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Alberto de Castro Pochini, Eliane Antonioli, Daniella Zanetti Bucci, Luiz Roberto Sardinha, Carlos Vicente Andreoli, Mario Ferretti, Benno Ejnisman, Anna Carla Goldberg, Moisés Cohen
Objective: To evaluate growth factors and cytokines in samples of platelet-rich plasma obtained by three different centrifugation methods. Methods: Peripheral blood of six individuals with no hematological diseases, aged 18 to 68 years, was drawn to obtain platelet-rich plasma, using the open method and commercial columns by Medtronic and Biomet. The products obtained with the different types of centrifugation were submitted to laboratory analysis, including pro-inflammatory cytokines and chemokines by flow cytometry assays, the concentration of fibroblast growth factors-2 (FGF-2) and transforming growth factor-beta1 (TGF-β1)...
July 2016: Einstein
Katarzyna Sznurkowska, Anton Żawrocki, Jacek Sznurkowski, Maciej Zieliński, Piotr Landowski, Katarzyna Plata-Nazar, Ewa Iżycka-Świeszewska, Piotr Trzonkowski, Agnieszka Szlagatys-Sidorkiewicz, Barbara Kamińska
BACKGROUND/AIMS: To determine the proportion of T-regulatory cells (CD4(+)CD25(high)FOXP3(+) cells) in peripheral blood and the number of FOXP3(+) cells in intestinal mucosa of children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and to verify whether these parameters correlate with the activity of the disease. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 24 patients newly diagnosed for IBD were included in the study: ulcerative colitis (UC; n = 13) and Crohn's disease (CD; n = 11). Seventeen healthy controls (HC) and 16 patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) served as a control group for peripheral and intestinal Tregs assessment, respectively...
October 19, 2016: Immunological Investigations
Hao-Lin Shen, Shu-Ping Yang, Kang-Jian Wang, Bei-Lei Huang, Wen-Bao Huang, Jin-Zhi Wu, Guo-Rong Lv
OBJECTIVE: Improvement in regional blood flow has been shown to ameliorate diabetic gastroparesis. We compared the gastric blood supply in diabetic patients with gastroparesis, with that in healthy subjects, by using contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS). METHODS: Thirty healthy subjects and forty patients with diabetic gastroparesis were enrolled. The CEUS parameters of greater curvatures of the antrum (GCOA) and lesser curvatures of antrum (LCOA), including peak intensity (PI) and the area under the curve (AUC), were compared between the two groups...
October 19, 2016: British Journal of Radiology
Enrico Ammirati, Francesco Moroni, Marco Magnoni, Simona Di Terlizzi, Chiara Villa, Federico Sizzano, Alessio Palini, Katia Garlaschelli, Fernanda Tripiciano, Isabella Scotti, Alberico Luigi Catapano, Angelo A Manfredi, Giuseppe Danilo Norata, Paolo G Camici
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Monocytes are known to play a key role in the initiation and progression of atherosclerosis and contribute to plaque destabilization through the generation of signals that promote inflammation and neoangiogenesis. In humans, studies investigating the features of circulating monocytes in advanced atherosclerotic lesions are lacking. METHODS: Patients (mean age 69 years, 56% males) with intermediate asymptomatic carotid stenosis (40-70% in diameter) were evaluated for maximal stenosis in common carotid artery, carotid bulb and internal carotid artery, overall disease burden as estimated with total plaque area (TPA), greyscale and neovascularization in 244 advanced carotid plaques...
October 6, 2016: Atherosclerosis
Qinyi Zhu, Xiaoli Wu, Yueqian Wu, Xipeng Wang
Epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) is the most lethal gynecological malignancy. Inflammatory cells in the EOC microenvironment play a key role in tumor progression. In the present study, we investigated the mechanism of the accumulation of regulatory T cells (Tregs) induced by interleukin-10 (IL-10) derived from tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) in the EOC microenvironment. The frequency of Tregs and TAMs was detected by immunofluorescence in 40 EOC tissues and 20 benign ovarian tumors, as well as the expression of IL-10 which was assessed by immunohistochemistry...
September 28, 2016: Oncology Reports
Wangde Dai, Elissa Cheung, Rick J Alleman, Justin B Perry, Mitchell E Allen, David A Brown, Robert A Kloner
PURPOSE: Dysfunctional mitochondria are considered to be the major source of intracellular reactive oxygen species and play a central role in the pathophysiology of myocardial ischemia/reperfusion. This study sought to determine effects of mitochondria-targeted cytoprotective peptide SBT-20 on myocardial infarct size in two different models of ischemia/reperfusion. METHODS: For in vivo studies, anesthetized Sprague Dawley rats were subjected to 30 min of coronary artery occlusion followed by 3 h of reperfusion...
