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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107832/a-simple-method-to-produce-2d-and-3d-microfluidic-paper-based-analytical-devices-for-clinical-analysis
#1
Ricardo A G de Oliveira, Fiamma Camargo, Naira C Pesquero, Ronaldo Censi Faria
This paper describes the fabrication of 2D and 3D microfluidic paper-based analytical devices (μPADs) for monitoring glucose, total protein, and nitrite in blood serum and artificial urine. A new method of cutting and sealing filter paper to construct μPADs was demonstrated. Using an inexpensive home cutter printer soft cellulose-based filter paper was easily and precisely cut to produce pattern hydrophilic microchannels. 2D and 3D μPADs were designed with three detection zones each for the colorimetric detection of the analytes...
March 8, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106401/transmembrane-difference-in-colloid-osmotic-pressure-affects-the-lipid-membrane-fluidity-of-liposomes-encapsulating-a-concentrated-protein-solution
#2
Tomoko Kure, Hiromi Sakai
A hemoglobin vesicle (Hb-V) is an artificial oxygen carrier encapsulating a highly concentrated hemoglobin solution (40 g/dL) in a liposome. The in vivo safety and efficacy of Hb-V suspension as a transfusion alternative and structural stability during storage have been studied extensively. Because the intra-liposomal Hb aqueous solution can possess colloid osmotic pressure (COP, 200-300 Torr), which is much higher than that of blood plasma (20-25 Torr), a question arises of whether the lipid membrane senses the transmembrane difference in COP...
January 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105119/clinical-observation-on-the-treatment-of-acute-liver-failure-by-combined-non-biological-artificial-liver
#3
Maoqin Li, Jingxi Sun, Jiaqiong Li, Zaixiang Shi, Jiyuan Xu, Bo Lu, Shuli Cheng, Yanjun Xu, Xiaomeng Wang, Xianjiang Zhang
The clinical efficacy and safety of different combinations of non-bio artificial liver in the treatment of acute liver failure was examined. A total of 61 cases were selected under blood purification treatment from the patients with severe acute liver failure admitted to the severe disease department of the hospital from December, 2010 to December, 2015. Three types of artificial liver combinations were observed, i.e., plasma exchange plus hemoperfusion plus continuous venovenous hemodiafiltration (PE+HP+CVVHDF), PE+CVVHDF and HP+CVVHDF...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104124/enhancing-survival-of-human-hepatocytes-by-neonatal-thymectomy-and-partial-hepatectomy-in-micro-miniature-pigs
#4
H C Hsu, S Enosawa, T Yamazaki, S Tohyama, J Fujita, K Fukuda, E Kobayashi
BACKGROUND: With the goal of in vivo cultivation of human hepatocytes that have not been sufficient in full differentiation in vitro, the advantage of neonatal thymectomy was verified on expansion of xenogeneic human hepatocyte in the micro-miniature pig (MMP). METHODS: The thymus was excised immediately after the birth of the MMPs via cesarean section. Newborns were fed by artificial feeding under specific pathogen-free conditions. The thymectomized and nonthymectomized littermates were transplanted with human hepatocytes via a portal vein with or without partial hepatectomy at the MMP adult stage...
January 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093679/effect-of-single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-of-toll-like-receptor-4-tlr-4-on-reproductive-performance-and-immune-function-in-dairy-cows
#5
Takashi Shimizu, Yurie Kawasaki, Yuka Aoki, Fumie Magata, Chiho Kawashima, Akio Miyamoto
In dairy cows, inflammatory diseases caused by infection with pathogenic bacteria post calving affect ovarian functions. This study examined the relationship between single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4), reproductive performances [the number of artificial insemination (AI) application and days open], and immune cell functions (apoptosis and migration). Two hundred Holstein cows from the Obihiro University farm were included. The SNPs of TLR4 were genotyped by PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) method...
