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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821071/on-the-use-of-ion-crosslinked-nanocellulose-hydrogels-for-wound-healing-solutions-physicochemical-properties-and-application-oriented-biocompatibility-studies
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Alex Basu, Jonas Lindh, Eva Ålander, Maria Strømme, Natalia Ferraz
Calcium ion-crosslinked nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) hydrogels were investigated as potential materials for wound healing dressings. The physicochemical properties of the hydrogels were examined by rheology and water retention tests. Skin cells and monocytes were selected for application-oriented biocompatibility studies. The NFC hydrogels presented entangled fibrous networks and solid-like behavior. Water retention tests showed the material´s potential to maintain a suitable moist environment for different type of wounds...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813551/an-enhanced-spring-particle-model-for-red-blood-cell-structrual-mechanics
#2
Mingzhu Chen, Fergal Boyle
Red blood cells (RBCs) are the most abundant cellular element suspended in blood. Together with the usual biconcave-shaped RBCs, i.e. discocytes, unusual-shaped RBCs are also observed under physiological and experimental conditions, e.g. stomatocytes and echinocytes. Stomatocytes and echinocytes are formed from discocytes and in addition can revert back to being discocytes; this shape change is known as the stomatocyte-discocyte-echinocyte (SDE) transformation. To-date limited research has been conducted on the numerical prediction of the full SDE transformation...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795978/update-on-bicuspid-aortic-valve-aortopathy
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Evaldas Girdauskas, Johannes Petersen
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The appropriate treatment of bicuspid aortic valve (BAV)-associated aortopathy is still controversial. We aimed to summarize recent evidence from the literature that focused on the prediction of aortopathy progression and adverse aortic events. RECENT FINDINGS: Following the detailed description of valvulo-aortic phenotypes in BAV disease in the previous imaging studies, the most current research focused on the definition of hemodynamic markers that may affect the progression of BAV-associated aortopathy and search for blood-born biomarkers to improve the prediction of adverse aortic events...
August 8, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771571/optical-sensing-of-anticoagulation-status-towards-point-of-care-coagulation-testing
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Diane M Tshikudi, Markandey M Tripathi, Zeinab Hajjarian, Elizabeth M Van Cott, Seemantini K Nadkarni
Anticoagulant overdose is associated with major bleeding complications. Rapid coagulation sensing may ensure safe and accurate anticoagulant dosing and reduce bleeding risk. Here, we report the novel use of Laser Speckle Rheology (LSR) for measuring anticoagulation and haemodilution status in whole blood. In the LSR approach, blood from 12 patients and 4 swine was placed in disposable cartridges and time-varying intensity fluctuations of laser speckle patterns were measured to quantify the viscoelastic modulus during clotting...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759962/effects-of-hydroxyurea-on-blood-rheology-in-sickle-cell-anemia-a-two-years-follow-up-study
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Nathalie Lemonne, Berenike Möckesch, Keyne Charlot, Yohann Garnier, Xavier Waltz, Yann Lamarre, Sophie Antoine-Jonville, Maryse Etienne-Julan, Marie-Dominique Hardy-Dessources, Marc Romana, Philippe Connes
The aim of the present study was to test the effects of hydroxyurea (HU) therapy on clinical, hematological and hemorheological parameters in adult patients with sickle cell anemia (SCA). Hematological and hemorheological parameters were measured in 28 SCA patients before HU therapy (i.e., baseline) and at 6, 12 and 24 months of treatment. RBC deformability was determined by ektacytometry at 30 Pa. RBC aggregation properties were investigated by light-backscatter method. Blood viscosity was measured at 225 s-1 by a cone-plate viscometer...
July 25, 2017: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753477/the-role-of-von-willebrand-factor-in-primary-haemostasis-under-conditions-of-haemodilution
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I Jalaer, D A Tsakiris, B A Solecka-Witulska, C Kannicht
INTRODUCTION: Severe blood loss and related haemodilution during cardiac surgery result in a reduced platelet count which may lead to impaired primary haemostasis. Additionally, the reduced haematocrit lowers rheological forces in circulation and may account for lowered platelet adhesiveness and potentially reduced von Willebrand factor (VWF) activity. These mechanisms may lead to postoperative bleeding. Aim of this study was the examination of VWF activity and VWF-mediated platelet adhesion to collagen under conditions of haemodilution...
July 20, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746858/modeling-of-biomechanics-and-biorheology-of-red-blood-cells-in-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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Hung-Yu Chang, Xuejin Li, George Em Karniadakis
Erythrocytes in patients with type-2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) are associated with reduced cell deformability and elevated blood viscosity, which contribute to impaired blood flow and other pathophysiological aspects of diabetes-related vascular complications. In this study, by using a two-component red blood cell (RBC) model and systematic parameter variation, we perform detailed computational simulations to probe the alteration of the biomechanical, rheological, and dynamic behavior of T2DM RBCs in response to morphological change and membrane stiffening...
July 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745766/ac-electric-field-controlled-non-newtonian-filament-thinning-and-droplet-formation-on-the-microscale
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Y Huang, Y L Wang, T N Wong
Monodispersity and fast generation are innate advantages of microfluidic droplets. Other than the normally adopted simple Newtonian fluids such as a water/oil emulsion system, fluids with complex rheology, namely, non-Newtonian fluids, which are being widely adopted in industries and bioengineering, have gained increasing research interest on the microscale. However, challenges occur in controlling the dynamic behavior due to their complex properties. In this sense, the AC electric field with merits of fast response and easiness in fulfilling "Lab on a chip" has attracted our attention...
July 26, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742249/transient-electroosmosis-of-a-maxwell-fluid-in-a-rotating-microchannel
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P Kaushik, Shubhadeep Mandal, Suman Chakraborty
The transient electroosmotic flow of Maxwell fluid in a rotating microchannel is investigated both analytically and numerically. We bring out the complex dynamics of the flow during the transience due to the combination of rotation and rheological effects. We show the regimes of operation under which our analysis holds the most significance. We also shed some light on the volumetric flow rate characteristics as dictated by the underlying flow physics. Mainly we show and analyze the various regimes of operation under which viscoelastic effects actuated by electroosmotic forcing dominate over Coriolis forces and vice versa, which has not been studied before...
July 25, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737696/targeting-platelets-for-the-treatment-of-cancer
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Omar Elaskalani, Michael C Berndt, Marco Falasca, Pat Metharom
The majority of cancer-associated mortality results from the ability of tumour cells to metastasise leading to multifunctional organ failure and death. Disseminated tumour cells in the blood circulation are faced with major challenges such as rheological shear stresses and cell-mediated cytotoxicity mediated by natural killer cells. Nevertheless, circulating tumour cells with metastatic ability appear equipped to exploit host cells to aid their survival. Despite the long interest in targeting tumour-associated host cells such as platelets for cancer treatment, the clinical benefit of this strategy is still under question...
July 22, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726849/o2-controllable-hydrogels-for-studying-cellular-responses-to-hypoxic-gradients-in-three-dimensions-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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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
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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...
September 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704937/attenuation-of-red-blood-cell-storage-lesions-with-vitamin-c
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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
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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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
REVIEW
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
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