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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646501/progressive-aortic-root-dilatation-in-pediatric-heart-transplant-recipients
#1
Shagun Sachdeva, Liyun Zhang, Pippa Simpson, Peter C Frommelt
BACKGROUND: To determine prevalence, clinical implication, and risk factors for aortic root dilation (ARD) in pediatric heart transplant recipients. METHODS: Serial echocardiograms were reviewed in all pediatric heart transplant recipients from 1999 to 2014 to assess maximal systolic diameter at the aortic annulus, aortic sinus, aortic sino-tubular (ST) junction, and ascending aorta. ARD was defined by a sinus/annulus ratio >1.56, ST junction/annulus ratio >1...
June 23, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646304/ndrg2-knockdown-promotes-fibrosis-in-renal-tubular-epithelial-cells-through-tgf-%C3%AE-1-smad3-pathway
#2
Zhibo Jin, Chaohui Gu, Fengyan Tian, Zhankui Jia, Jinjian Yang
Renal fibrosis is a common pathological pathway of various chronic kidney diseases progressing to end-stage renal disease and is characterized by tubular atrophy, fibroblast/myofibroblast activation and excessive deposition of extracellular matrix (ECM). N-Myc downstream-regulated gene-2 (NDRG2) is reported to be associated with liver fibrosis in rats. However, the biological function of NDRG2 in renal fibrosis remains unclear. Therefore, we investigate the effect of NDRG2 on renal fibrosis and the underlying mechanism of NDRG2 in TGF-β1-induced renal tubular epithelial cells (HK-2)...
June 23, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646128/%C3%AE-copi-mediates-the-retention-of-kae1-g701d-protein-in-golgi-apparatus-a-mechanistic-explanation-of-drta-associated-g701d-mutation
#3
Natapol Duangtum, Mutita Junking, Suratchanee Phadngam, Nunghathai Sawasdee, Andrea Castiglioni, Komgrid Charngkaew, Thawornchai Limjindaporn, Ciro Isidoro, Pa-Thai Yenchitsomanus
Mutations of solute carrier family 4 member 1 ( SLC4A1 ) gene encoding kidney anion (chloride/bicarbonate ion) exchanger 1 (kAE1) can cause genetic distal renal tubular acidosis (dRTA). Different SLC4A1 mutations give rise to mutant kAE1 proteins with distinct defects in protein trafficking. The mutant kAE1 protein may be retained in endoplasmic reticulum (ER), Golgi apparatus, or mis-targeted to the apical membrane, failing to display its function at the baso-lateral membrane. The ER-retained mutant kAE1 interacts with calnexin chaperone protein; disruption of this interaction permits the mutant kAE1 to reach the cell surface and display anion exchange activity...
June 23, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644472/placing-and-shaping-liposomes-with-reconfigurable-dna-nanocages
#4
Zhao Zhang, Yang Yang, Frederic Pincet, Marc C Llaguno, Chenxiang Lin
The diverse structure and regulated deformation of lipid bilayer membranes are among a cell's most fascinating features. Artificial membrane-bound vesicles, known as liposomes, are versatile tools for modelling biological membranes and delivering foreign objects to cells. To fully mimic the complexity of cell membranes and optimize the efficiency of delivery vesicles, controlling liposome shape (both statically and dynamically) is of utmost importance. Here we report the assembly, arrangement and remodelling of liposomes with designer geometry: all of which are exquisitely controlled by a set of modular, reconfigurable DNA nanocages...
