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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214733/flexible-camphor-diamond-like-carbon-coating-on-polyurethane-to-prevent-candida-albicans-biofilm-growth
#1
Thaisa B Santos, Angela A Vieira, Luciana O Paula, Everton D Santos, Polyana A Radi, Sônia Khouri, Homero S Maciel, Rodrigo S Pessoa, Lucia Vieira
Camphor was incorporated in diamond-like carbon (DLC) films to prevent the Candida albicans yeasts fouling on polyurethane substrates, which is a material commonly used for catheter manufacturing. The camphor:DLC and DLC film for this investigation was produced by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD), using an apparatus based on the flash evaporation of organic liquid (hexane) containing diluted camphor for camphor:DLC and hexane/methane, mixture for DLC films. The film was deposited at a low temperature of less than 25°C...
February 16, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211996/alternating-current-electrophoretic-deposition-for-the-immobilization-of-antimicrobial-agents-on-titanium-implant-surfaces
#2
Annabel Braem, Katrijn De Brucker, Nicolas Delattin, Manuela Sonja Killian, Maarten B J Roeffaers, Tomohiko Yoshioka, Satoshi Hayakawa, Patrik Schmuki, Bruno P A Cammue, Sannakaisa Virtanen, Karin Thevissen, Bram Neirinck
One prominent cause of implant failure is infection, therefore research is focusing on developing surface coatings that render the surface resistant to colonization by micro-organisms. Permanently attached coatings of antimicrobial molecules are of particular interest because of the reduced cytoxicity and lower risk of developing resistance compared to controlled release coatings. In this study, we focus on the chemical grafting of bioactive molecules on titanium. To concentrate the molecules at the metallic implant surface, we propose electrophoretic deposition (EPD) applying alternating current (AC) signals with an asymmetrical wave shape...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209525/stromal-vascular-fraction-shows-robust-wound-healing-through-high-chemotactic-and-epithelialization-property
#3
Dong-Sic Chae, Seongho Han, Mina Son, Sung-Whan Kim
BACKGROUND: Although human stromal vascular fraction (SVF) has been regarded as an attractive stem cell source, its therapeutic mechanism in wound healing has not been fully elucidated. AIMS: In this study, we investigated the molecular characteristics and therapeutic property of SVF for wound healing. METHODS: Microarray data showed that SVF cells are enriched with a higher level of wound healing or epithelium development-related genes and micro RNA...
February 13, 2017: Cytotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209111/prolonged-course-of-hepatic-granulomatous-disease-due-to-bartonella-henselae-infection
#4
S De Keukeleire, J Geldof, F De Clerck, S Vandecasteele, M Reynders, M Orlent
Cat-scratch disease (CSD) is an emerging zoonosis caused by Bartonella henselae. The disease is usually self-limiting and typically presents in about 90% of all cases as a subacute regional lymphadenopathy. We present a case report of an unusual CSD presentation, persistent hepatic granulomatous disease due to Bartonella henselae infection despite combination therapy with doxycycline and rifampicin. Furthermore, a review of literature was conducted. (Acta gastroenterol. belg., 2016, 79, 497-499).
September 2016: Acta Gastro-enterologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208011/glucosylsphingosine-activates-serotonin-receptor-2a-and-2b-implication-of-a-novel-itch-signaling-pathway
#5
Ramsha Afzal, Won-Sik Shim
Recent reports claimed that glucosylsphingosine (GS) is highly accumulated and specifically evoking itch-scratch responses in the skins of atopic dermatitis (AD) patients. However, it was unclear how GS can trigger itch-scratch responses, since there were no known molecular singling pathways revealed yet. In the present study, it was verified for the first time that GS can activate mouse serotonin receptor 2a (mHtr2a) and 2b (mHtr2b), but not 2c (mHtr2c) that are expressed in HEK293T cells. Specifically, effects of GS on all mouse serotonin receptor 2 subfamily were evaluated by calcium imaging techniques...