January 16, 2017: Biochemical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092151/issues-in-nutrition-carbohydrates
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Margaret E Thompson, Mary Barth Noel
Carbohydrates include sugars, starches, and dietary fibers. Resistant starches resemble fiber in their behavior in the intestinal tract, and may have positive effects on blood glucose levels and the gut microbiome. Fibers are classified as soluble and insoluble, but most fiber-containing foods contain a mixture of soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber has been shown to lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels. Many artificial sweeteners and other sugar substitutes are available. Most natural sources of sweeteners also are energy sources...
January 2017: FP Essentials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089920/g-protein-coupled-estrogen-receptor-mediated-non-genomic-facilitatory-effect-of-estrogen-on-cooling-induced-reduction-of-skin-blood-flow-in-mice
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Izumi Serizawa, Nozomi Iwasaki, Hirotake Ishida, Shin-Ya Saito, Tomohisa Ishikawa
An enhanced vasoconstrictor activity of cutaneous arteries participates in the reduction of skin blood flow induced by cooling stimulation. Raynaud's phenomenon, which is characterized by intense cooling-induced constriction of cutaneous arteries, is more common in women during the period from menarche to menopause. We thus investigated the effect of 17β-estradiol (E2) on cooling-induced reduction of plantar skin blood flow (PSBF) in mouse in vivo. Ovariectomized female ddY mice, anaesthetized with pentobarbital, were treated with tetrodotoxin for eliminating the sympathetic nerve tone and artificially ventilated...
January 12, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076883/in-vivo-feasibility-test-using-transparent-carbon-nanotube-coated-polydimethylsiloxane-sheet-at-brain-tissue-and-sciatic-nerve
#8
Caifeng Wang, Sangjin Oh, Hyun Ah Lee, Jieun Kang, Ki-Jae Jeong, Seon Woo Kang, Dae Youn Hwang, Jaebeom Lee
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs), with their unique and outstanding properties, such as strong mechanical strength and high electrical conductivity, have become very popular for the repair of tissues, particularly for those requiring electrical stimuli. Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)-based elastomers have been used in a wide range of biomedical applications because of their optical transparency, physiological inertness, blood compatibility, non-toxicity, and gas permeability. In present study, most of artificial nerve guidance conduits (ANGCs) are not transparent...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075489/cough-augmentation-techniques-for-extubation-or-weaning-critically-ill-patients-from-mechanical-ventilation
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REVIEW
Louise Rose, Neill Kj Adhikari, David Leasa, Dean A Fergusson, Douglas McKim
BACKGROUND: There are various reasons why weaning and extubation failure occur, but ineffective cough and secretion retention can play a significant role. Cough augmentation techniques, such as lung volume recruitment or manually- and mechanically-assisted cough, are used to prevent and manage respiratory complications associated with chronic conditions, particularly neuromuscular disease, and may improve short- and long-term outcomes for people with acute respiratory failure. However, the role of cough augmentation to facilitate extubation and prevent post-extubation respiratory failure is unclear...
January 11, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071889/enzyme-and-redox-dual-triggered-intracellular-release-from-actively-targeted-polymeric-micelles
#10
Lei Zhang, Yi Wang, Xiaobin Zhang, Xiao Wei, Xiang Xiong, Shaobing Zhou
Highly effective delivery of therapeutic agents into target cells using nanocarriers and subsequently rapid intracellular release are of great importance in cancer treatment. Here, we developed an enzyme and redox dual-responsive polymeric micelle with active targeting abilities to achieve rapid intracellular drug release. To overcome both its poor solubility in water and instability in the blood circulation, camptothecin (CPT) was chemically conjugated to monomethyl poly(ethylene glycol) (mPEG) via a redox-responsive linker to form polymeric prodrugs...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069606/proteolytic-properties-of-single-chain-factor-xii-a-mechanism-for-triggering-contact-activation
#11
Ivan Ivanov, Anton Matafonov, Mao-Fu Sun, Qiufang Cheng, S Kent Dickeson, Ingrid M Verhamme, Jonas Emsley, David Gailani
When blood is exposed to variety of artificial surfaces and biologic substances, the plasma proteins factor XII (FXII) and prekallikrein undergo reciprocal proteolytic conversion to the proteases αFXIIa and α-kallikrein by a process called contact activation. These enzymes contribute to host-defense responses including coagulation, inflammation, and fibrinolysis. The initiating event in contact activation is debated. To test the hypothesis that single-chain FXII expresses activity that could initiate contact activation, we prepared human FXII variants lacking the Arg353 cleavage site required for conversion to αFXIIa (FXII-R353A), or lacking the three known cleavage sites at Arg334, Arg343, and Arg353 (FXII-T, for "triple" mutant), and compared their properties to wild type αFXIIa...
