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Walter H Reinhart
The hematocrit (Hct) determines the oxygen carrying capacity of blood, but also increases blood viscosity and thus flow resistance. From this dual role the concept of an optimum Hct for tissue oxygenation has been derived. Viscometric studies using the ratio Hct/blood viscosity at high shear rate showed an optimum Hct of 50-60% for red blood cell (RBC) suspensions in plasma. For the perfusion of an artificial microvascular network with 5-70μm channels the optimum Hct was 60-70% for high driving pressures. With lower shear rates or driving pressures the optimum Hct shifted towards lower values...
October 21, 2016: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
K Lee, A Priezzhev, S Shin, Y Francois, I Meglinski
BACKGROUND: The novel measure of the red blood cells (RBC) aggregation (RBC-A) - the critical (minimum) shear stress (CSS) to prevent the cells from aggregation was found to be a promising clinically significant parameter. However, the absolute values of this parameter were found to change significantly depending on the shearing geometry (cup-and-bob, cone-plate or microchannel-flow) and have different temperature dependences along with it. The direct confirmation of these dependences aimed to find out the correct values is still pending...
October 18, 2016: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
Joré Céline, Brun Jean-Frédéric, Varlet-Marie Emmanuelle
Erythropoietin (EPO) is a major regulator of blood viscosity. Its long lasting action analogue methoxy polyethylene glycol-epoetin-β (MIRCERA®) seems to be also employed in modern doping. We took the opportunity of a study aiming at developing a detection of recent MIRCERATM injection in the context of doping detection to assess the effects of this EPO analogue on red blood cells (RBC) aggregation. A single dose 200 μg of MIRCERA® was injected to 10 male volunteers and blood samplings were drawn over 24 days...
October 17, 2016: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
Brun Jean-Frédéric, Varlet-Marie Emmanuelle, Fédou Christine, Raynaud de Mauverger Eric
We investigated to what extent a prediction of the 'ideal' hematocrit based on individual hemorheological profile with an equation of viscosity is relevant in trained athletes, and how the agreement between theoretical and actual values is modified by changes in training volume and performance. Elite soccer players (national level: 18-32 yr, weight 61-83 kg, body mass index 20.9-25.8 kg/m2) were seen twice at one year interval. Hemorheologic parameters were measured with the MT90 viscometer and the Myrenne aggregometer the theoretical bell-shaped curve of hematocrit/viscosity ratio as a function of hematocrit was reconstructed with Quemada's equation using actual plasma viscosity and red cell rigidity to predict hematocrit/viscosity at various hematocrit levels...
October 15, 2016: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
Brun Jean-Frédéric, Varlet-Marie Emmanuelle, Fédou Christine, Raynaud de Mauverger Eric
Equations of blood viscosity provide a prediction of the 'optimal' hematocrit' (hct) as the hct resulting in the highest value of the bell-shaped curve of hematocrit/viscosity ratio h/η. We investigated if overweight and obesity have an influence on these parameters. We compared 32 normal weight subjects, 40 overweight (BMI 25-30) and 38 obese subjects. There was no difference in the theoretical curve of h/η. The actual h/η is the same in the 3 groups but is always higher than the theoretical h/η in all groups...
October 15, 2016: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
Adam J Mitchell, Warren D Gray, Max Schroeder, Hong Yi, Jeannette V Taylor, Rebecca S Dillard, Zunlong Ke, Elizabeth R Wright, David Stephens, John D Roback, Charles D Searles
BACKGROUND: Red blood cell (RBC) transfusions are a common, life-saving therapy for many patients, but they have also been associated with poor clinical outcomes. We identified unusual, pleomorphic structures in human RBC transfusion units by negative-stain electron microscopy that appeared identical to those previously reported to be bacteria in healthy human blood samples. The presence of viable, replicating bacteria in stored blood could explain poor outcomes in transfusion recipients and have major implications for transfusion medicine...
2016: PloS One
Sérgio Monteiro de Almeida, Sônia Mara Raboni, Meri Bordignon Nogueira, Luine R Renaud Vidal
The presence of hemoglobin in samples are considered an important inhibitory factor for polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The aim of this study was to examine the influence of red blood cells (RBC)s in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) as an inhibitory factor to reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) for enteroviruses (EV). Forty-four CSF samples from patients showing characteristics of viral meningitis were assessed for EV by RT-PCR. Viral RNA extracted with guanidine isothyocianate buffer and virus detection was performed by in-house nested PCR...