June 23, 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643432/the-penetration-and-phenotype-modulation-of-smooth-muscle-cells-on-surface-heparin-modified-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-vascular-scaffold
#5
Jie Cao, Xue Geng, Juan Wen, Qingxuan Li, Lin Ye, Aiying Zhang, Zengguo Feng, Lianrui Guo, Yongquan Gu
The tubular porous poly(ε-caprolactone)(PCL) scaffold was fabricated by electrospinning. After then, the scaffold's surface was firstly eroded by hexyldiamine to endow amine group, and heparin was covalently grafted to the surface to get surface heparin modified scaffold(ShPCL scaffold). It was found that ShPCL scaffold can induce smooth muscle cells (SMCs) to penetrate the scaffold surface, while the SMCs can't penetrate the surface of PCL scaffold. Subsequently, the rabbit SMCs were seeded on the ShPCL scaffold and cultured for 14 days...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642016/electrospun-vascular-scaffold-for-cellularized-small-diameter-blood-vessels-a-preclinical-large-animal-study
#6
Young Min Ju, Hyunhee Ahn, Juan Arenas-Herrera, Cheil Kim, Mehran Abolbashari, Anthony Atala, James J Yoo, Sang Jin Lee
The strategy of vascular tissue engineering is to create a vascular substitute by combining autologous vascular cells with a tubular-shaped biodegradable scaffold. We have previously developed a novel electrospun bilayered vascular scaffold that provides proper biological and biomechanical properties as well as structural configuration. In this study, we investigated the clinical feasibility of a cellularized vascular scaffold in a preclinical large animal model. We fabricated the cellularized vascular construct with autologous endothelial progenitor cell (EPC)-derived endothelial cells (ECs) and smooth muscle cells (SMCs) followed by a pulsatile bioreactor preconditioning...
June 19, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641945/surveillance-after-positive-colonoscopy-based-on-adenoma-characteristics
#7
Ido Laish, Ilia Seregeev, Timna Naftali, Fred M Konikoff
BACKGROUND: Patients with adenomatous polyps are at increased risk for developing colorectal cancer based on the characteristics and number of polyps, but less is known about the individual and combined contribution of these factors. This study aimed to better characterize the risk of advanced adenoma and cancer in patients with positive baseline colonoscopy. METHODS: Patients who had polyps at baseline colonoscopy were included in this retrospective cohort study (N=1165) and were categorized into 6 groups: (1) 1-2 non-advanced adenomas (NAA's), (2) ≥3 NAA's, (3) advanced tubular adenoma, (4) small tubulovillous adenoma (TVA), (5) large TVA and (6) multiple advanced adenomas (MAA's)...
May 16, 2017: Digestive and Liver Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641179/quantitative-study-of-the-proportion-of-the-pore-volume-of-human-fluorotic-enamel-filled-by-resin-infiltrant
#8
Frederico Barbosa de Sousa, Isabel Maria Porto Lelis, Regina Célia Bressan Queiroz Figueiredo, Andressa Cavalcanti Pires, Raquel Fernanda Gerlach
AIM: Capillarity theory predicts that the pore volume infiltrated by a liquid in a body with tubular capillaries is directly proportional to the capillary radius. The expected volume available for infiltration is the loosely bound water volume, which can be related to the capillary radii. We tested the hypothesis that the proportion of the pore volume infiltrated by resin infiltrant (Vratio(resin)) is correlated and agrees with the proportion of the pore volume with loosely bound water ( [Formula: see text] )...
June 15, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640204/fucoidan-does-not-exert-anti-tumorigenic-effects-on-uveal-melanoma-cell-lines
#9
Michaela Dithmer, Anna-Maria Kirsch, Elisabeth Richert, Sabine Fuchs, Fanlu Wang, Harald Schmidt, Sarah E Coupland, Johann Roider, Alexa Klettner
BACKGROUND: The polysaccharide fucoidan is widely investigated as an anti-cancer agent. Here, we tested the effect of fucoidan on uveal melanoma cell lines. METHODS: The effect of 100 µM fucoidan was investigated on five cell lines (92.1, Mel270 OMM1, OMM2.3, OMM2.5) and of 1 µg/mL-1 mg/mL fucoidan in two cell lines (OMM1, OMM2.3). Cell proliferation and viability were investigated with a WST-1 assay, migration in a wound healing (scratch) assay. Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) was measured in ELISA...
June 22, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640105/glomerulonephritis-and-granulomatous-vasculitis-in-kidney-as-a-complication-of-the-use-of-braf-and-mek-inhibitors-in-the-treatment-of-metastatic-melanoma-a-case-report
#10
Mehdi Maanaoui, Camille Saint-Jacques, Viviane Gnemmi, Marie Frimat, Arnaud Lionet, Marc Hazzan, Christian Noël, François Provot
RATIONALE: BRAF and MEK inhibitors have significantly improved the prognosis of metastatic melanoma, by inhibiting both the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAP-kinase) pathway. They are associated with infrequent adverse kidney events. Most of these are related to the use of BRAF inhibitors and involve interstitial nephritis with acute tubular necrosis. PATIENT CONCERNS: We report a unique case of glomerulonephritis with renal granulomatous vasculitis in a patient diagnosed with metastatic melanoma treated with BRAF and MEK inhibitors...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639563/the-role-of-apical-contractility-in-determining-cell-morphology-in-multilayered-epithelial-sheets-and-tubes
#11
Rui Zhen Tan, Tanny Lai, Keng-Hwee Chiam
A multilayered epithelium is made up of individual cells that are stratified in an orderly fashion, layer by layer. In such tissues, individual cells can adopt a wide range of shapes ranging from columnar to squamous. From histological images, we observe that, in flat epithelia such as the skin, the cells in the top layer are squamous while those in the middle and bottom layers are columnar, whereas in tubular epithelia, the cells in all layers are columnar. We develop a computational model to understand how individual cell shape is governed by the mechanical forces within multilayered flat and curved epithelia...
