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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740980/micro-engineered-perfusable-3d-vasculatures-for-cardiovascular-diseases
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Nishanth Venugopal Menon, Hui Min Tay, Soon Nan Wee, King Ho Holden Li, Han Wei Hou
Vessel geometries in microengineered in vitro vascular models are important to recapitulate a pathophysiological microenvironment for the study of flow-induced endothelial dysfunction and inflammation in cardiovascular diseases. Herein, we present a simple and novel extracellular matrix (ECM) hydrogel patterning method to create perfusable vascularized microchannels of different geometries based on the concept of capillary burst valve (CBV). No surface modification is necessary and the method is suitable for different ECM types including collagen, matrigel and fibrin...
July 25, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740810/schizotypy-and-mindfulness-magical-thinking-without-suspiciousness-characterizes-mindfulness-meditators
#2
Elena Antonova, Kavitha Amaratunga, Bernice Wright, Ulrich Ettinger, Veena Kumari
Despite growing evidence for demonstrated efficacy of mindfulness in various disorders, there is a continuous concern about the relationship between mindfulness practice and psychosis. As schizotypy is part of the psychosis spectrum, we examined the relationship between long-term mindfulness practice and schizotypy in two independent studies. Study 1 included 24 experienced mindfulness practitioners (19 males) from the Buddhist tradition (meditators) and 24 meditation-naïve individuals (all males). Study 2 consisted of 28 meditators and 28 meditation-naïve individuals (all males)...
September 2016: Schizophrenia Research. Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740739/a-combined-water-extract-of-frankincense-and-myrrh-alleviates-neuropathic-pain-in-mice-via-modulation-of-trpv1
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Danyou Hu, Changming Wang, Fengxian Li, Shulan Su, Niuniu Yang, Yan Yang, Chan Zhu, Hao Shi, Lei Yu, Xiao Geng, Leying Gu, Xiaolin Yuan, Zhongli Wang, Guang Yu, Zongxiang Tang
Frankincense and myrrh are widely used in clinics as a pair of herbs to obtain a synergistic effect for relieving pain. To illuminate the analgesia mechanism of frankincense and myrrh, we assessed its effect in a neuropathic pain mouse model. Transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) plays a crucial role in neuropathic pain and influences the plasticity of neuronal connectivity. We hypothesized that the water extraction of frankincense and myrrh (WFM) exerted its analgesia effect by modulating the neuronal function of TRPV1...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739311/-constrictive-pericarditis-and-single-coronary-artery-rare-presentation
#4
Zaira Yadira García-López, Moises Jiménez-Santos, César Antonio Flores-García, Alejandra Moreno-Vázquez, José Antonio Magaña-Serrano, Victor Manuel Prevé-Castro, Luis Efrén Santos-Martínez
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 21, 2017: Archivos de Cardiología de México
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738779/anion-selective-formate-nitrite-transporters-taxonomic-distribution-phylogenetic-analysis-and-subfamily-specific-conservation-pattern-in-prokaryotes
#5
Mishtu Mukherjee, Manu Vajpai, Ramasubbu Sankararamakrishnan
BACKGROUND: The monovalent anions formate, nitrite and hydrosulphide are main metabolites of bacterial respiration during anaerobic mixed-acid fermentation. When accumulated in the cytoplasm, these anions become cytotoxic. Membrane proteins that selectively transport these monovalent anions across the membrane have been identified and they belong to the family of Formate/Nitrite Transporters (FNTs). Individual members that selectively transport formate, nitrite and hydrosulphide have been investigated...
July 24, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737932/ins-and-outs-in-environmental-and-occupational-safety-studies-of-asthma-and-engineered-nanomaterials
#6
Marina A Dobrovolskaia, Michael R Shurin, Valerian E Kagan, Anna A Shvedova
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 25 million Americans suffer from asthma. The disease total annual cost is about $56 billion and includes both the direct and indirect costs of medications, hospital stays, missed work, and decreased productivity. Air pollution with xenobiotics, bacterial agents, and industrial nanomaterials, such as carbon nanotubes, contribute to the exacerbation of this condition and are a point of particular attention in environmental toxicology as well as in occupational health and safety research...
July 24, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737755/biphasic-growth-dynamics-control-cell-division-in-caulobacter-crescentus
#7
Shiladitya Banerjee, Klevin Lo, Matthew K Daddysman, Alan Selewa, Thomas Kuntz, Aaron R Dinner, Norbert F Scherer
Cell size is specific to each species and impacts cell function. Various phenomenological models for cell size regulation have been proposed, but recent work in bacteria has suggested an 'adder' model, in which a cell increments its size by a constant amount between each division. However, the coupling between cell size, shape and constriction remains poorly understood. Here, we investigate size control and the cell cycle dependence of bacterial growth using multigenerational cell growth and shape data for single Caulobacter crescentus cells...
