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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723112/surfen-assembled-graphene-oxide-for-fluorescence-turn-on-detection-of-sulfated-glycosaminoglycans-in-biological-matrix
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Yen-Ting Wang, Wei-Lung Tseng
Sulfated glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) not only serve as a biomarker for mucopolysaccharidoses disease but also participate in various biological processes, such as blood clot medication (heparin) and signal transduction (heparan sulfate). However, few fluorescent sensors, such as 1,9-dimethylmethylene blue, have been developed for the detection of sulfated GAGs in the real world. Herein, we fabricated a surfen/few-layer graphene oxide (FLGO) nanocomplex for sensing sulfated GAGs in biological fluids. Surfen molecules are self-assembled onto the surface of FLGO through electrostatic attraction, and their fluorescence was then quenched by the creation of the FLGO-surfen complex (static quenching) and partially combined with the energy transfer from surfen to FLGO (dynamic quenching)...
June 23, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722140/erythrocyte-membrane-enveloped-perfluorocarbon-as-nanoscale-artificial-red-blood-cells-to-relieve-tumor-hypoxia-and-enhance-cancer-radiotherapy
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Min Gao, Chao Liang, Xuejiao Song, Qian Chen, Qiutong Jin, Chao Wang, Zhuang Liu
Hypoxia, a common feature within many types of solid tumors, is known to be closely associated with limited efficacy for cancer therapies, including radiotherapy (RT) in which oxygen is essential to promote radiation-induced cell damage. Here, an artificial nanoscale red-blood-cell system is designed by encapsulating perfluorocarbon (PFC), a commonly used artificial blood substitute, within biocompatible poly(d,l-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA), obtaining PFC@PLGA nanoparticles, which are further coated with a red-blood-cell membrane (RBCM)...
July 19, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719441/fourteen-day-in-vivo-testing-of-a-compliant-thoracic-artificial-lung
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David J Skoog, Joshua R Pohlmann, David S Demos, Christopher N Scipione, Amit Iyengar, Rebecca E Schewe, Ahmed B Suhaib, Kelly L Koch, Keith E Cook
The compliant thoracic artificial lung (cTAL) has been studied in acute in vivo and in vitro experiments. The cTAL's long-term function and potential use as a bridge to lung transplantation are assessed presently. The cTAL without anticoagulant coatings was attached to sheep (n = 5) via the pulmonary artery and left atrium for 14 days. Systemic heparin anticoagulation was used. Compliant thoracic artificial lung resistance, cTAL gas exchange, hematologic parameters, and organ function were recorded. Two sheep were euthanized for nondevice-related issues...
July 14, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717056/infection-with-paragonimuswestermani-of-boar-hunting-dogs-in-western-japan-maintained-via-artificial-feeding-with-wild-boar-meat-by-hunters
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Takao Irie, Yohei Yamaguchi, Pham Ngoc Doanh, Zhi Hong Guo, Shigehisa Habe, Yoichiro Horii, Nariaki Nonaka
Infection of boar-hunting dogs with Paragonimus westermani was investigated in Western Japan. Blood and rectal feces were collected from 441 dogs in the three districts (205 in Kinki, 131 in Chugoku, and 105 in Shikoku District). In a screening ELISA for serum antibody against P. westermani antigen, 195 dogs (44.2%) showed positive reaction. In the 195 dogs, 8 dogs were found excreting P. westermani eggs after molecular analysis of fecal eggs and additional 7 were identified serologically for the parasite infection because of their stronger reactivity against P...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713236/modulation-of-calcitonin-parathyroid-hormone-and-thyroid-hormone-secretion-by-electrical-stimulation-of-sympathetic-and-parasympathetic-nerves-in-anesthetized-rats
#5
