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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726849/o2-controllable-hydrogels-for-studying-cellular-responses-to-hypoxic-gradients-in-three-dimensions-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#1
Daniel M Lewis, Michael R Blatchley, Kyung Min Park, Sharon Gerecht
Oxygen (O2) acts as a potent upstream regulator of cell function. In both physiological and pathophysiological microenvironments, the O2 concentration is not uniformly distributed but instead follows a gradient that depends on distance from oxygen-carrying blood vessels. Such gradients have a particularly important role in development, tissue regeneration, and tumor growth. In this protocol, we describe how to use our previously reported gelatin-based O2-controllable hydrogels that can provide hypoxic microenvironments in vitro...
August 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720200/influence-of-erythrocyte-aggregation-on-radial-migration-of-platelet-sized-spherical-particles-in-shear-flow
#2
Cyrille Guilbert, Boris Chayer, Louise Allard, François T H Yu, Guy Cloutier
Blood platelets when activated are involved in the mechanisms of hemostasis and thrombosis, and their migration toward injured vascular endothelium necessitates interaction with red blood cells (RBCs). Rheology co-factors such as a high hematocrit and a high shear rate are known to promote platelet mass transport toward the vessel wall. Hemodynamic conditions promoting RBC aggregation may also favor platelet migration, particularly in the venous system at low shear rates. The aim of this study was to confirm experimentally the impact of RBC aggregation on platelet-sized micro particle migration in a Couette flow apparatus...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714023/protective-effects-of-shexiang-tongxin-dropping-pill-on-pituitrin%C3%A2-induced-acute-myocardial-ischemia-in-rats
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Shan Lin, Jianfeng Chu, Ling Zhang, Daxin Chen, Fei Xiao, Hongwei Chen, Jiumao Lin, Youqin Chen, Yuling Zhu, Jun Peng
Shexiang Tongxin Dropping Pill (STP) is an established traditional Chinese medicine that is widely used for the treatment of ischemic heart disease (IHD), although its mechanisms remain unclear. The present study investigated the protective effects of STP following pituitrin (PTT)‑induced myocardial ischemia in rats. ST‑segment elevation, blood rheology, and the serum levels of creatine kinase‑MB (CK‑MB) and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) were measured. Following heart excision, histological analysis using hematoxylin and eosin and terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick end labeling were performed...
July 13, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704937/attenuation-of-red-blood-cell-storage-lesions-with-vitamin-c
#4
Kimberly Sanford, Bernard J Fisher, Evan Fowler, Alpha A Fowler, Ramesh Natarajan
Stored red blood cells (RBCs) undergo oxidative stress that induces deleterious metabolic, structural, biochemical, and molecular changes collectively referred to as "storage lesions". We hypothesized that vitamin C (VitC, reduced or oxidized) would reduce red cell storage lesions, thus prolonging their storage duration. Whole-blood-derived, leuko-reduced, SAGM (saline-adenine-glucose-mannitol)-preserved RBC concentrates were equally divided into four pediatric storage bags and the following additions made: (1) saline (saline); (2) 0...
July 12, 2017: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698207/strict-tropism-for-cd71-cd234-human-reticulocytes-limits-plasmodium-cynomolgi-s-zoonotic-potential
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Varakorn Kosaisavee, Rossarin Suwanarusk, Adeline C Y Chua, Dennis E Kyle, Benoit Malleret, Rou Zhang, Mallika Imwong, Rawiwan Imerbsin, Ratawan Ubalee, Hugo Sámano-Sánchez, Bryan K S Yeung, Jessica Ong, Eric Lombardini, François Nosten, Kevin S W Tan, Pablo Bifani, Georges Snounou, Laurent Rénia, Bruce Russell
Two malaria parasites of Southeast Asian macaques, Plasmodium knowlesi and P. cynomolgi, can infect humans experimentally. In Malaysia, where both species are common, zoonotic knowlesi malaria has recently become dominant, and cases are recorded throughout the region. By contrast, to date only a single case of naturally acquired P. cynomolgi has been found in humans. In this study we show that whereas P. cynomolgi merozoites invade monkey red blood cells (RBCs) indiscriminately in vitro, for humans they are restricted to reticulocytes expressing both transferrin receptor 1 (Trf1 or CD71) and the Duffy antigen/chemokine receptor (DARC or CD234)...
