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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786885/automated-buildup-of-biomimetic-films-in-cell-culture-microplates-for-high-throughput-screening-of-cellular-behaviors
#1
Paul Machillot, Catarina Quintal, Fabien Dalonneau, Loic Hermant, Pauline Monnot, Kelsey Matthews, Vincent Fitzpatrick, Jie Liu, Isabelle Pignot-Paintrand, Catherine Picart
An automatic method is established for layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly of biomimetic coatings in cell culture microplates using a commercial liquid-handling robot. Highly homogeneous thin films are formed at the bottom of each microwell. The LbL film-coated microplates are compatible with common cellular assays, using microplate readers and automated microscopes. Cellular adhesion is screened on crosslinked and peptide-functionalized LbL films and stem cell differentiation in response to increasing doses of bone morphogenetic proteins (2, 4, 7, 9)...
May 22, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785943/-roles-and-molecular-mechanisms-of-hypoxia-inducible-factors-in-renal-cell-carcinoma
#2
Jun Xia Zou, Ke Chen
Renal cancer is a common urologic malignancy. However, the therapeutic options for metastatic renal cancer patients are limited. Hypoxia (low oxygen) is a fundamental microenvironmental determinant of solid tumor pathophysiology. Recent data from molecular and clinical studies indicate that hypoxia-inducible factors (HIFs) play critical roles in the development and progress of renal cell carcinoma (RCC). The HIF transcription factor family is a type of heterodimeric transcription factor consisting of HIF-α and HIF-β subunits and can transcriptionally activate genes that mediate the hypoxic response...
May 20, 2018: Yi Chuan, Hereditas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785870/micrornas-and-response-to-statins-in-patients-with-hypercholesterolemia-from-basic-research-to-precision-medicine
#3
Tomás Zambrano, Luis A Salazar
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 22, 2018: Pharmacogenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785237/early-onset-of-clinical-improvement-with-ixekizumab-in-a-randomized-open-label-study-of-patients-with-moderate-to-severe-plaque-psoriasis
#4
Saakshi Khattri, Orin Goldblum, Kathleen Solotkin, Yasmin Amir, Michelle S Min, Terri Ridenour, Fan Emily Yang, Mark Lebwohl
Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the speed of onset of clinical response to ixekizumab (IXE) and assess the progression of visible improvement in patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis. Design: This was an interventional, randomized, open-label, Phase IIIb clinical trial. Setting: This was a single center study at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Participants: Twelve patients were randomized at a ratio of 1:1 to receive 80mg of ixekizumab every two (IXE Q2W) or four (IXE Q4W) weeks following a starting dose of 160mg of ixekizumab...
May 2018: Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785189/the-investigation-of-the-effect-and-mechanism-of-sophora-moorcroftiana-alkaloids-in-combination-with-albendazole-on-echinococcosis-in-an-experimental-rats-model
#5
Fabin Zhang, Chunhui Hu, Shilei Cheng, Shulin Wang, Bin Li, Deping Cao, Haining Fan, Ruchong Pan, Mei Yang, Yanhui Xu
Echinococcosis is a worldwide anthropozoonosis which is highly endemic over large animal husbandry areas in northwestern China. The current clinical therapeutic medicine against echinococcosis is albendazole, although it caused serious side effects in patients. The component in traditional Chinese herb medicine, Sophora moorcroftiana alkaloids (SA), is thought to be a potential drug to treat echinococcosis. In order to explore the effect and mechanism of SA treatment against echinococcosis, we established animal echinococcosis model and treated rats with albendazole alone, alkaloids alone, and combined therapy...
2018: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785113/acupuncture-in-migraine-prophylaxis-in-czech-patients-an-open-label-randomized-controlled-trial
#6
Frantisek Musil, Jitka Pokladnikova, Zbysek Pavelek, Bo Wang, Xin Guan, Martin Valis
Background: Adjuvant acupuncture for the symptomatic treatment of migraine reduces the frequency of headaches and may be at least similarly effective to treatment with prophylactic drugs. Methods: This article describes an open-label randomized controlled clinical trial with two groups: the intervention group (n=42) and the waiting-list control group (n=44). This study occurred at the Czech-Chinese Center for Traditional Chinese Medicine at the University Hospital Hradec Kralove between October 2015 and April 2017...