July 24, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737311/amniotic-band-syndrome-with-pseudoarthrosis-of-tibia-and-fibula-a-case-report
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A Ananthan, G Athalye Jape, J Du Plessis, P Annear, R Page, S Rao
Constriction of the lower limb by congenital amniotic band has been proposed to explain the development of pseudoarthrosis of tibia and fibula. We report a case of amniotic band syndrome in a preterm infant with pseudoarthrosis of tibia and fibula. Simple release of constriction band with Z-plasty resulted in the growth of mature bone, replacing the pseudoarthrosis and hence did not require surgical amputation. Our case confirms the potential for bone growth in ABS, once the constricting band is released. Early limb preserving surgery with release of the constricting band with an intention to salvage the limb appears appropriate...
May 10, 2017: Irish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737122/preserved-heart-function-after-left-ventricular-pressure-overload-in-adult-mice-subjected-to-neonatal-cardiac-hypoplasia
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K Heinecke, A Heuser, F Blaschke, C Jux, L Thierfelder, J-D Drenckhahn
Intrauterine growth restriction in animal models reduces heart size and cardiomyocyte number at birth. Such incomplete cardiomyocyte endowment is believed to increase susceptibility toward cardiovascular disease in adulthood, a phenomenon referred to as developmental programming. We have previously described a mouse model of impaired myocardial development leading to a 25% reduction of cardiomyocyte number in neonates. This study investigated the response of these hypoplastic hearts to pressure overload in adulthood, applied by abdominal aortic constriction (AAC)...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736902/pseudoamniotic-band-syndrome-after-fetoscopic-laser-ablation-of-placental-anastomoses-for-twin-twin-transfusion-syndrome-two-case-reports-and-systematic-review
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Anne Sophie Lafitte, Eric Verspyck, Corinne Jeanne Pasquier, Patricia Dolley, Michel Dreyfus, Guillaume Benoist
Pseudoamniotic band syndrome is a rare complication that occurs after invasive procedures for complicated monochorionic twins. We report 2 cases of intrauterine recipient fetal death after laser therapy for twin-twin transfusion syndrome due to umbilical cord constriction by the amniotic band.
July 24, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733446/how-does-pressure-overload-cause-cardiac-hypertrophy-and-dysfunction-high-ouabain-affinity-cardiac-na-pumps-are-crucial
#11
Mordecai P Blaustein
Left ventricular hypertrophy is frequently observed in hypertensive patients, and is believed to be due to the pressure overload and cardiomyocyte stretch. Three recent reports on mice with genetically-engineered Na(+) pumps, however, demonstrate that cardiac ouabain-sensitive α2 Na(+) pumps play a key role in the pathogenesis of trans-aortic constriction (TAC)-induced hypertrophy. Hypertrophy was delayed/attenuated in mice with mutant, ouabain-resistant α2 Na(+) pumps and in mice with cardiac-selective knockout (KO) or transgenic overexpression (TG) of α2 Na(+) pumps...
July 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732224/three-dimensional-changes-in-the-upper-airway-of-skeletal-class-iii-patients-after-different-orthognathic-surgical-procedures
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Yuxue Yang, Kai Yang, Ying Zhao
PURPOSE: We hypothesized that 3-dimensional changes in the upper airway of patients with skeletal Class III malocclusion are different after mandibular setback and maxillary advancement (MSMA) compared with mandibular setback (MS) and that upper airway changes and the amount of jaw movement are correlated. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Skeletal Class III patients who underwent MS surgery or MSMA surgery were included in this retrospective cohort study. Cone beam computed tomography scans were acquired before and 3 months after surgery...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729432/tropomodulin1-controls-erythroblast-enucleation-via-regulation-of-f-actin-in-the-enucleosome
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Roberta B Nowak, Julien Papoin, David S Gokhin, Carla Casu, Stefano Rivella, Jeffrey M Lipton, Lionel Blanc, Velia M Fowler
Biogenesis of mammalian red blood cells requires nuclear expulsion by orthochromatic erythoblasts late in terminal differentiation (enucleation), but the mechanism is largely unexplained. Here, we employed high resolution confocal microscopy to analyze nuclear morphology and F-actin rearrangements during the initiation, progression and completion of mouse and human erythroblast enucleation in vivo Mouse erythroblast nuclei acquire a dumbbell-shaped morphology during enucleation, while human bone marrow erythroblast nuclei unexpectedly retain their spherical morphology...
July 20, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727615/multiplexing-prisms-for-field-expansion
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Eli Peli, Jae-Hyun Jung
PURPOSE: Prisms used for field expansion are limited by the optical scotoma at a prism apex (apical scotoma). For a patient with two functioning eyes, fitting prisms unilaterally allows the other eye to compensate for the apical scotoma. A monocular patient's field loss cannot be expanded with a conventional or Fresnel prism because of the apical scotoma. A newly invented optical device, the multiplexing prism (MxP), was developed to overcome the apical scotoma limitation in monocular field expansion...
