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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647196/smooth-muscle-cells-of-human-veins-show-an-increased-response-to-injury-at-valve-sites
#1
Shinsuke Kikuchi, Lihua Chen, Kevin Xiong, Yukihiro Saito, Nobuyoshi Azuma, Gale Tang, Michael Sobel, Thomas N Wight, Richard D Kenagy
OBJECTIVE: Venous valves are essential but are prone to injury, thrombosis, and fibrosis. We compared the behavior and gene expression of smooth muscle cells (SMCs) in the valve sinus vs nonvalve sites to elucidate biologic differences associated with vein valves. METHODS: Tissue explants of fresh human saphenous veins were prepared, and the migration of SMCs from explants of valve sinus vs nonvalve sinus areas was measured. Proliferation and death of SMCs were determined by staining for Ki67 and terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick end labeling...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641862/perioperative-beta-blockers-and-statins-for-noncardiac-surgery-patients-with-coronary-stents
#2
Joshua S Richman, Laura A Graham, Aerin DeRussy, Thomas M Maddox, Kamal M F Itani, Mary T Hawn
IMPORTANCE: Recent publications report that perioperative initiation of statin therapy is associated with improved outcomes particularly among patients with increased cardiac risk. However, findings on associations with beta blocker (BB) initiation are mixed. OBJECTIVE: This study examines associations between perioperative statin and BB use in a national sample of patients with cardiac stents. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: VA Medical Centers nationwide...
May 31, 2017: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641198/combined-computational-experimental-approach-to-predict-blood-brain-barrier-bbb-permeation-based-on-green-salting-out-thin-layer-chromatography-supported-by-simple-molecular-descriptors
#3
Krzesimir Ciura, Mariusz Belka, Piotr Kawczak, Tomasz Bączek, Michał J Markuszewski, Joanna Nowakowska
The objective of this paper is to build QSRR/QSAR model for predicting the blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeability. The obtained models are based on salting-out thin layer chromatography (SOTLC) constants and calculated molecular descriptors. Among chromatographic methods SOTLC was chosen, since the mobile phases are free of organic solvent. As consequences, there are less toxic, and have lower environmental impact compared to classical reserved phases liquid chromatography (RPLC). During the study three stationary phase silica gel, cellulose plates and neutral aluminum oxide were examined...
June 3, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634479/whole-blood-profiling-of-bacillus-calmette-gu%C3%A3-rin-induced-trained-innate-immunity-in-infants-identifies-epidermal-growth-factor-il-6-platelet-derived-growth-factor-ab-bb-and-natural-killer-cell-activation
#4
Steven G Smith, Johanneke Kleinnijenhuis, Mihai G Netea, Hazel M Dockrell
Vaccination of infants with bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) activates both the innate and adaptive arms of the immune response. The antimycobacterial effects of these responses most likely account for the ability of BCG to protect against childhood forms of tuberculosis (TB). There is also evidence for a heterologous protective effect of BCG vaccination against TB-unrelated mortality in low birth weight infants. A possible mechanism of action of this effect, the induction of trained innate immunity, has been demonstrated when cells from BCG-vaccinated adults are restimulated in vitro with non-related microbial stimuli...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633129/inhibition-effect-of-tacrolimus-and-platelet-derived-growth-factor-bb-on-restenosis-after-vascular-intimal-injury
#5
Xu Ma, Chunyu Jiang, Yuehua Li, Lishuai Feng, Jingjing Liu, Jianbo Wang
Excessive proliferation and migration of vascular smooth muscle cells(VSMCs) and delayed proliferation and migration of endothelial cells(ECs) were the main cause of restenosis after endovascular interventional therapy. Since tacrolimus has proved to be more sensitive to inhibiting VSMCs' proliferation,and platelet-derived growth factor-BB(PDGF-BB) benefitted ECs' and VSMCs' proliferation, this study was aimed to identify combined effect of tacrolimus and PDGF-BB, investigate any mechanisms underneath and demonstrate combined effect of two drugs in vivo...