2018: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784728/cyp2d6-allelic-variants-34-17-2-17-3-and-53-and-a-thr309ala-mutant-display-altered-kinetics-and-nadph-coupling-in-metabolism-of-bufuralol-and-dextromethorphan-and-altered-susceptibility-to-inactivation-by-sch-66712
#7
Sarah M Glass, Cydney M Martell, Alexandria K Oswalt, Victoria Osorio-Vasquez, Christi Cho, Michael J Hicks, Jacqueline M Mills, Rina Fujiwara, Michael J Glista, Sharat S Kamath, Laura Lowe Furge
Metabolic phenotype can be affected by multiple factors including allelic variation and interactions with inhibitors. Human CYP2D6 is responsible for approximately 20% of CYP-mediated drug metabolism but consists of over 100 known variants with several variants being commonly found in the population and others quite rare. Four CYP2D6 allelic variants - three with a series of mutations distal to the active site (*34, *17-2, *17-3) and one ultra-metabolizer with mutations near the active site (*53), along with reference *1 and an active site mutant of *1 (Thr309Ala) were expressed, purified, and studied for interactions with the typical substrates dextromethorphan and bufuralol and the inactivator SCH 66712...
May 21, 2018: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784696/why-are-we-failing-to-address-the-issue-of-access-to-insulin-a-national-and-global-perspective
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David Beran, Irl B Hirsch, John S Yudkin
Insulin was discovered in 1921 and soon became widely available in high-income countries. However, many people currently in need of this life-saving medicine are unable to access it. This is a global phenomenon, impacting not only populations of low- and middle-income countries but low-income populations in the U.S. In the U.S., the rate of diabetic ketoacidosis remains high in certain subpopulations, the cost of insulin being the main precipitating factor. On a global level the main cause of mortality for a child with type 1 diabetes is a lack of access to insulin, and in sub-Saharan Africa the life expectancy of a child with type 1 diabetes can be as low as 1 year...
June 2018: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783992/a-review-of-the-risk-factors-genetics-and-treatment-of-endometriosis-in-chinese-women-a-comparative-update
#9
REVIEW
Yi Dai, Xiaoyan Li, Jinghua Shi, Jinhua Leng
Endometriosis is one of the major causes of economic burden and compromised quality of life in a very large percentage of Asian women. While it is perceived as a benign condition, recent research has shown that it may be a significant cause of infertility and metastatic cancer. It has also been associated with other diseases linked to the functioning of the immune system. Genetic as well as environmental factors are known to affect the manifestation and progression of endometriosis. This review aims to summarize recent research pertaining to the risk factors, diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis in Chinese women...
May 21, 2018: Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783976/possible-multiple-system-atrophy-with-predominant-parkinsonism-in-a-patient-with-chronic-schizophrenia-a-case-report
#10
Hiroshi Komatsu, Masaaki Kato, Teiko Kinpara, Takashi Ono, Yoshihisa Kakuto
BACKGROUND: Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is an adult-onset, rare, and progressive neurodegenerative disorder characterized by a varying combination of autonomic failure, cerebellar ataxia, and parkinsonism. MSA is categorized as MSA-P with predominant parkinsonism, and as MSA-C with predominant cerebellar features. The prevalence of MSA has been reported to be between 1.86 and 4.9 cases per 100,000 individuals. In contrast, approximately 1% of the population is affected by schizophrenia during their lifetime; therefore, MSA-P comorbidity is very rare in schizophrenic patients...
