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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792924/creation-of-an-acellular-vaginal-matrix-for-potential-vaginal-augmentation-and-cloacal-repair
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K V Greco, L G Jones, I Obiri-Yeboa, T Ansari
STUDY OBJECTIVE: our aim was to use porcine vagina to create a vaginal matrix and test its cellular biocompatibility. DESIGN: vagina was harvested from pigs and de-cellularised (DC) using a combination of detergents (Triton x-100 and sodium deoxycholate) and enzymes (DNAse/RNAse). INTERVENTIONS: the presence of cellular material, collagen structural integrity and basement membrane proteins were assessed histologically. To address cytocompatibility, porcine adipose derived-mesenchymal stem cells (AD-MSC) were harvested from abdominal fat together with vaginal epithelial cells (VEC) and seeded onto the mucosal aspect of the vaginal scaffold...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792481/risk-and-protective-factors-of-intimate-partner-violence-among-south-asian-immigrant-women-and-perceived-need-for-services
#2
Bushra Sabri, Michelle Simonet, Jacquelyn C Campbell
OBJECTIVES: Limited research exists on multilevel influences of intimate partner violence (IPV) among immigrant groups in the United States, particularly South Asians. Using a socioecological framework, this study examined risk and protective factors of IPV among a diverse group of South Asian immigrant survivors of IPV and identified their perceived need for services. METHOD: Sixteen South Asian immigrant survivors were recruited from New York; Maryland; Virginia; and Washington, DC, using a snowball sampling method...
May 24, 2018: Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791904/the-cgas-sting-pathway-is-important-for-dendritic-cell-activation-but-is-not-essential-to-induce-protective-immunity-against-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-infection
#3
Fabio V Marinho, Sulayman Benmerzoug, Stephanie Rose, Priscila C Campos, João T Marques, André Báfica, Glen Barber, Bernhard Ryffel, Sergio C Oliveira, Valerie F J Quesniaux
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) infection remains a major public health concern. The STING (stimulator of interferon genes) pathway contributes to the cytosolic surveillance of host cells. Most studies on the role of STING activation in Mtb infection have focused on macrophages. Moreover, a detailed investigation of the role of STING during Mtb infection in vivo is required. Here, we deciphered the involvement of STING in the activation of dendritic cells (DCs) and the host response to Mtb infection in vivo...
May 23, 2018: Journal of Innate Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790198/the-role-of-lysosomes-and-autophagosomes-in-frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration
#4
Hamish Dc Bain, Yvonne S Davidson, Andrew C Robinson, Sarah Ryan, Sara Rollinson, Anna Richardson, Matthew Jones, Julie S Snowden, Stuart Pickering-Brown, David M A Mann
INTRODUCTION: Cell biological and genetic evidence implicates failures in degrading aggregating proteins, such as tau and TDP-43, through autophagy or lysosomal pathways in the pathogenesis of Frontotemporal Lobar degeneration (FTLD). METHODS: We investigated changes in degradative pathways in 60 patients with different pathological or genetic forms of FTLD employing immunohistochemistry for marker proteins such as Lysosomal Associated Membrane Proteins 1 (LAMP-1) and 2 (LAMP-2), Cathepsin D (CTSD) and microtubule-associated protein 1 light chain 3 alpha (LC3A)...
May 23, 2018: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789970/motile-dendritic-cells-sense-and-respond-to-substrate-geometry
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Amy C Bendell, Nicholas Anderson, Daniel Blumenthal, Edward K Williamson, Christopher S Chen, Janis K Burkhardt, Daniel A Hammer
Dendritic cell (DC) migration is required for efficient presentation of antigen to T cells and the initiation of an adaptive immune response. In spite of its importance, many aspects of DC migration have not been characterized. DCs encounter a variety of environments with different stiffness and geometry, but the effect of these parameters on DC migration has not yet been determined. We addressed this question by comparing DC motility on standard migration surfaces (polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)-coated coverslips) and micropost array detectors (mPADs)...