October 2016: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
Shannon Kelly, Keith Quirolo, Anne Marsh, Lynne Neumayr, Alicia Garcia, Brian Custer
BACKGROUND: Chronic red blood cell (RBC) transfusion therapy (CTT) is an integral component of the management of severe sickle cell disease (SCD) and can prevent complications, such as stroke. RBC units can be administered via simple transfusion or exchange transfusion, and erythrocytapheresis (automated RBC exchange transfusion [aRBX]), is increasingly used for CTT. Comparisons of simple and aRBX transfusions are limited, and the current scope of aRBX use is not known. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: We administered a survey to define current transfusion practices for CTT and performed a review of the erythrocytapheresis literature...
October 19, 2016: Transfusion
Kobina Dufu, Josh Lehrer-Graiwer, Eleanor Ramos, Donna Oksenberg
In sickle cell trait (SCT), hemoglobin A (HbA) and S (HbS) are co-expressed in each red blood cell (RBC). While homozygous expression of HbS (HbSS) leads to polymerization and sickling of RBCs resulting in sickle cell disease (SCD) characterized by hemolytic anemia, painful vaso-occlusive episodes and shortened life-span, SCT is considered a benign condition usually with minor or no complications related to sickling. However, physical activities that cause increased tissue oxygen demand, dehydration and/or metabolic acidosis leads to increased HbS polymerization and life-threatening complications including death...
September 28, 2016: Hematology Reports
Agnieszka Obrębska-Stefaniak, Robert Irzmański, Joanna Kapusta, Tomasz Grycewicz, Jan Kowalski
: Recently, in the prognostic assessment of ACS patients attention has been paid to hyperglycemia, leukocytosis, decreased GFR, anemia and thrombocytopenia as they are believed to worsen the prognosis. AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the results of basic laboratory blood tests in predicting the failure of in-hospital cardiac rehabilitation in post-STEMI patients - using an index of own design. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study comprised 100 post-STEMI patients, 70 men and 30 women, aged 60,1±10,3 years, admitted for cardiac rehabilitation (phase II) to the Department of Internal Medicine and Cardiac Rehabilitation, WAM University Hospital in Lodz...
September 29, 2016: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
Ulrich Förstner, Henner Hollert, Markus Brinkmann, Kathrin Eichbaum, Roland Weber, Wim Salomons
A critical review of the last 25 years of dioxin policy in the Elbe river catchment is presented along seven main theses of the River Basin Community (RBC)-Elbe background document "Pollutants" for the Management Plan 2016-2021. In this period, polychlorinated dibenzodioxins/-furans (PCDD/Fs) and dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls (dl-PCBs) will play a major role: (i) as new priority substances for which environmental quality standards (EQSs) need to be derived (Directive 2013/39/EC); (ii) in the search for innovative solutions in sediment remediation (i...
2016: Environmental Sciences Europe
F Chen, S X Pan, H L Feng
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the distribution and content of transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in concentrated growth factors (CGF) gel, and to clarify the difference among different layers of CGF. METHODS: Venous blood samples were collected from 6 healthy volunteers to prepare CGF. The distribution, integrated optical density (IOD) and average optical density (AOD) of TGF-β1 and VEGF in CGF gel and red blood cell (RBC) layer were measured using immunohistochemistry...
October 18, 2016: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
Jung Yoon, Seung Gyu Yun, Jeeyong Kim, Yoo Na Jung, Young Eun Koh, Jeong Hun Nam, Eun Taek Han, Chae Seung Lim
We evaluated the diagnostic usefulness of the LH780 Coulter blood cell counter for detection and therapeutic monitoring of malaria including cross-reactivity with nucleated RBC (NRBC) samples. A total of 405 patients (43 patients with Plasmodium vivax malaria and the control group of 120 healthy subjects, 111 patients with fever, and 131 patients with NRBCs) were analyzed with routine CBC using the LH780. We analyzed the CBC results according to three selected parameters: an abnormal peak in the WBC histogram before 35fL, the presence of red dots in the nonwhite cell zone of 2D WBC Diff Dataplot, and platelet-related flags suggesting platelet clumps or giant platelets...