May 21, 2018: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783643/hydroxysafflor-yellow-a-attenuates-lipopolysaccharide-induced-neurotoxicity-and-neuroinflammation-in-primary-mesencephalic-cultures
#11
Tian Wang, Yu-Xin Ding, Jie He, Cheng-Jun Ma, Yue Zhao, Zhen-Hua Wang, Bing Han
Lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced neuroinflammation triggers and accelerates the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease (PD). Carthamus tinctorius L., a traditional Chinese medicine, has been widely used for the treatment of cerebrovascular disease. Hydroxysafflor Yellow A (HSYA) is an active component of C. tinctorius . The purpose of this study was to investigate whether HSYA could attenuate LPS-induced neurotoxicity and neuroinflammation in primary mesencephalic cultures. Cell viability was measured by MTT and LDH assays...
May 18, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783020/immune-modulation-of-a-novel-lipid-soluble-extract-of-pinellia-pedatisecta-schott-in-the-tumor-microenvironment-of-an-hpv-tumor-burdened-mouse-model
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Haixia Huang, Mingxing Zhang, Meng Zhang, Jing Peng, Guiling Li, Congjian Xu, Suiqi Gui
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Pinellia pedatisecta Schott extract (PE), a traditional Chinese medicine, has been used to reduce swelling, dry dampness and suppress cervical tumors. AIMS: To evaluate the roles of PE in the regulation of anti-tumor effects and the cellular immune response in the tumor microenvironment. METHODS: The immune microenvironment of HPV+ TC-1 tumors was examined by immunohistochemistry, real-time PCR and flow cytometry...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783015/extracts-of-compound-muniziqi-granule-suppressed-uterus-contraction-and-ameliorated-oxytocin-inducedprimary-dysmenorrhea
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Yue Wei, Tingyun Ma, Hanxue Wang, Jianguo Xing, Yuwen Wang, Zhengyi Gu, Dandan Mu, Qiang Yin, Xuemei Cheng, Changhong Wang
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Compound Muniziqi granule (CMG) is usually used as a traditional Uighur medicine to treat acne, chloasma, skin inflammation, primary dysmenorrhea (PDM), and menopausal syndrome. However, there are no sufficient data to support the clinic uses of CMG in PDM. AIM OF THE STUDY: This work aims to examine the effect of CMG as a treatment for PDM and reveal its possible therapeutic mechanism. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In vivo and in vitro mouse PDM models were utilized in this study...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782983/an-in-vivo-biocompatibility-study-of-surgical-meshes-made-from-bacterial-cellulose-modified-with-chitosan
#14
Joanna Piasecka-Zelga, Piotr Zelga, Joanna Szulc, Justyna Wietecha, Danuta Ciechańska
Bacterial cellulose modified with chitosan (MBC) is an innovative biomaterial used in regenerative medicine which may potentially improve treatment outcomes mesh for hernia repair surgery by facilitating better absorption in native tissue with less risk of mesh-related infections. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the biocompatibility of mesh based on MBC, and determine whether immunological reactions occur due to hypersensitivity to the implants. Forty five Imp:WIST rats were randomly assigned to be implanted with one of three mesh types: simple polypropylene mesh (n = 15), mesh modified by bacterial cellulose only (n = 15) and MBC mesh (n = 15) and evaluated after one and three months following intramuscular implantation...
May 18, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782791/a-method-for-preparation-of-an-internal-layer-of-artificial-vascular-graft-co-modified-with-salvianolic-acid-b-and-heparin
#15
Haizhu Kuang, Yao Wang, Junfeng Hu, Chunsheng Wang, Shuyang Lu, Xiumei Mo
Studies have shown that traditional Chinese medicine Salvianolic acid B (SAB) can promote the proliferation and migration of endothelial cells. Heparin has a good anticoagulant effect. The inner layer of artificial vascular graft is fabricated by coaxial electrospinning method, and loaded with heparin and SAB. The release of heparin and SAB was sustained for almost 30 days, and SAB without initial burst release. Furthermore, the combined effect of SAB and heparin contributed to promoted Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells (HUVECs) growth and improved blood compatibility of graft...
