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Alicia M Waters, Laura L Stafman, Evan F Garner, Smitha Mruthyunjayappa, Jerry E Stewart, Gregory K Friedman, Jennifer M Coleman, James M Markert, G Yancey Gillespie, Elizabeth A Beierle
Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS), a tumor of skeletal muscle origin, is the most common sarcoma of childhood. Despite multidrug chemotherapy regimens, surgical intervention, and radiation treatment, outcomes remain poor, especially in advanced disease, and novel therapies are needed for the treatment of these aggressive malignancies. Genetically engineered oncolytic viruses, such as herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV), are currently being explored as treatments for pediatric tumors. M002, an oncolytic HSV, has both copies of the γ134...
October 2016: Translational Oncology
Sumul A Gandhi, Jeremy T Kampp
BACKGROUND: Dermatologic surgery requires precision and accuracy given the delicate nature of procedures performed. The use of the most appropriate instrument for each action helps optimize both functionality and cosmetic outcome. OBJECTIVE: To review the history of surgical instruments used in dermatology, with a focus on mechanism and evolution to the instruments that are used in current practice. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A comprehensive literature search was conducted via textbook and journal research for historic references while review of current references was conducted online using multiple search engines and PubMed...
October 4, 2016: Dermatologic Surgery: Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]
Mehmet Emin Önger, Burcu Delibaş, Aysın Pınar Türkmen, Erkan Erener, Berrin Zuhal Altunkaynak, Süleyman Kaplan
Nerve injuries result in functional loss in the innervated organ or body parts, and recovery is difficult unless surgical treatment has been done. Different surgical treatments have been suggested for nerve repair. Tissue engineering related to growth factors has arisen as an alternative approach for triggering and improving nerve regeneration. Therefore, the aim of this review is to provide a comprehensive analysis related to growth factors as tools for optimizing the regeneration process. Studies and reviews on the use of growth factors for nerve regeneration were compiled over the course of the review...
October 17, 2016: Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics
Christine C Johnson, Grant H Garcia, Joseph N Liu, Jeffrey G Stepan, Ronak M Patel, Joshua S Dines
BACKGROUND: The quality of medical information on the Internet has come under scrutiny. This study investigates the quality, accuracy, and readability of online information regarding ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) injuries. METHODS: Three search terms ("elbow ulnar collateral ligament injury," "tommy john injury," and "pitcher's elbow") were entered into 3 Internet search engines. Three independent reviewers evaluated the content and accuracy of the information with a set of predetermined scoring criteria...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Petra E Dijkman, Emanuela S Fioretta, Laura Frese, Francesco S Pasqualini, Simon P Hoerstrup
The incidence of severe valvular dysfunctions (e.g., stenosis and insufficiency) is increasing, leading to over 300,000 valves implanted worldwide yearly. Clinically used heart valve replacements lack the capacity to grow, inherently requiring repetitive and high-risk surgical interventions during childhood. The aim of this review is to present how different tissue engineering strategies can overcome these limitations, providing innovative valve replacements that proved to be able to integrate and remodel in pre-clinical experiments and to have promising results in clinical studies...
July 2016: Transfusion Medicine and Hemotherapy
Jun Pan, Sheng Yan, Jun-Jie Gao, Ying-Ying Wang, Zhong-Jie Lu, Chen-Wei Cui, Yao-Hui Zhang, Yan Wang, Xue-Qin Meng, Lin Zhou, Hai-Yang Xie, Jessica Zheng, Ming H Zheng, Shu-Sen Zheng
Organ decellularization is emerging as a promising regenerative medicine approach as it is able to provide an acellular, three-dimensional biological scaffold material that can be seeded with living cells for organ reengineering. However this application is currently limited to donor-derived decellularized organs for reengineering in vitro and no study has been conducted for re-engineering the decellularized organ in vivo. We developed a novel technique of a single liver lobe decellularization in vivo in live animals...
October 5, 2016: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Michael Bickell, Jonathan Beilan, Jared Wallen, Lucas Wiegand, Rafael Carrion
This article reviews the most up-to-date surgical treatment options for the reconstructive management of patients with penile, urethral, and scrotal cancer. Each organ system is examined individually. Techniques and discussion for penile cancer reconstruction include Mohs surgery, glans resurfacing, partial and total glansectomy, and phalloplasty. Included in the penile cancer reconstruction section is the use of penile prosthesis in phalloplasty patients after penectomy, tissue engineering in phallic regeneration, and penile transplantation...