May 22, 2018: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789692/pulse-pressure-amplification-and-cardiac-autonomic-dysfunction-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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Ioanna Eleftheriadou, George C Drosos, Anastasios Tentolouris, Konstantonis George, Petros P Sfikakis, Athanasios D Protogerou, Nikolaos Tentolouris
The main aim of this cross-sectional study was to investigate the association between pulse pressure amplification (PPA) and cardiac autonomic activity (baroreflex sensitivity (BRS) and heart rate variability (HRV)) in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). In addition, we examined the association between cardiac autonomic activity and central hemodynamic parameters that may affect PPA such as augmentation index (AIx), aortic stiffness (pulse wave velocity (PWV)), and common carotid artery stiffness distensibility coefficient (DC)...
May 23, 2018: Journal of Human Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789474/design-of-a-novel-mems-microgripper-with-rotatory-electrostatic-comb-drive-actuators-for-biomedical-applications
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Luis A Velosa-Moncada, Luz Antonio Aguilera-Cortés, Max A González-Palacios, Jean-Pierre Raskin, Agustin L Herrera-May
Primary tumors of patients can release circulating tumor cells (CTCs) to flow inside of their blood. The CTCs have different mechanical properties in comparison with red and white blood cells, and their detection may be employed to study the efficiency of medical treatments against cancer. We present the design of a novel MEMS microgripper with rotatory electrostatic comb-drive actuators for mechanical properties characterization of cells. The microgripper has a compact structural configuration of four polysilicon layers and a simple performance that control the opening and closing displacements of the microgripper tips...
May 22, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789454/magnetorelaxometry-in-the-presence-of-a-dc-bias-field-of-ferromagnetic-nanoparticles-bearing-a-viscoelastic-corona
#8
Victor Rusakov, Yuriy Raikher
With allowance for orientational Brownian motion, the magnetorelaxometry (MRX) signal, i.e., the decay of magnetization generated by an ensemble of ferromagnet nanoparticles, each of which bears a macromolecular corona (a loose layer of polymer gel) is studied. The rheology of corona is modelled by the Jeffreys scheme. The latter, although comprising only three phenomenological parameters, enables one to describe a wide spectrum of viscoelastic media: from linearly viscous liquids to weakly-fluent gels. The "transverse" configuration of MRX is considered where the system is subjected to a DC (constant bias) field, whereas the probing field is applied perpendicularly to the bias one...
May 22, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788170/systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-the-evidence-for-oral-nutritional-intervention-on-nutritional-and-clinical-outcomes-during-chemo-radio-therapy-current-evidence-and-guidance-for-design-of-future-trials
#9
M A E de van der Schueren, A Laviano, H Blanchard, M Jourdan, J Arends, V E Baracos
Background: Driven by reduced nutritional intakes and metabolic alterations, malnutrition in cancer patients adversely affects quality of life, treatment tolerance and survival. We examined evidence for oral nutritional interventions during chemo(radio)therapy. Design: We carried out a systematic review of randomized controlled trials (RCT) with either dietary counseling (DC), high-energy oral nutritional supplements (ONS) aiming at improving intakes or ONS enriched with protein and n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) additionally aiming for modulation of cancer-related metabolic alterations...
May 1, 2018: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786618/acoustic-performance-of-dual-electrode-electrostatic-sound-generators-based-on-cvd-graphene-on-polyimide-film
#10
Kyoung-Ryul Lee, Sung Hwan Jang, Inhwa Jung
We investigated the acoustic performance of electrostatic sound-generating devices consisting of bilayer graphene on polyimide (PI) film. Total sound pressure level (SPL) of sound generated from the devices was measured as a function of source frequency by sweeping, and frequency spectra were measured at 1/3 octave band frequencies. The relationship between various operation conditions and total SPL was determined. In addition, the effects of changing voltage level, adding a DC offset, and using two pairs of electrodes were evaluated...