July 19, 2017: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727493/sibilant-production-in-hebrew-speaking-adults-apical-versus-laminal
#15
Michal Icht, Boaz M Ben-David
The Hebrew IPA charts describe the sibilants /s, z/ as 'alveolar fricatives', where the place of articulation on the palate is the alveolar ridge. The point of constriction on the tongue is not defined - apical (tip) or laminal (blade). Usually, speech and language pathologists (SLPs) use the apical placement in Hebrew articulation therapy. Some researchers and SLPs suggested that acceptable /s, z/ could be also produced with the laminal placement (i.e. the tip of the tongue approximating the lower incisors)...
July 20, 2017: Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725980/prenatal-diagnosis-of-premature-constriction-of-the-ductus-arteriosus-with-tricuspid-papillary-muscle-rupture-a-case-report
#16
Ayako Inatomi, Jun Sasahara, Keisuke Ishii, Mistuda Nobuaki
We describe the case of a neonate who was prenatally diagnosed at a gestational age of 36 weeks with premature constriction of the ductus arteriosus. Blood from the thin ductus arteriosus flowed toward the pulmonary artery. Severe tricuspid regurgitation was also observed. We subsequently confirmed rupture of the tricuspid papillary muscle after birth. Cardiotonic drugs and nitric oxide were administered immediately at birth for pulmonary hypertension, and this therapy was continued until the seventh postnatal day...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Medical Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724909/investigation-of-pyrophosphate-versus-atp-substrate-selection-in-the-entamoeba-histolytica-acetate-kinase
#17
Thanh Dang, Cheryl Ingram-Smith
Acetate kinase (ACK; E.C. 2.7.2.1), which catalyzes the interconversion of acetate and acetyl phosphate, is nearly ubiquitous in bacteria but is present only in one genus of archaea and certain eukaryotic microbes. All ACKs utilize ATP/ADP as the phosphoryl donor/acceptor in the respective directions of the reaction (acetate + ATP [Formula: see text] acetyl phosphate + ADP), with the exception of the Entamoeba histolytica ACK (EhACK) which uses pyrophosphate (PPi)/inorganic phosphate (Pi) (acetyl phosphate + Pi  [Formula: see text] acetate + PPi)...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723879/suppression-of-sympathetic-nerve-sprouting-by-local-administration-of-an-%C3%AE-antagonist-around-the-dorsal-root-ganglion-in-a-lumbar-radiculopathy-model
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Izaya Ogon, Tsuneo Takebayashi, Tsuyoshi Miyakawa, Takehito Iwase, Katsumasa Tanimoto, Yoshinori Terashima, Syunsuke Jimbo, Takeshi Kobayashi, Noritsugu Tohse, Toshihiko Yamashita
STUDY DESIGN: Animal experimental study with intervention OBJECTIVE.: The purpose of this study was to elucidate whether local administration of an α-antagonist around the dorsal root ganglion (DRG) suppressed sympathetic nerve sprouting, from the acute to the chronic pain development phase, in a lumbar radiculopathy model using immunohistochemical methods. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: The abnormal sympathetic-somatosensory interaction may underlie some forms of neuropathic pain...
July 18, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721088/forced-exercise-attenuates-neuropathic-pain-in-chronic-constriction-injury-of-male-rat-an-investigation-of-oxidative-stress-and-inflammation
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Hossein Ali Safakhah, Nasroallah Moradi Kor, Atiyeh Bazargani, Ahmad Reza Bandegi, Hamid Gholami Pourbadie, Baharak Khoshkholgh-Sima, Ali Ghanbari
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Initial peripheral/central nerve injuries, such as chronic constriction injury (CCI)/spinal cord injury, are often compounded by secondary mechanisms, including inflammation and oxidative stress, which may lead to chronic neuropathic pain characterized by hyperalgesia or allodynia. On the other hand, exercise as a behavioral and non-pharmacological treatment has been shown to alleviate chronic neuropathic pain. Therefore, this study was conducted to examine whether or not exercise reduces neuropathic pain through modifying oxidative stress and inflammation in chronic constriction injury of the sciatic nerve...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720517/transient-receptor-potential-trpm3-channels-pharmacology-signaling-and-biological-functions
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REVIEW
Gerald Thiel, Sandra Rubil, Andrea Lesch, Lisbeth A Guethlein, Oliver G Rössler
The transient receptor potential melastatin-3 (TRPM3) channel belongs to the family of transient receptor potential (TRP) cation channels that are expressed in a variety of tissues and cell types, including dorsal root ganglia, cardiomyocytes and pancreatic beta-cells. Although its natural ligands are currently unknown, TRPM3 channels can be activated by the neurosteroid pregnenolone sulfate, the synthetic ligand CIM0216, and by noxious heat. TRPM3 channels are regulated by phosphoinositides, and perhaps by calmodulin...
July 15, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
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