Harumi Hotta, Akiko Onda, Harue Suzuki, Philip Milliken, Arun Sridhar
The thyroid and parathyroid glands are dually innervated by sympathetic (cervical sympathetic trunk [CST]) and parasympathetic (superior laryngeal nerve [SLN]) nerve fibers. We examined the effects of electrical stimulation of efferent or afferent nerve fibers innervating the thyroid and parathyroid glands on the secretion of immunoreactive calcitonin (iCT), parathyroid hormone (iPTH), 3,3',5-triiodothyronine (iT3), and thyroxine (iT4) from the thyroid and parathyroid glands. In anesthetized and artificially ventilated rats, thyroid venous blood was collected...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708979/why-human-anti-gal%C3%AE-1-4gal%C3%AE-1-4glc-natural-antibodies-do-not-recognize-the-trisaccharide-on-erythrocyte-membrane-molecular-dynamics-and-immunochemical-investigation
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Pavel Volynsky, Roman Efremov, Ilya Mikhalev, Kira Dobrochaeva, Alexander Tuzikov, Elena Korchagina, Polina Obukhova, Evgenia Rapoport, Nicolai Bovin
BACKGROUND: Human blood contains a big variety of natural antibodies, circulating throughout life at constant concentration. Previously, we have found natural antibodies capable of binding to trisaccharide Galα1-4Galβ1-4Glc (P(k)) practically in all humans. Intriguingly, the same trisaccharide is a key fragment of glycosphingolipid globotriaosylceramide (Gb3Cer) - normal component of erythrocyte and endothelial cell membrane, i.e. the antibodies and their cognate antigen coexist without any immunological reaction...
July 11, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707386/efficacy-and-safety-of-a-coagulated-thrombus-injection-for-peripheral-artery-perforation-the-coagulated-thrombus-hemostasis-method
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Takahiro Tokuda, Keisuke Hirano, Masahiro Yamawaki, Motoharu Araki, Norihiro Kobayashi, Shinsuke Mori, Yasunari Sakamoto, Hideyuki Takimura, Masakazu Tsutsumi, Yoshiaki Ito
BACKGROUND: This retrospective study assesses the safety and efficacy of using a thrombus injection for treatment a peripheral artery perforation. METHODS AND RESULTS: From March 2013 to April 2016, we performed 1,152 endovascular treatment (EVT) at our hospital. Of these, 28 peripheral artery perforations occurred during the EVT procedure and 20 were treated with a thrombus, which we artificially created. The thrombus comprised the patient's blood and thrombin...
July 14, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704805/biothiols-induced-colour-change-of-silver-nanoparticles-a-colorimetric-sensing-strategy
#8
Ambily Thomas, Unni Sivasankaran, Krishnapillai Girish Kumar
A sensor for the detection and determination of bio-thiols (glutathione (GSH) and cysteamine (Cyste)) has been developed by integrating the distinguished distance related optical characteristics of silver nanoparticles with the simplicity of colorimetric technique. In presence of these analytes, shift in surface plasmon resonance (SPR) absorption of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) with change in its colour was observed. Yellow coloured AgNPs solution becomes colourless in presence of GSH and changes to red in presence of Cyste...
July 2, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703280/the-oregonheart-total-artificial-heart-design-and-performance-on-a-mock-circulatory-loop
#9
Jeremy Glynn, Howard Song, Bryan Hull, Stanley Withers, Jill Gelow, James Mudd, Albert Starr, Richard Wampler
Widespread use of heart transplantation is limited by the scarcity of donor organs. Total artificial heart (TAH) development has been pursued to address this shortage, especially to treat patients who require biventricular support. We have developed a novel TAH that utilizes a continuously spinning rotor that shuttles between two positions to provide pulsatile, alternating blood flow to the systemic and pulmonary circulations without artificial valves. Flow rates and pressures generated by the TAH are controlled by adjusting rotor speed, cycle frequency, and the proportion of each cycle spent pumping to either circulation...