October 14, 2016: Acta Tropica
Quinn K Lippmann, Jeff M Slezak, Shawn A Menefee, Casey K Ng, Emily L Whitcomb, Ronald K Loo
BACKGROUND: Urologic cancer has a lower prevalence in women compared to men, however there are no differences in the recommended evaluation for women and men with microscopic hematuria. OBJECTIVES: To identify risk factors associated with urologic cancer in female patients with microscopic hematuria and to determine the applicability of a hematuria risk score for women. STUDY DESIGN: We conducted a retrospective cohort study within an integrated health care system in Southern California...
October 14, 2016: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Angela B Treml, Jed B Gorlin, Richard P Dutton, Barbara M Scavone
BACKGROUND: Massive transfusion protocols (MTPs) have been adopted in many hospitals, and they may improve outcomes, as well as decrease the number of blood products transfused. However, there are no specific guidelines regarding the number and types of products that should be included in these protocols. MTPs may vary from hospital to hospital. METHODS: A short, web-based survey was sent to blood bank medical directors at academic institutions to learn details about MTPs...
October 3, 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Antonella Antonelli, Carla Sfara, Oliver Weber, Ulrich Pison, Elisabetta Manuali, Sonia Salamida, Mauro Magnani
AIM: The biomedical application of contrast agents based on superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles is still limited because of their short intravascular half-life. The potential of red blood cells (RBCs) loaded with new ferucarbotran nanoparticles as magnetic contrast agents with longer blood retention time has been investigated. MATERIALS & METHODS: Ferucarbotran was loaded into RBCs by a procedure of hypotonic dialysis and isotonic resealing. Ferucarbotran amounts encapsulated in RBCs were determined by NMR...
October 14, 2016: Nanomedicine
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
Theodor Baars, Philipp Kahlert, Albert Baars, Heike Preibsch, Tienush Rassaf, Gerd Heusch, Petra Kleinbongard
OBJECTIVE: Stent implantation into atherosclerotic coronary vessels induces the release of particulate debris and soluble vasoactive substances, which impair downstream microvascular function. Microvascular perfusion, however, is also determined by hemorheological parameters. We therefore analyzed now changes in erythrocyte (RBC) aggregation in coronary arterial blood during stent implantation. METHODS: Symptomatic male patients with stable angina pectoris and stenosis in their native right coronary artery (RCA) or saphenous vein graft on right coronary artery (SVG-RCA) were enrolled...
October 13, 2016: Microcirculation: the Official Journal of the Microcirculatory Society, Inc
Prabitha Natarajan, Jingchun Liu, Manjula Santhanakrishnan, David R Gibb, Lewis M Slater, Jeanne E Hendrickson
BACKGROUND: Few therapeutic options currently exist to prevent or to mitigate transfusion-associated red blood cell (RBC) alloimmunization. We hypothesized that bortezomib, a proteasome inhibitor currently being utilized for HLA alloantibody and ADAMTS13 autoantibody reduction, may be beneficial in a transfusion setting. Herein, we utilized a reductionist murine model to test our hypothesis that bortezomib would decrease RBC alloimmune responses. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Wild-type mice were treated with bortezomib or saline and transfused with murine RBCs expressing the human KEL glycoprotein...
October 13, 2016: Transfusion
Zoe Herreras, Montserrat Cofán, Marta Catalan, Carlos Calvo, Montserrat Pinyol, Antonio J Amor, Rosa Gilabert, Emilio Ros, Aleix Sala-Vila, Emilio Ortega
Consistent evidence supports the pro-atherogenic properties of dietary trans-fatty acids (TFAs). However, there are no clinical data on TFA intake and atheroma plaque. We cross sectionally investigated whether the proportion of total C18:1 TFA in red blood cells (RBCs), which mirrors dietary TFA intake, independently relates to carotid plaque prevalence in subjects with new-onset type 2 diabetes mellitus without prior cardiovascular disease (n=101, 56% men, mean age 61 years) and age- and sex-matched controls (n=96)...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
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