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Mira Tout, Anne-Laure Gagez, Stéphane Leprêtre, Valérie Gouilleux-Gruart, Nicolas Azzopardi, Alain Delmer, Mélanie Mercier, Loïc Ysebaert, Kamel Laribi, Hugo Gonzalez, Gilles Paintaud, Guillaume Cartron, David Ternant
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Rituximab is an anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody approved in the first-line treatment of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Rituximab pharmacokinetics shows a time dependency possibly related to changes in the target antigen amount over time. The purpose of this study was to quantify the influence of both CD20 antigenic mass and the FcγRIIIA genetic polymorphism on rituximab pharmacokinetics in CLL. METHODS: Rituximab pharmacokinetics was described in 118 CLL patients using a semi-mechanistic model including a latent target antigen turnover, which allowed the estimation of rituximab target-mediated elimination in addition to the endogenous clearance...
October 25, 2016: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
Haiou Qu, Sean W Linder, Thilak K Mudalige
Capillary electrophoresis (CE) is considered as a versatile technique in the size-based separation and speciation of nanomaterials. The electrophoretic mobility is determined by charge and size of an analyte which are affected by the surface composition of nanomaterials. Size-dependent differential electrophoretic mobility is used as a mechanism for size-based separation of nanoparticles. Understanding the effect of surface chemistry on the electrophoretic mobility of nanomaterials in CE is critical in obtaining accurate results in retention-based size calculation...
October 25, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Manuela Merli, Concetta Torromeo, Michela Giusto, Gianna Iacovone, Oliviero Riggio, Paolo Emilio Puddu
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Cirrhotic Cardiomyopathy (CC) may interact with the clinical course of liver cirrhosis and can be implicated in the development of several complications in advanced liver disease. The best and easiest parameters which should define a condition of reduced cardiac reserve in cirrhosis are still controversial. The current study was aimed at selecting the cardiac parameters, derived by Doppler echocardiography, predictive of survival during follow-up. METHODS: The study included cirrhotic patients without cardiovascular or pulmonary diseases...
October 26, 2016: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
Tomohiro Mizuno, Koso Egi, Kenji Sakai, Keiji Oi, Tsuyoshi Hachimaru, Tohru Makita, Kiyotoshi Oishi, Hirokuni Arai
Off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (OPCAB) in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is difficult because of circulatory deterioration during displacement of the heart. At our institution, we performed minimally circulatory-assisted on-pump beating coronary artery bypass grafting (MICAB) in these patients. During MICAB, support flow was controlled at a minimal level to maintain a systemic blood pressure of approximately 100 mm Hg and a pulmonary arterial systolic pressure of <30 mm Hg, providing optimal pulsatile circulation for end-organ perfusion and prevention of heart congestion...
October 26, 2016: Artificial Organs
Saket Kumar Singh, Bibhas Kumar Bhunia, Nandana Bhardwaj, Sween Gilotra, Biman B Mandal
Tunable repeated drug administration is often inevitable in number of pathological cases. Reloadable 3D matrices for sustained drug delivery are predicted as a prospective avenue to realize this objective. This study was directed towards sonication-induced fabrication of novel reloadable Bombyx mori silk fibroin (SF) (4, 6 and 8 wt%) hydrogel, injected within 3D porous (8 wt%) scaffolds. The focus was to develop a dual-barrier reloadable depot system for sustained molecular cargo-release. Both the varying SF concentration (4, 6 and 8 wt%) and the sonication time (30, 45 and 60 s) dictated the extent of cross-linking, β-sheet content and porosity (1-10 µm) influencing the release behavior of model molecules...
October 26, 2016: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Francisco Maduell, Rosa Ramos, Javier Varas, Alejandro Martin-Malo, Manuel Molina, Rafael Pérez-Garcia, Daniele Marcelli, Francesc Moreso, Pedro Aljama, Jose Ignacio Merello
Achieving an adequate dialysis dose is one of the key goals for dialysis treatments. Here we assessed whether patients receiving the current cleared plasma volume (Kt), individualized for body surface area per recommendations, had improved survival and reduced hospitalizations at 2 years of follow-up. Additionally, we assessed whether patients receiving a greater dose gained more benefit. This prospective, observational, multicenter study included 6129 patients in 65 Fresenius Medical Care Spanish facilities...
