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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141251/opioid-receptors-contribute-to-antinociceptive-effect-of-tianeptine-on-colorectal-distension-induced-visceral-pain-in-rats
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S Sırrı Bilge, Fatih İlkaya, Özge Darakcı, Engin Çiftcioğlu, Ayhan Bozkurt
Tianeptine is a clinically effective atypical antidepressant with distinct neurochemical properties. In this study, we aimed to investigate the contribution of opioid receptors in the antinociceptive effect of tianeptine on visceral pain in awake rats and to differentiate the subtype and the localization (central and/or peripheral) of these opioid receptors involved in this antinociception. Visceromotor response to noxious colorectal distension (CRD) was quantified with electromyographic recordings, obtained from previously implanted electrodes into the external oblique musculature of rats under anesthesia, before and after tianeptine administration...
November 15, 2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140901/-state-of-the-art-techniques-in-treating-peripheral-nerve-injury
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Carrie A Kubiak, Theodore A Kung, David L Brown, Paul S Cederna, Stephen W P Kemp
BACKGROUND -: Peripheral nerve injuries remain a major clinical concern as they often lead to chronic disability and significant health care expenditures. Despite advancements in microsurgical techniques to enhance nerve repair, biologic approaches are needed to augment nerve regeneration and improve functional outcomes after injury. METHODS -: Presented herein is a review of the current literature on state of the art techniques to enhance functional recovery for patients with nerve injury...
November 11, 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140829/guiding-regulatory-t-cells-to-the-allograft
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Caroline Lamarche, Megan K Levings
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The application of regulatory T cell (Treg) therapy in organ transplantation is actively being pursued using unmodified, typically polyclonal cells. As the results of these ongoing clinical trials emerge, it is time to plan the next wave of clinical trials of Tregs. Here we will review a key strategy to improve Treg effectiveness and reduce side effects, namely increasing Treg specificity - both in terms of antigen recognition and localization to the allograft. RECENT FINDINGS: Study of chemokine signatures accompanying acute rejection has revealed several chemokines that could be targeted to increase Treg homing...
November 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139602/cell-yield-chondrogenic-potential-and-regenerated-cartilage-type-of-chondrocytes-derived-from-ear-nasoseptal-and-costal-cartilage
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Aijuan He, Huitang Xia, Kaiyan Xiao, Tingting Wang, Yu Liu, Jixin Xue, Dan Li, Shengjian Tang, Fangjun Liu, Xiaoyun Wang, Wenjie Zhang, Wei Liu, Yilin Cao, Guangdong Zhou
Functional reconstruction of large cartilage defects in subcutaneous sites remains clinically challenging because of limited donor cartilage. Tissue engineering is a promising and widely accepted strategy for cartilage regeneration. To date however, this strategy has not achieved a significant breakthrough in clinical translation owing to a lack of detailed pre-clinical data on cell yield and functionality of clinically applicable chondrocytes. To address this issue, the current study investigated the initial cell yield, proliferative potential, chondrogenic capacity, and regenerated cartilage-type of human chondrocytes derived from auricular (AU), nasoseptal (NS), and costal (CO) cartilage using a scaffold-free cartilage regeneration model (cartilage sheet)...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139088/contrasting-views-on-the-role-of-mesenchymal-stromal-stem-cells-in-tumour-growth-a-systematic-review-of-experimental-design
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Ahmed Kolade Oloyo, Melvin Anyasi Ambele, Michael Sean Pepper
The effect of mesenchymal stromal/stem cells (MSCs) on tumour growth remains controversial. Experimental evidence supports both an inhibitory and a stimulatory effect. We have assessed factors responsible for the contrasting effects of MSCs on tumour growth by doing a meta-analysis of existing literature between 2000 and May 2017. We assessed 183 original research articles comprising 338 experiments. We considered (a) in vivo and in vitro experiments, (b) whether in vivo studies were syngeneic or xenogeneic, and (c) if animals were immune competent or deficient...
November 15, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139013/engineering-analysis-of-tricuspid-annular-dynamics-in-the-beating-ovine-heart
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Manuel K Rausch, Marcin Malinowski, Penny Wilton, Asghar Khaghani, Tomasz A Timek
Functional tricuspid regurgitation is a significant source of morbidity and mortality in the US. Furthermore, treatment of functional tricuspid regurgitation is suboptimal with significant recurrence rates, which may, at least in part, be due to our limited knowledge of the relationship between valvular shape and function. Here we study the dynamics of the healthy in vivo ovine tricuspid annulus to improve our understanding of normal annular deformations throughout the cardiac cycle. To this end, we determine both clinical as well as engineering metrics of in vivo annular dynamics based on sonomicrometry crystals surgically attached to the annulus...