June 22, 2017: Physical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639435/bioinspired-microfibers-with-embedded-perfusable-helical-channels
#12
Peidi Xu, Ruoxiao Xie, Yupeng Liu, Guoan Luo, Mingyu Ding, Qionglin Liang
Materials with microchannels have attracted increasing attention due to their promising perfusability and biomimetic geometry. However, the fabrication of microfibers with more geometrically complex channels in the micro- or nanoscale remains a big challenge. Here, a novel method for generating scalable microfibers with consecutive embedded helical channels is presented using an easily made coaxial microfluidic device. The characteristics of the helical channel can be accurately controlled by simply adjusting the flow rate ratio of the fluids...
June 22, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638614/loss-of-kae1-expression-in-collecting-ducts-of-end-stage-kidneys-from-a-family-with-slc4a1-g609r-associated-distal-renal-tubular-acidosis
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Alfred A Vichot, Zsuzsanna K Zsengellér, Boris E Shmukler, Nancy D Adams, Neera K Dahl, Seth L Alper
Distal renal tubular acidosis caused by missense mutations in kidney isoform of anion exchanger 1 (kAE1/SLC4A1), the basolateral membrane Cl(-)/HCO3(-) exchanger of renal alpha-intercalated cells, has been extensively investigated in heterologous expression systems but rarely in human kidneys. The preferential apical localization of distal renal tubular acidosis (dRTA)-associated kAE1 mutants R901X, G609R and M909T in cultured epithelial monolayers has not been examined in human kidney. Here, we present kidney tissues from dRTA-affected siblings heterozygous for kAE1 G609R, characterized by predominant absence rather than mistargeting of kAE1 in intercalated cells...
February 2017: Clinical Kidney Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637971/esculentoside-a-ameliorates-cecal-ligation-and-puncture-induced-acute-kidney-injury-in-rats
#14
Guodong Sun, Wei Yang, Yang Zhang, Mingyan Zhao
Esculentoside A (EsA), a saponin isolated from Phytolacca esculenta, can attenuate acute liver and lung injury. However, whether EsA has a protective effect against sepsis-induced acute kidney injury (AKI) has not been reported. In this study, EsA (2.5, 5, or 10 mg/kg) was given to rats with sepsis induced by cecal ligation and puncture (CLP). We found that EsA improved the survival of septic rats in a dose-dependent manner. In addition, EsA lowered the kidney tubular damage score and decreased blood urea nitrogen and creatinine...
June 22, 2017: Experimental Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637437/curative-resection-by-splenectomy-for-solitary-splenic-metastasis-from-early-gastric-cancer-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#15
Junichi Yoshizawa, Naoki Kubo, Satoshi Ishizone, Fumitoshi Karasawa, Ataru Nakayama
BACKGROUND: Solitary metastasis of a malignancy to the spleen is rare, particularly for gastric cancer. Only a few case reports have documented isolated splenic metastasis from early gastric cancer. We describe a case of splenic metastasis from early gastric cancer. CASE PRESENTATION: A 60-year-old man underwent a distal gastrectomy for early gastric cancer. It infiltrated the submucosa with pathological nodal involvement (pT1bN2M0, stage IIB). One year after the gastrectomy, an abdominal computed tomography scan showed a low-density lesion, 17 mm in diameter, at the upper pole of the spleen...
