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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549095/klf4-plays-an-essential-role-in-corneal-epithelial-homeostasis-by-promoting-epithelial-cell-fate-and-suppressing-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition
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Anil Tiwari, Chelsea L Loughner, Sudha Swamynathan, Shivalingappa K Swamynathan
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that KLF4 promotes corneal epithelial (CE) cell fate by suppressing the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), using spatiotemporally regulated CE-specific ablation of Klf4 in Klf4Δ/ΔCE (Klf4LoxP/LoxP/Krt12rtTA/rtTA/Tet-O-Cre) mice. Methods: CE-specific ablation of Klf4 was achieved by feeding Klf4Δ/ΔCE mice with doxycycline chow. The wild-type (WT; normal chow-fed littermates) and the Klf4Δ/ΔCE histology was compared by hematoxylin and eosin-stained sections; EMT marker expression was quantified by quantitative PCR, immunoblots, and immunofluorescent staining; and wound healing rate was measured by CE debridement using Algerbrush...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549003/noninvasive-thermometry-in-high-intensity-focused-ultrasound-ablation
#2
Yufeng Zhou
High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) is emerging as an effective and promising treatment modality for the formation of coagulative necrosis inside the cancer/tumor noninvasively. To guarantee the efficacy and efficiency of HIFU ablation, the temperature field and consequent thermal dose should be monitored accurately in a high temporal and spatial resolution in real time. However, because of the significant variations of the tissue properties and deep penetration of HIFU beam, especially in the abdominal application, noninvasive thermometry is a very challenging topic, which may hamper the wide acceptance of HIFU by physicians worldwide...
May 25, 2017: Ultrasound Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548523/strength-and-viscosity-effects-on-perturbed-shock-front-stability-in-metals
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S Opie, E Loomis, P Peralta, T Shimada, R P Johnson
Computational modeling and experimental measurements on metal samples subject to a laser-driven, ablative Richtmyer-Meshkov instability showed differences between viscosity and strength effects. In particular, numerical and analytical solutions, coupled with measurements of fed-through perturbations, generated by perturbed shock fronts onto initially flat surfaces, show promise as a validation method for models of deviatoric response in the postshocked material. Analysis shows that measurements of shock perturbation amplitudes at low sample thickness-to-wavelength ratios are not enough to differentiate between strength and viscosity effects, but that surface displacement data of the fed-through perturbations appears to resolve the ambiguity...
May 12, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548249/m%C3%A3-ller-glial-cell-reactivation-in-xenopus-models-of-retinal-degeneration
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Rahul Langhe, Albert Chesneau, Gabriele Colozza, Magdalena Hidalgo, Divya Ail, Morgane Locker, Muriel Perron
A striking aspect of tissue regeneration is its uneven distribution among different animal classes, both in terms of modalities and efficiency. The retina does not escape the rule, exhibiting extraordinary self-repair properties in anamniote species but extremely limited ones in mammals. Among cellular sources prone to contribute to retinal regeneration are Müller glial cells, which in teleosts have been known for a decade to re-acquire a stem/progenitor state and regenerate retinal neurons following injury...
May 26, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548234/catheter-ablation-of-atrial-flutter-a-survey-focusing-on-post-ablation-oral-anticoagulation-management-and-ecg-monitoring
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Philipp Attanasio, Tabea Budde, Philipp Lacour, Abdul Shokor Parwani, Burkert Pieske, Florian Blaschke, Wilhelm Haverkamp, Leif-Hendrik Boldt, Martin Huemer
BACKGROUND: A considerable amount of patients with typical atrial flutter develops atrial fibrillation after CTI ablation. No uniform recommendations are available to guide anticoagulation regimes or ECG monitoring strategies after this procedure. METHODS: We conducted a web-based survey in electrophysiology (EP) centers in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Responses were received from 47 centers. The survey was designed to investigate variations in management of the following: Ablation strategy, oral anticoagulation (OAC) management and ECG monitoring after successful cavotricuspid isthmus (CTI) ablation...
