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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227840/virtual-reality-for-pediatric-neuro-rehabilitation-adaptive-visual-feedback-of-movement-to-engage-the-mirror-neuron-system
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Roopeswar Kommalapati, Konstantinos P Michmizos, Roopeswar Kommalapati, Konstantinos P Michmizos, Roopeswar Kommalapati, Konstantinos P Michmizos
Sensorimotor therapy gives optimal results when patients are cognitively engaged into highly repetitive tasks, a goal that most children find hard to pursue. This paper presents the key developments of our ongoing effort to design an interactive rehabilitation environment that motivates physically impaired children throughout their therapy. The continuous motivation is achieved by the system adapting fundamental therapeutic components to the performance of each child. The relevant movement is mirrored to an animated character projected in front of the child...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227468/patient-emulator-a-tool-for-testing-mechanical-ventilation-therapies
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Nikolaos Karamolegkos, Antonio Albanese, Fernando Isaza, Nicolas W Chbat, Nikolaos Karamolegkos, Antonio Albanese, Fernando Isaza, Nicolas W Chbat, Nikolaos Karamolegkos, Antonio Albanese, Nicolas W Chbat, Fernando Isaza
Several modes of mechanical ventilation are clinically available. The differences among them in terms of efficacy and patient outcomes are not clear yet. Testing and comparison of mechanical ventilation modes via human or animal trials is a very challenging and costly process. In this paper, we present the patient emulator (PE), a novel system that can be used as a platform for in-silico testing of mechanical ventilation therapies. The system is based on a large-scale integrated mathematical model of the human cardiopulmonary system interfaced with a physical ventilator via a controlled piston-cylinder actuator...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227181/co-activation-of-saphenous-nerve-fibers-a-potential-therapeutic-mechanism-of-percutaneous-tibial-nerve-stimulation
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Christopher W Elder, Paul B Yoo, Christopher W Elder, Paul B Yoo, Paul B Yoo, Christopher W Elder
Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS) is a minimally invasive and effective treatment for overactive bladder (OAB). However, clinical trials show that positive therapeutic outcomes among patients are difficult to predict (failure rate = 35% to 50%). Inconsistencies in the stimulation amplitudes used clinically and those used in preclinical animal studies led us to hypothesize that OAB therapy involves a secondary bladder-inhibitory pathway. In this paper, we implemented and tested a computer model of the human lower leg that investigated the differential activation of the saphenous nerve (SAFN) and tibial nerve (TN) during percutaneous electrical stimulation...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226462/effects-and-underlying-mechanisms-of-refractory-period-pacing-on-repolarization-dynamics-in-the-human-heart
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Diogo Santos, Michele Orini, Xin Zhou, Alfonso Bueno-Orovio, Ben Hanson, Peter Taggart, Martin Hayward, Blanca Rodriguez, Pier Lambiase, Diogo Santos, Michele Orini, Xin Zhou, Alfonso Bueno-Orovio, Ben Hanson, Peter Taggart, Martin Hayward, Blanca Rodriguez, Pier Lambiase, Ben Hanson, Diogo Santos, Martin Hayward, Pier Lambiase, Alfonso Bueno-Orovio, Blanca Rodriguez, Michele Orini, Xin Zhou, Peter Taggart
Repolarization alternans is related to the initiation of life threatening cardiac arrhythmias. Experimental and computational studies suggest that the abolishment of alternans using dynamic pacing protocols may prevent abnormal heart rhythms. In a recent animal study, refractory period pacing (RPP) on every other beat has shown promising results in alternans reduction. However, the cellular mechanisms underlying this therapy and its efficiency in human patients remain unclear. In this study, in vivo unipolar electrograms acquired during RPP from 240 epicardial sites from one patient were analysed...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225874/experimental-burns-comparison-between-silver-sulfadiazine-and-photobiomodulation
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Mariana Teixeira Gomes, Gabriela Russo Soeiro Campos, Natália Piccolo, Cristiane Miranda França, Guelton Hirano Guedes, Fabio Lopes, Renata A Belotto, Christiane Pavani, Rafael do Nascimento de Lima, Daniela de Fátima Teixeira da Silva
OBJECTIVE: To analyze morphological characteristics and organization of the collagen fibers of third degree burns from scalding compared to laser therapy and silver sulfadiazine, the latter considered as the gold standard. METHOD: Were selected 12 animals (Rattus norvegicus) also divided into three groups (control group [CG] - untreated burns; sulfadiazine group [SG] - burns were treated with silver sulfadiazine at 1%; laser group [LG] - burns were treated with photobiomodulation)...