June 20, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636607/three-dimensional-cell-shapes-and-arrangements-in-human-sweat-glands-as-revealed-by-whole-mount-immunostaining
#16
Ryuichiro Kurata, Sugiko Futaki, Itsuko Nakano, Fumitaka Fujita, Atsushi Tanemura, Hiroyuki Murota, Ichiro Katayama, Fumihiro Okada, Kiyotoshi Sekiguchi
Because sweat secretion is facilitated by mechanical contraction of sweat gland structures, understanding their structure-function relationship could lead to more effective treatments for patients with sweat gland disorders such as heat stroke. Conventional histological studies have shown that sweat glands are three-dimensionally coiled tubular structures consisting of ducts and secretory portions, although their detailed structural anatomy remains unclear. To better understand the details of the three-dimensional (3D) coiled structures of sweat glands, a whole-mount staining method was employed to visualize 3D coiled gland structures with sweat gland markers for ductal luminal, ductal basal, secretory luminal, and myoepithelial cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636532/a-novel-pan-nox-inhibitor-apx-115-protects-kidney-injury-in-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-mice-possible-role-of-peroxisomal-and-mitochondrial-biogenesis
#17
Guideock Kwon, Md Jamal Uddin, Gayoung Lee, Songling Jiang, Ahreum Cho, Jung Hwa Lee, Sae Rom Lee, Yun Soo Bae, Sung Hwan Moon, Soo Jin Lee, Dae Ryong Cha, Hunjoo Ha
NADPH oxidase (Nox)-derived reactive oxygen species (ROS) are increasingly recognized as a key factor in inflammation and extracellular matrix accumulation in diabetic kidney disease. APX-115 (3-phenyl-1-(pyridin-2-yl)-4-propyl-1-5-hydroxypyrazol HCl) is a novel orally active pan-Nox inhibitor. The objective of this study was to compare the protective effect of APX-115 with a renin-angiotensin system inhibitor (losartan), the standard treatment against kidney injury in diabetic patients, on streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic kidney injury...
June 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636485/mineralocorticoids-modulate-the-expression-of-the-beta-3-subunit-of-the-na-k-atpase-in-the-renal-collecting-duct
#18
Macarena Rojas, Pablo Díaz, Pablo León, Alexis A González, Magdalena González, Víctor Barrientos, Nikolay B Pestov, Rodrigo Alzamora, Luis Michea
Renal sodium reabsorption depends on the activity of the Na(+),K(+)-ATPase α/β heterodimer. Four α (α1-4) and three β (β1-3) subunit isoforms have been described. It is accepted that renal tubule cells express α1/β1 dimers. Aldosterone stimulates Na(+),K(+)-ATPase activity and may modulate α1/β1 expression. However, some studies suggest the presence of β3 in the kidney. We hypothesized that the β3 isoform of the Na(+),K(+)-ATPase is expressed in tubular cells of the distal nephron, and modulated by mineralocorticoids...
June 21, 2017: Channels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636161/infinity-sperm-storage-the-gift-that-keeps-on-giving
#19
Gauthier Schang, Beatriz Fernandez-Fuertes, Samantha C Lean, Alexandra L Nguyen, Osvaldo Bogado Pascottini
Female Drosophila retain sperm for up to two weeks post-copulation in a network of storage organs includng the bursa, the seminal receptacle, and the spermathecae. This image shows the seminal receptacle of a Drosophila melanogaster female, 2-hrs post-copulation between a LHM (wild-type) female with a Protamine B (green), β-Tubulin (blue) fluorescently tagged male, whose sperm can be visualized within the female. This 'infinity' structure of the seminal receptacle resembles the tubular coil that allows for the storage of very long sperm relative to female body size -up to 20 times the length of the female in some Drosophila species...
June 21, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634924/chondroblastoma-in-adult-age
#20
Andrea Angelini, Mohammad Hassani, Andreas F Mavrogenis, Giulia Trovarelli, Carlo Romagnoli, Antonio Berizzi, Pietro Ruggieri
PURPOSE: Chondroblastoma (CB) is a rare benign tumor that occurs most commonly in the second decade of life. No studies on CB in adulthood have been reported. Our purposes were to report a single-institution experience on CB in adults and to discuss the clinical and imaging findings, type of treatment, oncologic and functional outcomes. PATIENTS AND METHODS: All patients diagnosed and treated for CB from 1981 to 2014 were reviewed. The main inclusion criterion was patients above their 30 years of age at diagnosis...
June 20, 2017: European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology: Orthopédie Traumatologie
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