October 17, 2016: Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy
Na Yi, Bock-Gie Jung, Xisheng Wang, RamaKrishna Vankayalapati, Buka Samten
Abnormalities in hematopoiesis are common in tuberculosis patients and highly prevalent in AIDS patients with tuberculosis coinfection. To explore the potential role of the early secreted antigenic target of 6-kD (ESAT-6) of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) in abnormal hematopoiesis in tuberculosis, we studied the effect of ESAT-6 on proliferation and differentiation of in vitro-expanded CD34(+) cells isolated from the peripheral blood of the healthy donors. ESAT-6 but not control protein antigen 85A (Ag85A) of Mtb inhibited the proliferation of CD34(+) cell derived peripheral blood stem/progenitor cells (PBSPC) in a dose dependent manner when determined by MTT-assay...
September 28, 2016: Tuberculosis
Bart B L Groen, Astrid M Horstman, Henrike M Hamer, Michiel de Haan, Janneau van Kranenburg, Jörgen Bierau, Martijn Poeze, Will K W H Wodzig, Blake B Rasmussen, Luc J C van Loon
CONTEXT: Skeletal muscle protein synthesis is highly responsive to food intake. It has been suggested that the post-prandial increase in circulating insulin modulates the muscle protein synthetic response to feeding. OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether a greater post-prandial rise in circulating insulin level increases amino acid uptake in muscle and augments post-prandial muscle protein synthesis rates. PARTICIPANTS: and design. 48 healthy young (age 22±1 y; BMI 22...
July 19, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Tianjia Li, Leng Ni, Xinnong Liu, Zhanqi Wang, Changwei Liu
Osteopontin (OPN) is involved in mineral metabolism and the inflammatory response while diabetes mellitus is associated with severe and extensive vascular calcification. Therefore, we speculated that OPN could be a key factor in the calcification and dysfunction of blood vessels exposed to high glucose. To identify the relationship between high glucose and OPN, we used high glucose medium to stimulate smooth muscle cells (SMCs) and vascular endothelial cells (VECs) in vitro and diabetic rats for in vivo analyses...
October 12, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Masaaki Murakami, Genichi Sakaguchi, Noriko Mori
OBJECTIVE: In patients with a high risk of fistula immaturity, we created arteriovenous fistulas (AVFs) combined with brachial artery superficialization. With this procedure, the superficialized arteries are used as drawing routes and the AVFs as returning routes. This is a technical report about AVFs combined with brachial artery superficialization. METHODS: Twenty-four consecutive patients with a high risk of fistula immaturity who underwent AVFs with brachial artery superficialization were included in this single-center retrospective study...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Fuyou Liang, Xiaosheng Liu, Ryuhei Yamaguchi, Hao Liu
Recent studies raised increasing concern about the reliability of computer models in reproducing in vivo hemodynamics in cerebral aneurysms. Boundary condition problem is among the most frequently addressed issues since three-dimensional (3-D) modeling is usually restricted to local arterial segments. The present study focused on aneurysms on the anterior communicating artery (ACoA) which represent a large subgroup of detected cerebral aneurysms and, in particular, have a relatively high risk of rupture compared to aneurysms located in other regions...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
David Gómez-Almaguer, Edson René Marcos-Ramírez, Efreen Horacio Montaño-Figueroa, Guillermo J Ruiz-Argüelles, Carlos Roberto Best-Aguilera, María Del Carmen López-Sánchez, Esperanza Barrera-Chairez, José Luis López-Arrollo, Christian Omar Ramos-Peñafiel, Andrés León-Peña, Elías Eugenio González-López, Perla Edith Rivas-García, Carlos Alberto Tellez-Hinojosa, Andrés Gómez-De León, José Carlos Jaime-Pérez
BACKGROUND: The incidence of acute leukemia (AL) has increased. Its prognosis is variable and depends on several baseline characteristics with a highly heterogeneous presentation. In Mexico, large-scale descriptive studies have not yet been published; the objective of this study was to analyze the initial basic characteristics of patients diagnosed with AL in our population. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this multicenter, retrospective study, 1018 patients ≥ 16 years of age and diagnosed with AL between 2009 and 2014, were included...
September 17, 2016: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
D Korda, P Á Deák, V Kozma, G Kiss, A Doros
BACKGROUND: Contrast-enhanced ultrasound combines the advantages of native ultrasound and other contrast-enhanced imaging modalities. In selected cases it can be preferable to computerized tomographic scan among kidney transplant recipients. METHODS: We performed a retrospective study involving patients of Semmelweis University Department of Transplantation and Surgery who underwent contrast-enhanced ultrasound examination from 2011 to 2015. During this period, 251 examinations were performed, including 45 on kidney transplant patients...