January 1, 2017: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225154/human-butyrylcholinesterase-efficacy-against-nerve-agent-exposure
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Beth A Reed, Carol L Sabourin, David E Lenz
Acetylcholinesterase is vital for normal operation of many processes in the body. Following exposure to organophosphorus (OP) nerve agents, death can ensue without immediate medical intervention. Current therapies mitigate the cholinergic crisis caused by nerve agents but do not fully prevent long-term health concerns, for example, brain damage following seizures. Human butyrylcholinesterase (HuBChE) is a stoichiometric bioscavenger being investigated as an antidote for OP nerve agent poisoning. HuBChE sequesters OP nerve agent in the bloodstream preventing the nerve agent from reaching critical target organ systems...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223983/b-cell-homeostasis-and-functional-properties-are-altered-in-an-hypochlorous-acid-induced-murine-model-of-systemic-sclerosis
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Sébastien Sanges, Manel Jendoubi, Niloufar Kavian, Carine Hauspie, Silvia Speca, Jean-Charles Crave, Thomas Guerrier, Guillaume Lefèvre, Vincent Sobanski, Ariel Savina, Eric Hachulla, Pierre-Yves Hatron, Myriam Labalette, Frédéric Batteux, Sylvain Dubucquoi, David Launay
INTRODUCTION: During systemic sclerosis (SSc), peripheral B cells display alterations in subset homeostasis and functional properties and are a promising therapeutic target. However, there is only few data regarding whether these anomalies are accurately reproduced in animal models of SSc. OBJECTIVE: In this work, we assessed the B cell homeostasis modifications in an experimental model of SSc [hypochlorous acid (HOCl)-induced mouse], both at a phenotypic and functional level, during the course of the disease...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223920/therapeutic-potential-of-secreted-amyloid-precursor-protein-apps%C3%AE
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REVIEW
Bruce G Mockett, Max Richter, Wickliffe C Abraham, Ulrike C Müller
Cleavage of the amyloid precursor protein (APP) by α-secretase generates an extracellularly released fragment termed secreted APP-alpha (APPsα). Not only is this process of interest due to the cleavage of APP within the amyloid-beta sequence, but APPsα itself has many physiological properties that suggest its great potential as a therapeutic target. For example, APPsα is neurotrophic, neuroprotective, neurogenic, a stimulator of protein synthesis and gene expression, and enhances long-term potentiation (LTP) and memory...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223228/drug-discovery-using-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-models-of-neurodegenerative-and-ocular-diseases
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REVIEW
Sandy S C Hung, Shahnaz Khan, Camden Y Lo, Alex W Hewitt, Raymond C B Wong
The revolution of induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) technology provides a platform for development of cell therapy, disease modeling and drug discovery. Recent technological advances now allow us to reprogram a patient's somatic cells into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). Together with methods to differentiate these iPSCs into the disease-relevant cell types, we are now able to model disease in vitro using iPSCs. Importantly, this represents a robust in vitro platform using patient-specific cells, providing opportunity for personalized precision medicine...
February 13, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223167/intracavitary-t4-immunotherapy-of-malignant-mesothelioma-using-pan-erbb-re-targeted-car-t-cells
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Astero Klampatsa, Daniela Y Achkova, David M Davies, Ana C Parente-Pereira, Natalie Woodman, James Rosekilly, Georgina Osborne, Thivyan Thayaparan, Andrea Bille, Michael Sheaf, James F Spicer, Juliet King, John Maher
Malignant mesothelioma remains an incurable cancer. We demonstrated that mesotheliomas expressed EGFR (79.2%), ErbB4 (49.0%) and HER2 (6.3%), but lacked ErbB3. At least one ErbB family member was expressed in 88% of tumors. To exploit ErbB dysregulation in this disease, patient T-cells were engineered by retroviral transduction to express a panErbB-targeted chimeric antigen receptor (CAR), co-expressed with a chimeric cytokine receptor that allows interleukin (IL)-4 mediated CAR T-cell proliferation. This combination is referred to as T4 immunotherapy...