November 14, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138742/hysterectomy-pathway-as-the-global-engine-of-practice-change-implications-for-value-in-care
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Amin Sanei-Moghaddam, Sharon Goughnour, Robert Edwards, John Comerci, Joseph Kelley, Nicole Donnellan, Faina Linkov, Suketu Mansuria
Introduction: In 2012, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) introduced a hysterectomy clinical pathway to reduce the number of total abdominal hysterectomies performed for benign gynecological indications. This study focused on exploring physician and patient factors impacting the utilization of hysterectomy clinical pathways. Methods: An online survey with 24 questions was implemented to explore physicians' attitudes and perceived barriers toward implementing the pathway...
2017: Central Asian Journal of Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138340/phase-i-study-of-chimeric-antigen-receptor-modified-t-cells-in-patients-with-egfr-positive-advanced-biliary-tract-cancers
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Yelei Guo, Kai-Chao Feng, Yang Liu, Zhiqiang Wu, Hanren Dai, Qing-Ming Yang, Yao Wang, Hejin Jia, Weidong Han
PURPOSE: This study is an expanded and parallel clinical trial of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-specific chimeric antigen receptor-engineered autologous T (CART) cell immunotherapy (NCT01869166) to assess the safety and activity of CART-EGFR cell therapy in EGFR-positive advanced unresectable, relapsed/metastatic biliary tract cancers (BTCs). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with EGFR-positive (>50%) advanced unresectable, relapsed/metastatic BTCs were enrolled...
November 14, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137714/checkpoint-blockade-plus-oncolytic-virus-a-hot-therapeutic-cancer-strategy
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Caroline Robert
How can we transform an immune desert into a 'hot tumor' that is prone to respond to anti-programmed death (PD)-1 immunotherapy? This might be possible by injecting an oncolytic virus, engineered to induce local immune stimulation, prior to anti-PD-1 therapy. A recent study demonstrated that this combination - evaluated in a Phase Ib metastatic melanoma clinical study - yields promising results.
November 2017: Trends in Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137675/human-hyaluronic-acid-synthase-1-promotes-malignant-transformation-via-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-micronucleation-and-centrosome-abnormalities
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Nguyet Nguyen, Awanit Kumar, Simi Chacko, Rodney J Ouellette, Anirban Ghosh
BACKGROUND: Human hyaluronic acid (HA) molecules are synthesized by three membrane spanning Hyaluronic Acid Synthases (HAS1, HAS2 and HAS3). Of the three, HAS1 is found to be localized more into the cytoplasmic space where it synthesizes intracellular HA. HA is a ubiquitous glycosaminoglycan, mainly present in the extracellular matrix (ECM) and on the cell surface, but are also detected intracellularly. Accumulation of HA in cancer cells, the cancer-surrounding stroma, and ECM is generally considered an independent prognostic factors for patients...
November 14, 2017: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137639/proactive-ethical-design-for-neuroengineering-assistive-and-rehabilitation-technologies-the-cybathlon-lesson
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REVIEW
Marcello Ienca, Reto W Kressig, Fabrice Jotterand, Bernice Elger
BACKGROUND: Rapid advancements in rehabilitation science and the widespread application of engineering techniques are opening the prospect of a new phase of clinical and commercial maturity for Neuroengineering, Assistive and Rehabilitation Technologies (NARTs). As the field enters this new phase, there is an urgent need to address and anticipate the ethical implications associated with novel technological opportunities, clinical solutions, and social applications. MAIN IDEA: In this paper we review possible approaches to the ethics of NART, and propose a framework for ethical design and development, which we call the Proactive Ethical Design (PED) framework...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135456/probiotics-and-their-use-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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Muhammad Amer, Muhammad Nadeem, Saeed Ur Rashid Nazir, Maira Fakhar, Fatima Abid, Qurat-Ul Ain, Elliyah Asif
Context • Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis result in similar gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms, including pain, diarrhea, stools with mucus or blood, and ulceration or tissue damage within the alimentary canal. Gut microbiota play a crucial role in triggering, maintaining, and exacerbating inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Probiotics might help to rebalance the gut flora in a positive way, shifting from pro- to anti-inflammatory. Objectives • The study intended to investigate the safety and use of probiotics and the biological effects of probiotic bacteria on IBD...
November 14, 2017: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135295/-re-engineering-of-glucose-exposure-in-peritoneal-dialysis
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Emília Mácsai, István Kiss
The significance of peritoneal dialysis in kidney replacement therapy is expected to increase, so it is important to reconsider glucose exposure to minimize the adverse effects. The first step was to develop biocompatible modern PD solutions to reduce the local and systemic adverse effects of current conventional glucose-based ones. According to the limited clinical experience, there are no clear data on better clinical outcome. Besides this there is a suspected theoretical correlation between development of encapsulating peritoneal sclerosis and chronic local irritation of peritoneal surface by glucose...