July 11, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694237/phase-transitions-during-compression-and-decompression-of-clots-from-platelet-poor-plasma-platelet-rich-plasma-and-whole-blood
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Xiaojun Liang, Irina Chernysh, Prashant K Purohit, John W Weisel
Blood clots are required to stem bleeding and are subject to a variety of stresses, but they can also block blood vessels and cause heart attacks and ischemic strokes. We measured the compressive response of human platelet-poor plasma (PPP) clots, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) clots and whole blood clots and correlated these measurements with confocal and scanning electron microscopy to track changes in clot structure. Stress-strain curves revealed four characteristic regions, for compression-decompression: (1) linear elastic region; (2) upper plateau or softening region; (3) non-linear elastic region or re-stretching of the network; (4) lower plateau in which dissociation of some newly made connections occurs...
July 8, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686152/washing-in-hypotonic-saline-reduces-the-fraction-of-irreversibly-damaged-cells-in-stored-blood-a-proof-of-concept-study
#7
Hui Xia, Grishma Khanal, Briony C Strachan, Eszter Vörös, Nathaniel Z Piety, Sean C Gifford, Sergey S Shevkoplyas
BACKGROUND: During hypothermic storage, a substantial fraction of red blood cells (RBCs) transforms from flexible discocytes to rigid sphero-echinocytes and spherocytes. Infusion of these irreversibly-damaged cells into the recipient during transfusion serves no therapeutic purpose and may contribute to adverse outcomes in some patients. In this proof-of-concept study we describe the use of hypotonic washing for selective removal of the irreversibly-damaged cells from stored blood. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Stored RBCs were mixed with saline of various concentrations to identify optimal concentration for inducing osmotic swelling and selective bursting of spherical cells (sphero-echinocytes, spherocytes), while minimising indiscriminate lysis of other RBCs...
May 11, 2017: Blood Transfusion, Trasfusione del Sangue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639068/what-about-the-rheological-properties-of%C3%A2-prp-microfat-mixtures-in-fat-grafting-procedure
#8
R Ghazouane, B Bertrand, C Philandrianos, J Veran, M Abellan, P Francois, M Velier, C Orneto, P Piccerelle, J Magalon
BACKGROUND: Fat grafting has emerged as a reference procedure in daily plastic surgery practice. Unpredictable fat resorption is the main clinical problem. For this purpose, the addition of PRP to enhance fat revascularization is now an easy and popular procedure. However, no consensus exists regarding the respective volume of fat and PRP used to obtain the ideal mixture. This study investigated the rheological properties of microfat mixed with different proportions of PRP. Results obtained were compared with commercialized hyaluronic acid fillers...
June 21, 2017: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601650/tough-chitosan-hydrogel-based-on-purified-regeneration-and-alkaline-solvent-as-biomaterials-for-tissue-engineering-applications
#9
Shichao Bi, Zixian Bao, Xiaoyu Bai, Shihao Hu, Xiaojie Cheng, Xiguang Chen
The chitosan based on purified regeneration could be dissolved in 6wt% aqueous NaOH without freeze-thawing cycles and acetylation processing, and such a solution system was effective and different from other dissolving methods Upon heating, a tough hydrogel was constructed from the chitosan (purified regeneration) alkaline solution. The results of XRD, TEM, SEM and rheology analysis proved that chitosan easily aggregated in the solution and formed a nanofibers network to gelate at elevated temperature and concentration...
June 7, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572880/effect-of-medicinal-mushrooms-on-blood-cells-under-conditions-of-diabetes-mellitus
#10
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Taras Vitak, Borys Yurkiv, Solomon Wasser, Eviatar Nevo, Natalia Sybirna
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is the third most common non-infectious disease leading to early disability and high mortality. Moreover, the number of patients is growing every year. The main symptom of DM is hyperglycemia. Increased levels of blood glucose activate polyol, hexosamine, and protein kinase metabolic pathways cause the intensification of non-enzymatic glycosylation and nitration of macromolecules. This, in turn, leads to the development of oxidative and nitrative stresses and secondary complications, such as different kinds of micro- and macroangiopathies...
