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March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448124/bioinspired-engineering-of-poly-ethylene-glycol-hydrogels-and-natural-protein-fibers-for-layered-heart-valve-constructs
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Qian Li, Yun Bai, Tao Jin, Shuo Wang, Wei Cui, Ilinca Stanciulescu, Rui Yang, Hemin Nie, Linshan Wang, Xing Zhang
Layered constructs from poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) hydrogels and chicken eggshell membranes (ESMs) are fabricated, which can be further crosslinked by glutaraldehyde (GA) to form GA-PEG-ESM composites. Our results indicate that ESMs composed of protein fibrous networks show elastic moduli ~3.3-5.0 MPa and elongation percentages ~47-56%, close to human heart valve leaflets. Finite element simulations reveal obvious stress concentration on a partial number of fibers in the GA-crosslinked ESM (GA-ESM) samples, which can be alleviated by efficient stress distribution among multiple layers of ESMs embedded in PEG hydrogels...
April 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447929/five-year-follow-up-on-transplanted-organs-from-donors-after-brain-death-after-acute-stroke
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Vera Spatenkova, Eva Pokorna, Petr Suchomel
OBJECTIVES: Efficient intensive care donor management can help alleviate the shortage of organs for transplant. The aim of this study was to investigate the efficiency of management of donors after brain death from our neurointensive care unit. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a prospective observational 5-year follow-up on 29 transplanted organs from 14 brain-dead donors after acute stroke (7 subarachnoid and 4 intracerebral hemorrhages, 3 ischemic strokes)...
April 27, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428346/sugar-and-artificially-sweetened-beverages-and-the-risks-of-incident-stroke-and-dementia-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Matthew P Pase, Jayandra J Himali, Alexa S Beiser, Hugo J Aparicio, Claudia L Satizabal, Ramachandran S Vasan, Sudha Seshadri, Paul F Jacques
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Sugar- and artificially-sweetened beverage intake have been linked to cardiometabolic risk factors, which increase the risk of cerebrovascular disease and dementia. We examined whether sugar- or artificially sweetened beverage consumption was associated with the prospective risks of incident stroke or dementia in the community-based Framingham Heart Study Offspring cohort. METHODS: We studied 2888 participants aged >45 years for incident stroke (mean age 62 [SD, 9] years; 45% men) and 1484 participants aged >60 years for incident dementia (mean age 69 [SD, 6] years; 46% men)...
May 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424884/principle-and-basic-property-of-the-sequential-flow-pump
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Shintaro Hara, Erina Maeno, Xinyang Li, Terumi Yurimoto, Takashi Isoyama, Itsuro Saito, Toshiya Ono, Yusuke Abe
In the emergency care field, early treatment of acute heart or respiratory failure has been a global concern. In severe cases, patients are frequently required to be on an extracorporeal membrane oxygenator (ECMO) life support. To make the ECMO system more compact and portable, we proposed a sequential flow-type centrifugal pump named the sequential flow pump (SFP). In this study, principle and basic properties of this novel blood pump were examined by computational fluid dynamic (CFD) analysis and an experimental model...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Artificial Organs: the Official Journal of the Japanese Society for Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419946/water-immiscible-bioinert-coatings-and-film-formation-from-aqueous-dispersions-of-poly-2-methoxyethyl-acrylate-microspheres
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Takuma Kureha, Seina Hiroshige, Shusuke Matsui, Daisuke Suzuki
Poly(2-methoxyethyl acrylate) (pMEA) microspheres are prepared through facile free-radical polymerization in water without additives and impurities, such as surfactants, other polymers, and organic solvents, which are usually used to synthesize pMEA chains. Clean and pure (non-factionalized and non-cross-linking) pMEA microspheres exhibit plasma-protein adsorption resistances on their surface regardless of their charged state. They are characterized in terms of the adsorbed amounts of proteins at pH 7. In addition, these soft and deformable pMEA microspheres are suitable for forming substrates coated with pMEA microspheres and free-standing films by injecting pMEA dispersion and evaporating the aqueous medium through fusion between the pMEA chains at the surface without the precoating agent and cross-linker...