May 21, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782703/spatial-micropatterning-of-growth-factors-in-3d-hydrogels-for-location-specific-regulation-of-cellular-behaviors
#16
Oju Jeon, Keewon Lee, Eben Alsberg
Growth factors are potent stimuli for regulating cell function in tissue engineering strategies, but spatially patterning their presentation in 3D in a facile manner using a single material is challenging. Micropatterning is an attractive tool to modulate the cellular microenvironment with various biochemical and physical cues and study their effects on stem cell behaviors. Implementing heparin's ability to immobilize growth factors, dual-crosslinkable alginate hydrogels are micropatterned in 3D with photocrosslinkable heparin substrates with various geometries and micropattern sizes, and their capability to establish 3D micropatterns of growth factors within the hydrogels is confirmed...
May 21, 2018: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782701/tgf-%C3%AE-1-modified-hyaluronic-acid-poly-glycidol-hydrogels-for-chondrogenic-differentiation-of-human-mesenchymal-stromal-cells
#17
Thomas Böck, Verena Schill, Martin Krähnke, Andre F Steinert, Jörg Tessmar, Torsten Blunk, Jürgen Groll
In cartilage regeneration, the biomimetic functionalization of hydrogels with growth factors is a promising approach to improve the in vivo performance and furthermore the clinical potential of these materials. In order to achieve this without compromising network properties, multifunctional linear poly(glycidol) acrylate (PG-Acr) is synthesized and utilized as crosslinker for hydrogel formation with thiol-functionalized hyaluronic acid via Michael-type addition. As proof-of-principle for a bioactivation, transforming growth factor-beta 1 (TGF-β1) is covalently bound to PG-Acr via Traut's reagent which does not compromise the hydrogel gelation and swelling behavior...
May 21, 2018: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782601/patient-centered-medical-home-status-and-preparedness-to-assess-resident-milestones-a-cera-study
#18
Thad Wilkins, Wonsuk Yoo, Ralph A Gillies, Julie Dahl-Smith, Jacqueline Dubose, Joseph Hobbs, Selina Smith, Dean A Seehusen
Purpose: The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model has been proposed as the ideal model for delivering primary care and is focused on improving patient safety and quality, reducing costs, and enhancing patient satisfaction. The mandated Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education educational milestones for evaluation of resident competency represent the skills graduates will utilize after graduation. Many of these skills are reflected in the PCMH model. We sought to determine if residency programs whose main family medicine (FM) practice sites have achieved PCMH recognition are therefore more prepared to evaluate milestones...
May 2018: PRiMER: peer-review reports in medical education research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782305/tatami-mats-a-source-of-pitted-keratolysis-in-a-martial-arts-athlete
#19
Anamaria Balić, Zrinka Bukvić Mokos, Branka Marinović, Daniela Ledić Drvar
Dear Editor, Pitted keratolysis (PK), also known as keratosis plantaris sulcatum, is a non-inflammatory, bacterial, superficial cutaneous infection, characterized by many discrete superficial crateriform ''pits'' and erosions in the thickly keratinized skin of the weight-bearing regions of the soles of the feet (1). The disease often goes unnoticed by the patient, but when it is noticed it is because of the unbearable malodor and hyperhidrosis of the feet, which are socially unacceptable and cause great anxiety to many of the patients...
April 2018: Acta Dermatovenerologica Croatica: ADC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781780/physical-therapists-know-function-an-opinion-on-mobility-and-level-of-activity-during-hospitalization-for-adult-inpatients
#20
Audrey M Johnson, Janice Kuperstein, Dana Howell, Esther E Dupont-Versteegden
Negative consequences of immobility during hospitalization are widely known and remain undisputed. Evidence of low mobility for general medicine adult inpatients persists. Patients who experience hospital acquired functional decline due to low mobility require costly post-acute care services. The impact of immobility on post-acute care physical function and quality of life is directly at odds with value-based care. New Medicare payment models emphasize value-based care to promote care improvement and better patient outcomes...
May 21, 2018: Hospital Topics
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