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France Damseaux, Jeremy J Kiszka, Michael R Heithaus, George Scholl, Gauthier Eppe, Jean-Pierre Thomé, Jennifer Lewis, Wensi Hao, Michaël C Fontaine, Krishna Das
The bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) is an upper trophic level predator and the most common cetacean species found in nearshore waters of southern Florida, including the Lower Florida Keys (LFK) and the Florida Coastal Everglades (FCE). The objective of this study was to assess contamination levels of total mercury (T-Hg) in skin and persistent organic pollutants (PCBs, PBDEs, DDXs, HCHs, HCB, Σ PCDD/Fs and Σ DL-PCBs) in blubber samples of bottlenose dolphins from LFK (n = 27) and FCE (n = 24)...
October 11, 2016: Environmental Pollution
Hanna Niehues, Joost Schalkwijk, Ivonne M J J van Vlijmen-Willems, Diana Rodijk-Olthuis, Michelle M van Rossum, Ewa Wladykowski, Johanna M Brandner, Ellen H J van den Bogaard, Patrick L J M Zeeuwen
We investigated differentiation and barrier properties of epidermal equivalents derived from ichthyosis vulgaris keratinocytes that were homozygous for FLG null mutations. We found no effect on penetration of tracer molecules, compared with filaggrin proficient keratinocytes.
October 11, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
G L Uy, E J Duncavage, G S Chang, M A Jacoby, C A Miller, J Shao, S Heath, K Elliott, T Reinick, R S Fulton, C C Fronick, M O'Laughlin, L Ganel, C N Abboud, A F Cashen, J F DiPersio, R K Wilson, D C Link, J S Welch, T J Ley, T A Graubert, P Westervelt, M J Walter
Traditional response criteria in MDS and AML are based on bone marrow morphology and may not accurately reflect clonal tumor burden in patients treated with non-cytotoxic chemotherapy. We used next-generation sequencing of serial bone marrow samples to monitor MDS and AML tumor burden during treatment with epigenetic therapy (decitabine and panobinostat). Serial bone marrow samples (and skin as a source of normal DNA) from 25 MDS and AML patients were sequenced (exome or 285 gene panel). We observed that responders, including those in complete remission (CR), can have persistent measurable tumor burden (i...
October 14, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Mariko Moriyama, Hiroyuki Moriyama, Junki Uda, Hirokazu Kubo, Yuka Nakajima, Arisa Goto, Junji Akaki, Ikuyo Yoshida, Nobuya Matsuoka, Takao Hayakawa
Aloe has been used as a folk medicine because it has several important therapeutic properties. These include wound and burn healing, and Aloe is now used in a variety of commercially available topical medications for wound healing and skin care. However, its effects on epidermal keratinocytes remain largely unclear. Our data indicated that both Aloe vera gel (AVG) and Cape aloe extract (CAE) significantly improved wound healing in human primary epidermal keratinocytes (HPEKs) and a human skin equivalent model...
2016: PloS One
Haiying Sun, Lillian Ting, Surendra Machineni, Jens Praestgaard, Andreas Kuemmell, Daniel S Stein, Gangadhar Sunkara, Steven J Kovacs, Stephen Villano, S Ken Tanaka
Omadacycline is a first in class aminomethylcycline antibiotic with microbiological activity against Gram-positive and Gram-negative aerobes and anaerobes, and atypical bacteria that is being developed for the treatment of acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI) and community-acquired bacterial pneumonia (CABP). The bioavailability of a Phase 3 tablet formulation relative to intravenous (IV) administration (and of other oral formulations relative to the Phase 3 tablet) was investigated in an open-label, randomized, four-period, crossover study in healthy subjects age 18-50 years...
October 10, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
L L Dean, C M Klevorn, B J Hess
In recent years, there has been increased interest in antioxidant-rich products by consumers wanting to enhance the health benefits of their diet. Chocolate has been identified as a natural source of antioxidant compounds, which resulted in the development of polyphenol-enriched chocolate products that are now available commercially. This study investigated the use of phenolic compounds extracted from peanut skins as a novel antioxidant source for the enrichment of milk chocolate. The extracts were encapsulated with maltodextrin to lessen their bitterness...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Food Science
Josefa P Alameda, Manuel Navarro, Ángel Ramírez, Angustias Page, Cristian Suárez-Cabrera, Rodolfo Moreno-Maldonado, Jesús M Paramio, M Carmen Fariña, Marcela Del Río, M Jesús Fernández-Aceñero, Ana Bravo, M Llanos Casanova
IKKα plays a mandatory role in keratinocyte differentiation and exerts an important task in non-melanoma skin cancer development. However, it is not fully understood how IKKα exerts these functions. To analyze in detail the role of IKKα in epidermal stratification and differentiation, we have generated tridimensional (3D) cultures of human HaCaT keratinocytes and fibroblasts in fibrin gels, obtaining human skin equivalents that comprise an epidermal and a dermal compartments that resembles both the structure and differentiation of normal human skin...
