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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324873/endobronchial-ultrasound-elastography-for-evaluation-of-intrathoracic-lymph-nodes-a-pilot-study
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Jiayuan Sun, Xiaoxuan Zheng, Xiaowei Mao, Lei Wang, Hongkai Xiong, Felix J F Herth, Baohui Han
BACKGROUND: Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) elastography is a new imaging procedure for describing the elasticity of intrathoracic lesions and providing important additional diagnostic information. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to utilize the feasibility of qualitative and quantitative methods to evaluate the ability of EBUS elastography to differentiate between benign and malignant mediastinal and hilar lymph nodes (LNs) during EBUS-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA)...
March 22, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319199/a-computational-analysis-of-in-vivo-vegfr-activation-by-multiple-co-expressed-ligands
#2
Lindsay E Clegg, Feilim Mac Gabhann
The splice isoforms of vascular endothelial growth A (VEGF) each have different affinities for the extracellular matrix (ECM) and the coreceptor NRP1, which leads to distinct vascular phenotypes in model systems expressing only a single VEGF isoform. ECM-immobilized VEGF can bind to and activate VEGF receptor 2 (VEGFR2) directly, with a different pattern of site-specific phosphorylation than diffusible VEGF. To date, the way in which ECM binding alters the distribution of isoforms of VEGF and of the related placental growth factor (PlGF) in the body and resulting angiogenic signaling is not well-understood...
March 20, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318376/advances-in-on-chip-vascularization
#3
Kristina Haase, Roger D Kamm
Microfluidics is invaluable for studying microvasculature, development of organ-on-chip models and engineering microtissues. Microfluidic design can cleverly control geometry, biochemical gradients and mechanical stimuli, such as shear and interstitial flow, to more closely mimic in vivo conditions. In vitro vascular networks are generated by two distinct approaches: via endothelial-lined patterned channels, or by self-assembled networks. Each system has its own benefits and is amenable to the study of angiogenesis, vasculogenesis and cancer metastasis...
March 20, 2017: Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318007/myocardial-infarction-in-a-neonate-lessons-for-neonatal-and-internal-medicine
#4
Werner Streif
Due to the lack of evidence-based guidelines, management strategies for neonatal MI should be individualized and administered largely at the discretion of responsible treating teams. Supportive care with a focus on preserving adequate circulation and antithrombotic therapy with a view to restoring vascular patency are the mainstays of treatment. Thrombolytic therapy of neonatal MI includes a chance to completely restore myocardial function. Understanding the resilience of the neonatal heart and mechanism of cardiac cell repair in neonates may spark novel treatment strategies for severe MI in the large number of affected individuals in an aging population...
March 20, 2017: Hämostaseologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304124/distinguishing-the-chinese-materia-medica-tiepishihu-from-similar-dendrobium-species-of-the-same-genus-using-histological-and-microscopic-method
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Kun-Zi Yu, Hua Yan, Hai-Chuan Tai, Nan-Ping Zhang, Xian-Long Cheng, Zeng-Xi Guo, Shuang-Cheng Ma, Feng Wei
The Chinese Materia Medica, Tiepishihu, used as a tonic for over one thousand years, is a well-known precious medicine in China. According to the Chinese Pharmacopoeia, its source is the species Dendrobium officinale Kimura et Migo, which is distinguished from other species in Dendrobium genus. However, these species from the same genus are similar with Tiepishihu and caused confusion in the market. To find a quick and simple method to distinguish Tiepishihu from other similar species, histologic and microscopic methods were combined together to investigate the transverse section of stem of Tiepishihu and other similar species...