July 13, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697943/ultrasonographic-characteristics-of-accessory-sex-glands-and-spectral-doppler-indices-of-the-internal-iliac-arteries-in-peri-and-post-pubertal-dorper-rams-raised-in-a-subtropical-climate
#10
E S C Camela, R P Nociti, V J C Santos, B I Macente, G S Maciel, M A R Feliciano, W R R Vicente, I Gill, P M Bartlewski, M E F Oliveira
The aim of the present study was to determine and compare ultrasonographic characteristics of accessory sex glands and spectral Doppler indices of the internal iliac arteries in peri- and post-pubertal rams raised in a subtropical climate. Forty-five Dorper rams were examined (24 rams aged 8-11 months and 21 rams aged 12-24 months). Digital images of all accessory sex glands were subjected to morphometric and echotextural analyses, the latter using commercially available image analytical software Image ProPlus(®)...
June 23, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691342/dual-function-of-lactobacillus-kefiri-dh5-in-preventing-high-fat-diet-induced-obesity-direct-reduction-of-cholesterol-and-upregulation-of-ppar%C3%AE-in-adipose-tissue
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Dong-Hyeon Kim, Dana Jeong, Il-Byeong Kang, Hyunsook Kim, Kwang-Young Song, Kun-Ho Seo
SCOPE: Kefir consumption inhibits the development of obesity and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in mice fed 60% high-fat diet (HFD). To identify the key contributor of this effect, we isolated lactic acid bacteria (LAB) from kefir and examined their anti-obesity properties from in vitro screening and in vivo validation. METHODS AND RESULTS: Thirteen kefir LAB isolates were subjected to survivability test using artificial gastrointestinal environment and cholesterol-reducing assay...
July 10, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691283/a-soft-total-artificial-heart-first-concept-evaluation-on-a-hybrid-mock-circulation
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Nicholas H Cohrs, Anastasios Petrou, Michael Loepfe, Maria Yliruka, Christoph M Schumacher, A Xavier Kohll, Christoph T Starck, Marianne Schmid Daners, Mirko Meboldt, Volkmar Falk, Wendelin J Stark
The technology of 3D-printing has allowed the production of entirely soft pumps with complex chamber geometries. We used this technique to develop a completely soft pneumatically driven total artificial heart from silicone elastomers and evaluated its performance on a hybrid mock circulation. The goal of this study is to present an innovative concept of a soft total artificial heart (sTAH). Using the form of a human heart, we designed a sTAH, which consists of only two ventricles and produced it using a 3D-printing, lost-wax casting technique...
July 10, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689748/in-vivo-corneal-pulsation-in-relation-to-in-vivo-intraocular-pressure-and-corneal-biomechanics-assessed-in-vitro-an-animal-pilot-study
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Maja M Rogala, Monika E Danielewska, Agnieszka Antończyk, Zdzisław Kiełbowicz, Marta E Rogowska, Marta Kozuń, Jerzy Detyna, D Robert Iskander
The aim was to ascertain whether the characteristics of the corneal pulse (CP) measured in-vivo in a rabbit eye change after short-term artificial increase of intraocular pressure (IOP) and whether they correlate with corneal biomechanics assessed in-vitro. Eight New Zealand white rabbits were included in this study and were anesthetized. In-vivo experiments included simultaneous measurements of the CP signal, registered with a non-contact method, IOP, intra-arterial blood pressure, and blood pulse (BPL), at the baseline and short-term elevated IOP...
July 6, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
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/28684052/rapid-detection-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-by-colorimetric-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-lamp-a-potential-novel-tool-for-the-detection-of-congenital-chagas-infection
#15
Rocío Rivero, Margarita Bisio, Elsa Beatriz Velázquez, Mónica Inés Esteva, Karenina Scollo, Nicolás Leonel González, Jaime Altcheh, Andrés Mariano Ruiz
Early diagnosis of congenital Trypanosomacruzi transmission in newborns is essential because babies show high indices of cure. Conventional diagnosis is based on microscopic examination and serology. Molecular diagnosis is a promising alternative to replace conventional diagnosis, although it is not well suited for adoption in laboratories with limited resources. Isothermal DNA amplification methods have the advantage of not requiring expensive equipment. The aim of this work was to apply loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) to detect congenital infection in babies colorimetrically...