October 8, 2016: Oncotarget
Chang-Fu Kuo, Shue-Fen Luo, Kuang-Hui Yu, Lai-Chu See, Weiya Zhang, Michael Doherty
BACKGROUND: Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a rare and devastating disease affecting skin and internal organs. Familial aggregation of SSc and co-aggregation with other autoimmune diseases is rarely reported. METHODS: We identified 23,658,577 beneficiaries registered with the National Health Insurance database in 2010, 1891 of whom had SSc. We identified 21,009,551 parent-child relationships and 17,168,340 full sibling pairs. The familial risks of SSc and other autoimmune diseases and familial transmission were estimated...
October 12, 2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
Yuichiro Yamazaki, Woo Jin Kim, Sayaka Akiyama, Takashi Ikeda
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to compare the results of the retroperitoneoscopic assisted pyeloplasty (RASP) using EZ access (silicone rubber cap) with open dismembered pyeloplasty (ODP) in children. METHODS: A retrospective review was performed of patients treated for ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction with either RASP or ODP from 2010 to 2015. For patients with RASP, two 5-mm trocars were placed in the EZ access. The UPJ was dissected retroperitoneoscopically and dismembered pyeloplasty was performed extracorporeally...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Alessandro Roncone, Matej Hoffmann, Ugo Pattacini, Luciano Fadiga, Giorgio Metta
This paper investigates a biologically motivated model of peripersonal space through its implementation on a humanoid robot. Guided by the present understanding of the neurophysiology of the fronto-parietal system, we developed a computational model inspired by the receptive fields of polymodal neurons identified, for example, in brain areas F4 and VIP. The experiments on the iCub humanoid robot show that the peripersonal space representation i) can be learned efficiently and in real-time via a simple interaction with the robot, ii) can lead to the generation of behaviors like avoidance and reaching, and iii) can contribute to the understanding the biological principle of motor equivalence...
2016: PloS One
Elizabeth Story-Roller, Melvin P Weinstein
Blood cultures (BC) are the standard method for diagnosis of bloodstream infections (BSI). However, the average BC contamination rate (CR) in US hospitals is 2.9%, potentially resulting in unnecessary antibiotic use and excessive therapy costs. Several studies have compared various skin antisepsis agents without a clear consensus as to which agent is most effective in reducing contamination. A prospective, randomized crossover study was performed at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) directly comparing blood culture contamination rates using chlorhexidine vs...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
Ferdinand Krappel, Marco Brayda-Bruno, Giovanni Alessi, Jean-Michel Remacle, Luis Alberto Lopez, Jesus Javier Fernández, Gianluca Maestretti, Christian W A Pfirrmann
PURPOSE: To investigate the short and medium term efficacy and patient outcomes of DIAM spinal stabilization system on back pain, disability, leg pain and quality of life. METHODS: 165 patients were enrolled; 146 patients with a single level disc herniation (L2 to L5) were randomized: 75 investigational (herniectomy and DIAM) and 71 control (herniectomy alone) treated and followed up for 24 months. RESULTS: Significant improvements overtime (P < 0...
October 4, 2016: European Spine Journal
Christoph Windisch, Steffen Brodt, Eric Röhner, Georg Matziolis
PURPOSE: It is an established fact that post-operative (p.o.) soft-tissue swelling and lymphoedema after total knee arthroplasty (TKA) have a major influence on the p.o. early functional outcome. Kinesio taping has a proven clinical effect in increasing lymph drainage. Despite the decades of experience gained and the assumed positive effects, hardly any investigations have been conducted to date on the influence of Kinesio taping on the p.o. healing process after TKA. The objective of the present study was to test the hypothesis that Kinesio taping used as a lymph application leads to a reduction of p...