October 22, 2016: Kidney International
Jong Phil Bak, Young Mi Cho, Inhye Kim, Dae Won Park, Jung Eun Kwon, Yong Joon Jeong, Jong Hwan Kwak, Se Chan Kang
Anemarrhena asphodeloides is known to suppress inflammation and lower various fevers. To determine the active component of A. asphodeloides, ethanol (EtOH) extract of A. asphodeloides rhizomes was fractionized. The compounds isolated from the dichloromethane (CH2Cl2) soluble fraction were identified as 4'-O-methylnyasol (1), nyasol (2), 3″-methoxynyasol (3), 3″-hydroxy-4″-methoxy-4″-dehydroxynyasol (4), 4-hydroxybenzaldehyde (5), and 4-hydroxyacetophenone (6). The four norlignans (1-4) potently inhibited the release of β-hexosaminidase from immunoglobulin E (IgE)/dinitrophenol-conjugated bovine serum albumin (DNP-BSA)-treated rat basophilic leukemia (RBL)-2H3 and A23187 plus phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate co-treated isolated rat primary mast cells, as markers of degranulation and histamine release...
October 22, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Liyan Kong, Jiaming Zhu, Wen Wang, Lehe Jin, Yanjiao Fu, Bohui Duan, Liang Tan
As an integral glycoprotein on the surface of endothelial cells, thrombomodulin (TM) has very high affinity for thrombin. TM has been regarded to be a marker of endothelial damage since it can be released during endothelial cell injury. In this work, a highly sensitive fluorescence method for the quantitative detection of TM was developed. TM antibody (Ab) and bovine serum albumin (BSA) were bound on gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) to construct BSA-AuNPs-Ab nanocomposites and they were characterized by transmission electron microscope and UV-vis spectrophotometry...
October 17, 2016: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Liyan Wen, Sha Yang, Ping Zhu, Yingxin Yu, Xiaoyan Qiu, Ning Fu, Yanjun Liu
Cancer-associated antigen 215 (CA215) is an immunoglobulin molecule expressed by numerous tumor types. Membrane‑bound and soluble CA215 have been detected in the majority of cancer cells and rarely identified in normal tissues. In addition, CA215C is a carbohydrate‑associated epitope in the variable region of CA215, which is specifically recognized by the monoclonal antibody, RP215. However, CA215C is not a suitable vaccine candidate as it is a thymus‑independent antigen. In the present study, RP215 was used as a target to screen short peptide mimics of CA215C from a phage display peptide library...
October 19, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Saminathan Ramakrishnan, Sivaraman Subramaniam, Adrian Francis Stewart, Guido Grundmeier, Adrian Keller
DNA origami has become a widely used method for synthesizing well-defined nanostructures with promising applications in various areas of nanotechnology, biophysics, and medicine. Recently, the possibility to transfer the shape of single DNA origami nanostructures into different materials via molecular lithography approaches has received growing interest due to the great structural control provided by the DNA origami technique. Here, we use ordered monolayers of DNA origami nanostructures with internal cavities on mica surfaces as molecular lithography masks for the fabrication of regular protein patterns over large surface areas...
October 25, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Lorenzo Conte, Iacopo Fabiani, Nicola R Pugliese, Cristina Giannini, Salvatore La Carruba, Marco Angelillis, Paolo Spontoni, Marco De Carlo, Anna Sonia Petronio, Vitantonio Di Bello
OBJECTIVES: Assessment of the prognostic role of left ventricular stiffness (LVS) in patients with aortic stenosis (AS) undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). METHODS: We performed a complete two-dimensional transthoracic echocardiographic study before and after TAVI in patients with severe AS at high surgical risk. In order to assess LVS, we measured LV end-diastolic pressure (EDP) invasively during TAVI and LV end-diastolic volume (EDV) by means of echocardiography...
October 25, 2016: Echocardiography
Nagamalai Vasimalai, Maria T Fernandez-Arguelles
Highly fluorescent gold nanodots have been synthesized through a novel rapid, facile and one-pot room temperature route using trithiocyanuric acid as mild reducing agent and surface ligand. The proposed synthesis overcomes limitations of other synthetic routes in terms of cost, time, complexity and environmental risks, and gives rise to highly fluorescent gold nanodots within 10 min at room temperature, with a maximum emission wavelength at 623 nm and a large Stokes shift (213 nm). Moreover, the synthesized gold nanodots showed a large emission QY (9...
November 25, 2016: Nanotechnology
K A Hollowed, T E Travis, M H Jordan, J W Shupp
Education of first responders and referring medical professionals is considered vital to high-quality burn care. Prior to 1999, the community education program at The Burn Center of MedStar Washington Hospital Center (MWHC) was staffed by ICU nurses who volunteered their time. As the program became more popular in the mid-1990s, the requests for lectures exceeded the capacity of a volunteer program. A request to hospital administration for a full-time education coordinator position was rejected in the climate of budget cut-backs and declining reimbursement...
December 31, 2015: Annals of Burns and Fire Disasters
L Rosenberg, Y Shoham, Y Krieger, G Rubin, F Sander, J Koller, K David, D Egosi, R Ahuja, A J Singer
Current surgical and non-surgical eschar removal-debridement techniques are invasive or ineffective. A bromelainbased rapid and selective enzymatic debriding agent was developed to overcome these disadvantages and compared with the standard of care (SOC). The safety and efficacy of a novel Debriding Gel Dressing (DGD) was determined in patients with deep partial and full thickness burns covering up to 67% total body surface area (TBSA). This review summarizes data from seven studies, four of which were randomized clinical trials that included a SOC or control vehicle...