June 19, 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681482/optimal-hematocrit-in-an-artificial-microvascular-network
#16
Nathaniel Z Piety, Walter H Reinhart, Julianne Stutz, Sergey S Shevkoplyas
BACKGROUND: Higher hematocrit increases the oxygen-carrying capacity of blood but also increases blood viscosity, thus decreasing blood flow through the microvasculature and reducing the oxygen delivery to tissues. Therefore, an optimal value of hematocrit that maximizes tissue oxygenation must exist. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: We used viscometry and an artificial microvascular network device to determine the optimal hematocrit in vitro. Suspensions of fresh red blood cells (RBCs) in plasma, normal saline, or a protein-containing buffer and suspensions of stored red blood cells (at Week 6 of standard hypothermic storage) in plasma with hematocrits ranging from 10 to 80% were evaluated...
July 5, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679886/the-artificial-pancreas-reducing-safety-risk-via-intra-peritoneal-insulin-delivery
#17
Richard W Jones, Francesco Gianni, Georgios Despotou, Konstantinos Katzis
The Artificial Pancreas is a medical device, currently in development, that aims to provide automatic regulation of blood glucose (BG) levels in ambulatory type 1 diabetes mellitus sufferers. The most popular approach utilises subcutaneous (SC) continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) combined with SC insulin injection controlled by a Model Predictive Control (MPC) algorithm. From a safety risk perspective problematic elements include the performance robustness of the CGM and the need for a pre-meal insulin bolus to provide satisfactory post prandial BG regulation...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672193/quantitative-differentiation-of-multiple-virus-in-blood-using-nanoporous-silicon-oxide-immunosensor-and-artificial-neural-network
#18
W Chakraborty, R Ray, N Samanta, C RoyChaudhuri
In spite of the rapid developments in various nanosensor technologies, it still remains challenging to realize a reliable ultrasensitive electrical biosensing platform which will be able to detect multiple viruses in blood simultaneously with a fairly high reproducibility without using secondary labels. In this paper, we have reported quantitative differentiation of Hep-B and Hep-C viruses in blood using nanoporous silicon oxide immunosensor array and artificial neural network (ANN). The peak frequency output (fp) from the steady state sensitivity characteristics and the first cut off frequency (fc) from the transient characteristics have been considered as inputs to the multilayer ANN...
June 24, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669799/comparison-of-dna-extraction-methods-used-to-detect-bacterial-and-yeast-dna-from-spiked-whole-blood-by-real-time-pcr
#19
Libera M Dalla-Costa, Luis G Morello, Danieli Conte, Luciane A Pereira, Jussara K Palmeiro, Altair Ambrosio, Dayane Cardozo, Marco A Krieger, Sonia M Raboni
Sepsis is the leading cause of death in intensive care units (ICUs) worldwide and its diagnosis remains a challenge. Blood culturing is the gold standard technique for blood stream infection (BSI) identification. Molecular tests to detect pathogens in whole blood enable early use of antimicrobials and affect clinical outcomes. Here, using real-time PCR, we evaluated DNA extraction using seven manual and three automated commercially available systems with whole blood samples artificially contaminated with Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Candida albicans, microorganisms commonly associated with BSI...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669062/comparative-efficacy-of-oestrus-synchronization-protocols-in-buffalo-bubalus-bubalis
#20
R Rathore, R K Sharma, S K Phulia, V Mudgal, A Jerome, S P S Ghuman, I Singh
This study was conducted to test the efficacy of gonadotropic hormone (GnRH)-based synchronization protocols (Ovsynch, Heatsynch, and Ovsynch Plus) in buffaloes under field condition. Based on anamnesis and transrectal palpation twice at 10-day interval and serum progesterone (P4) concentration, 150 anoestrous buffaloes and delayed pubertal heifers were selected to induce oestrus using GnRH-based protocols. These selected animals were randomly divided into three groups: group I: Ovsynch (n = 50), group II: Heatsynch (n = 50), and group III: Ovsynch Plus (n = 50) regimen...
July 1, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
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