May 26, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548228/skin-reactions-after-photodynamic-therapy-are-unaffected-by-839%C3%A2-nm-photobiomodulation-therapy-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial
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Christiane Bay, Anne-Cathrine Vissing, Daniel Thaysen-Petersen, Catharina Margrethe Lerche, Katrine Togsverd-Bo, Jakob Heydenreich, Merete Haedersdal
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is associated with erythema and edema. Photobiomodulation (PBM) therapy may stimulate the skin recovery process. We investigated the potential of PBM to reduce PDT-induced skin reactions. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Healthy volunteers (n = 20) were randomized to receive left- or right side PBM (near-infrared 839/595 nm) or placebo-PBM (595 nm) on their buttocks. Corresponding test areas were exposed to standardized PDT reactions, using ablative fractional laser-assisted PDT (AFXL-PDT) with methyl-aminolevulinate (MAL) incubated for 30, 90, and 180 minutes before red-light illumination...
May 26, 2017: Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547928/application-of-endobronchial-ultrasonography-in-laparoscopic-liver-segmentectomy-in-an-animal-model
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Tomoyuki Abe, Tsuyoshi Kobayashi, Seiichi Shimizu, Michinori Hamaoka, Hiroshi Iwako, Masakazu Hashimoto, Yoshihiro Mikuriya, Shintaro Kuroda, Hirotaka Tashiro, Hideki Ohdan
INTRODUCTION: This study investigated whether laparoscopic ultrasound-guided segment staining and real-time ultrasound-guided hepatectomy, with endobronchial ultrasonography equipped with a guide sheath, would be useful for laparoscopic liver segmentectomy in a porcine model. MATERIAL AND SURGICAL TECHNIQUE: The abdominal cavity (in two pigs) was reached via a 12-mm umbilical trocar. An artificial tumor was created by radiofrequency ablation within the intended resection area...
May 2017: Asian Journal of Endoscopic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547758/ghrelin-receptors-mediate-ghrelin-induced-excitation-of-agrp-npy-but-not-pomc-neurons
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Shao-Rui Chen, Hong Chen, Jing-Jing Zhou, Geetali Pradhan, Yuxiang Sun, Hui-Lin Pan, De-Pei Li
Ghrelin increases food intake and body weight by stimulating orexigenic AgRP/NPY neurons and inhibiting anoexic POMC neurons in the hypothalamus. Growth hormone secretagogue receptor (Ghsr) mediates the effect of ghrelin on feeding behavior and energy homeostasis. However, the role of Ghsr in the ghrelin effect on these two populations of neurons is unclear. We hypothesized that Ghsr mediates the effect of ghrelin on AgRP and POMC neurons. In this study, we determined whether Ghsr similarly mediates the effects of ghrelin on AgRP/NPY and POMC neurons using cell type-specific Ghsr-knockout mice...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547743/unremodelled-and-bradycardic-heart-of-the-anaesthetized-rabbit-is-applicable-for-detection-of-drug-induced-torsades-de-pointes-arrhythmias
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Mihoko Hagiwara, Seiji Shibuta, Kazuhiro Takada, Ryuichi Kambayashi, Misako Nakajo, Megumi Aimoto, Yoshinobu Nagasawa, Akira Takahara
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Several rabbit proarrhythmia models have been recently developed by genetic or pharmacological methods to suppress the slow component of delayed rectifier K(+) currents in the ventricle, leading to reduction of the repolarization reserve. The present study was designed to characterize a novel rabbit in vivo proarrhythmia model with severe bradycardia caused by acute atrioventricular block (AVB). EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Bradycardia was induced in isoflurane-anaesthetized rabbits by creation of AVB using catheter ablation, and the ventricle was electrically driven at 60 beats min(-1) throughout the experiment except when extrasystole appeared...
May 26, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547649/hklc-triages-more-hepatocellular-carcinoma-patients-to-curative-therapies-compared-to-bclc-and-is-associated-with-better-survival
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Michael C Wallace, Yi Huang, David B Preen, George Garas, Leon A Adams, Gerry MacQuillan, Jonathan Tibballs, John Ferguson, Shaun Samuelson, Gary P Jeffrey
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The Hong Kong Liver Cancer (HKLC) system proposes to triage hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients to more aggressive treatment and may be associated with superior survival compared with the Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer (BCLC) system. We aimed to identify the influence of adherence to HKLC or BCLC treatment recommendations on survival and time to progression. METHODS: We examined a prospectively enrolled cohort of 292 patients undergoing 532 treatment episodes from a single clinical center...
