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Junko Yokota, Shojiro Kyotani
BACKGROUND: This study aims to evaluate the influence of nanoparticle size on the in vitro percutaneous penetration and retention and in vivo anti-inflammatory efficacy of percutaneously delivered non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. METHODS: Indomethacin, ketoprofen and piroxicam were incorporated into nanoparticles. The nanoparticles, or the bulk-drug equivalents, were suspended in a hydrophilic ointment and compared for their ability to facilitate percutaneous drug penetration and retention in vitro...
March 16, 2018: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
Melissa A Nashat, Rodolfo J Ricart Arbona, Elyn R Riedel, Olga Francino, Lluis Ferrer, Kerith R Luchins, Neil S Lipman
Demodex mites are microscopic, cigar-shaped, follicular mites often regarded as commensal microfauna in mammals. Although Demodex spp. can cause dermatologic disease in any immunocompromised mammal, they are rarely reported in laboratory mice. Recent identification of Demodex musculi in a colony of immunodeficient mice with dermatitis afforded us the opportunity to investigate the comparative sensitivity of 4 antemortem diagnostic techniques to detect D. musculi-superficial skin scrape (SSS), tape impression (TI), fur pluck (FP), and deep skin scrape (DSS)-which we performed on 4 anatomic sites (face, interscapular region [IS], caudal ventrum [CV], and caudal dorsum [CD]) in 46 mice...
March 1, 2018: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
Marieke Hogervorst, Marion Rietveld, Frank de Gruijl, Abdoelwaheb El Ghalbzouri
BACKGROUND: Tumour stroma consists of a heterogeneous population of fibroblasts and related mesenchymal cells, collectively dubbed cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs). These CAFs are key players in cancer invasion of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). As we have shown earlier, papillary and reticular fibroblasts (Pfs and Rfs, respectively) have distinct effects on epidermal and dermal homeostasis, but their role in cancer invasion and epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) remains to be determined...
March 19, 2018: British Journal of Cancer
Emily Lauren Graczyk, Benoit Delhaye, Matthew A Schiefer, Sliman J Bensmaia, Dustin J Tyler
Sensory systems adapt their sensitivity to ambient stimulation levels to improve their responsiveness to changes in stimulation. The sense of touch is also subject to adaptation, as evidenced by the desensitization produced by prolonged vibratory stimulation of the skin. Electrical stimulation of nerves elicits tactile sensations that can convey feedback for bionic limbs. In this study, we investigate whether artificial touch is also subject to adaptation, despite the fact that the peripheral mechanotransducers are bypassed...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Neural Engineering
Woo-In Ryu, Hana Lee, Hyun Cheol Bae, Jiehyun Jeon, Hwa Jung Ryu, Jaehyung Kim, Ji Hyun Kim, Ji Won Son, JaeYoung Kim, Yasutomo Imai, Kiyofumi Yamanishi, Sang Hoon Jeong, Sang Wook Son
BACKGROUND: Tight junctions (TJs) have important roles in skin barrier function. The TJ protein claudin-1 (CLDN1) is decreased in atopic dermatitis (AD). However, little is known about the mechanism of CLDN1 down-expression. OBJECTIVE: To elucidate the effect of IL-33 on CLDN1 expression in keratinocytes. METHODS: Normal human epidermal keratinocytes (NHEKs) and human skin equivalent models (HSEMs) were cultured in vitro in the presence of IL-33...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Dermatological Science
Brian L Diffey, Curtis D Mobley
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: The purpose of this paper is to estimate the contribution to our erythemal exposure at the coast of solar UV both reflected from, and transmitted into, the ocean. METHODS: The reflection of solar UV radiation from, and transmitted into, seawater were calculated using a numerical model under a number of atmospheric conditions in order to estimate erythemal exposure on the skin of supine/prone and ambulant people. RESULTS: The results were expressed as UV Indices...
March 13, 2018: Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine
Felix Lauffer, Manja Jargosch, Linda Krause, Natalie Garzorz-Stark, Regina Franz, Sophie Roenneberg, Alexander Böhner, Nikola S Mueller, Fabian J Theis, Carsten B Schmidt-Weber, Tilo Biedermann, Stefanie Eyerich, Kilian Eyerich
Interface dermatitis (ID) is a characteristic histological pattern which occurs in autoimmune and chronic inflammatory skin diseases. It is unknown whether a common mechanism orchestrates this distinct type of skin inflammation. Here we investigated the overlap of two different ID positive skin diseases, lichen planus (LP) and lupus erythematosus (LE). The shared transcriptome signature pointed towards a strong type I immune response and biopsy derived T cells were dominated by IFN-γ and TNF-α positive cells...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Ralph A Saporito, Taran Grant
Amézquita et al. (2017) recently concluded that species of the Allobates femoralis group are toxic to mice at levels equivalent to syntopic alkaloid-containing poison frogs, which they attributed to the presence of alkaloids in skin secretions. However, the chemical composition of skin secretions was not analyzed, and here we present additional data supporting the absence of alkaloids in skin secretions of the Allobates femoralis group. Instead, we suggest the observed toxicity was caused by the anesthetic benzocaine, which was applied to the buccal cavity to euthanize frogs prior to skin removal...