May 22, 2018: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785431/slow-magnetic-relaxation-and-luminescence-properties-in-lanthanide-iii-anil-complexes
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Diamantoula Maniaki, Ioannis Mylonas-Margaritis, Julia Mayans, Aikaterini Savvidou, Catherine P Raptopoulou, Vlasoula Bekiari, Vassilis Psycharis, Albert Escuer, Spyros P Perlepes
The initial use of anils, i.e. bidentate Schiff bases derived from the condensation of anilines with salicylaldehyde or its derivatives, in 4f-metal chemistry is described. The 1 : 1 reactions between Ln(NO3)3·xH2O (Ln = lanthanide) or Y(NO3)3·6H2O and N-(5-bromosalicylidene)aniline (5BrsalanH) in MeCN has provided access to complexes [Ln(NO3)3(5BrsalanH)2(H2O)]·MeCN (Ln = Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Yb) and [Y(NO3)3(5BrsalanH)2(H2O)]·MeCN, respectively, in good yields. The structures of the isomorphous complexes with Ln = Pr(1·MeCN), Sm(3·MeCN), Gd(5·MeCN), Dy(7·MeCN) and Er(9·MeCN) have been determined by single-crystal X-ray crystallography...
May 22, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785423/targeted-replacement-systematic-studies-of-dodecanuclear-mln-coordination-clusters-m-cr-co-ln-dy-y
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Sihuai Chen, Valeriu Mereacre, Zhiying Zhao, Wanwan Zhang, Mengsi Zhang, Zhangzhen He
Three dodecanuclear 3d-4f coordination clusters, [CrIII6LnIII6(μ3-OH)8(tbdea)6(C6H5COO)16]·2H2O (Ln = Dy (1), Y (2)) and [CoIII6DyIII6(μ3-OH)8(nbdea)6(m-CH3C6H4COO)16]·2H2O·2CH3CN (3), have been synthesized under solvothermal conditions and characterized. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that all three compounds possess an analogous {MIII6LnIII6} core (M = Cr, Co; Ln = Dy, Y) and dc magnetic susceptibility studies indicated that the magnetic exchange couplings between DyIII ions are dominant antiferromagnetic, while the CrIII-DyIII interactions are weakly ferromagnetic...
May 22, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784760/formation-of-the-intrathymic-dendritic-cell-pool-requires-ccl21-mediated-recruitment-of-ccr7-progenitors-to-the-thymus
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Emilie J Cosway, Izumi Ohigashi, Karin Schauble, Sonia M Parnell, William E Jenkinson, Sanjiv Luther, Yousuke Takahama, Graham Anderson
During αβ T cell development in the thymus, migration of newly selected CD4+ and CD8+ thymocytes into medullary areas enables tolerance mechanisms to purge the newly selected αβ TCR repertoire of autoreactive specificities. Thymic dendritic cells (DC) play key roles in this process and consist of three distinct subsets that differ in their developmental origins. Thus, plasmacytoid DC and Sirpα+ conventional DC type 2 are extrathymically derived and enter into the thymus via their respective expression of the chemokine receptors CCR9 and CCR2...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784420/stable-carbon-isotope-ratios-for-sourcing-the-nerve-agent-precursor-methylphosphonic-dichloride-and-its-products
#14
James J Moran, Carlos G Fraga, Megan K Nims
The ability to connect a chemical threat agent to a specific batch of a synthetic precursor can provide a fingerprint to contribute to effective forensic investigations. Stable isotope analysis can leverage intrinsic, natural isotopic variability within the molecules of a threat agent to unlock embedded chemical fingerprints in the material. Methylphosphonic dichloride (DC) is a chemical precursor to the nerve agent sarin. DC is converted to methylphosphonic difluoride (DF) as part of the sarin synthesis process...
August 15, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784363/a-colorimetric-immunoassay-based-on-glucose-oxidase-induced-aunp-aggregation-for-the-detection-of-fumonisin-b-1
#15
Xirui Chen, Yi Liang, Wenjing Zhang, Yuankui Leng, Yonghua Xiong
Naked-eye readout colorimetric signal-based assays are promising for high-throughput screening detection and point-of-care diagnostics in resource-constrained regions. Here, a novel direct competitive plasmonic enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (dc-pELISA) based on gold nanoparticle (AuNP) aggregation with highly sensitive and robust naked-eye readout signal was developed and used to detect fumonisin B1 (FB1 ). AuNP aggregation was induced by a horseradish peroxidase (HRP)/hydrogen peroxide (H2 O2 )/tyramine (TYR) system, resulting in a dramatic color change from red to blue...