June 17, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632268/ball-in-ball-zro2-nanostructure-for-simultaneous-ct-imaging-and-highly-efficient-synergic-microwave-ablation-and-tri-stimuli-responsive-chemotherapy-of-tumors
#6
Dan Long, Meng Niu, Longfei Tan, Changhui Fu, Xiangling Ren, Ke Xu, Hongshan Zhong, Jingzhuo Wang, Laifeng Li, Xianwei Meng
Combined thermo-chemotherapy displays outstanding synergically therapeutic efficiency when compared with standalone thermotherapy and chemotherapy. Herein, we developed a smart tri-stimuli-responsive drug delivery system involving X@BB-ZrO2 NPs (X represents loaded IL, DOX, keratin and tetradecanol) based on novel ball-in-ball-structured ZrO2 nanoparticles (BB-ZrO2 NPs). The microwave energy conversion efficiency of BB-ZrO2 NPs was 41.2% higher than that of traditional single-layer NPs due to the cooperative action of self-reflection and spatial confinement effect of the special two-layer hollow nanostructure...
June 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627872/xanthohumol-blocks-proliferation-and-migration-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-in-vitro-and-reduces-neointima-formation-in-vivo
#7
Rongxia Liu, Elke H Heiss, Daniel Schachner, Baohong Jiang, Wanhui Liu, Johannes M Breuss, Verena M Dirsch, Atanas G Atanasov
Xanthohumol (1) is a principal prenylated chalcone found in hops. The aim of this study was to examine its influence on platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-BB-triggered vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) proliferation and migration in vitro and on experimentally induced neointima formation in vivo. Quantification of resazurin conversion indicated that 1 can inhibit PDGF-BB-induced VSMC proliferation concentration-dependently (IC50 = 3.49 μM). Furthermore, in a wound-healing assay 1 potently suppresses PDGF-BB-induced VSMC migration at 15 μM...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627606/effects-of-ischemic-preconditioning-on-pdgf-bb-expression-in-the-gerbil-hippocampal-ca1-region-following-transient-cerebral-ischemia
#8
Jae-Chul Lee, Yang Hee Kim, Tae-Kyeong Lee, In Hye Kim, Jeong Hwi Cho, Geum-Sil Cho, Bich-Na Shin, Joon Ha Park, Ji Hyeon Ahn, Myoung Cheol Shin, Jun Hwi Cho, Il Jun Kang, Moo-Ho Won, Jeong Yeol Seo
Ischemic preconditioning (IPC) is induced by exposure to brief durations of transient ischemia, which results in ischemic tolerance to a subsequent longer or lethal period of ischemia. In the present study, the effects of IPC (2 min of transient cerebral ischemia) were examined on immunoreactivity of platelet‑derived growth factor (PDGF)‑BB and on neuroprotection in the gerbil hippocampal CA1 region following lethal transient cerebral ischemia (LTCI; 5 min of transient cerebral ischemia). IPC was subjected to a 2‑min sublethal ischemia and a LTCI was given 5‑min transient ischemia...
June 19, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627022/dft-studies-of-dimerization-reactions-of-boroles
#9
Zheng Wang, Yu Zhou, Wai Han Lam, Rian D Dewhurst, Holger Braunschweig, Todd B Marder, Zhenyang Lin
Boroles undergo dimerization reactions to give Diels-Alder (DA) dimers, bridged-bicyclic (BB) dimers or spiro dimers (SD) depending on the substituents on the borole. We performed DFT calculations to investigate how different substituents at the carbon atoms of the butadiene backbone as well as at the boron atom influence the dimerization reaction pathways. The DFT results show that, in general, both the DA and BB dimers are easily accessible kinetically, and the DA dimers are thermodynamically more stable than the BB dimers...
June 18, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625898/doctor-says-you-are-cured-but-you-still-feel-the-pain-borrelia-dna-persistence-in-lyme-disease
#10
REVIEW
Jorge Cervantes
Lyme disease is a zoonosis caused by infection with Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb). A great amount of research has attempted to elucidate the mechanisms by which Bb causes inflammation and chronic symptomatology in some patients. Patients often seek unconventional treatments that lack scientific evidence, as medical care is unable to effectively explain and treat their illness. Bb-DNA can persist for long periods of time in some individuals, even after antibiotic therapy. Herein, scientific rationale is presented for a new therapeutic approach against remaining bacterial DNA, and/or increasing the ability of human macrophages to remove extracellular Bb DNA...