December 31, 2015: Annals of Burns and Fire Disasters
Jing Liu, Dujuan Zhao, Wenxiu He, Huiyuan Zhang, Zhonghao Li, Yuxia Luan
The anti-leukemia effect of cytarabine (Ara-C) is severely restricted by its high hydrophilic properties and rapid plasma degradation. Herein, a novel amphiphilic small molecular prodrug of Ara-C was developed by coupling a short aliphatic chain, hexanoic acid (HA) to 4-NH2 of the parent drug. Based on the amphiphilic nature, the resulting bioconjugate (HA-Ara) could spontaneously self-assemble into stable spherical nanoassemblies (NAs) with an extremely high drug loading (∼71wt%). Moreover, folate receptor (FR)-targeting NAs with high grafting efficient folic acid - bovine serum albumin (FA-BSA) conjugate immobilized on the surface (NAs/FA-BSA) was prepared...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Isabel Ortuño-Lizarán, Guillermo Vilariño-Feltrer, Cristina Martínez-Ramos, Manuel Monleón Pradas, Ana Vallés-Lluch
Hydrogels have widely been proposed lately as strategies for neural tissue regeneration, but there are still some issues to be solved before their efficient use in tissue engineering of trauma, stroke or the idiopathic degeneration of the nervous system. In a previous work of the authors a novel Schwann-cell structure with the shape of a hollow cylinder was obtained using a three-dimensional conduit based in crosslinked hyaluronic acid as template. This original engineered tissue of tightly joined Schwann cells obtained in a conduit lumen having 400 μm in diameter is a consequence of specific cell-material interactions...
October 24, 2016: Biofabrication
Ya Gao, Yingbo Wang, Yimin Wang, Wenguo Cui
A major goal of biomimetics is the development of chemical compositions and structures that simulate the extracellular matrix. In this study, gelatin-based electrospun composite fibrous membranes were prepared by electrospinning to generate bone scaffold materials. The gelatin-based multicomponent composite fibers were fabricated using co-electrospinning, and the composite fibers of chitosan (CS), gelatin (Gel), hydroxyapatite (HA), and graphene oxide (GO) were successfully fabricated for multi-function characteristics of biomimetic scaffolds...
October 21, 2016: Marine Drugs
Qinglei Zhang, Xiaolong Lu, Qingzhao Zhang, Lei Zhang, Suoding Li, Shaobin Liu
In this study, Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) hollow fiber hemodialysis membranes were prepared by non-solvent induced phase separation (NIPS) with compound addtive. The compound additive was made with polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) and Poly ethylene glycol (PEG). The results showed that the modified PVDF membrane had better separation performance than virgin PVDF membrane. The UF flux of modified PVDF membrane can reach 684 L·h(-1)·m(-2) and lysozyme (LZM) passage is 72.6% while virgin PVDF membrane is 313 L·h(-1)·m(-2) and 53...
October 19, 2016: Membranes
Tong Shu, Jianxing Wang, Lei Su, Xueji Zhang
This study describes a novel ratiometric fluorescent sensor based on chemical etching of gold nanocluster (GNCs) for label-free, separation-free determination of tris(2-carboxyethyl)phosphine (TCEP). TCEP was discovered to exhibit unusual chemical behavior toward fluorescent gold nanoclusters: it quenched the red fluorescent emission of the bovine serum album (BSA)-protected GNCs (GNCs@BSA) and simultaneously restored the blue fluorescent emission of the dityrosine (diTyr) residues of the BSA ligand. The TCEP-induced quenching of the fluorescent GNCs@BSA was investigated with the UV-vis adsorption spectrum, the matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MOLDI-TOF-MS), inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), revealing the chemical etching of the gold(0) core of the GNCs@BSA by TCEP...
October 24, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Aldo Isaac Martínez-Banderas, Antonio Aires, Francisco J Teran, Jose Efrain Perez, Jael F Cadenas, Nouf Alsharif, Timothy Ravasi, Aitziber L Cortajarena, Jürgen Kosel
Exploiting and combining different properties of nanomaterials is considered a potential route for next generation cancer therapies. Magnetic nanowires (NWs) have shown good biocompatibility and a high level of cellular internalization. We induced cancer cell death by combining the chemotherapeutic effect of doxorubicin (DOX)-functionalized iron NWs with the mechanical disturbance under a low frequency alternating magnetic field. (3-aminopropyl)triethoxysilane (APTES) and bovine serum albumin (BSA) were separately used for coating NWs allowing further functionalization with DOX...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
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