April 10, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416836/-comparison-between-flexible-laryngeal-mask-airway-and-reinforced-tracheal-tube-used-for-lumbar-vertebral-surgery-in-prone-position
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Y L Zheng, W F Song, D X Wang
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the safety and feasibility of flexible laryngeal mask airway (FLMA) for lumbar vertebral surgery in prone position. METHODS: In the study, 120 adult patients scheduled for lumbar vertebral surgery under intravenous general anesthesia were divided into group FLMA and reinforced tracheal tube (RTT) group at random. Heart rate (HR), systolic blood pressure (SBP) and diastolic blood pressure (DBP) were recorded at the beginning of anesthesia induction (T0) and on the time of artificial airway intubation (T1), 1 min after intubation (T2), extubation (T3), 1 min after extubation (T4) as well...
April 18, 2017: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416382/isolation-pathogenicity-and-characterization-of-a-novel-bacterial-pathogen-streptococcus-uberis-from-diseased-mandarin-fish-siniperca-chuatsi
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Xia Luo, Xiaozhe Fu, Guoli Liao, Ouqin Chang, Zhibin Huang, Ningqiu Li
In recent years, mandarin fish had a high mortality rate associated with abnormal swimming, exophthalmia, corneal opacity and eye hemorrhage on a fish farm located at Foshan city, Guangdong province, China. Three isolates of Gram-positive, chain-forming cocci were recovered from moribund fish, and designated as SS131025-1, SS131025-2, and SS131025-3. These isolates were identified as Streptococcus uberis according to their morphologic and physio-biochemical characteristics as well as phylogenetic analysis based on their 16S rRNA and GapC gene sequences...
April 14, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414752/an-angiogenesis-platform-using-a-cubic-artificial-eggshell-with-patterned-blood-vessels-on-chicken-chorioallantoic-membrane
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Wenjing Huang, Makoto Itayama, Fumihito Arai, Katsuko S Furukawa, Takashi Ushida, Tomohiro Kawahara
The chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) containing tiny blood vessels is an alternative to large animals for studies involving angiogenesis and tissue engineering. However, there is no technique to design the direction of growing blood vessels on the CAM at the microscale level for tissue engineering experiments. Here, a methodology is provided to direct blood vessel formation on the surface of a three-dimensional egg yolk using a cubic artificial eggshell with six functionalized membranes. A structure on the lateral side of the eggshell containing a straight channel and an interlinked chamber was designed, and the direction and formation area of blood vessels with blood flow was artfully defined by channels with widths of 70-2000 μm, without sharply reducing embryo viability...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413047/a-homolog-of-teleostean-signal-transducer-and-activator-of-transcription-3-stat3-from-rock-bream-oplegnathus-fasciatus-structural-insights-transcriptional-modulation-and-subcellular-localization
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S D N K Bathige, William Shanthakumar Thulasitha, Navaneethaiyer Umasuthan, J D H E Jayasinghe, Qiang Wan, Bo-Hye Nam, Jehee Lee
Signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) is one of the crucial transcription factors in the Janus kinase (JAK)/STAT signaling pathway, and it was previously considered as acute phase response factor. A number of interleukins (ILs) such as IL-5, IL-6, IL-9, IL-10, IL-12, and IL-22 are known to be involved in activation of STAT3. In addition, various growth factors and pathogenic or oxidative stresses mediate the activation of a wide range of functions via STAT3. In this study, a STAT3 homolog was identified and functionally characterized from rock bream (RbSTAT3), Oplegnathus fasciatus...
April 2017: Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406700/moderate-exercise-based-on-artificial-gravity-preserves-orthostatic-tolerance-and-exercise-capacity-during-short-term-head-down-bed-rest
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Xiao-Tao Li, Chang-Bin Yang, Yong-Sheng Zhu, Jing Sun, Fei Shi, Yong-Chun Wang, Yuan Gao, Jiang-Dong Zhao, Xi-Qing Sun
Numerous countermeasures have been proposed to minimize microgravity-induced physical deconditioning, but their benefits are limited. The present study aimed to investigate whether personalized aerobic exercise based on artificial gravity (AG) mitigates multisystem physical deconditioning. Fourteen men were assigned to the control group (n=6) and the countermeasure group (CM, n=8). Subjects in the CM group were exposed to AG (2Gz at foot level) for 30 min twice daily, during which time cycling exercise of 80-95% anaerobic threshold (AT) intensity was undertaken...