February 17, 2017: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204820/hypoxia-enhances-the-wound-healing-potential-of-adipose-derived-stem-cells-in-a-novel-human-primary-keratinocyte-based-scratch-assay
#6
Simone Riis, Rhonda Newman, Hilal Ipek, Jens I Andersen, David Kuninger, Shayne Boucher, Mohan C Vemuri, Cristian P Pennisi, Vladimir Zachar, Trine Fink
Preclinical studies have suggested that paracrine factors from adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs) promote the healing of chronic wounds, and that the exposure of ASCs to hypoxia enhances their wound healing effect. To aid the translation of these findings into clinical use, robust wound models are necessary to explore each aspect of wound healing. The aspect of re-epithelization is often studied in a scratch assay based on transformed keratinocytes. However, there are concerns regarding the validity of this model, since these cell lines differ from normal keratinocytes, both in terms of proliferative capacity and differentiation, and sensitivity to environmental cues...
March 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204814/fisetin-regulates-astrocyte-migration-and-proliferation-in%C3%A2-vitro
#7
Nan Wang, Fang Yao, Ke Li, Lanlan Zhang, Guo Yin, Mingjun Du, Bingyi Wu
Fisetin (3,3',4',7-tetrahydroxyflavone) is a plant flavonol found in fruits and vegetables that has been reported to inhibit migration and proliferation in several types of cancer. Reactive astrogliosis involves astrocyte migration and proliferation, and contributes to the formation of glial scars in central nervous system (CNS) disorders. However, the effect of fisetin on the migration and proliferation of astrocytes remains unclear. In this study, we found that fisetin inhibited astrocyte migration in a scratch-wound assay and diminished the phosphorylation of focal adhesion kinase (FAK; Tyr576/577 and paxillin (Tyr118)...
February 15, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202352/amino-acid-transporter-slc38a3-promotes-metastasis-of-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-cells-by-activating-pdk1
#8
Yanhui Wang, Li Fu, Minqing Cui, Yongbin Wang, Yan Xu, Molin Li, Jun Mi
BACKGROUND: Tumor metastasis is a finely-tuned pathological process coupled to metabolic reprogramming that includes both glutamine and glucose. The solute carrier SLC38A3, a member of amino acid/polyamine/organocation (APC) superfamily, is an L-glutamine transporter. It is not clear whether SLC38A3 involves the metastasis of NSCLC (non small cell lung cancer). METHODS: The scratch test and transwell assay were used to determine the ability of NSCLC to migrate. Cellular amino acids content was determined by mass spectrometry...
February 12, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202050/cd73-promotes-proliferation-and-migration-of-human-cervical-cancer-cells-independent-of-its-enzyme-activity
#9
Zhao-Wei Gao, Hui-Ping Wang, Fang Lin, Xi Wang, Min Long, Hui-Zhong Zhang, Ke Dong
BACKGROUND: CD73 has both enzymatic and non-enzymatic functions in cells. As a nucleotidase, CD73 plays its enzymatic function by catalyzing the hydrolysis of AMP into adenosine and phosphate. In addition to this, accumulating data have shown that CD73 is a key regulatory molecule involved in cancer growth and metastasis, but this non-enzymatic function of CD73 in cervical cancer cells has not been well studied. METHODS: CD73 was overexpressed by pcDNA-NT5E expression vector transfection in Hela and SiHa cells...