November 2016: Urologic Clinics of North America
Konstantinos T Tsaousis, Liliana Werner, Jesus Paulo Perez, He J Li, Nicholas Reiter, Jia J Guan, Nick Mamalis
PURPOSE: To evaluate the elemental composition of phacoemulsification tips and their surface roughness in the microscale. SETTING: John A. Moran Eye Center and Utah Nanofab, College of Engineering, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. DESIGN: Experimental study. METHODS: Seven types of phacoemulsification tips were studied. The phaco tips were examined through energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) for elemental composition...
September 2016: Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Maciej Nowacki, Łukasz Nazarewski, Tomasz Kloskowski, Dominik Tyloch, Marta Pokrywczyńska, Katarzyna Pietkun, Arkadiusz Jundziłł, Janusz Tyloch, Samy L Habib, Tomasz Drewa
On the 60(th) anniversary of the first successfully performed renal transplantation, we summarize the historical, current and potential future status of kidney transplantation. We discuss three different aspects with a potential significant influence on kidney transplantation progress: the development of surgical techniques, the influence of regenerative medicine and tissue engineering, and changes in immunosuppression. We evaluate the standard open surgical procedures with modern techniques and compare them to less invasive videoscopic as well as robotic techniques...
October 1, 2016: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
Aditya Arora, Anjaney Kothari, Dhirendra S Katti
: Matrix stiffness is known to play a pivotal role in cellular differentiation. Studies have shown that soft scaffolds (<2-3kPa) promote cellular aggregation and chondrogenesis, whereas, stiffer ones (>10kPa) show poor chondrogenesis in vitro. In this work we investigated if fibrin matrix from clotted blood can act as a soft surrogate which nullifies the influence of the underlying stiff scaffold, thus promoting chondrogenesis irrespective of bulk scale scaffold stiffness. For this we performed in vitro chondrogenesis on soft (∼1...
September 28, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
Fabian Medved, Robert Haas, Cedric Bösch, Roderick F Pronk, Till Fischborn, Hans-Eberhard Schaller, Laurenz Weitgasser
PURPOSE: Rodent in vivo models that successfully generate new adipose, muscle, or vascular tissue in a tissue-engineering chamber (TEC) has advanced in the last decade. In this article, technical refinements in these operative foreign body implantations have been described to improve the execution of animal models in a way so that they can reduce wastage of time and resources. MATERIALS & METHODS: Male Sprague-Dawley rats were studied and randomly divided into two equal sized groups...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
Izak B Dimenstein
Laboratory methodology websites are specialized niche websites. The visibility of a niche website transforms it into an authority site on a particular "niche of knowledge." This article presents some ways in which a laboratory methodology website can maintain its sustainability. The optimal composition of the website includes a basic content, a blog, and an ancillary part. This article discusses experimenting with the search engine optimization query results page. Strategic placement of keywords and even phrases, as well as fragmentation of the post's material, can improve the website's visibility to search engines...
2016: Journal of Pathology Informatics
Jonathan Oh, Minal Barve, Carolyn M Matthews, E Colin Koon, Thomas P Heffernan, Bruce Fine, Elizabeth Grosen, Melanie K Bergman, Evelyn L Fleming, Leslie R DeMars, Loyd West, Daniel L Spitz, Howard Goodman, Kenneth C Hancock, Gladice Wallraven, Padmasini Kumar, Ernest Bognar, Luisa Manning, Beena O Pappen, Ned Adams, Neil Senzer, John Nemunaitis
OBJECTIVES: The majority of women with Stage III/IV ovarian cancer who achieve clinical complete response with frontline standard of care will relapse within 2years. Vigil immunotherapy, a GMCSF/bi-shRNA furin DNA engineered autologous tumor cell (EATC) product, demonstrated safety and induction of circulating activated T-cells against autologous tumor in Phase I trial Senzer et al. (2012, 2013) . Our objectives for this study include evaluation of safety, immune response and recurrence free survival (RFS)...