March 10, 2018: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
Lei Ma, Haibo Xue, Ruiqun Qi, Yanqin Wang, Libing Yuan
BACKGROUND: Th17 cells and its effective cytokine IL-17A play an important role in the pathogenesis of abnormal immune responses in psoriasis. Notch1 signaling has been implicated in Th17 cell differentiation and function. In this study, our aim was to evaluate the possible inhibitory effect of Notch1 signaling inhibitor, γ-secretase inhibitor DAPT, on psoriatic Th17 cell differentiation and function in a mouse model of psoriasis-like skin inflammation. METHODS: Mouse psoriasis-like skin inflammation model was established by topical 5% imiquimod (IMQ) application, and experimental mice were divided into control group, IMQ-treated group and IM + DAPT-treated group...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Translational Medicine
Changsun Kim, Hansol Kim
OBJECTIVE: Comparing a point-of-care (POC) test using the capillary blood obtained from skin puncture with conventional laboratory tests. METHODS: In this study, which was conducted at the emergency department of a tertiary care hospital in April-July 2017, 232 patients were enrolled, and three types of blood samples (capillary blood from skin puncture, arterial and venous blood from blood vessel puncture) were simultaneously collected. Each blood sample was analyzed using a POC analyzer (epoc® system, USA), an arterial blood gas analyzer (pHOx®Ultra, Nova biomedical, USA) and venous blood analyzers (AU5800, DxH2401, Beckman Coulter, USA)...
December 9, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Ernesto Amato, Antonio Italiano, Lucrezia Auditore, Sergio Baldari
The availability of a resource collecting dose factors for the evaluation of the absorbed doses from external exposure during the manipulation of radioactive substances is fundamental for radiological protection purposes. Monte Carlo simulations are useful for the accurate calculation of dose distributions in complex geometries, particularly in presence of extended spectra of multi-radiation sources. We considered, as possible irradiation scenarios, a point source, a uniform planar source resembling a contaminated surface, several source volumes contained in plastic or glass receptacles, and the direct skin contamination case, implementing the corresponding Monte Carlo simulations in GAMOS (GEANT4-based Architecture for Medicine-Oriented Simulations)...
February 2018: Physica Medica: PM
Avinash Y Gahane, Pritish Ranjan, Virender Singh, Raj K Sharma, Neeraj Sinha, Mandeep Sharma, Rama Chaudhry, Ashwani K Thakur
In the quest for new antimicrobial materials, hydrogels of Fmoc-protected peptides and amino acids have gained momentum due to their ease of synthesis and cost effectiveness; however, their repertoire is currently limited, and the mechanistic details of their function are not well understood. Herein, we report the antibacterial activity of the hydrogel and solution phases of Fmoc-phenylalanine (Fmoc-F) against a variety of Gram-positive bacteria including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Fmoc-F, a small molecule hydrogelator, reduces the bacterial load both in vitro and in the skin wound infections of mice...
March 8, 2018: Soft Matter
Anthony W Waddle, Marlai Sai, Joshua E Levy, Ghazal Rezaei, Frank van Breukelen, Jef R Jaeger
We developed a protocol for isolating the amphibian chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) from anurans. We sampled skin tissues from 2 common treefrogs, Pseudacris regilla and P. triseriata, collected from populations with high infection prevalence. We sampled tissues from 3 anatomical ventral regions (thigh, abdomen, and foot) where the pathogen is thought to concentrate. To mitigate potential bacterial contamination, we used a unique combination of 4 antibiotics. We quantified infections on frogs as zoospore equivalents (ZE) using a swabbing approach combined with quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction...
March 5, 2018: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
Valentina Galbiati, Sue Gibbs, Erwin Roggen, Emanuela Corsini
Recently, an in vitro procedure, which combines the epidermal equivalent potency assay with assessment of IL-18 to provide a single test for identification and classification of skin sensitizers, was developed and validated. This unit will describe a simple in vitro method for estimation of the expected sensitization induction level interpolating in vitro EC50 and IL-18 SI2 values to predict LLNA EC3 and/or human NOEL from standards curves generated using reference contact allergens, based on the use of Reconstituted human Epidermis (RhE)...