January 9, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068552/biofortification-of-crops-with-nutrients-factors-affecting-utilization-and-storage
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REVIEW
Joana Díaz-Gómez, Richard M Twyman, Changfu Zhu, Gemma Farré, José Ce Serrano, Manuel Portero-Otin, Pilar Muñoz, Gerhard Sandmann, Teresa Capell, Paul Christou
Biofortification is an effective and economical method to improve the micronutrient content of crops, particularly staples that sustain human populations in developing countries. Whereas conventional fortification requires artificial additives, biofortification involves the synthesis or accumulation of nutrients by plants at source. Little is known about the relative merits of biofortification and artificial fortification in terms of nutrient bioaccessibility and bioavailability, and much depends on the biochemical nature of the nutrient, which can promote or delay uptake, and determine how efficiently different nutrients are transported through the blood, stored, and utilized...
January 6, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067267/polydatin-protects-the-respiratory-system-from-pm2-5-exposure
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Xiao-Dan Yan, Qi-Ming Wang, Cai Tie, Hong-Tao Jin, Yan-Xing Han, Jin-Lan Zhang, Xiao-Ming Yu, Qi Hou, Piao-Piao Zhang, Ai-Ping Wang, Pei-Cheng Zhang, Zhonggao Gao, Jian-Dong Jiang
Atmospheric particle is one of the risk factors for respiratory disease; however, their injury mechanisms are poorly understood, and prevention methods are highly desirable. We constructed artificial PM2.5 (aPM2.5) particles according to the size and composition of actual PM2.5 collected in Beijing. Using these artificial particles, we created an inhalation-injury animal model. These aPM2.5 particles simulate the physical and chemical characteristics of the actual PM2.5, and inhalation of the aPM2.5 in rat results in a time-dependent change in lung suggesting a declined lung function, injury from oxidative stress and inflammation in lung...
January 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065270/functional-study-of-the-vitamin-k-cycle-enzymes-in-live-cells
#14
J-K Tie, D W Stafford
Vitamin K-dependent carboxylation, an essential posttranslational modification catalyzed by gamma-glutamyl carboxylase, is required for the biological functions of proteins that control blood coagulation, vascular calcification, bone metabolism, and other important physiological processes. Concomitant with carboxylation, reduced vitamin K (KH2) is oxidized to vitamin K epoxide (KO). KO must be recycled back to KH2 by the enzymes vitamin K epoxide reductase and vitamin K reductase in a pathway known as the vitamin K cycle...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062831/glioblastoma-on-a-microfluidic-chip-generating-pseudopalisades-and-enhancing-aggressiveness-through-blood-vessel-obstruction-events
#15
Jose M Ayuso, Rosa Monge, Alicia Martínez-González, María Virumbrales-Muñoz, Guillermo A Llamazares, Javier Berganzo, Aurelio Hernández-Laín, Jorge Santolaria, Manuel Doblaré, Christopher Hubert, Jeremy N Rich, Pilar Sánchez-Gómez, Víctor M Pérez-García, Ignacio Ochoa, Luis J Fernández
BACKGROUND: Glioblastoma (GBM) is one of the most lethal tumor types. Hypercellular regions, named pseudopalisades, are characteristic in these tumors and have been hypothesized to be waves of migrating glioblastoma cells. These "waves" of cells are thought to be induced by oxygen and nutrient depletion caused by tumor-induced blood vessel occlusion. Although the universal presence of these structures in GBM tumors suggests that they may play an instrumental role in GBM's spread and invasion, the recreation of these structures in vitro has remained challenging...