March 17, 2017: Microscopy Research and Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303161/a-systematic-review-of-intervention-studies-examining-nutritional-and-herbal-therapies-for-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-dementia-using-neuroimaging-methods-study-characteristics-and-intervention-efficacy
#6
REVIEW
Genevieve Z Steiner, Danielle C Mathersul, Freya MacMillan, David A Camfield, Nerida L Klupp, Sai W Seto, Yong Huang, Mark I Hohenberg, Dennis H Chang
Neuroimaging facilitates the assessment of complementary medicines (CMs) by providing a noninvasive insight into their mechanisms of action in the human brain. This is important for identifying the potential treatment options for target disease cohorts with complex pathophysiologies. The aim of this systematic review was to evaluate study characteristics, intervention efficacy, and the structural and functional neuroimaging methods used in research assessing nutritional and herbal medicines for mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300723/nuclear-medicine-for-photodynamic-therapy-in-cancer-planning-monitoring-and-nuclear-pdt
#7
REVIEW
Dris Kharroubi Lakouas, Damien Huglo, Serge Mordon, Maximilien Vermandel
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a modality with promising results for the treatment of various cancers. PDT is increasingly included in the standard of care for different pathologies. This therapy relies on the effects of light delivered to photosensitized cells. At different stages of delivery, PDT requires imaging to plan, evaluate and monitor treatment. The contribution of molecular imaging in this context is important and continues to increase. In this article, we review the contribution of nuclear medicine imaging in oncology to PDT for planning and therapeutic monitoring purposes...
March 11, 2017: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299634/prevalence-and-determinants-of-the-use-of-lipid-lowering-agents-in-a-population-of-older-hospitalized-patients-the-findings-from-the-reposi-registro-politerapie-societ%C3%A3-italiana-di-medicina-interna-study
#8
Marco Bertolotti, Carlotta Franchi, Marco B L Rocchi, Andrea Miceli, M Vittoria Libbra, Alessandro Nobili, Giulia Lancellotti, Lucia Carulli, Chiara Mussi
BACKGROUND: Older patients are prone to multimorbidity and polypharmacy, with an inherent risk of adverse events and drug interactions. To the best of our knowledge, available information on the appropriateness of lipid-lowering treatment is extremely limited. AIM: The aim of the present study was to quantify and characterize lipid-lowering drug use in a population of complex in-hospital older patients. METHODS: We analyzed data from 87 units of internal medicine or geriatric medicine in the REPOSI (Registro Politerapie della Società Italiana di Medicina Interna) study, with reference to the 2010 and 2012 patient cohorts...
April 2017: Drugs & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297585/electromechanical-conditioning-of-adult-progenitor-cells-improves-recovery-of-cardiac-function-after-myocardial-infarction
#9
Aida Llucià-Valldeperas, Carolina Soler-Botija, Carolina Gálvez-Montón, Santiago Roura, Cristina Prat-Vidal, Isaac Perea-Gil, Benjamin Sanchez, Ramon Bragos, Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Antoni Bayes-Genis
Cardiac cells are subjected to mechanical and electrical forces, which regulate gene expression and cellular function. Therefore, in vitro electromechanical stimuli could benefit further integration of therapeutic cells into the myocardium. Our goals were (a) to study the viability of a tissue-engineered construct with cardiac adipose tissue-derived progenitor cells (cardiac ATDPCs) and (b) to examine the effect of electromechanically stimulated cardiac ATDPCs within a myocardial infarction (MI) model in mice for the first time...
March 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297582/human-stem-cell-derived-endothelial-hepatic-platform-for-efficacy-testing-of-vascular-protective-metabolites-from-nutraceuticals
#10
Balakrishnan Chakrapani Narmada, Yeek Teck Goh, Huan Li, Sanjay Sinha, Hanry Yu, Christine Cheung
Atherosclerosis underlies many cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. Nutraceuticals are emerging as a therapeutic moiety for restoring vascular health. Unlike small-molecule drugs, the complexity of ingredients in nutraceuticals often confounds evaluation of their efficacy in preclinical evaluation. It is recognized that the liver is a vital organ in processing complex compounds into bioactive metabolites. In this work, we developed a coculture system of human pluripotent stem cell-derived endothelial cells (hPSC-ECs) and human pluripotent stem cell-derived hepatocytes (hPSC-HEPs) for predicting vascular-protective effects of nutraceuticals...