August 15, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783988/tolerogenic-bone-marrow-derived-dendritic-cells-induce-neuroprotective-regulatory-t-cells-in-a-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#16
Charles R Schutt, Howard E Gendelman, R Lee Mosley
BACKGROUND: Administration of granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) increases regulatory T cell (Treg) number and function with control of neuroinflammation and neuronal protection in the 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) model of Parkinson's disease (PD). Recently, we demonstrated in an early phase 1 clinical trial that GM-CSF also improves motor skills in PD patients. However, the mechanisms of Treg induction and its effects on neuroprotective responses remain unknown...
May 21, 2018: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783690/echinacoside-an-inestimable-natural-product-in-treatment-of-neurological-and-other-disorders
#17
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Jingjing Liu, Lingling Yang, Yanhong Dong, Bo Zhang, Xueqin Ma
Echinacoside (ECH), a natural phenylethanoid glycoside, was first isolated from Echinacea angustifolia DC. (Compositae) sixty years ago. It was found to possess numerous pharmacologically beneficial activities for human health, especially the neuroprotective and cardiovascular effects. Although ECH showed promising potential for treatment of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases, some important issues arose. These included the identification of active metabolites as having poor bioavailability in prototype form, the definite molecular signal pathways or targets of ECH with the above effects, and limited reliable clinical trials...
May 18, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783203/mechanical-characterization-and-ion-release-of-bioactive-dental-composites-containing-calcium-phosphate-particles
#18
Livia C Natale, Marcela C Rodrigues, Yvette Alania, Marina D S Chiari, Leticia C C Boaro, Marycel Cotrim, Oscar Vega, Roberto R Braga
OBJECTIVE: to verify the effect of the addition of dicalcium phosphate dihydrate (DCPD) particles functionalized with di- or triethylene glycol dimethacrylate (DEGDMA or TEGDMA) on the degree of conversion (DC), post-gel shrinkage (PS), mechanical properties, and ion release of experimental composites. METHODS: Four composites were prepared containing a BisGMA/TEGDMA matrix and 60 vol% of fillers. The positive control contained only barium glass fillers, while in the other composites 15 vol% of the barium was replaced by DCPD...
May 18, 2018: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782555/langerin-dcs-regulate-innate-il-17-production-in-the-oral-mucosa-during-candida-albicans-mediated-infection
#19
Florian Sparber, Tamas Dolowschiak, Sarah Mertens, Laura Lauener, Björn E Clausen, Nicole Joller, Patrizia Stoitzner, Roxane Tussiwand, Salomé LeibundGut-Landmann
The opportunistic fungal pathogen Candida albicans frequently causes diseases such as oropharyngeal candidiasis (OPC) in immunocompromised individuals. Although it is well appreciated that the cytokine IL-17 is crucial for protective immunity against OPC, the cellular source and the regulation of this cytokine during infection are still a matter of debate. Here, we directly visualized IL-17 production in the infected tongue of experimentally infected mice, thereby demonstrating that this key cytokine is expressed by three complementary subsets of CD90+ leukocytes: RAG-dependent αβ and γδ T cells, as well as RAG-independent ILCs...
May 21, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782541/an-unappreciated-role-for-neutrophil-dc-hybrids-in-immunity-to-invasive-fungal-infections
#20
J Scott Fites, Michael Gui, John F Kernien, Paige Negoro, Zeina Dagher, David B Sykes, Jeniel E Nett, Michael K Mansour, Bruce S Klein
Neutrophils are classically defined as terminally differentiated, short-lived cells; however, neutrophils can be long-lived with phenotypic plasticity. During inflammation, a subset of neutrophils transdifferentiate into a population called neutrophil-DC hybrids (PMN-DCs) having properties of both neutrophils and dendritic cells. While these cells ubiquitously appear during inflammation, the role of PMN-DCs in disease remains poorly understood. We observed the differentiation of PMN-DCs in pre-clinical murine models of fungal infection: blastomycosis, aspergillosis and candidiasis...
May 21, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
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