February 15, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201917/parallel-tempering-monte-carlo-combined-with-clustering-euclidean-metric-analysis-to-study-the-thermodynamic-stability-of-lennard-jones-nanoclusters
#10
Henrique M Cezar, Gustavo G Rondina, Juarez L F Da Silva
A basic requirement for an atom-level understanding of nanoclusters is the knowledge of their atomic structure. This understanding is incomplete if it does not take into account temperature effects, which play a crucial role in phase transitions and changes in the overall stability of the particles. Finite size particles present intricate potential energy surfaces, and rigorous descriptions of temperature effects are best achieved by exploiting extended ensemble algorithms, such as the Parallel Tempering Monte Carlo (PTMC)...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199763/disseminated-cat-scratch-disease-presenting-as-nausea-diarrhea-and-weight-loss-without-fever-in-a-heart-transplant-recipient
#11
Annukka A R Antar, Amit Goyal, Karly Murphy, Matthew Schimmel, Nisha A Gilotra, Isabella Martin, Genevieve Marie Crane, Christopher Sciortino, Robin K Avery, Brian A Houston
We report the case of an afebrile 59-year-old heart transplant recipient presenting with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and diffuse lymphadenopathy. Lymph node biopsies revealed non-caseating granulomatous inflammation. Cat-scratch disease was confirmed by serologic studies, Warthin-Starry staining, and polymerase chain reaction testing of lymph node tissue. The patient's symptoms resolved with 3 months of doxycycline. We review clinical presentations of Bartonella henselae infection in and review diagnostic approaches for B...
February 15, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198191/development-of-water-triggered-chitosan-film-containing-glucamylase-for-sustained-release-of-resveratrol
#12
Dongliang Zhang, Yanfei Cao, Chengye Ma, Shanfeng Chen, Hongjun Li
There was a paradox to incorporate enzyme into edible chitosan film that chitosan was dissolved in acid solution and enzyme activity was maintained in mild condition. This study presents a suitable method for maintaining the pH of the chitosan solution at 4-6 to prepare a sustained-release film containing β-cyclodextrin, resveratrol-β-cyclodextrin inclusion (RCI), glucamylase and acetic acid. A considerable amount of resveratrol was released by the glucamylase-incorporated film within 15 days, and the maximum amount released was 46% of the total resveratrol content...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197641/m%C3%A3-llerian-inhibiting-substance-inhibits-an-ovarian-cancer-cell-line-via-%C3%AE-catenin-interacting-protein-deregulation-of-the-wnt-signal-pathway
#13
Sang Ho Park, Youn Jee Chung, Jae Yen Song, Sang Il Kim, David Pépin, David T MacLaughlin, Patricia K Donahoe, Jang Heub Kim
Müllerian inhibiting substance/anti-Müllerian hormone (MIS/AMH) has been suggested as a biotherapeutic agent in gynecological cancers that highly express the MIS/AMH type II receptors (MISRII/AMHRII) but the anticancer mechanisms by which MIS/AMH acts are not fully understood. Our experiments show that MIS/AMH inhibits ovarian cancer by deregulating the Wnt signal pathway via the β-catenin interacting protein (ICAT). MIS/AMH inhibition of ICAT by small interfering RNAs (siRNA) decreased ICAT driven ovarian cancer cell viability as measured by the methylthiazoltetrazolium assay, reversed cell cycle arrest and annexin V expression and diminished migration by scratch wound assay...
March 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191776/clinical-grade-isolated-human-kidney-perivascular-stromal-cells-as-an-organotypic-cell-source-for-kidney-regenerative-medicine
#14
Daniëlle G Leuning, Marlies E J Reinders, Joan Li, Anna J Peired, Ellen Lievers, Hetty C de Boer, Willem E Fibbe, Paola Romagnani, Cees van Kooten, Melissa H Little, Marten A Engelse, Ton J Rabelink
Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) are immunomodulatory and tissue homeostatic cells that have shown beneficial effects in kidney diseases and transplantation. Perivascular stromal cells (PSCs) identified within several different organs share characteristics of bone marrow-derived MSCs (BM-MSCs). These PSCs may also possess tissue-specific properties and play a role in local tissue homeostasis. We hypothesized that human kidney-derived PSCs (hkPSCs) would elicit improved kidney repair in comparison with BM-MSCs...