May 15, 2017: World Journal of Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560553/quantification-of-inter-erythrocyte-forces-with-ultra-high-frequency-410%C3%A2-mhz-single-beam-acoustic-tweezer
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Hae Gyun Lim, K Kirk Shung
Efforts on quantitative measurements of the interactive forces of red blood cells (RBC) have been pursued for many years in hopes of a better understanding of hemodynamics and blood rheology. In this paper, we report an approach based on an ultra-high frequency (410 MHz) single beam acoustic tweezer (SBAT) for quantitative measurements of inter-RBC forces at a single cell level. The trapping forces produced by this ultra-high frequency (UHF) SBAT can be quantitatively estimated with a micropipette. Since the focal beam diameter of the 410 MHz ultrasonic transducer used in this SBAT was only 6...
May 30, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550242/impact-of-groin-flap-ischemia-reperfusion-on-red-blood-cell-micro-rheological-parameters-in-a-follow-up-study-on-rats
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Zsuzsanna Magyar, Abel Molnar, David Belkin Nachmias, Din Mann, Viktoria Sogor, Anita Mester, Katalin Peto, Norbert Nemeth
BACKGROUND: Flap hypoperfusion or ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) may occur during preparation-transposition procedures and by postoperative thrombotic complications. Behind the microcirculatory disturbances micro-rheological alterations are also supposed. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to investigate the groin flap I/R with following-up micro-rheological parameters. METHODS: Anesthetized rats were subjected to Control or I/R groups. Groin flaps were prepared bilaterally, pedicled on the superficial epigastric vessels...
May 24, 2017: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533135/enhanced-local-disorder-in-a-clinically-elusive-von-willebrand-factor-provokes-high-affinity-platelet-clumping
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Alexander Tischer, Venkata R Machha, Juan P Frontroth, Maria A Brehm, Tobias Obser, Reinhard Schneppenheim, Leland Mayne, S Walter Englander, Matthew Auton
Mutation of the cysteines forming the disulfide loop of the platelet GPIbα adhesive A1 domain of von Willebrand factor (VWF) causes quantitative VWF deficiencies in the blood and von Willebrand disease. We report two cases of transient severe thrombocytopenia induced by DDAVP treatment. Cys1272Trp and Cys1458Tyr mutations identified by genetic sequencing implicate an abnormal gain-of-function phenotype, evidenced by thrombocytopenia, which quickly relapses back to normal platelet counts and deficient plasma VWF...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532176/synthesis-of-n-alkylated-chitosan-and-its-interactions-with-blood
#14
Yuchen Huang, Yi Zhang, Longbao Feng, Liumin He, Rui Guo, Wei Xue
When hydrophobically modified chitosan (HM-CHI) comes into contact with red blood cells (RBCs), it can cause agglomeration. This property leads HM-CHI to be a potential agent to form a rapid haemostatic plug to stop bleeding at wound sites. In this study, we investigated the properties of the HM-CHI biopolymer to act as an agent that rapidly clots blood. We have examined the synthesis and structural characteristics of HM-CHI - blood substances using X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy and elemental analysis...
May 22, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529037/diabetes-development-increased-concentrations-of-the-conjugated-bile-acid-taurocholic-acid-in-serum-while-treatment-with-microencapsulated-taurocholic-acid-exerted-no-hypoglycaemic-effects
#15
Sangeetha Mathavan, Momir Mikov, Svetlana Golocorbin-Kon, Hani Al-Salami
CONTEXT: The bile acid taurocholic acid (TCA) is endogenously produced, and has shown formulation-stabilising effects when incorporated into microcapsules containing potential antidiabetic drugs. This study aimed to develop and characterise TCA-microcapsules, and test their antidiabetic effects, in an animal model of Type 1 diabetes (T1D). METHODS: Using the polymer sodium alginate (SA), SA-microcapsules (control) and TCA-microcapsules (test) were prepared, and assessed for morphology, surface composition, chemical and thermal stability, swelling, buoyancy, mechanical, release and rheological properties...
August 30, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526627/dynamic-fatigue-measurement-of-human-erythrocytes-using-dielectrophoresis
#16
Yuhao Qiang, Jia Liu, E Du
Erythrocytes must undergo severe deformation to pass through narrow capillaries and submicronic splenic slits for several hundred thousand times in their normal lifespan. Studies of erythrocyte biomechanics have been mainly focused on cell deformability and rheology measured from a single application of stress and mostly under a static or quasi-static state using classical biomechanical techniques, such as optical tweezers and micropipette aspiration. Dynamic behavior of erythrocytes in response to cyclic stresses that contributes to the membrane failure in blood circulation is not fully understood...