September 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
Adam Wylęgała, Sławomir Teper, Dariusz Dobrowolski, Edward Wylęgała
BACKGROUND: Retinal vascular diseases are one of the most common causes of blindness in the developed world. Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography (OCT-A) is a new noninvasive method that uses several algorithms to detect blood movement. This enables the creation of high-resolution vascular images with contrast depicting motionless tissue. METHODS: This review presents the results of articles relevant to age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy (DR), and OCT-A...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Maggie L Diller, Ragini R Kudchadkar, Keith A Delman, David H Lawson, Mandy L Ford
Th17 cells represent a distinct subset of CD4 effector T cells with potent pathogenic qualities, capable of directly mediating tumor cell destruction. IL-2 has frequently been shown to have a negative effect on Th17 differentiation while supporting regulatory T-cell (FoxP3CD4, TREG) growth and development in both in vitro models and in vivo animal models. We investigated the effect of in vivo IL-2 on both the Th17 and FoxP3CD4 T-cell compartments in a human model of cancer. High-dose IL-2 (HDIL-2) was administered at a dose of 720,000 IU/kg to patients with melanoma (n=7) and peripheral blood was collected at baseline and at 24, 48, 72, and 96 hours posttreatment...
November 2016: Journal of Immunotherapy
You Li, Dongwoon Hyun, Lotfi Abou-Elkacem, Juergen Willmann, Jeremy Dahl
Power Doppler (PD) imaging is a widely used technique for flow detection. Despite the wide use of Doppler ultrasound, limitations exist in the ability of Doppler ultrasound to assess slow flow in small-diameter vasculature, such as the maternal spiral arteries and fetal villous arteries of the placenta and focal liver lesions. The sensitivity of PD in small vessel detection is limited by the low signal produced by slow flow and the noise associated with small vessels. The noise sources include electronic noise, stationary or slowly moving tissue clutter, reverberation clutter, and off-axis scattering from tissue, among others...
October 10, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
Pedram Hanafizadeh, Nima Mirkhani, Mohammad Reza Davoudi, Mahtab Masouminia, Keyvan Sadeghy
Coronary arteries, which are branched from the sinuses, have tangible effects on the hemodynamic performance of the bileaflet mechanical heart valve (BMHV), especially in the diastolic phase. To better understand this issue, a computer model of ascending aorta including realistic sinus shapes and coronary arteries has been generated in this study in order to investigate the BMHV performance during diastole. Three-dimensional transient numerical analysis is conducted to simulate the diastolic blood flow through the hinges and in coronary arteries under the assumption of non-Newtonian behavior...
October 2016: Artificial Organs
Nicholas Inston, Harry Schanzer, Matthias Widmer, Colin Deane, Jason Wilkins, Ingemar Davidson, Paul Gibbs, Jeurgen Zanow, Pierre Bourquelot, Domenico Valenti
Arteriovenous access ischaemic steal (AVAIS) is a serious and not infrequent complication of vascular access. Pathophysiology is key to diagnosis, investigation and management. Ischaemia distal to an AV access is due to multiple factors. Clinical steal is not simply blood diversion but pressure changes within the adapted vasculature with distal hypoperfusion and resultant poor perfusion pressures in the distal extremity. Reversal of flow within the artery distal to the AV access may be seen but this is not associated with ischaemia in most cases...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Vascular Access
Michael Welter, Heiko Rieger
Tumor vasculature, the blood vessel network supplying a growing tumor with nutrients such as oxygen or glucose, is in many respects different from the hierarchically organized arterio-venous blood vessel network in normal tissues. Angiogenesis (the formation of new blood vessels), vessel cooption (the integration of existing blood vessels into the tumor vasculature), and vessel regression remodel the healthy vascular network into a tumor-specific vasculature. Integrative models, based on detailed experimental data and physical laws, implement, in silico, the complex interplay of molecular pathways, cell proliferation, migration, and death, tissue microenvironment, mechanical and hydrodynamic forces, and the fine structure of the host tissue vasculature...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
L L Xiao, Y Liu, S Chen, B M Fu
Adhesion of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) to the microvessel wall largely depends on the blood hydrodynamic conditions, one of which is the blood viscosity. Since blood is a non-Newtonian fluid, whose viscosity increases with hematocrit, in the microvessels at low shear rate. In this study, the effects of hematocrit, vessel size, flow rate and red blood cell (RBC) aggregation on adhesion of a CTC in the microvessels were numerically investigated using dissipative particle dynamics. The membrane of cells was represented by a spring-based network connected by elastic springs to characterize its deformation...
October 13, 2016: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
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