September 29, 2016: International Orthopaedics
Konstantinos Porpodis, Kalliopi Domvri, Theodoros Kontakiotis, Evagelia Fouka, Eirini Kontakioti, Konstantinos Zarogoulidis, Despina Papakosta
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to demonstrate and compare the diagnostic validity of two bronchial challenges and to investigate their correlation with patient clinical status, atopy and inflammation markers. METHODS: Eighty-eight patients, 47 women and 41 men, mean age 38.56±16.73 years who presented with asthma related symptoms and were not on any anti-asthma medication, were challenged with mannitol and methacholine on separate days. Medical history regarding asthmatic symptoms, physical examination, skin prick tests and FeNO levels were also assessed...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
M Martinson, N Martinson
OBJECTIVE: To compare the relative product cost and clinical outcomes of four skin substitutes used as adjunctive treatments for diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs). METHOD: Medicare claims data from 2011 to 2014 were used to identify beneficiaries with diabetes and foot ulcers. Patients treated with one of four types of skin substitute (Apligraf, Dermagraft, OASIS, and MatriStem) were identified. The skin substitutes were compared on episode length; amputation rate; skin substitute utilisation; and skin substitute costs...
October 2016: Journal of Wound Care
Xi Tian, Samuel B Warner, Kyle T Wagner, Joseph M Caster, Tian Zhang, Patricia Ohana, Alberto A Gabizon, Andrew Z Wang
PURPOSE: To examine the effect of radiation on in vitro drug activation and release of Promitil, a pegylated liposomal formulation of a mitomycin C (MMC) lipid-based prodrug; and examine the efficacy and toxicity of Promitil with concurrent radiation in colorectal cancer models. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Promitil was obtained from Lipomedix Pharmaceuticals (Jerusalem, Israel). We tested the effects of radiation on release of active MMC from Promitil in vitro. We next examined the radiosensitization effect of Promitil in vitro...
November 1, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
C A Higgins, M Roger, R Hill, A S Ali-Khan, J Garlick, A M Christiano, C A B Jahoda
BACKGROUND: The method to generate bioengineered skin constructs was pioneered several decades ago, and nowadays these constructs are used regularly for the treatment of severe burns and non-healing wounds. Commonly, these constructs are comprised of skin fibroblasts within a collagen scaffold, forming the skin dermis, and stratified keratinocytes overlying this, forming the skin epidermis. In the past decade there has been a surge of interest in bioengineered skins, with researchers searching for alternative cell sources, or scaffolds, from which constructs can be established, and for more biomimetic equivalents with skin appendages...
September 28, 2016: British Journal of Dermatology
Moon Hee Jung, Sang-Myung Jung, Hwa Sung Shin
Artificial skin or skin equivalents have been used for clinical purpose to skin graft and as substitutes for animal experiments. The culture of cell lines such as HaCaT has the potential to produce large amounts of artificial skin at a low cost. However, there is a limit to keratinization due to the restriction of differentiation in HaCaT. In this study, a culture device that mimics the in vivo keratinization mechanism, co-stimulated by air-exposure and mechanical stimulation, was developed to construct skin equivalents...
September 27, 2016: Scientific Reports
Adri D Prasetyo, Welf Prager, Mark G Rubin, Ernesto A Moretti, Andreas Nikolis
BACKGROUND: Cohesive monophasic polydensified fillers show unique viscoelastic properties and variable density of hyaluronic acid, allowing for a homogeneous tissue integration and distribution of the material. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this paper was to review the clinical data regarding the performance, tolerability, and safety of the Belotero(®) fillers for soft-tissue augmentation and rejuvenation. METHODS: A literature search was performed up until May 31, 2015 to identify all relevant articles on Belotero(®) fillers (Basic/Balance, Hydro, Soft, Intense, Volume) and equivalent products (Esthélis(®), Mesolis(®), Fortélis(®), Modélis(®))...
2016: Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology
G Nentwig, S Frohberger, R Sonneck
One essential oil (clove oil), one skin repellent (icaridin), and one insecticide (transfluthrin) were tested for spatial repellent effects against non-blood-fed female Aedes aegypti (L.) mosquitoes. The compounds were tested in acetone dilution series using a Y-olfactometer, a double cage system, and a double room system. All compounds exhibited spatial repellent effects at certain concentrations. Clove oil required relative high dosages to cause high effects (Y-olfactometer 6 mg, double cage 60 mg, and double room 1,200 mg)...
September 20, 2016: Journal of Medical Entomology
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