June 15, 2017: Microbes and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625264/-suppressive-effect-of-corm-2-on-platelet-%C3%AE-granule-exocytosis-in-sepsis-via-snare-munc18b-complex-formation
#11
Mingfeng Zhuang, Bingwei Sun, Dadong Liu, Yuan Shi
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the suppressive effect of carbon monoxide-releasing molecule II (CORM-2) on LPS induced platelet α-granule exocytosis in sepsis via soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor attached protein receptor/mammalian uncoordinated 18b (SNARE/Munc18b) complex formation. METHODS: Blood was collected from healthy volunteers' cubital vein, then platelets were isolated by differential centrifugation. Platelets were randomly divided into 5 groups. The control group did not undergo any treatment, the LPS group received 10 mg/L LPS simulation, the CORM-2 group and iCORM-2 group underwent LPS simulation and immediate administration of CORM-2 (10 μmol/L and 50 μmol/L) or iCORM-2 (50 μmol/L), respectively...
February 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622453/plasmablasts-with-a-mucosal-phenotype-contribute-to-plasmacytosis-in-sle
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Henrik E Mei, Stefanie Hahne, Andreas Redlin, Bimba F Hoyer, Kaiyin Wu, Lisa Baganz, Anna R Lisney, Tobias Alexander, Birgit Rudolph, Thomas Dörner
Objective To analyze the composition of known plasmacytosis in SLE to obtain further insight into the nature of underlying mechanisms. Methods Plasmablasts of active and inactive/treated SLE patients, and of healthy controls were characterized by flow cytometry, EliSpot and transwell migration assays, and results were compared to characteristics of vaccination-induced plasmablasts. Serum cytokine levels were analyzed by a Luminex assay, and kidney biopsies by histology. Results We here demonstrate the expression of markers of mucosal immune reactions by circulating plasmablasts in SLE...
June 16, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619646/time-dependent-effects-of-hjp272-an-endothelin-receptor-antagonist-in-bleomycin-induced-pulmonary-fibrosis
#13
Xingjian Liu, Nikhil Khadtare, Hardek Patel, Ralph Stephani, Jerome Cantor
Using a lipopolysaccharide (LPS) model of acute lung injury, we have previously shown that endothelin-1 (ET-1), a potent mediator of vasoconstriction, may act as a "gatekeeper" for the influx of inflammatory cells into the lung. To further investigate the potential of ET-1 to limit the progression of lung injury, hamsters were treated with an endothelin receptor antagonist (ERA), HJP272, either 1 h prior to intratracheal instillation of bleomycin (BLM) or 24 h afterwards. Lung injury and repair were examined by measuring the following parameters: 1) histopathological changes; 2) neutrophil content in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF); 3) lung collagen content; 4) tumor necrosis factor receptor 1 (TNFR1) expression by BALF macrophages; 5) BALF levels of: a) transforming growth factor beta-1 (TGF-β1), b) stromal cell-derived factor 1 (commonly referred to as CXCL12), and c) platelet-derived growth factor BB (PDGF-BB); 6) alveolar septal cell apoptosis (as measured by the TUNEL assay)...
June 12, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618254/platelet-derived-growth-factor-bb-influences-muscle-regeneration-in-duchenne-muscle-dystrophy
#14
Patricia Piñol-Jurado, Eduard Gallardo, Noemi de Luna, Xavier Suárez-Calvet, Carles Sánchez-Riera, Esther Fernández-Simón, Clara Gomis, Isabel Illa, Jordi Díaz-Manera
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is characterized by a progressive loss of muscle fibers, and their substitution by fibrotic and adipose tissue. Many factors contribute to this process, but the molecular pathways related to regeneration and degeneration of muscle are not completely known. Platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-BB belongs to a family of growth factors that regulate proliferation, migration, and differentiation of mesenchymal cells. The role of PDGF-BB in muscle regeneration in humans has not been studied...
June 12, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612095/maternal-fetal-vitamin-d-receptor-polymorphisms-significantly-associated-with-preterm-birth
#15
Talya Rosenfeld, Hagit Salem, Gheona Altarescu, Sorina Grisaru-Granovsky, Aharon Tevet, Ruth Birk
PURPOSE: Preterm birth (PTB) is a complex trait with strong genetic background, whose etiology is not fully understood. It was recently suggested that pregnancy duration is affected by fetal genetic variation even more than by the maternal genome. Vitamin D receptor (VDR) is involved in embryonic implantation and fertility. We studied the association between both maternal and neonatal vitamin D receptor (VDR) genetic variation and PTB. METHODS: Maternal and fetal (umbilical cord) DNA was isolated from Jewish Israeli idiopathic preterm newborns (24-36 weeks, n = 146) and control term newborns (>37 weeks, n = 229)...