May 25, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546793/current-management-of-low-grade-dysplasia-in-barrett-esophagus
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Gary W Falk
Low-grade dysplasia in Barrett esophagus remains an ongoing challenge in clinical management. Recent studies suggest an increased risk in progression of low-grade dysplasia to high-grade dysplasia and/or adenocarcinoma. This is especially seen when 1 or more expert gastrointestinal pathologist confirms the diagnosis and in the setting of low-grade dysplasia that persists on more than 1 endoscopy. In the setting of confirmed and persistent low-grade dysplasia, level 1 evidence supports endoscopic ablation as a treatment option for these patients, although continued surveillance remains a viable option...
April 2017: Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546773/successful-bipolar-ablation-for-ventricular-tachycardia-with-potential-substrate-identification-by-pre-procedural-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Kazuo Sakamoto, Masatsugu Nozoe, Yoshitomo Tsutsui, Nobuhiro Suematsu, Toru Kubota, Masanori Okabe, Yusuke Yamamoto
Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a useful tool for detecting the arrhythmogenic substrate in cardiac sarcoidosis. We herein present a case of bipolar radiofrequency catheter ablation for ventricular tachycardia (VT) complicated with cardiac sarcoidosis, guided by pre-procedural cardiac MRI. Neither echocardiography nor endocardial voltage mapping suggested a septal VT substrate. However, MRI alone detected intramural lesions in the septum. Although application of endocardial energy failed to treat the VT, bipolar ablation targeting the potential substrate identified by MRI successfully eliminated the VT...
2017: International Medical Case Reports Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546545/extensive-phenotypic-characterization-of-a-new-transgenic-mouse-reveals-pleiotropic-perturbations-in-physiology-due-to-mesenchymal-hgh-minigene-expression
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Aimilios Kaklamanos, Jan Rozman, Manolis Roulis, Niki Karagianni, Maria Armaka, Moya Wu, Laura Brachthäuser, Julia Calzada-Wack, Marion Horsch, Johannes Beckers, Birgit Rathkolb, Thure Adler, Frauke Neff, Eckhard Wolf, Valerie Gailus-Durner, Helmut Fuchs, Martin Hrabe de Angelis, George Kollias
The human growth hormone (hGH) minigene used for transgene stabilization in mice has been recently identified to be locally expressed in the tissues where transgenes are active and associated with phenotypic alterations. Here we extend these findings by analyzing the effect of the hGH minigene in TgC6hp55 transgenic mice which express the human TNFR1 under the control of the mesenchymal cell-specific CollagenVI promoter. These mice displayed a fully penetrant phenotype characterized by growth enhancement accompanied by perturbations in metabolic, skeletal, histological and other physiological parameters...
May 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546502/can-we-design-a-better-anti-cytokine-therapy
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Marina S Drutskaya, Grigory A Efimov, Andrei A Kruglov, Sergei A Nedospasov
Cytokine neutralization is successfully used for treatment of various autoimmune diseases and chronic inflammatory conditions. The complex biology of the two well-characterized proinflammatory cytokines TNF and IL-6 implicates unavoidable consequences when it comes to their global blockade. Because systemic cytokine ablation may result in unwanted side effects, efforts have been made to develop more specific cytokine inhibitors, which would spare the protective immunoregulatory functions of a given cytokine...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546431/disruption-of-mitochondrial-electron-transport-chain-function-potentiates-the-pro-apoptotic-effects-of-mapk-inhibition
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Andrew P Trotta, Jesse D Gelles, Madhavika N Serasinghe, Patrick Loi, Jack L Arbiser, Jerry E Chipuk
The mitochondrial network is a major site of ATP production through the coupled integration of the electron transport chain (ETC) with oxidative phosphorylation. In melanoma, arising from the Val600Glu mutation in the kinase v-RAF murine sarcoma viral oncogene homolog B (BRAFV600E), oncogenic signaling enhances glucose-dependent metabolism, while reducing mitochondrial ATP production. Likewise, when BRAFV600E is pharmacologically inhibited by targeted therapies (e.g. PLX-4032/Vemurafenib), glucose metabolism is reduced and cells increase mitochondrial ATP production to sustain survival...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546212/rapid-binge-like-eating-and-body-weight-gain-driven-by-zona-incerta-gaba-neuron-activation
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Xiaobing Zhang, Anthony N van den Pol
The neuronal substrate for binge eating, which can at times lead to obesity, is not clear. We find that optogenetic stimulation of mouse zona incerta (ZI) γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) neurons or their axonal projections to paraventricular thalamus (PVT) excitatory neurons immediately (in 2 to 3 seconds) evoked binge-like eating. Minimal intermittent stimulation led to body weight gain; ZI GABA neuron ablation reduced weight. ZI stimulation generated 35% of normal 24-hour food intake in just 10 minutes. The ZI cells were excited by food deprivation and the gut hunger signal ghrelin...