January 6, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062319/nanomechanical-sensor-applied-to-blood-culture-pellets-a-fast-approach-to-determine-the-antibiotic-susceptibility-against-agents-of-bloodstream-infections
#16
Petar Stupar, Onya Opota, Giovanni Longo, Guy Prod'hom, Giovanni Dietler, Gilbert Greub, Sandor Kasas
OBJECTIVES: The management of bloodstream infection, a life-threatening disease, largely relies on early detection of infecting microorganisms and accurate determination of their antibiotic susceptibility, to reduce both mortality and morbidity. Recently, we developed a new technique based on atomic force microscopy, capable of detecting movements of biological samples at the nanoscale. Such sensor is able to monitor the response of bacteria to antibiotic's pressure, allowing a fast and versatile susceptibility test...
January 3, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060528/-learning-can-improve-the-blood-glucose-control-performance-for-type-1-diabetes-mellitus
#17
Youqing Wang, Jinping Zhang, Fanmao Zeng, Na Wang, Xiaoping Chen, Bo Zhang, Dong Zhao, Wenying Yang, Claudio Cobelli
BACKGROUND: A learning-type artificial pancreas has been proposed to exploit the repetitive nature in the blood glucose dynamics. We clinically evaluated the efficacy of the learning-type artificial pancreas. METHODS: We conducted a pilot clinical study in 10 participants of mean age 36.1 years (standard deviation [SD] 12.7; range 16-58) with type 1 diabetes. Each trial was conducted for eight consecutive mornings. The first two mornings were open-loop to obtain the individualized parameters...
January 2017: Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053529/co-self-assembly-of-cationic-microparticles-to-deliver-pegfp-znf580-for-promoting-the-transfection-and-migration-of-endothelial-cells
#18
Yakai Feng, Mengyang Guo, Wen Liu, Xuefang Hao, Wei Lu, Xiangkui Ren, Changcan Shi, Wencheng Zhang
The gene transfection efficiency of polyethylenimine (PEI) varies with its molecular weight. Usually, high molecular weight of PEI means high gene transfection, as well as high cytotoxicity in gene delivery in vivo. In order to enhance the transfection efficiency and reduce the cytotoxicity of PEI-based gene carriers, a novel cationic gene carrier was developed by co-self-assembly of cationic copolymers. First, a star-shaped copolymer poly(3(S)-methyl-morpholine-2,5-dione-co-lactide) (P(MMD-co-LA)) was synthesized using D-sorbitol as an initiator, and the cationic copolymer (P(MMD-co-LA)-g-PEI) was obtained after grafting low-molecular weight PEI...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050687/the-role-of-multidrug-resistance-protein-mrp-1-as-an-active-efflux-transporter-on-blood-brain-barrier-bbb-permeability
#19
Karthik Lingineni, Vilas Belekar, Sujit R Tangadpalliwar, Prabha Garg
Drugs acting on central nervous system (CNS) may take longer duration to reach the market as these compounds have a higher attrition rate in clinical trials due to the complexity of the brain, side effects, and poor blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeability compared to non-CNS-acting compounds. The roles of active efflux transporters with BBB are still unclear. The aim of the present work was to develop a predictive model for BBB permeability that includes the MRP-1 transporter, which is considered as an active efflux transporter...
January 3, 2017: Molecular Diversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043340/using-real-time-pcr-to-identify-pregnancy-associated-glycoprotein-2-pag-2-in-water-buffalo-bubalus-bubalis-blood-in-early-pregnancy
#20
O Barbato, G Guelfi, V L Barile, L Menchetti, C Tortiello, C Canali, G Brecchia, G Traina, J F Beckers, N Melo de Sousa
This study investigates for the first time mRNA pregnancy-associated glycoprotein 2 (PAG-2) expression in blood cells during early pregnancy in water buffalo. The PAGs constitute a large family of glycoproteins expressed in the outer epithelial layer of the placenta in eutherian species. All PAGs are not concomitantly expressed throughout pregnancy; some of them are expressed in the earlier phases, whereas others appear later and are expressed over a shorter period. Twenty-one lactating buffaloes were analyzed-17 females were synchronized with PRID and artificially inseminated (AI), whereas four females were synchronized but not inseminated (control group)...
February 2017: Theriogenology
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