April 12, 2017: Physiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402148/should-modulation-of-p50-be-a-therapeutic-target-in-the-critically-ill
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Amudan J Srinivasan, Clare Morkane, Daniel S Martin, Ian J Welsby
A defining feature of human hemoglobin is its oxygen binding affinity, quantified by the partial pressure of oxygen at which hemoglobin is 50% saturated (p50), and the variability of this parameter over a range of physiological and environmental states. Modulation of this property of hemoglobin can directly affect the degree of peripheral oxygen offloading and tissue oxygenation. Areas covered: This review summarizes the role of hemoglobin oxygen affinity in normal and abnormal physiology and discusses the current state of the literature regarding artificial modulation of p50...
April 12, 2017: Expert Review of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394938/words-from-spontaneous-conversational-speech-can-be-recognized-with-human-like-accuracy-by-an-error-driven-learning-algorithm-that-discriminates-between-meanings-straight-from-smart-acoustic-features-bypassing-the-phoneme-as-recognition-unit
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Denis Arnold, Fabian Tomaschek, Konstantin Sering, Florence Lopez, R Harald Baayen
Sound units play a pivotal role in cognitive models of auditory comprehension. The general consensus is that during perception listeners break down speech into auditory words and subsequently phones. Indeed, cognitive speech recognition is typically taken to be computationally intractable without phones. Here we present a computational model trained on 20 hours of conversational speech that recognizes word meanings within the range of human performance (model 25%, native speakers 20-44%), without making use of phone or word form representations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391521/generating-pulsatility-by-pump-speed-modulation-with-continuous-flow-total-artificial-heart-in-awake-calves
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Kiyotaka Fukamachi, Jamshid H Karimov, Gengo Sunagawa, David J Horvath, Nicole Byram, Barry D Kuban, Raymond Dessoffy, Shiva Sale, Leonard A R Golding, Nader Moazami
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of sinusoidal pump speed modulation of the Cleveland Clinic continuous-flow total artificial heart (CFTAH) on hemodynamics and pump flow in an awake chronic calf model. The sinusoidal pump speed modulations, performed on the day of elective sacrifice, were set at ±15 and ± 25% of mean pump speed at 80 bpm in four awake calves with a CFTAH. The systemic and pulmonary arterial pulse pressures increased to 12.0 and 12.3 mmHg (±15% modulation) and to 15...
April 8, 2017: Journal of Artificial Organs: the Official Journal of the Japanese Society for Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383772/aberrant-expression-of-mico1-and-mico1os-in-deceased-somatic-cell-nuclear-transfer-calves
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Guan-Nan Wang, Wen-Zhi Yang, Da Xu, Dong-Jie Li, Cui Zhang, Wei-Na Chen, Shi-Jie Li
Incomplete reprogramming of a donor nucleus following somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) results in aberrant expression of developmentally important genes, and is the primary source of the phenotypic abnormalities observed in cloned animals. Expression of non-coding RNAs in the murine Dlk1-Dio3 imprinted domain was previously shown to correlate with the pluripotency of mouse induced pluripotent stem cells. In this study, we examined the transcription of the bovine orthologs from this locus, MICO1 (Maternal intergenic circadian oscillating 1) and MICO1OS (MICO1 opposite strand), in tissues from artificially inseminated and SCNT calves that died during the perinatal period...
April 6, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379176/ostreolysin-a-pleurotolysin-b-and-equinatoxins-structure-function-and-pathophysiological-effects-of-these-pore-forming-proteins
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Robert Frangež, Dušan Šuput, Jordi Molgó, Evelyne Benoit
Acidic ostreolysin A/pleurotolysin B (OlyA/PlyB, formerly known as ostreolysin (Oly), and basic 20 kDa equinatoxins (EqTs) are cytolytic proteins isolated from the edible mushroom Pleurotus ostreatus and the sea anemone Actinia equina, respectively. Both toxins, although from different sources, share many similar biological activities: (i) colloid-osmotic shock by forming pores in cellular and artificial membranes enriched in cholesterol and sphingomyelin; (ii) increased vascular endothelial wall permeability in vivo and perivascular oedema; (iii) dose-dependent contraction of coronary vessels; (iv) haemolysis with pronounced hyperkalaemia in vivo; (v) bradycardia, myocardial ischemia and ventricular extrasystoles accompanied by progressive fall of arterial blood pressure and respiratory arrest in rodents...