February 18, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223165/heterogeneous-intratumoral-distribution-of-gadolinium-nanoparticles-within-u87-human-glioblastoma-xenografts-unveiled-by-micro-pixe-imaging
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Asuncion Carmona, Stéphane Roudeau, Baptiste L'Homel, Frédéric Pouzoulet, Sarah Bonnet-Boissinot, Yolanda Prezado, Richard Ortega
Metallic nanoparticles have great potential in cancer radiotherapy as theranostic drugs since, they serve simultaneously as contrast agents for medical imaging and as radio-therapy sensitizers. As with other anticancer drugs, intratumoral diffusion is one of the main limiting factors for therapeutic efficiency. To date, a few reports have investigated the intratumoral distribution of metallic nanoparticles. The aim of this study was to determine the quantitative distribution of gadolinium (Gd) nanoparticles after direct intratumoral injection within U87 human glioblastoma tumors grafted in mice, using micro-PIXE (Particle Induced X-ray Emission) imaging...
February 18, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223129/regenerative-medicine-in-huntington-s-disease-strengths-and-weaknesses-of-preclinical-studies
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REVIEW
A M Tartaglione, P Popoli, G Calamandrei
TARTAGLIONE, A.M., P. Popoli and G. Calamandrei. Regenerative medicine in Huntington's disease: strengths and weaknesses of pre-clinical studies. NEUROSCIENCE BIOBEHAV REV (2016). Huntington's disease (HD) is an inherited neurodegenerative disorder, characterized by impairment in motor, cognitive and psychiatric domains. Currently, there is no specific therapy to act on the onset or progression of HD. The marked neuronal death observed in HD is a main argument in favour of stem cells (SCs) transplantation as a promising therapeutic perspective to replace the population of lost neurons and restore the functionality of the damaged circuitry...
February 18, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222842/antimicrobial-use-for-and-resistance-of-zoonotic-bacteria-recovered-from-nonhuman-primates
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Jeffrey Kim, Dondrae J Coble, Gregory W Salyards, Julie K Bower, William J Rinaldi, Gail B Plauche, Gregory G Habing
As a growing threat to human and animal health, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has become a central public-health topic. Largescale surveillance systems, such as the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS), are now established to monitor and provide guidance regarding AMR, but comprehensive literature on AMR among NHP is sparse. This study provides data regarding current antimicrobial use strategies and the prevalence of AMR in zoonotic bacteria recovered from NHP within biomedical research institutions...
February 1, 2017: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222395/technetium-99m-radiolabeled-paclitaxel-as-an-imaging-probe-for-breast-cancer-in-vivo
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Liziane O F Monteiro, Renata S Fernandes, Luciano C Castro, Valbert N Cardoso, Mônica C Oliveira, Danyelle M Townsend, Alice Ferretti, Domenico Rubello, Elaine A Leite, André L B de Barros
The high incidence and mortality of breast cancer supports efforts to develop innovative imaging probes to effectively diagnose, evaluate the extent of the tumor, and predict the efficacy of tumor treatments while concurrently and selectively delivering anticancer agents to the cancer tissue. In the present study we described the preparation of technetium-99m ((99m)Tc)-labeled paclitaxel (PTX) and evaluated its feasibility as a radiotracer for breast tumors (4T1) in BALB/c mice. Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC) was used to determine the radiochemical purity and in vitro stability of (99m)Tc-PTX...
February 17, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221115/mycobacterium-tuberculosis-infection-among-asian-elephants-in-captivity
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Gary Simpson, Ralph Zimmerman, Elena Shashkina, Liang Chen, Michael Richard, Carol M Bradford, Gwen A Dragoo, Rhonda L Saiers, Charles A Peloquin, Charles L Daley, Paul Planet, Apurva Narachenia, Barun Mathema, Barry N Kreiswirth
Although awareness of tuberculosis among captive elephants is increasing, antituberculosis therapy for these animals is not standardized. We describe Mycobacterium tuberculosis transmission between captive elephants based on whole genome analysis and report a successful combination treatment. Infection control protocols and careful monitoring of treatment of captive elephants with tuberculosis are warranted.
