin-loaded-thermosensitive-hydrogel-for-long-term-anti-osteopenia-therapy
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Yanpeng Liu, Xiaobin Chen, Sheyu Li, Qiang Guo, Jing Xie, Lin Yu, Xinyuan Xu, Chunmei Ding, Jianshu Li, Jiandong Ding
Effective anti-osteopenia therapy can be achieved by designing long-term protein/peptide drug delivery systems for bone trabecula restoration. Here we show that a complex of salmon calcitonin and oxidized calcium alginate (sCT-OCA) was prepared and loaded into a thermosensitive copolymer hydrogel for long-term anti-osteopenia treatment. The triblock copolymer, poly(D,L-lactic acid-co-glycolic acid)-b-poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(D,L-lactic acid-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA-PEG-PLGA) exhibited sol-gel transition at body temperature...
June 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639128/comparison-of-4-l-polyethylene-glycol-and-2-l-polyethylene-glycol-plus-ascorbic-acid-in-patients-with-inactive-ulcerative-colitis
#15
Eun Soo Kim, Kyeong Ok Kim, Byung Ik Jang, Eun Young Kim, Yoo Jin Lee, Hyun Seok Lee, Seong Woo Jeon, Hyun Jin Kim, Sung Kook Kim
BACKGROUND: Although colonoscopy preparation may cause symptom flares in patients with ulcerative colitis (UC), little is known about the standard preparation regimen in this population. AIM: We aimed to compare 4L polyethylene glycol (4L-PEG) with 2L polyethylene glycol plus ascorbic acid (2L-PEG-Asc) in quiescent UC patients. METHODS: Patients with inactive UC undergoing colonoscopy for surveillance or checkup of mucosal healing were prospectively enrolled at 5 tertiary hospitals...
June 21, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639107/depressive-symptoms-in-patients-with-obstructive-sleep-apnea-biological-mechanistic-pathways
#16
Diana A Chirinos, Indira Gurubhagavatula, Preston Broderick, Julio A Chirinos, Karen Teff, Thomas Wadden, Greg Maislin, Hassam Saif, Jesse Chittams, Caitlin Cassidy, Alexandra L Hanlon, Allan I Pack
This study examined the association between depressive symptoms, as well as depressive symptom dimensions, and three candidate biological pathways linking them to Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): (1) inflammation; (2) circulating leptin; and (3) intermittent hypoxemia. Participants included 181 obese adults with moderate-to-severe OSA enrolled in the Cardiovascular Consequences of Sleep Apnea (COSA) trial. Depressive symptoms were measured using the Beck Depression Inventory-II (BDI-II). We assessed inflammation using C-reactive protein levels (CRP), circulating leptin by radioimmunoassay using a double antibody/PEG assay, and intermittent hypoxemia by the percentage of sleep time each patient had below 90% oxyhemoglobin saturation...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639045/passing-the-fundamentals-of-endoscopic-surgery-fes-exam-linking-specialty-choice-and-attitudes-about-endoscopic-surgery-to-success
#17
Aimee K Gardner, Michael B Ujiki, Brian J Dunkin
INTRODUCTION: Previous work has shown that up to 30% of graduating surgery residents fail the fundamentals of endoscopic surgery (FES) exam. This study investigated the extent to which FES pass rates differ in a specific sample of individuals who have chosen a career in GI surgery and to examine the relationships between FES performance and confidence in performing flexible endoscopy. METHODS: Fellows attending the 2016 SAGES Flexible Endoscopy Course were invited to complete the FES manual skills examination...
June 21, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638484/surface-de-pegylation-controls-nanoparticle-mediated-sirna-delivery-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#18
Xi Zhu, Wei Tao, Danny Liu, Jun Wu, Zilei Guo, Xiaoyuan Ji, Zameer Bharwani, Lili Zhao, Xiaoping Zhao, Omid C Farokhzad, Jinjun Shi
The present work proposes a unique de-PEGylation strategy for controllable delivery of small interfering RNA (siRNA) using a robust lipid-polymer hybrid nanoparticle (NP) platform. The self-assembled hybrid NPs are composed of a lipid-poly(ethylene glycol) (lipid-PEG) shell and a polymer/cationic lipid solid core, wherein the lipid-PEG molecules can gradually dissociate from NP surface in the presence of serum albumin. The de-PEGylation kinetics of a series of different lipid-PEGs is measured with their respective NPs, and the NP performance is comprehensively investigated in vitro and in vivo...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638469/dual-ph-sensitive-charge-reversal-nanocomplex-for-tumor-targeted-drug-delivery-with-enhanced-anticancer-activity
#19
Qing Zhou, Yilin Hou, Li Zhang, Jianlin Wang, Youbei Qiao, Songyan Guo, Li Fan, Tiehong Yang, Lin Zhu, Hong Wu
Poly(β-L-malic acid) (PMLA), a natural aliphatic polyester, has been proven to be a promising carrier for anti-cancer drugs. In spite of excellent bio-compatibility, the application of PMLA as the drug carrier for cancer therapy is limited by its low cellular uptake efficiency. The strong negative charge of PMLA impedes its uptake by cancer cells because of the electrostatic repulsion. In this study, a dual pH-sensitive charge-reversal PMLA-based nanocomplex (PMLA-PEI-DOX-TAT@PEG-DMMA) was developed for effective tumor-targeted drug delivery, enhanced cellular uptake, and intracellular drug release...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638221/prevalence-of-ifnl3-rs4803217-single-nucleotide-polymorphism-and-clinical-course-of-chronic-hepatitis-c
#20
Bogna Świątek-Kościelna, Ewelina Kałużna, Ewa Strauss, Jerzy Nowak, Iwona Bereszyńska, Ewelina Gowin, Jacek Wysocki, Jolanta Rembowska, Dominika Barcińska, Iwona Mozer-Lisewska, Danuta Januszkiewicz-Lewandowska
AIM: To evaluate the association of IFNL3 (IL28B) SNP rs4803217 with severity of disease and treatment outcome in chronic hepatitis C (CHC). METHODS: The study enrolled 196 CHC Polish patients (82 women and 114 men in age 20-64) infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1. They were treatment naïve and qualified to pegylated interferon alpha (PEG-IFN-α) and ribavirin (RBV) therapy. The analyzed baseline parameters included: degree of inflammation, stage of fibrosis, viral load as well as alanine aminotransferase (ALT), asparagine aminotransferase (AST) and total bilirubin (TBIL)...
June 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
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