September 24, 2016: Gynecologic Oncology
Kai Megerle, Colin Woon, Armin Kraus, Shyam Raghavan, Hung Pham, James Chang
BACKGROUND: The flexor tendon sheath is an ideal target for tissue engineering because it is difficult to reconstruct by conventional surgical methods. The authors hypothesized that decellularized porcine pericardium can be used as a scaffold for engineering a biologically active tendon sheath. METHODS: The authors' protocol removed cellular material from the pericardium and preserved the structural architecture in addition to the collagen and glycosaminoglycan content...
October 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Nico Leibig, Johanna O Wietbrock, Amir K Bigdeli, Raymund E Horch, Thomas Kremer, Ulrich Kneser, Volker J Schmidt
Fabrication of a viable vascular network providing oxygen supply is identified as one crucial limiting factor to generate more complex three-dimensional constructs. The arteriovenous loop model provides initial blood supply and has a high angioinductive potency, making it suitable for vascularization of larger, tissue-engineered constructs. Also because of its angiogenic capabilities the arteriovenous loop is recently also used as a model to evaluate angiogenesis in vivo. This review summarizes the history of the arteriovenous loop model in research and its technical and surgical aspects...
October 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Zohaib Amjad Khan, Nabeel Kamal, Asad Hameed, Amama Mahmood, Rida Zainab, Bushra Sadia, Shamyl Bin Mansoor, Osman Hasan
Virtual reality (VR) training simulators have started playing a vital role in enhancing surgical skills, such as hand-eye coordination in laparoscopy, and practicing surgical scenarios that cannot be easily created using physical models. We describe a new VR simulator for basic training in laparoscopy, i.e. SmartSIM, which has been developed using a generic open-source physics engine called the simulation open framework architecture (SOFA). This paper describes the systems perspective of SmartSIM including design details of both hardware and software components, while highlighting the critical design decisions...
September 27, 2016: International Journal of Medical Robotics + Computer Assisted Surgery: MRCAS
Serdal Baştuğ, Abdullah Nabi Aslan, Cenk Sarı, Hakan Süygün, Engin Bozkurt
Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), most commonly performed via retrograde femoral artery access, is a promising alternative to surgical aortic valve replacement in elderly, high-risk patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS). Approximately one-third of these patients suffer from severe iliofemoral arteriopathy, ruling out transfemoral approach. The case of a 74-year-old man with severe AS and bilateral iliofemoral arteriopathy treated with left trans-subclavian (TS) TAVI using the Lotus valve system is described in the present report...
September 2016: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
Nilüfer Çakır-Özkan, Sinan Eğri, Esengül Bekar, B Zuhal Altunkaynak, Yonca Betil Kabak, Elfide Gizem Kıvrak
PURPOSE: Promising developments have materialized in reconstructive surgical procedures with the applications of tissue engineering. In our study, we used tissue scaffolds fabricated from polylactic acid-polyethylene glycol (PLLA-PEG) copolymers to ensure different release rates of selective growth factors (recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein 2 [rhBMP-2] and recombinant human vascular endothelial growth factor (rhVEGF165) in the repair of mandibular bone defects. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In our experimental study, 54 New Zealand rabbits were used...
August 27, 2016: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Ahmad Oryan, P Sharifi, Ali Moshiri, Ian A Silver
AIM OF THE STUDY: Large tendon defects involving extensive tissue loss present complex clinical problems. Surgical reconstruction of such injuries is normally performed by transplanting autogenous and allogenous soft tissues that are expected to remodel to mimic a normal tendon. However, the use of grafts has always been associated with significant limitations. Tissue engineering employing artificial scaffolds may provide acceptable alternatives. Gelatin is a hydrolyzed form of collagen that is bioactive, biodegradable and biocompatible...
September 23, 2016: Connective Tissue Research
Nicola Di Lorenzo, Livia Cenci, Massimiliano Simi, Claudio Arcudi, Valeria Tognoni, Achille Lucio Gaspari, Pietro Valdastri
BACKGROUND: Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is rising in popularity generating a revolution in operative medicine during the past few decades. Although laparoscopic techniques have not significantly changed in the last 10 years, several advances have been made in visualization devices and instrumentation. METHODS: Our team, composed of surgeons and biomedical engineers, developed a magnetic levitation camera (MLC) with a magnetic internal mechanism dedicated to MIS...
September 22, 2016: Surgical Endoscopy
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