February 21, 2018: Current Protocols in Toxicology
Jonathan D Maul, Craig Blackstock, Richard A Brain
Understanding dermal exposure is important for higher-tier avian ecological risk assessments. However, dermal exposure and toxicity are often unknown for avifauna. The US EPA's Terrestrial Investigation Model (TIM) uses a method to estimate avian dermal LD50 values (and ultimately dermal exposure) that frequently results in unusually high dermal exposure and low dermal LD50 estimates. This is primarily a result of using organophosphate and carbamate toxicity data to develop the oral-dermal relationship. An estimated dermal LD50 is necessary to generate a dermal route equivalency factor that normalizes potency relative to oral toxicity within the dermal pathway dose equation...
February 24, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Anna Franz, Will Wood, Paul Martin
Adipocytes have many functions in various tissues beyond energy storage, including regulating metabolism, growth, and immunity. However, little is known about their role in wound healing. Here we use live imaging of fat body cells, the equivalent of vertebrate adipocytes in Drosophila, to investigate their potential behaviors and functions following skin wounding. We find that pupal fat body cells are not immotile, as previously presumed, but actively migrate to wounds using an unusual adhesion-independent, actomyosin-driven, peristaltic mode of motility...
February 26, 2018: Developmental Cell
Georgi Tchernev, Torello Lotti, Uwe Wollina, José Carlos Cardoso, Lyubomira Viktor Popova, Georgi Konstantinov Maximov, Ilia Lozev, Ivan Terziev
The pathogenesis, diagnosis and therapy of sarcoidosis as an autonomous disease are subjects of spirited discussions, which haven't found definitive conclusion yet. Distinguishing between sarcoidosis and sarcoid-like reactions (sarcoid - type granulomas) is not currently a medical "gold standard" and is not implemented in clinical practice. This leads to 1) misinterpretation of numerous available data; 2) difficulty in the interpretation of other unverified data, which is often followed by 3) inappropriate or inadequate therapeutic approach...
January 25, 2018: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
Dhaval R Kalaria, Mayank Singhal, Vandana Patravale, Virginia Merino, Yogeshvar N Kalia
Effective treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD) involves administration of therapeutic agents with complementary mechanisms of action in order to replenish, sustain or substitute endogenous dopamine. The objective of this study was to investigate anodal co-iontophoresis of pramipexole (PRAM; dopamine agonist) and rasagiline (RAS; MAO-B inhibitor) in vitro and in vivo. Passive permeation of PRAM and RAS (20 mM each) across porcine skin after 6 h was 15.7±1.9 and 16.0±2.9 µg/cm2 , respectively. Co-iontophoresis at 0...
February 22, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
Guorui Cao, Zeyu Huang, Jinwei Xie, Qiang Huang, Bin Xu, ShaoYun Zhang, FuXing Pei
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to determine whether the administration of multiple boluses of oral and intravenous tranexamic acid (TXA) postoperatively was equivalent in reducing blood loss in primary THA. METHODS: A total of 108 patients were randomized into two groups: oral TXA group (54 patients receiving 1 dose of 20 mg/kg intravenous TXA 5-10 min before skin incision and 3 doses of 2 g oral TXA 4 h, 10 h and 16 h postoperatively) and intravenous TXA group (54 patients receiving 1 dose of 20 mg/kg intravenous TXA 5-10 min before skin incision and 3 doses of 1 g intravenous TXA 6 h, 12 h and 18 h postoperatively)...
February 15, 2018: Thrombosis Research
Nicole C Kleinstreuer, Sebastian Hoffmann, Nathalie Alépée, David Allen, Takao Ashikaga, Warren Casey, Elodie Clouet, Magalie Cluzel, Bertrand Desprez, Nichola Gellatly, Carsten Göbel, Petra S Kern, Martina Klaric, Jochen Kühnl, Silvia Martinozzi-Teissier, Karsten Mewes, Masaaki Miyazawa, Judy Strickland, Erwin van Vliet, Qingda Zang, Dirk Petersohn
Skin sensitization is a toxicity endpoint of widespread concern, for which the mechanistic understanding and concurrent necessity for non-animal testing approaches have evolved to a critical juncture, with many available options for predicting sensitization without using animals. Cosmetics Europe and the National Toxicology Program Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods collaborated to analyze the performance of multiple non-animal data integration approaches for the skin sensitization safety assessment of cosmetics ingredients...
February 23, 2018: Critical Reviews in Toxicology
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