April 5, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376837/heartmate-3-fully-magnetically-levitated-left-ventricular-assist-device-for-the-treatment-of-advanced-heart-failure-1%C3%A2-year-results-from-the-ce-mark-trial
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Thomas Krabatsch, Ivan Netuka, Jan D Schmitto, Daniel Zimpfer, Jens Garbade, Vivek Rao, Michiel Morshuis, Friedhelm Beyersdorf, Silvana Marasco, Laura Damme, Yuriy Pya
BACKGROUND: The HeartMate 3 Left Ventricular Assist System (LVAS) (St. Jude Medical Inc., St Paul, MN) with full magnetic levitation allows for wide and consistent blood flow paths and an artificial pulse designed for enhanced hemocompatibility. The HeartMate 3 received market approval in the European Union in 2015 following completion of a multicenter study. After reaching the 6-month study endpoint, patients continue to be followed for 2 years with the 1-year results presented herein...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375841/a-mock-heart-engineered-with-helical-aramid-fibers-for-in-vitro-cardiovascular-device-testing
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So-Hyun Jansen-Park, Po-Lin Hsu, Indra Müller, Ulrich Steinseifer, Dirk Abel, Rüdiger Autschbach, Rolf Rossaint, Thomas Schmitz-Rode
Mock heart circulation loops (MHCLs) serve as in-vitro platforms to investigate the physiological interaction between circulatory systems and cardiovascular devices. A mock heart (MH) engineered with silicone walls and helical aramid fibers, to mimic the complex contraction of a natural heart, has been developed to advance the MHCL previously developed in our group. A mock aorta with an anatomical shape enables the evaluation of a cannulation method for ventricular assist devices (VADs) and investigation of the usage of clinical measurement systems like pressure-volume catheters...
April 1, 2017: Biomedizinische Technik. Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372282/stem-cells-cardiac-patch-from-decellularized-umbilical-artery-improved-heart-function-after-myocardium-infarction
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Na Li, RanRan Huang, XiaoXia Zhang, Yi Xin, Jia Li, YiMin Huang, Wei Cui, Jean-Francois Stoltz, YuJie Zhou, QingYu Kong
The construction of the high biocompatible biomaterials pretreated with MSC offers a promising strategy to improve the effects of stem cell therapy for the myocardial infarction (MI). However, assembling vascularized three-dimensional (3-D) myocardial tissues remains an enormous challenge. In this study, we optimized the decellularization protocol with the umbilical artery to construct microporous 3-D scaffold which is suitable for the stem cells (SC) proliferation. The SD rats underwent proximal left coronary ligation and a 5-mm diameter microporous SC patch was implanted directly on the infarct area (SC patch group)...
2017: Bio-medical Materials and Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371771/ecg-based-classification-of-resuscitation-cardiac-rhythms-for-retrospective-data-analysis
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Ali Bahrami Rad, Trygve Eftestol, Kjersti Engan, Unai Irusta, Jan Terje Kvaloy, Jo Kramer-Johansen, Lars Wik, Aggelos K Katsaggelos
There is a need to monitor the heart rhythm in resuscitation to improve treatment quality. Resuscitation rhythms are categorized into: ventricular tachycardia (VT), ventricular fibrillation (VF), pulseless electrical activity (PEA), asystole (AS), and pulse-generating rhythm (PR). Manual annotation of rhythms is time-consuming and infeasible for large datasets. Our objective was to develop ECG-based algorithms for the retrospective and automatic classification of resuscitation cardiac rhythms. METHODS: The dataset consisted of 1631 3- second ECG segments with clinical rhythm annotations, obtained from 298 out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients...
March 30, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
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