June 13, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611245/optimization-of-spect-measurement-of-myocardial-blood-flow-with-corrections-for-attenuation-motion-and-blood-binding-compared-to-pet
#16
R Glenn Wells, Brian Marvin, Marlie Poirier, Jennifer M Renaud, Robert A deKemp, Terrence D Ruddy
Myocardial blood flow (MBF) and flow reserve (MFR) measured with positron emission tomography (PET) have clinical value. Single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) cameras with solid-state detectors can obtain dynamic images for measurement of MBF and MFR. In this study, SPECT measurements of MBF made using (99m)Tc-tetrofosmin were compared to PET in the same patients. Methods: Thirty-one patients had PET MBF rest-stress studies performed with (82)Rb or (13)N- ammonia within one month of their SPECT...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606019/low-plasma-pdgf-bb-levels-are-associated-with-estradiol-in-postmenopausal-osteoporosis
#17
Lanhua Tang, Zhuying Xia, Zhongwei Luo, Haitao Long, Yong Zhu, Shushan Zhao
Objective This study aimed to investigate the association between low plasma Platelet-derived growth factor-BB (PDGF-BB) levels and oestradiol in Postmenopausal osteoporosis (PMOP). Methods This prospective study measured plasma PDGF-BB and oestradiol levels in outpatients who were admitted to our hospital. Participants were screened and then allocated to three groups: normal young women, postmenopausal control, and PMOP. Additionally, Sprague-Dawley rats underwent either sham surgery or bilateral ovariectomy (OVX), and were divided into the following groups: sham, OVX, OVX + oestradiol, and OVX + PDGF-BB...
January 1, 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605881/scorpion-neurotoxin-aait-expressing-beauveria-bassiana-enhances-the-virulence-against-aedes-albopictus-mosquitoes
#18
Sheng-Qun Deng, Qun-Di Cai, Ming-Zhi Deng, Qiang Huang, Hong-Juan Peng
To improve the insecticidal efficacy of this entomopathogen Beauveria bassiana, the fungus was genetically modified to express an insect-specific scorpion neurotoxin AaIT. The virulence of the recombinant B. bassiana strain (Bb-AaIT) against Aedes albopictus adults (which occurs via penetration through the cuticle during spore germination or by conidia ingestion), and the larvae (by conidia ingestion) was measured with bioassays. The median lethal concentration (LC50) of Bb-AaIT against A. albopictus larvae was 313...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605721/dynamic-analysis-of-bulk-fill-composites-effect-of-food-simulating-liquids
#19
Ahmed Hesham Eweis, Adrian U-Jin Yap, Noor Azlin Yahya
This study investigated the effect of food simulating liquids on visco-elastic properties of bulk-fill restoratives using dynamic mechanical analysis. One conventional composite (Filtek Z350 [FZ]), two bulk-fill composites (Filtek Bulk-fill [FB] and Tetric N Ceram [TN]) and a bulk-fill giomer (Beautifil-Bulk Restorative [BB]) were evaluated. Specimens (12 × 2 × 2mm) were fabricated using customized stainless steel molds. The specimens were light-cured, removed from their molds, finished, measured and randomly divided into six groups...
June 6, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605596/mechanism-of-triplet-energy-transfer-in-photosynthetic-bacterial-reaction-centers
#20
Sarthak Mandal, Anne-Marie Carey, Joshua Locsin, Bing-Rong Gao, JoAnn C Williams, James P Allen, Su Lin, Neal W Woodbury
In purple bacterial reaction centers, triplet excitation energy transfer occurs from the primary donor P, a bacteriochlorophyll dimer, to a neighboring carotenoid to prevent photodamage from the generation of reactive oxygen species. The BB bacteriochlorophyll molecule that lies between P and the carotenoid on the inactive electron transfer branch is involved in triplet energy transfer between P and the carotenoid. To expand the high-resolution spectral and kinetic information available for describing the mechanism, we investigated the triplet excited state formation and energy transfer pathways in the reaction center of Rhodobacter sphaeroides using pump-probe transient absorption spectroscopy over a broad spectral region on the nanosecond to microsecond timescale at both room temperature and at 77 K...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
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