May 17, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512313/a-rapid-capillary-pressure-driven-micro-channel-to-demonstrate-newtonian-fluid-behavior-of-zebrafish-blood-at-high-shear-rates
#17
Juhyun Lee, Tzu-Chieh Chou, Dongyang Kang, Hanul Kang, Junjie Chen, Kyung In Baek, Wei Wang, Yichen Ding, Dino Di Carlo, Yu-Chong Tai, Tzung K Hsiai
Blood viscosity provides the rheological basis to elucidate shear stress underlying developmental cardiac mechanics and physiology. Zebrafish is a high throughput model for developmental biology, forward-genetics, and drug discovery. The micro-scale posed an experimental challenge to measure blood viscosity. To address this challenge, a microfluidic viscometer driven by surface tension was developed to reduce the sample volume required (3μL) for rapid (<2 min) and continuous viscosity measurement. By fitting the power-law fluid model to the travel distance of blood through the micro-channel as a function of time and channel configuration, the experimentally acquired blood viscosity was compared with a vacuum-driven capillary viscometer at high shear rates (>500 s(-1)), at which the power law exponent (n) of zebrafish blood was nearly 1 behaving as a Newtonian fluid...
May 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504711/the-stabilizing-effect-of-an-oligomeric-proanthocyanidin-on-red-blood-cell-membrane-structure-of-poorly-controlled-type-ii-diabetes
#18
J Visser, P J van Staden, P Soma, A V Buys, E Pretorius
Type II diabetes (T2D) is a pandemic characterized by pathological circulating inflammatory markers, high-glucose levels and oxidative stress. The hematological system is especially vulnerable to these aberrant circulating molecules, and erythrocytes (RBCs) show aberrant rheology properties, owing to the direct contact with these molecules. Pathological levels of circulating inflammatory markers in T2D therefore have a direct effect on the molecular and cellular structure of RBCs. Previous research has suggested that antioxidants may reduce oxidative stress that results from the pathological inflammatory markers...
May 15, 2017: Nutrition & Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503981/platelet-reactivity-influences-clot-structure-as-assessed-by-fractal-analysis-of-viscoelastic-properties
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Rebecca B Knowles, Matthew J Lawrence, Plinio M Ferreira, Melissa A Hayman, Lindsay A D'Silva, Sophie N Stanford, Ahmed Sabra, Arthur T Tucker, Karl M Hawkins, Phylip R Williams, Timothy D Warner, Phillip A Evans
Despite the interwoven nature of platelet activation and the coagulation system in thrombosis, few studies relate both analysis of protein and cellular parts of coagulation in the same population. In the present study, we use matched ex vivo samples to determine the influences of standard antiplatelet therapies on platelet function and use advanced rheological analyses to assess clot formation. Healthy volunteers were recruited following fully informed consent then treated for 7 days with single antiplatelet therapy of aspirin (75 mg) or prasugrel (10 mg) or with dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) using aspirin (75 mg) plus prasugrel (10 mg) or aspirin (75 mg) plus ticagrelor (90 mg)...
May 15, 2017: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501920/a-dramatic-blood-plasticity-in-hibernating-and-14-day-hindlimb-unloading-daurian-ground-squirrels-spermophilus-dauricus
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Huan-Xin Hu, Fang-Ying Du, Wei-Wei Fu, Shan-Feng Jiang, Jin Cao, Shen-Hui Xu, Hui-Ping Wang, Hui Chang, Nandu Goswami, Yun-Fang Gao
We compared the effects of hibernation inactivity and 14-day hindlimb unloading in non-hibernating period on biochemical, rheological, and hematological parameters of blood in Daurian ground squirrels (Spermophilus dauricus). Twenty-four squirrels were randomly divided into four groups: control (CON), hibernation (HIB), post-hibernation (POST), and 14-day hindlimb unloading (HU). The results showed that serum enzymes (L-lactate dehydrogenase, alanine aminotransferase, and aspartate aminotransferase) activities decreased in HIB, POST, and HU squirrels compared with CON...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
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