October 2017: Orvosi Hetilap
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135012/shrinking-microbubbles-with-microfluidics-mathematical-modelling-to-control-microbubble-sizes
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A Salari, V Gnyawali, I M Griffiths, R Karshafian, M C Kolios, S S H Tsai
Microbubbles have applications in industry and life-sciences. In medicine, small encapsulated bubbles (<10 μm) are desirable because of their utility in drug/oxygen delivery, sonoporation, and ultrasound diagnostics. While there are various techniques for generating microbubbles, microfluidic methods are distinguished due to their precise control and ease-of-fabrication. Nevertheless, sub-10 μm diameter bubble generation using microfluidics remains challenging, and typically requires expensive equipment and cumbersome setups...
November 14, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134461/high-throughput-process-development-for-biopharmaceuticals
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Abhinav A Shukla, Shahid Rameez, Leslie S Wolfe, Nathan Oien
The ability to conduct multiple experiments in parallel significantly reduces the time that it takes to develop a manufacturing process for a biopharmaceutical. This is particularly significant before clinical entry, because process development and manufacturing are on the "critical path" for a drug candidate to enter clinical development. High-throughput process development (HTPD) methodologies can be similarly impactful during late-stage development, both for developing the final commercial process as well as for process characterization and scale-down validation activities that form a key component of the licensure filing package...
November 14, 2017: Advances in Biochemical Engineering/biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133624/histopathological-histomorphometrical-and-radiological-evaluations-of-hydroxyapatite-bioactive-glass-and-fluorapatite-bioactive-glass-nanocomposite-foams-as-cell-scaffolds-in-rat-tibia-an-in-vivo-study
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Maryam Seyedmajidi, Sina Haghanifar, Karimollah Hajian-Tilaki, Seyedali Seyedmajidi
Bone defects are common and persistent problems in clinical orthopedics and dentistry. The development of synthetic reconstruction materials is essential owing to the restricted access to natural bone grafts, disease transmission risks, surgical costs, donor-site morbidity, infections, and immune response-related complications. Accordingly, the aim of the present study was to evaluate the histopathological, histomorphometrical, and radiological characteristics of composite foams containing hydroxyapatite/bioactive glass (HA/BG) and fluorapatite/bioactive glass (FA/BG) as cell scaffolds in rat tibia reconstruction...
November 14, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132571/the-human-factor-optimizing-trauma-team-performance-in-dynamic-clinical-environments
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REVIEW
Christopher Hicks, Andrew Petrosoniak
Resilience is built, not born, and there is no single strategy that reliably manufactures resilient performance in all circumstances. Optimizing team performance in dynamic environments involves the complex interplay of strategies that target individual preparation, team interaction, environmental optimization, and systems-level resilience engineering. To accomplish this, health care can draw influence from human factors research to inform tangible, practical, and measurable improvements in performance and outcomes, modified to suit local and domain-specific needs...
February 2018: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132473/-progress-in-clinical-studies-of-chimeric-antigen-receptor-engineered-t-cells-for-treatment-of-childhood-cancer
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Ya-Ru Ni, Xiao-Jun Xu, Yong-Min Tang
Nowadays, the 5-year survival rate of childhood cancer patients can be more than 80%, but some patients with relapse and refractory cancers have shown no good response to traditional strategies. Chimeric antigen receptor engineered T (CAR-T) cell therapy is promising for these patients. CAR-T cells recognize the tumor-associated antigens in a non-major histocompatibility complex-restricted manner, so their anti-tumor ability is enhanced. There are four generations of CAR-T cells now. The complete remission rate of pediatric patients with relapse and refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia can be as high as 90% when treated with CD19-targeting CAR-T cells...
November 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132177/an-insight-on-silk-protein-sericin-from-processing-to-biomedical-application
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Farogh Ahsan, Tarique Mahmood Ansari, Shazia Usmani, Paramdeep Bagga
Silks are naturally occurring polymers that have been used clinically as sutures for hundreds of years. It's so for obtained from insects or worms, silk consists of a filament core protein, termed fibroin, and a glue-like coating made up of sericin proteins. An important component of silk has an extended history of being discarded as a waste in the course of silk processing. The cost of sericin for tissue engineering is underestimated and its capability in using as regenerative remedy has simply began to be explored...
November 13, 2017: Drug Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131760/deep-learning-a-primer-for-radiologists
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Gabriel Chartrand, Phillip M Cheng, Eugene Vorontsov, Michal Drozdzal, Simon Turcotte, Christopher J Pal, Samuel Kadoury, An Tang
Deep learning is a class of machine learning methods that are gaining success and attracting interest in many domains, including computer vision, speech recognition, natural language processing, and playing games. Deep learning methods produce a mapping from raw inputs to desired outputs (eg, image classes). Unlike traditional machine learning methods, which require hand-engineered feature extraction from inputs, deep learning methods learn these features directly from data. With the advent of large datasets and increased computing power, these methods can produce models with exceptional performance...
November 2017: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
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