February 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191683/immediate-type-allergic-and-protease-mediated-reactions-are-involved-in-scratching-behavior-induced-by-topical-application-of-dermatophagoides-farinae-extract-in-nc-nga-mice
#15
Yoshihito Yamada, Yuhki Ueda, Aki Nakamura, Shoji Kanayama, Rie Tamura, Kei Hashimoto, Tatsumi Matsumoto, Ritsuko Ishii
Atopic dermatitis (AD)-like dermatitis can be induced by repeated topical application of an ointment containing Dermatophagoides farinae body (Dfb) extract in NC/Nga mice. This AD-like murine model also exhibits a biphasic increase in the number of scratching behavior after topical application of Dfb ointment. In this study, we investigated the possible mechanisms underlying the scratching behavior in each phase. An increase in the content of mast cell derived mediators such as histamine and 5-hydroxytryptamine in the lesional skin and increased vascular permeability were observed in the early phase after the Dfb ointment application...
February 13, 2017: Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187911/what-kaplan-meier-survival-curves-don-t-tell-us-about-cns-disease
#16
Katelyn D Miller, Glenn F Rall
Central nervous system consequences of viral infections are rare, but when they do occur, they are often serious and clinically challenging to manage. Our awareness of the perils of neuroinvasion by viruses is growing: the recently appreciated impact of Ebola and Zika virus infections on CNS integrity, decreases in vaccination coverage for potentially neurotropic viruses such as measles, and increased neurovirulence of some influenza strains collectively highlight the need for a better understanding of the viral-neural interaction...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Neuroimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186468/nocifensive-behaviors-in-mice-with-radiation-induced-oral-mucositis
#17
Michael W Nolan, C Tyler Long, Karen L Marcus, Shayan Sarmadi, Donald M Roback, Tomoki Fukuyama, Wolfgang Baeumer, B Duncan X Lascelles
Oral mucositis can result in significant dysphagia, and is the most common dose-limiting acute toxicity in head and neck cancer patients receiving chemoradiotherapy. There is a critical need to determine the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie radiotherapy-associated discomfort in patients with mucositis. The objective was to induce oral mucositis in mice, using a clinical linear accelerator, and to quantify resultant discomfort, and characterize peripheral sensitization. A clinical linear accelerator was used to deliver ionizing radiation to the oral cavity of mice...
February 10, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183072/alternative-therapies-for-excoriation-skin-picking-disorder-a-brief-update
#18
Julio Torales, Iván Barrios, Jorge Villalba
Context • Excoriation (skin picking) disorder is characterized by the need or urge to pick, scratch, pinch, touch, rub, scrub, squeeze, bite, or dig the skin, and it can be a perplexing condition for the inexperienced physician. Treatments include pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy, and alternative therapies. Alternative therapies for excoriation disorder and other body-focused repetitive behaviors include yoga, aerobic exercise, acupuncture, biofeedback, hypnosis, and inositol and N-acetylcysteine, among others...
January 2017: Advances in Mind-body Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182175/diverse-clinical-signs-of-ocular-involvement-in-cat-scratch-disease
#19
Merih Oray, Sumru Önal, Aylin Koç Akbay, İlknur Tuğal Tutkun
OBJECTIVES: To describe ocular manifestations, diagnosis, and treatment of cat scratch disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Clinical records of patients with ocular cat scratch disease were reviewed. RESULTS: Thirteen eyes of 10 patients (7 female, 3 male) with a mean age of 26.9±18.5 years were included. Nine patients had a history of cat contact and had systemic symptoms associated with cat scratch disease 2-90 days prior to the ocular symptoms...
January 2017: Turkish Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179293/prostate-transglutaminase-tgase-4-induces-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-in-prostate-cancer-cells
#20
Richard J Ablin, Sioned Owen, Wen G Jiang
: More men die with prostate cancer (PCa) than from it. However, once PCa is no longer organ-confined, it is associated with significant mortality. Epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is one mechanism facilitating progression in cancer. Our studies of transglutaminase-4 (TGase-4), a member of the TGase family, expressed in the prostate gland, have implicated it in the regulation of the invasive properties of PCa. The present study investigated the role of TGase-4 on EMT of PCa cells...
2017: Anticancer Research
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