March 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297579/endothelial-cells-promote-expansion-of-long-term-engrafting-marrow-hematopoietic-stem-and-progenitor-cells-in-primates
#11
Jennifer L Gori, Jason M Butler, Balvir Kunar, Michael G Poulos, Michael Ginsberg, Daniel J Nolan, Zachary K Norgaard, Jennifer E Adair, Shahin Rafii, Hans-Peter Kiem
Successful expansion of bone marrow (BM) hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) would benefit many HSPC transplantation and gene therapy/editing applications. However, current expansion technologies have been limited by a loss of multipotency and self-renewal properties ex vivo. We hypothesized that an ex vivo vascular niche would provide prohematopoietic signals to expand HSPCs while maintaining multipotency and self-renewal. To test this hypothesis, BM autologous CD34(+) cells were expanded in endothelial cell (EC) coculture and transplanted in nonhuman primates...
March 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297566/instructive-role-of-the-microenvironment-in-preventing-renal-fibrosis
#12
Kei Matsumoto, Sandhya Xavier, Jun Chen, Yujiro Kida, Mark Lipphardt, Reina Ikeda, Annie Gevertz, Mario Caviris, Antonis K Hatzopoulos, Ivo Kalajzic, James Dutton, Brian B Ratliff, Hong Zhao, Zbygniew Darzynkiewicz, Stefan Rose-John, Michael S Goligorsky
Accumulation of myofibroblasts is a hallmark of renal fibrosis. A significant proportion of myofibroblasts has been reported to originate via endothelial-mesenchymal transition. We initially hypothesized that exposing myofibroblasts to the extract of endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) could reverse this transition. Indeed, in vitro treatment of transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1)-activated fibroblasts with EPC extract prevented expression of α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA); however, it did not enhance expression of endothelial markers...
March 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296342/delivery-of-growth-factor-based-therapeutics-in-vascular-diseases-challenges-and-strategies
#13
REVIEW
He-Lin Xu, Wen-Ze Yu, Cui-Tao Lu, Xiao-Kun Li, Ying-Zheng Zhao
Either cardiovascular or peripheral vascular diseases have become the major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Recently, growth factors therapeutics, whatever administrated in form of exogenous growth factors or their relevant genes have been discovered to be an effective strategy for the prevention and therapy of vascular diseases, because of their promoting angiogenesis. Besides, as an alternative, stem cell-based therapy has been also developed in view of their paracrine-mediated effect or ability of differentiation toward angiogenesis-related cells under assistance of growth factors...
March 10, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296182/endothelial-progenitors-a-consensus-statement-on-nomenclature
#14
EDITORIAL
Reinhold J Medina, Chad L Barber, Florence Sabatier, Francoise Dignat-George, Juan M Melero-Martin, Kiarash Khosrotehrani, Osamu Ohneda, Anna M Randi, Jerry K Y Chan, Teruhide Yamaguchi, Victor W M Van Hinsbergh, Mervin C Yoder, Alan W Stitt
Endothelial progenitor cell (EPC) nomenclature remains ambiguous and there is a general lack of concordance in the stem cell field with many distinct cell subtypes continually grouped under the term "EPC." It would be highly advantageous to agree standards to confirm an endothelial progenitor phenotype and this should include detailed immunophenotyping, potency assays, and clear separation from hematopoietic angiogenic cells which are not endothelial progenitors. In this review, we seek to discourage the indiscriminate use of "EPCs," and instead propose precise terminology based on defining cellular phenotype and function...
March 10, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295563/in-vivo-mri-of-the-human-finger-at-7-t
#15
Elmar Laistler, Barbara Dymerska, Jürgen Sieg, Sigrun Goluch, Roberta Frass-Kriegl, Andre Kuehne, Ewald Moser
PURPOSE: To demonstrate a dedicated setup for ultrahigh resolution MR imaging of the human finger in vivo. METHODS: A radiofrequency coil was designed for optimized signal homogeneity and sensitivity in the finger at ultrahigh magnetic field strength (7 T), providing high measurement sensitivity. Imaging sequences (2D turbo-spin echo (TSE) and 3D magnetization-prepared rapid acquisition gradient echo (MPRAGE)) were adapted for high spatial resolution and good contrast of different tissues in the finger, while keeping acquisition time below 10 minutes...