May 26, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545858/hemocoagulase-combined-with-microbubble-enhanced-ultrasound-cavitation-for-augmented-ablation-of-microvasculature-in-rabbit-vx2-liver-tumors
#17
Qian Yang, Peng Tang, Guangbin He, Shuping Ge, Liwen Liu, Xiaodong Zhou
We investigated a new method for combining microbubble-enhanced ultrasound cavitation (MEUC) with hemocoagulase (HC) atrox. Our goal was to induce embolic effects in the vasculature and combine these with an anti-angiogenic treatment strategy. Fourteen days after being implanted with a single slice of the liver VX2 tumor, rabbits were randomly divided into five groups: (i) a control group injected intra-venously with saline using a micropump; (ii) a group given only an injection of HC; (iii) a group treated only with ultrasound cavitation; (iv) a group treated with MEUC; (v) a group treated with MEUC + HC...
May 22, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545780/requirement-of-zinc-transporter-slc39a7-zip7-for-dermal-development-to-fine-tune-endoplasmic-reticulum-function-by-regulating-protein-disulfide-isomerase
#18
Bum-Ho Bin, Jinhyuk Bhin, Juyeon Seo, Se-Young Kim, Eunyoung Lee, Kyuhee Park, Dong-Hwa Choi, Teruhisa Takagishi, Takafumi Hara, Daehee Hwang, Haruhiko Koseki, Yoshinobu Asada, Shinji Shimoda, Kenji Mishima, Toshiyuki Fukada
Skin is the first area that manifests zinc deficiency. However, the molecular mechanisms by which zinc homeostasis affects skin development remain largely unknown. Here, we show that zinc-regulation transporter-/iron-regulation transporter-like protein 7 (ZIP7) localized to the endoplasmic reticulum plays critical roles in connective tissue development. Mice lacking the Slc39a7/Zip7 gene in collagen 1-expressing tissue exhibited dermal dysplasia. Ablation of ZIP7 in mesenchymal stem cells inhibited cell proliferation thereby preventing proper dermis formation, indicating that ZIP7 is required for dermal development...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545682/percutaneous-microwave-ablation-of-renal-cancers-under-ct-guidance-safety-and-efficacy-with-a-2-year-follow-up
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P Chan, S Vélasco, G Vesselle, S Boucebci, G Herpe, B Debaene, P Ingrand, J Irani, J-P Tasu
AIM: To evaluate the safety and efficiency of percutaneous microwave ablation (MWA) of renal cell carcinomas (RCC) carried out under computed tomography (CT) guidance. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective study was performed on RCC that was either histologically proven or diagnosed at imaging (Bosniak IV cyst) and treated by MWA under general anaesthesia with CT guidance. Indications for percutaneous ablation were based on the American Urological Association recommendations...
May 22, 2017: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545407/cryoballoon-vs-open-irrigated-radiofrequency-ablation-for-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-long-term-freezeaf-outcomes
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Armin Luik, Kevin Kunzmann, Patrick Hörmann, Kerstin Schmidt, Andrea Radzewitz, Peter Bramlage, Thomas Schenk, Gerhard Schymik, Matthias Merkel, Meinhard Kieser, Claus Schmitt
BACKGROUND: Effective treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) is essential for reducing the risk of stroke and heart failure. Cryoballoon (CB) ablation has been developed as an alternative to the use of radiofrequency (RF) energy for electrical isolation of the pulmonary veins. Herein, we provide long-term data regarding the efficacy of CB ablation in comparison to RF. METHODS: FreezeAF was a randomised non-inferiority study comparing CB ablation with RF ablation for the treatment of patients with drug-refractory paroxysmal AF...
May 25, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
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