March 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220624/cardio-protective-effects-of-pectin-insulin-patch-in-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-rats-beneficial-effects-of-insulin-patch
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Ntethelelo Sibiya, Phikelelani Ngubane, Musa Mabandla
PURPOSE: Cardiovascular complications are amongst the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in diabetes mellitus. Despite the beneficial effects of subcutaneous insulin administration, reports suggest that the therapy itself precipitates cardiovascular risks due to the high insulin concentration administered. It is therefore necessary to seek alternative insulin administration routes that may bypass the undesirable effects associated with high plasma insulin concentration. Accordingly, the study investigated the effect of a novel transdermal pectin-insulin patch on selected cardiovascular function markers in diabetes...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219768/copper-therapy-reduces-intravascular-hemolysis-and-derepresses-ferroportin-in-mice-with-mosaic-mutation-atp7a-mo-ms-an-implication-for-copper-mediated-regulation-of-the-slc40a1-gene-expression
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Małgorzata Lenartowicz, Rafał R Starzyński, Aneta Jończy, Robert Staroń, Justyna Antoniuk, Wojciech Krzeptowski, Paweł Grzmil, Aleksandra Bednarz, Olga Pierzchała, Mateusz Ogórek, Zenon Rajfur, Zbigniew Baster, Paweł Lipiński
Mosaic mutant mice displaying functional dysfunction of Atp7a copper transporter (the Menkes ATPase) are an established animal model of Menkes disease and constitute a convenient tool for investigating connections between copper and iron metabolisms. This model allows to explore changes in iron metabolism in suckling mutant mice suffering from systemic copper deficiency as well as in young and adult ones undergone copper therapy, which reduces lethal effect of the Atp7a gene mutation. Our recent study demonstrated that 14-day-old mosaic mutant males display blood cell abnormalities associated with intravascular hemolysis, and show disturbances in the functioning of the hepcidin-ferroportin regulatory axis, which controls systemic iron homeostasis...
February 17, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219749/behavioral-phenotypes-associated-with-mptp-induction-of-partial-lesions-in-common-marmosets-callithrix-jacchus
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Kimberley A Phillips, Corinna N Ross, Jennifer Spross, Catherine J Cheng, Alyssa Izquierdo, K C Biju, Cang Chen, Senlin Li, Suzette D Tardif
Parkinson's disease is a chronic neurodegenerative disorder with the core motor features of resting tremor, bradykinesia, rigidity, and postural instability. Non-motor symptoms also occur, and include cognitive dysfunction, mood disorders, anosmia (loss of smell), and REM sleep disturbances. As the development of medications and other therapies for treatment of non-motor symptoms is ongoing, it is essential to have animal models that aid in understanding the neural changes underlying non-motor PD symptoms and serve as a testing ground for potential therapeutics...
February 17, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219580/use-of-anti-thymocyte-globulin-for-induction-therapy-in-cardiac-transplantation-a-review
#19
V Ruan, L S C Czer, M Awad, M Kittleson, J Patel, F Arabia, F Esmailian, D Ramzy, J Chung, M De Robertis, A Trento, J A Kobashigawa
The most common causes of death after heart transplantation (HTx) include acute rejection and multi-organ failure in the early period and malignancy and cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) in the late period. Polyclonal antibody preparations such as rabbit anti-thymocyte globulin (ATG) may reduce early acute rejection and the later occurrence of CAV after HTx. ATG therapy depletes T cells, modulates adhesion and cell-signaling molecules, interferes with dendritic cell function, and induces B-cell apoptosis and regulatory and natural killer T-cell expansion...
March 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218025/dental-implants-and-incisor-bridge-placement-in-a-dog
#20
Rocco E Mele, Anthony Caiafa, Gregori M Kurtzman
Veterinary dentistry has tended to follow the trends and advancements in the human dental field. As for any procedure performed on a patient, whether human or animal, an informed decision is based on the available evidence regarding treatment options. This is certainly true for the more involved treatments in veterinary dentistry which can include the disciplines of endodontics and dental implantology. A number of published case reports have been accepted by the specialty that endodontic therapy is indeed a predictable and a valuable service that can be offered to pet owners...
December 2016: Journal of Veterinary Dentistry
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