March 10, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295523/quantitative-susceptibility-mapping-based-cerebral-metabolic-rate-of-oxygen-mapping-with-minimum-local-variance
#16
Jingwei Zhang, Junghun Cho, Dong Zhou, Thanh D Nguyen, Pascal Spincemaille, Ajay Gupta, Yi Wang
PURPOSE: The objective of this study was to demonstrate the feasibility of a cerebral metabolic rate of oxygen (CMRO2 ) mapping method based on its minimum local variance (MLV) without vascular challenge using quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM) and cerebral blood flow (CBF). METHODS: Three-dimensional multi-echo gradient echo imaging and arterial spin labeling were performed in 11 healthy subjects to calculate QSM and CBF. Minimum local variance was used to compute whole-brain CMRO2 map from QSM and CBF...
March 10, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295428/atheroprotective-effects-and-molecular-targets-of-tanshinones-derived-from-herbal-medicine-danshen
#17
REVIEW
Jian Fang, Peter J Little, Suowen Xu
Medicinal plant-derived bioactive compounds modulate multiple therapeutic targets in cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), rendering herb-derived phytochemicals effective against one of the major CVDs-atherosclerosis. Danshen (Salvia milthiorriza Bunge) is a Chinese medicine that has been used in cardio- and cerebro-vascular therapeutic remedies in Asian countries for many years. Emerging evidence from cellular, animal, and clinical studies suggests that major lipophilic tanshinones from Danshen can treat atherosclerotic CVDs...
February 16, 2017: Medicinal Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292796/hand-arm-vibration-syndrome-what-family-physicians-should-know
#18
REVIEW
Shixin Cindy Shen, Ronald A House
OBJECTIVE: To provide family physicians with an understanding of the epidemiology, pathogenesis, symptoms, diagnosis, and management of hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS), an important and common occupational disease in Canada. SOURCES OF INFORMATION: A MEDLINE search was conducted for research and review articles on HAVS. A Google search was conducted to obtain gray literature relevant to the Canadian context. Additional references were obtained from the articles identified...
March 2017: Canadian Family Physician Médecin de Famille Canadien
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290925/two-decades-of-saving-lives-on-the-battlefield-tactical-combat-casualty-care-turns-20
#19
Frank K Butler
BACKGROUND: Twenty years ago, the original Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) article was published in this journal. Since TCCC is essentially a set of best-practice prehospital trauma care guidelines customized for use on the battlefield, the presence of a journal with a specific focus on military medicine was a profound benefit to the initial presentation of TCCC to the U.S. Military. METHODS: In the two ensuing decades, which included the longest continuous period of armed conflict in our nation's history, TCCC steadily evolved as the prehospital trauma care evidence base was augmented and as feedback from user medics, corpsmen, and pararescuemen was obtained...
March 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288160/efficient-and-robust-differentiation-of-endothelial-cells-from-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-via-lineage-control-with-vegf-and-cyclic-amp
#20
Takeshi Ikuno, Hidetoshi Masumoto, Kohei Yamamizu, Miki Yoshioka, Kenji Minakata, Tadashi Ikeda, Ryuzo Sakata, Jun K Yamashita
Blood vessels are essential components for many tissues and organs. Thus, efficient induction of endothelial cells (ECs) from human pluripotent stem cells is a key method for generating higher tissue structures entirely from stem cells. We previously established an EC differentiation system with mouse pluripotent stem cells to show that vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is essential to induce ECs and that cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) synergistically enhances VEGF effects. Here we report an efficient and robust EC differentiation method from human pluripotent stem cell lines based on a 2D monolayer, serum-free culture...
2017: PloS One
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